The holiday season is soon upon us, and there's no better place to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than in Naples, Florida. From festive tree lighting ceremonies to enchanting Christmas parades, Naples offers a wide array of holiday festivities that will fill your heart with joy and make your season merry and bright. Here's a comprehensive guide to the holiday events in and around Naples.
1. Trees & Teas Festival
Date: November 1 - November 19
Location: Naples Players - Naples
Website: Trees & Teas Festival
Kicking off the holiday season, the Trees & Teas Festival at Naples Players is a must-visit event. Get lost in a world of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and enjoy a cup of tea while soaking in the holiday spirit.
2. Mannheim Steamroller – Christmas Tour 2023
Date: November 17, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Artis - Naples
Celebrate the magic of the holidays with Mannheim Steamroller's groundbreaking Christmas tunes. Experience classic carols in a whole new way at Artis - Naples.
3. Thanksgiving Week on Third Street
Date: November 21 - November 26
Location: Third Street S. - Naples
Website: Thanksgiving Week on Third Street
Join the traditional Christmas spirit on Third Street with live musicians playing your favorite Christmas songs and enchanting Christmas carolers wandering the streets. Don't miss the nightly snowfall at 7 PM.
4. Grand Illuminations
Date: November 18, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Village Shops at Venetian Bay - Naples
Website: Grand Illuminations
Experience the transformation of The Village into the Naples North Pole with over 100,000 twinkling lights, complimentary Santa photos, carolers, and a magical snow show. This event is perfect for the whole family.
5. Winter Wonderettes
Date: November 18 - December 17
Location: Gulfshore Playhouse - Naples
Website: Winter Wonderettes
Step back in time to Christmas in 1968 and join the Marvelous Wonderettes in their mission to save the day when Santa goes missing at the Harper's Hardware holiday party.
6. Christmas on Third Street
Date: November 20
Location: Third Street South - Naples
Website: Christmas on Third Street
Join the annual tree lighting ceremony on Third Street with Santa, Fairy Snow Mother, Snow King & Queen, and "snow" that falls every night for the following week.
7. Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: November 25, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Gulf Coast Town Center - Ft. Myers
Website: Tree Lighting Ceremony
Experience a holiday red carpet movie experience like no other, with photo ops, selfie stations, ornament decorating, letters to Santa, holiday games, and more. Don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to support the community.
8. Christmas Tree Lighting & Cirque Experience
Date: November 29, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Mercato - Naples
Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the largest real tree in Southwest Florida. Enjoy music and dance performances, a mesmerizing cirque show, and more. Plus, don't miss your chance to take a photo with the world's tallest elf!
9. Celebrations around the World
Date: November 30, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt - Naples
Website: Celebrations around the World
Embrace culture and festivities from around the world at the third annual Celebrations Around the World event. Discover the diverse traditions that make the holiday season special.
10. Marco Island Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: December 2
Location: Veteran’s Park - Marco Island -
Website: Marco Island Christmas Tree Lighting
Join in the holiday festivities at the Annual Marco Island Christmas Tree Lighting and Community Celebration. It's a magical event for the whole family.
Date: December 2, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Paradise Coast Sports Complex - Naples
Enjoy a day filled with snow, games, bounce houses, face painting, music, and more at Snowfest. It's the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
12. Naples Christmas Parade
Date: December 5, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 5th Avenue South - Naples
Website: Naples Christmas Parade
Get ready for the highly anticipated Naples Christmas Parade featuring floats, fire engines, school groups, bands, dance troupes, and of course, Santa Claus himself.
13. Traditional Holiday Stroll on Third
Date: December 7, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Third Street South - Naples
Website: Traditional Holiday Stroll on Third
Dress in your festive attire and stroll along Third Street South, enjoying the Christmas spirit with carolers, sparkling lights, gourmet Christmas cocktails, special promotions, and more.
14. Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting
Date: December 8, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM / December 9, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location: 5th Avenue - Naples
Website: Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting
Join the biggest Christmas showcase in Naples with the official Christmas Tree lighting, a living nativity, a skating rink, live music, shopping, and Santa Claus.
15. It's a Wonderful Life
Date: December 8 - December 8
Location: Cambier Park - Naples
Website: It's a Wonderful Life
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
16. A Christmas Carol
Date: December 8 - December 11
Location: Arts Bonita Theatre - Bonita Springs
Website: A Christmas Carol
Enjoy a live radio play adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" presented by Arts Bonita Theatre. It's a heartwarming holiday classic that's perfect for the whole family.
17. Teddy Bear Tea at Ritz Carlton Naples
Date: December 9 - December 17
Location: Ritz Carlton Beach - Naples
Experience the magic of Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, with a charming presentation of tea sandwiches, specialty teas, delightful pastries, and jolly festivities amid holiday décor.
18. Santa Paws! on Third
Date: December 9, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: 3rd Street S - Naples
Website: Santa Paws! on Third
Bring your furry, four-legged, and feathered friends to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at this heartwarming event. Capture treasured memories with your pets and enjoy the holiday spirit.
19. Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay
Date: December 9, 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Naples City Dock
Naples - Website: Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay
Mark your calendars for the MIACC's Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay, where you can witness boats decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations.
20. Holiday Pops
Date: December 14 - December 15
Location: Artis - Naples
Website: Holiday Pops
Get in the holiday spirit with the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Chorus, and Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus, featuring multi-platinum singer Clay Aiken. Enjoy beloved holiday tunes and celebrate the season.
21. Candlelight Christmas Carols
Date: December 15, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Cambier Park - Naples
Website: Candlelight Christmas Carols
Join in a heartwarming evening of Christmas caroling with electric candles and lyric sheets provided. This free event is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation, and includes refreshments.
22. Tuba Christmas
Date: December 15, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Sugden Plaza - Naples
Website: Tuba Christmas
Enjoy an evening of music with sousaphone, euphonium, tuba, and baritone horn players from around the country at Sugden Plaza.
23. Christmas Party "Jingle & Mingle"
Date: December 15, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Max A Hasse Jr. Community Park
Website: Christmas Party "Jingle & Mingle"
Give your children a night of holiday fun with music, food, and crafts while parents enjoy a night out. All registrants receive a slice of pizza and a drink.
24. Home for the Holidays
Date: December 15 - December 16
Location: TheatreZone - Naples
Website: Home for the Holidays
Welcome the festive holiday season with TheatreZone's annual Home for the Holidays musical production. Enjoy memorable songs, unique choreography, and colorful costumes in this uplifting show.
25. Island Style Boat Parade
Date: December 16
Location: Marco Island
Website: Island Style Boat Parade
Watch festively decorated boats sail across the water with holiday lights and decorations, creating a magical spectacle on Marco Island.
26. Christmas Santa Stroll 5K Night Glow Run
Date: December 16, 12:00 PM
Join the Christmas Santa Stroll 5K Night Glow Run in Naples and embrace the holiday season with a fun and festive run.
27. Holiday on the Bay
Date: December 23, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Village Shops on Venetian Bay - Naples
Website: Holiday on the Bay
Take delight in holiday entertainment, including complimentary photos with Santa, Dickens Period Carolers, a festive snow show, and extraordinary shopping and dining.
28. A Pioneer Christmas
Date: December 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Historical Museum - Marco Island
Website: A Pioneer Christmas
Enjoy a Pioneer-style Christmas with crafts and activities that let you decorate your home just like pioneers did on Marco Island almost a hundred years ago. It's fun for the whole family.
29. Johnsonville Night Lights in the Garden
Date: December 26 - December 31
Location: Naples Botanical Gardens - Naples
Experience thousands of lights illuminating the Naples Botanical Gardens during this nighttime holiday extravaganza. It's a magical way to end the holiday season.
With these fantastic holiday events, Naples, Florida, is the place to be this season. Whether you're enjoying the classic Christmas traditions or exploring new, unique festivities, you'll find something to delight in at every turn. Embrace the holiday spirit and create cherished memories with family and friends in this beautiful coastal city.