Use these ideas to help mark your cultural calendar through December.
Nov. 30: The Black Eyed Peas’ most recent album, “The E.N.D.,” spawned an unprecedented run of singles that topped the singles charts for 26 consecutive weeks last year. So what will they do for an encore? Fittingly, the start of the Peas’ next round of world domination starts when “The Beginning” drops.
Dec. 2: Few musicals have had the longevity of “The Fantasticks,” which ran off-Broadway for 42 years. It helped launch the career of Jerry Orbach and proved you don’t have to be in a big theater to make a great musical. Now it’s TheatreZone’s time to “Try to Remember” what makes this show magical.
Dec. 4: Even with a few cold snaps littering the forecast, there’s still no chance for white flakes in Naples. That’s the genius of Snowfest. It brings a taste of the North — snow, sledding and ice skating — to Golden Gate Community Park without the need for snow shovels and rock salt. A great time for the whole family.
Dec. 7: The annual Christmas parade returns to downtown Naples as thousands of people line Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South to catch a glimpse of the best floats and marching bands in Southwest Florida.
Dec. 8: While it isn’t part of the official PGA slate, Greg Norman’s Shark Shootout golf tournament brings in some of the best golfers in the world to play in a two-man mixed-format competition that leads to exciting play and low scores. Fan favorites from Justin Leonard to Davis Love III take the course at Tiburon.
Dec. 10: St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School will present its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. A Christmas tree lighting will precede the concert at 6 p.m.
Dec. 11: Boat owners throughout Southwest Florida deck out their decks for the annual Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay. Head down to Tin City or Crayton Cove to catch a glimpse of some creative lighting displays illuminating the waters of Naples Bay.
Dec. 13: Head down to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens for 12 Days of Wild Holiday Fun. Through Christmas Eve, the animals will be getting into the holiday spirit, although in less traditional ways. Hyenas will get blood and ice candy canes, and lions will open packages with their claws.
Dec. 15: Radio host Garrison Keillor has made his career recreating the feeling of old-time radio performances. His vaudevillian humor and song stylings have made his “Prairie Home Companion” must-listen radio for millions. He returns for a comedic talk to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
Dec. 17: The country’s best high school basketball players converge on Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers for the annual City of Palms Classic. Ten defending state championship teams will be competing, with top recruits including Duke-bound Austin Rivers from Winter Park and Kentucky recruit Michael Gilchrist of Elizabeth, N.J.
Dec. 21: Nearly two centuries after its original publication, “A Christmas Carol” remains one of our most beloved holiday stories. The idea that the spirit of the season could warm even the most curmudgeonly heart, still resonates a great deal. See Scrooge learn to love again at the Sugden Community Theatre.
Dec. 24: The Coen brothers have no qualms about taking American classics and adapting them to their own brand of graphic violence and dark humor. Three years after winning an Oscar adapting “No Country For Old Men,” the filmmaking duo are tackling another bleak western “True Grit,” with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn.
Dec. 25: Merry Christmas!