Naples Florida Christmas Events and Holiday Celebrations on the Paradise Coast

By Jennifer Adams

Naples and Marco Island abounds with the magic of the holidays. 

Spending the holiday season on the Paradise Coast? Between trips to the beach, delicious al fresco dining and time on the links, mark your calendars for these well-loved, family-friendly annual holiday traditions and Christmas events in Naples and Marco Island.
 
From Naples to Marco Island and everywhere tasty in between, Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week celebrates dining out affordably. More than 50 participating restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus with special upgrades and deals starting at just $26 or $36. Their goal? To encourage people to visit great local restaurants and to raise money for the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship. ($1 from every Restaurant Week meal is donated to the fund.)
 
Kick off the holiday season on Third Street South, full of twinkly lights and wonderful red and silver decorations, as the mayor of Naples lights the official Christmas tree. Music and bells resound from every courtyard and plaza; Santa arrives; and the “snow” falls, which it continues to do every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. during Thanksgiving week and every Thursday at 7 p.m. in December. 
 
Gather for a Village tradition as you watch the twinkling procession of boats making their way through Venetian Bay. Enjoy live entertainment, a “snow” show, face painting, balloon art, holiday carolers, stories with Mrs. Claus and a special appearance by Santa. 
 
The holidays come to life as more than 70 musicians (ranging in age from 11 to 80) ring in the season on tubas, euphoniums and more at this annual event. Bring a chair and your best singing voice, and head to the Sugden Plaza for an unforgettable performance.
 
Watch the boats sail by, decked out with festive Christmas lights in Naples, Florida. Recommended viewing spots include The Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River.
 
Don’t miss this Naples event and Christmas tradition as choral groups, dance and theatre troupes, bands and more come together to bring this annual extravaganza to the Avenue. Join Mayor Bill Barnett as he lights the tree and kicks off the holidays.
 
For 25 nights, rediscover the natural beauty of plants from the tropics and subtropics as thousands of lights illuminate the Garden. Enjoy entertainment for the whole family, including music from various local artists, and gourmet treats. On select nights, your stroll includes making a wish on a Wishing Tree and special holiday performances by Opera Naples and Naples Ballet.