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Ideas for holiday things to do in Naples

image of palm tree with lights

The end of the year is always a favorite time of year. The holiday spirit starts to creep in... the itch for Hallmark movies and holiday music takes hold. The anticipation of families and free time tends to get us all excited. As we start to gear up for the holidays, I thought I would share some of the highlights of activities going on in Naples so that you could start to plan your calendars early. Following area ideas for things to do in Naples during the holiday season.

2021 Holiday Activities

November 22nd - November 27th - Christmas on Third - 6 pm to 9 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

Instead of a single Tree Lighting event, we will be having a week long celebration with even more twinkly lights and decorations then ever, music, snow and a window decorating contest where all of the stores and restaurants will compete to show that they have the most holiday spirit on the street.

November 26th - December 26th - Night Lights in the Garden - 6 pm to 9 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

Naples Botanical Gardens showcases thousands of lights illuminating the gardens each day.

November 29th - December 31st - Ritz Gingerbread House [MORE INFORMATION]

The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort annual Gingerbread House. Naples’ award-winning pastry team and carpenters will collaborate to create this year‘s legendary confection covered Gingerbread House. Cookies served nightly.

November 29th - Chanuka Celebration at Mercato at 5 p [MORE INFORMATION]

Mercato event lawn for a community wide Chanukah Celebration! Light the menorah, enjoy live music from the Naples Klezmer Revival Band & snack on latkes, donuts, gelt & more!

November 30th - Chanuka Celebration at Cambier - 5 pm to 7 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

The Celebration at Cambier Park hosted by Chabad of Naples will feature a giant painted Menorah, rides, games, crafts, refreshments and treats.

November 30th - December 19th - Naples Players Club Trees & Teas Festival [MORE INFORMATION]

The Trees & Teas Festival features decorated trees and delightful teas provided by The Naples Spice and Tea Exchange. The theatre lobby will be filled with trees designed by local artists, while music will entertain guests.Holiday wreaths will be available for purchase and all proceeds from the festival will benefit the highly regarded programs at The Naples Players.

December 1st - Deck the Depot Holiday Stroll - 11 am to 8 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

It’s a winter wonderland at the Naples Depot Museum as we deck the Depot in festive decor! The month-long extravaganza features holiday decorations throughout the museum—including lots of fun activities for kids!

December 1st - December 30th - Christmas at Palm Cottage [MORE INFORMATION]

If you love the sound of sleigh bells and the site of twinkling lights as much as you enjoy learning about the history of Naples, then you won't want to miss this year's Christmas at Palm Cottage! Historic Palm Cottage will be appropriately dressed for the occasion, showcasing elegant holiday decor to warm the hearts of visitors.

December 3rd - December 4th - Christmas Tree Lighting on 5th - 5 pm to 10 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

The biggest Christmas showcase in Naples! Enjoy the official Christmas tree lighting on 5th Avenue South in Sugden Plaza and amazing holiday experiences, including a living nativity by the First Church of the Nazarene, skating rink, live music, Santa Claus and Avenue dining. Two-Day Festival.

December 4th - Snow Fest - 3 pm to 6 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

Snowfest is hosted at Golden Gate Community Park and offers many attractions, but the leading attraction is the 100 tons of snow. 1200 blocks of ice are trucked in and put through an ice chipper, which is magically transformed into snow. Other attractions include a full scale carnival, entertainment, hands on arts & crafts, food vendors, and more.

December 4th - December 5th - Meet Santa - 4 pm to 9 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

This free two day event is dedicated to providing an enchanting community holiday experience to families in the Naples area.

December 7th - Naples Christmas Parade - 6 pm to 8 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

The Naples Christmas Parade will Line up on Broad Ave. The Floats will turn right onto Third Street South, then right on 5th Ave South, and end on 8th Street South, Naples.

December 9th - Meet the Budweiser Clydesdales - 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be at Mercato in North Naples

December 10th - Jingle Bell Bash - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm [MORE INFORMATION}

Cmon hosts holiday and winter-inspired games and activities, gingerbread house-building, visits with Santa Claus, and a snowy surprise!

December 10th - December 12th - Live Nativity - 6 pm to 8 pm {MORE INFORMATION}

The birth of Christ is presented through song and live re-enactment.

December 11th - Annual Holiday Science Spectacular - 1 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

Mr. Glen combines humor, action, and high-quality educational content, on stage this Holiday Season. Be sure to raise your hand and participate on stage in some whacky winter themed science experiments!

December 11th - Christmas Boat Parade - 6:15 pm [MORE INFORMATION]

A Naples favorite holiday tradition ~ MIACC’s Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay

December 11th - December 15th - Christmas Village [MORE INFORMATION]

The Christmas Village will open 75 minutes prior to each performance and close 15 minutes before start time. You'll enjoy a Christmas EXPERIENCE where everyone who attends has the opportunity to participate and interact in an old-town Christmas Village, festival-type setting, which will be done in our Courtyard and Commons. The festival will include stations where young children can make cookies, ornaments and snowballs. We’ll have drink stations for hot chocolate and wassail, and places for families to take photos around a Christmas Tree or Sleigh. A LIVE NATIVITY will be staged and musical

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