Among the big four of Naples holidays, Easter rates perhaps only to Christmas, with its spiritual significance for Christians and its promise of candy for everyone — not to mention its association with a family meal of ham or lamb.
Easter eggs hunts have been happening all week, but you can count on them exponentially increasing Saturday and Sunday. Here are a list of Easter happenings around Collier and south Lee County. As the date approaches, see more events online at www.naplesnews.com.
-- “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” Théodore DuBois work with narration and music, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, 2 p.m. Friday, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples. Donation. 775-8460
-- Easter fun, free photos with the Easter bunny 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; egg hunt for children 8 and younger from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and crafts at noon Saturday and Sunday, Bass Pro Shops, Gulf Coast Town Center, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. (239) 461-7800
-- Hunt for eggs, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Waterside Shops, 5415 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $5. Registration: 598-1605
-- Egg hunt and Easter bunny, bring your Easter basket, 9 a.m. registration and 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. hunts Saturday and Sunday, Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. $9.95, adults; $4.95, children 4-14, free, members and children under 4. 643-7275
-- Breakfast with the Easter bunny, 9 a.m. Saturday, Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Restaurant piazza, Estero. $5, per child. Reservations are required. 948-3766
-- Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church, 5800 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. Free. 455-2520
-- Easter Eggstravaganza, Easter bunny, bounce house, face painting, crafts and egg hunt, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Max Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. $2, children; free, adults. 348-7500
-- Egg hunt fun day, giant slide, food and prizes, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St., Immokalee. Free. 657-1951
-- Egg hunt, children 10 and younger hunt for more than 15,000 candy filled Easter eggs and play eggcellent Easter games, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream. 15 Eighth St., Bonita Shores. Free. 992-7337
-- Extreme Easter, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, free food, Easter egg hunts for children toddler to 10, bounce houses, dance off for children 3-10, chili cook off and a worship concert with Face 2 Face, Parkway Life Church, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, 455-1534.
-- Easter egg hunt, treats and prizes for children 10 and under, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Calistoga Bakery Cafe, Fountain Park, 7941 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. Free. 596-8840
-- Edison & Ford Winter Estates will offer horse and wagon tours of historic downtown Fort Myers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday starting at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. $10, adults; $5, children 12 and under. The estates are open on Easter Sunday, but the rides will not be available. (239) 334-7419
-- Alexander’s Restaurant will open at 3 p.m. with Easter specials and its regular menu. A children’s menu will also be available. Visit at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 262-4999
-- Angelina’s Ristorante will be open for its Sunday Champagne Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a dinner buffet from 2 to 8 p.m. at 24041 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs. The Champagne brunch includes unlimited Champagne, mimosas and bloody Marys for $55 per person. The dinner buffet includes a complimentary bottle of wine for each table at the price of $65 per person. The restaurant’s regular Sunday wine special will not be available on Easter. Reservations: 390-3187
-- AZN, the Mercato, 9118 Strada Place, Naples, will offer a brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $29.95 that includes complimentary bloody Marys, Champagne and mimosas. Reservations: 593-8818
-- Cafe dell’ Amore, 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, will have Easter in Tuscany starting at 5:30 p.m. with a fennel salad, cannelini bean soup, Tuscan lamb shank and cantucci and vin dolce. Reservations: 261-1389.
-- Charlie Chiang’s Restaurant, 12200 U.S. 41 N., Naples, will have a buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $35 per person. Reservations: 593-6688
-- Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, is offering a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Vista ballroom. $54.95, adults; $27.95, children 12 and under. The Aura Restaurant and Bar is having a holiday prix fixe menu for $39.95 from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Monday. Reservations: 254-5600
-- Bamboo Cafe will open at 4 p.m. Easter and will feature a lamb shank navarin (a lamb stew made with a shank) with spring vegetables and a white truffle potato puree for $34.95 in addition to its regular menu. The restaurant is at 755 12th Ave. S., Naples. Reservations: 643-6177
-- Bice Ristorante will open be open for Easter lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. at 300 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations: 262-4044
-- Brio Tuscan Grille will be open at 10 a.m. at the Waterside Shops, 5505 U.S. 41 N., Naples, and will offer a Tuscany influenced Easter brunch menu with prices ranging from $10.75 to $13.95 all day. Reservations: 593-5319
-- Ciao Ristorante will offer its full dinner menu as well as specials on Easter from 5 to 10 p.m. at 835 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations: 263-3889
-- Cypress Woods Golf & Country Club, 3525 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, is offering a buffet from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with four different seatings. $29.95, adults; $14.95, childre. Reservations: 593-5311
-- Flemings’ Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offer a three-course Easter Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4 for $29.95. Visit at 8985 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 598-2424
-- Fred’s Diner will have a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary and live jazz at 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples. $21,95, adults; $7.95, children. Reservations: 431-7928
-- Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will have a buffet Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4 at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Adults are $52 and children 6 to 12 are $18. Reservations: 435-4347
-- Olio on Naples Bay, Naples Bay Resort, 1500 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, is offering a brunch with complimentary mimosas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45, adults; $16, children five through 12; and free, children under 5. The regular menu with Easter specials will be available after 3 p.m. Reservations: 530-5110
-- Roy’s Restaurant will have a three-course brunch starting at 11 a.m. on April 4 and diners will receive a $20 gift card to use on another visit. Visit at 475 Bayfront Place, Naples, 261-1416 or 26831 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 498-7697
-- Shula’s Steak House will have a three-course Easter menu for $49.95 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 4 at the Hilton Naples & Towers, 5111 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 430-4900