Naples Florida Christmas Events and Holiday Celebrations on the Paradise Coast

By Maria Power

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.

Drive through Victoria Park

All December
Shh… this one is a locals’ favorite. The Victoria Park neighborhood, located off of Airport-Pulling Road in Naples, is as festive as they come. Each holiday season, parades of cars drive through to marvel at the houses done up in true Clark Griswold style. Best of all: It’s free.

Christmas on Third

November 23 – December 31
CHRISTMAS ON THIRD will be joyful in a different way this year. Third Street South has music, snowfall, holiday displays and happenings throughout Christmas and New Year's. This will allow Neapolitans and visitors to come in smaller groups all season long with plenty of room to be joyful safely. 

Night Lights in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

November 27 – January 3
Take in the magic of Naples Botanical Garden during  Night Lights  on select evenings, starting Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. The holiday affair at the “root” of many family traditions returns again this year! Stroll pathways illuminated with millions of lights. Enjoy special holiday cocktails and menu items at Fogg Café. Hum along to favorite tunes performed by live musicians. New designs this year promise to add an element of surprise and delight, including the illuminated sculptures from the current exhibition, Steve Tobin: Nature Underground.

Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage

December 2 – December 23
Celebrate a wonderful time of the year at the merriest place in Naples, Historic Palm Cottage, during our annual holiday showcase. If you love the sound of sleigh bells and the site of twinkling lights as much as you love learning about local history, 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.

47th Annual Christmas on Fifth Avenue South

December 4 & 5
This year's Christmas on Fifth will include expanded outdoor dining allowing guests to dine 'al fresco' at their favorite restaurants right on the street. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians throughout the festival at VIP areas along the street. There also will be amazing holiday experiences, including a Living Nativity by the First Church of the Nazarene, Skating Rink, Live Music, and an appearance by Santa Claus!
Trees and Teas Festival 
December 4 - December 19
Take part in the inaugural Trees and Teas Festival on Fifth Avenue South presented by The Naples Players. This festival features carols performed by members of the theater with special artist-designed trees along the avenue. The Naples Spice and Tea Exchange has partnered up for the event to offer an assortment of its luxurious teas so you can sip while you stroll.
Evening on Fifth
December 10 & December 17
This month Fifth Avenue South’s Evening on Fifth will have Santa will make a special appearance, as well as lots of music and live entertainment. Enjoy the fresh air and some Christmas spirit!
Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay 
December 12
The parade starts at 6:15pm, but get there early to get a good view. This parade of privately-owned boats captivate as they cruise along the bay, wrapped in thousands of lights. The theme  “All that Glitters.” Says it all!
Marco Island Christmas Island Style Boat Parade
December 12  
Enjoy a wonderful festive family evening. Watch the boats sail by, decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations! Recommended viewing spots include The Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River. The parade starts at 6:00PM, but one again we recommend you get there early.
Paradise Coast Sports Complex Coastal Christmas
December 12
The event runs from 6-10PM and will include several family-friendly events including Christmas ornament decorating, Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, Pie Eating contest, Karaoke contest and DJ, a variety of games on The Great Lawn and more! PLUS... Santa will be on site for socially distanced photos with the kids and kids at heart in attendance.