Holiday: Christmas

Full gallery »Naples Christmas Parade 2012

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Kiera Partello, 5, yells out to the crowd during the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. 'Merry Christmas,' Partello said.
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Santa waves to the crowd during the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012.
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Helena Bentley, 9, waves to participants of the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012.
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People watch on during the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. The streets were filled with people who came out for the event.
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Tristin Polomchak, 7, left, and Helena Bently, 9, right, watch on during the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012.
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A girl waves to the crowd during the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012.


Full gallery »Julie Best: Christmas Queen of Pebblebrooke Lakes

  • Roger and Julie Best go all out decorating their Pebblebrook Lakes home for Christmas. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Roger and Julie Best go all out decorating their Pebblebrook Lakes home for Christmas. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Roger and Julie Best go all out decorating their Pebblebrook Lakes home for Christmas. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Roger and Julie Best go all out decorating their Pebblebrook Lakes home for Christmas. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Roger and Julie Best go all out decorating their Pebblebrook Lakes home for Christmas. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Roger and Julie Best go all out decorating their Pebblebrook Lakes home for Christmas. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News


Full gallery »Marco Christmas Island Style 2012

  • For the finale, the Clauses borrow Cinderellas' carriage. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The final band was the Florida Brass Drum & Bugle Corps. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The 'Just Friends' march as snowmen. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts share a float. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Lely High marching band and pompom girls march in full regalia. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade entertained the crowd along San Marco on Saturday night.



Full gallery »The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession

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Rubi Rodriguez, center, solemnly walks along with a group carrying the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe to lead a procession of over 500 people celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, by walking in a procession along US 41 in East Naples on Wednesday evening to St. Peter The Apostle. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and her feast has been celebrated for centuries.
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Scenes from the procession for the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over 500 people came together to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, by walking in a procession along US 41 in East Naples to St. Peter The Apostle on Wednesday evening. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and her feast has been celebrated for centuries.
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Adorned in an Aztec head dress and carrying a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jaime Rojas walks along with over 500 people in a procession to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, along US 41 in East Naples to St. Peter The Apostle on Wednesday evening. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and her feast has been celebrated for centuries.
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Luis Venitez, right, adjusts his Aztec head dress before he and other dancers prepare for the procession. Over 500 people came together to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, by walking in a procession along US 41 in East Naples on Wednesday evening. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and while it has been celebrated for centuries.
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Scenes from the procession for the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over 500 people came together to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, by walking in a procession along US 41 in East Naples to St. Peter The Apostle on Wednesday evening. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and her feast has been celebrated for centuries.
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A group carrying the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe leads over 500 people in a procession to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, along US 41 in East Naples to St. Peter The Apostle on Wednesday evening. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and her feast has been celebrated for centuries.

Scenes from the procession for the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over 500 people came together to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the New World, by walking in a procession along US 41 in East Naples to St. Peter The Apostle on Wednesday evening. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint and her feast has been celebrated for centuries.



Full gallery »Menorah Lighting At Coconut Point Mall

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Shlomi Negri, of Bonita Springs, lights a nine foot menorah erected at Coconut Point mall at an event hosted by Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in celebration of the third night of Chanukah.
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Mendel Jacobson, 9, center, plays dradle along with his friends before the start of the Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero's event where they ignited a public nine foot menorah erected at Coconut Point Mall on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in celebration of the third night of Chanukah.
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Bonita Springs mayor Bill Nelson with Rabbi Mendy Greenburg after Nelson read a Chanukah proclamation at the start of Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero menorah lighting at Coconut Point Mall on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in celebration of the third night of Chanukah.
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Shlomi Negri, of Bonita Springs, lights a nine foot menorah erected at Coconut Point mall at an event hosted by Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in celebration of the third night of Chanukah.
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Bonita Springs mayor Bill Nelson reads a Chanukah proclamation at the start of Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero menorah lighting at Coconut Point Mall on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in celebration of the third night of Chanukah.
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Shlomi Negri, of Bonita Springs, lights a nine foot menorah erected at Coconut Point mall at an event hosted by Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in celebration of the third night of Chanukah.


Full gallery »Everblades Figure Skating Club: Holiday Across America

  • Scene from Holiday Across America, presented by Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club at Germain Arena, Sunday December 9, 2012.  John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Scene from Holiday Across America, presented by Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club at Germain Arena, Sunday December 9, 2012.  John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Scene from Holiday Across America, presented by Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club at Germain Arena, Sunday December 9, 2012.  John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Scene from Holiday Across America, presented by Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club at Germain Arena, Sunday December 9, 2012.  John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Scene from Holiday Across America, presented by Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club at Germain Arena, Sunday December 9, 2012.  John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Scene from Holiday Across America, presented by Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club at Germain Arena, Sunday December 9, 2012.  John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.

Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club lit up the ice this weekend, Sunday December 9 at Germain Arena in Estero with their presentation of Holidays Across America. Hundreds of family, friends and spectators were in awe as members of all ages performed flawlessly to choreographed themes featuring West Coast, North East, New York City, Hawaii, Alaska and Country Christmas.



Full gallery » Naples Holiday Boat Parade 2012

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Patrons aboard boat contestant 25, Double Sunshine, wave to the crowd Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Naples Bay. The ship carried members of Naples Dollars for Buckeye Scholars supporters. Hundreds lined the shore to watch the annual event as boats were decked out in festive holiday lights and judged at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for competition. Frank Perrucci, president of the Marine Industries Associations of Collier County, Inc. emceed the event. Judging included Mayor John Sorey, among others. A total of 30 boats competed.
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Patrons watch the parade on the water Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Naples Bay. Hundreds lined the shore to watch the annual Naples Holiday Boat Parade. Water vessels were decked out in festive holiday lights and judged at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for competition. Frank Perrucci, president of the Marine Industries Associations of Collier County, Inc. emceed the event. Judging included Mayor John Sorey, among others. A total of 30 boats competed.
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Mayor John Sorey judges Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Naples Bay. Hundreds lined the shore to watch the annual Naples Holiday Boat Parade. Water vessels were decked out in festive holiday lights and judged at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for competition. Frank Perrucci, president of the Marine Industries Associations of Collier County, Inc. emceed the event. Judging included Mayor John Sorey, among others. A total of 30 boats competed.
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Patrons acknowledge the crowd and judges on the vessel, Double Sunshine, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Naples Bay. Hundreds lined the shore to watch the annual Naples Holiday Boat Parade. Water vessels were decked out in festive holiday lights and judged at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for competition. Frank Perrucci, president of the Marine Industries Associations of Collier County, Inc. emceed the event. Judging included Mayor John Sorey, among others. A total of 30 boats competed.
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Aaron Rivers, 10, sits next to his sister, Ashley, as they watch the Naples Princess pass Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Naples Bay. Hundreds lined the shore to watch the annual Naples Holiday Boat Parade. Water vessels were decked out in festive holiday lights and judged at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for competition. Frank Perrucci, president of the Marine Industries Associations of Collier County, Inc. emceed the event. Judging included Mayor John Sorey, among others. A total of 30 boats competed.
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Patrons wave to the Collier County Sheriff's boat Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Naples Bay. Hundreds lined the shore to watch the annual Naples Holiday Boat Parade. Water vessels were decked out in festive holiday lights and judged at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for competition. Frank Perrucci, president of the Marine Industries Associations of Collier County, Inc. emceed the event. Judging included Mayor John Sorey, among others. A total of 30 boats competed.


Full gallery »Marco Holiday Boat Parade 2012

  • December 8th, 2012, Marco Boat Parade: Boat 21, Sweet Lips leaves the Marco Island Yacht Club's marina.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle Daily News.
  • December 8th, 2012, Marco Boat Parade: One of about two dozen boats whirls past in a slow blur past the Marco Island Yacht Club's waterside dock.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle Daily News.
  • December 8th, 2012, Marco Boat Parade: Topped by a Santa Claus, another of the two dozen or so boats parading past the Marco Island Yacht Club's open house.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle Daily News.
  • December 8th, 2012, Marco Boat Parade: One of about two dozen boats parading past the Marco Island Yacht Club's open house with a hunt of the bridge behind.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle Daily News.
  • December 8th, 2012, Marco Boat Parade: One of about two dozen boats parading past the Marco Island Yacht Club's open house in the pitch black night.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle Daily News.
  • December 8th, 2012, Marco Boat Parade: The Marco Island Princess enters the scene.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle Daily News.

After darkness set in around 6 pm a mix of about two dozen power & sailboats circled the Big Marco River right in perfect view of the open house going on at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The capacity crowd got a clear comfortable view from both dock level and upstairs. The boats were decked out in full spirit sporting everything from deck top Santas to complete reindeer formations with many also broadcasting great Christmas time music. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the event and people packed all the available waterside accommodations across the island.



Full gallery » 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting

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Spectators cheer as the annual Christmas tree is lit Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 on 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Fla. Thousands came out to celebrate the 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. This Naples holiday tradition was emceed by local television personality and news anchor for NBC2, Krista Fogelsong.  The evening commenced with a performance by the ReCreation Tappers on the Sugden Plaza, followed by a performance by Poinciana Elementary School. The lighting of the Christmas tree was by Mayor John Sorey as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The evening included holiday performances and activities by local acts all along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Christie Fitzgerald has her photo taken while holding her son Brady, 6 months, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 on 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Fla. Thousands came out to celebrate the 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. This Naples holiday tradition was emceed by local television personality and news anchor for NBC2, Krista Fogelsong.  The evening commenced with a performance by the ReCreation Tappers on the Sugden Plaza, followed by a performance by Poinciana Elementary School. The lighting of the Christmas tree was by Mayor John Sorey as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The evening included holiday performances and activities by local acts all along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Thousands take to the street Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 on 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Fla. Thousands came out to celebrate the 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. This Naples holiday tradition was emceed by local television personality and news anchor for NBC2, Krista Fogelsong.  The evening commenced with a performance by the ReCreation Tappers on the Sugden Plaza, followed by a performance by Poinciana Elementary School. The lighting of the Christmas tree was by Mayor John Sorey as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The evening included holiday performances and activities by local acts all along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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The holiday necklace of Matthew Anderson flickers while singing in concert Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 on 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Fla. Thousands came out to celebrate the 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. This Naples holiday tradition was emceed by local television personality and news anchor for NBC2, Krista Fogelsong.  The evening commenced with a performance by the ReCreation Tappers on the Sugden Plaza, followed by a performance by Poinciana Elementary School. The lighting of the Christmas tree was by Mayor John Sorey as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The evening included holiday performances and activities by local acts all along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Jillian DiVitto, 9, cheers on her JJ Dance mates Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 on 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Fla. Thousands came out to celebrate the 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. This Naples holiday tradition was emceed by local television personality and news anchor for NBC2, Krista Fogelsong.  The evening commenced with a performance by the ReCreation Tappers on the Sugden Plaza, followed by a performance by Poinciana Elementary School. The lighting of the Christmas tree was by Mayor John Sorey as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The evening included holiday performances and activities by local acts all along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Members of the Ave Maria Academy Dance Team perform Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 on 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Fla. Thousands came out to celebrate the 38th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony. This Naples holiday tradition was emceed by local television personality and news anchor for NBC2, Krista Fogelsong.  The evening commenced with a performance by the ReCreation Tappers on the Sugden Plaza, followed by a performance by Poinciana Elementary School. The lighting of the Christmas tree was by Mayor John Sorey as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The evening included holiday performances and activities by local acts all along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Full gallery »Heath Christmas Tree of Naples

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Louise Purtle looks at the different trees for sale at Heath Christmas Tree of Naples along 41 on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The shop is managed by sisters, Heidi and Holly Heath.
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Tom Puckett, left, decides the correct measurements for their Christmas tree with Enrique Sanchez, right, while at Heath Christmas Tree of Naples along 41 on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The shop is managed by sisters, Heidi and Holly Heath.
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Brandon, Alexandra, Natalie, Laura and Tom Puckett decide on the correct measurements for their Christmas tree while shopping at Heath Christmas Tree of Naples along 41 on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The shop is operated by sisters, Heidi, right, and Holly Heath (not pictured).
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Gustavo Sanchez dresses a tree in white lights at Heath Christmas Tree of Naples along 41 on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Naples, Fla.  Trees at the lot can be purchased ready with lights, or without.
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Heidi Heath makes a bow for a customer at Heath Christmas Tree of Naples along 41 on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The shop is operated by the daughters of the owner, Heidi and Holly Heath.
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Shop owner Holly Heath, center, assists customer Gary Shanabarger, right, in purchasing a Christmas tree at Heath Christmas Tree of Naples along 41 on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Shanabarger is buying the tree for one of the 17 homes he will deliver and set up Christmas trees.


Full gallery »'Bethlehem Project'

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Glistening wings and tinsel halos give luster to this baby angel choir during dress rehearsal Sunday for "The Bethlehem Project." The youth performance will be free to the public from Thursday through Sunday.
  • Holding her newborn, Mary (Jessica Lang) brings more than a child into the world. She brings new life to the town of Bethlehem and to the brawling gangs of shepherds and townsfolk in "The Bethlehem Project."
  • Heaven glows on the cheeks of this baby angel (Alexandra Alber) as she joins the cast for an up-tempo rendition of "Joy to the World" during dress rehearsal Sunday.
  • The shepherd Jessie (Clare Hassell) announces the birth of the Messiah and townie Elizabeth (Karly Hassell) is able to speak once more during Sundayís dress rehearsal of ìThe Bethlehem Project.î Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary (Jessica Lang) is joined by a group of townsfolk and shepherds who herald the good news that a Messiah is born during dress rehearsal Sunday for "The Bethlehem Project."
  • The feud between shepherds and townsfolk becomes a heated debate as Ruth (Morgan Broxson) and Uzzi (Megan Brown) have it out during dress rehearsal Sunday for ìThe Bethlehem Project.î Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Instead of the Sharks and Jets, it's the shepherds and townies. And Maria doesn't bring the two groups together by pointing out the futility of street violence. It's Mary, who solves all the town's ills, and mankind's, by bringing into the world the Prince of Peace. "The Bethlehem Project" is a play full of raucous joy. Its theme is simple: We all want to point out differences, but at heart were all the same. We want to belong and not be demeaned.



Full gallery »Marco Island Chamber Christmas Gala, 2012

  • Citizen of the Year award winner Dave Rice thanks the members, watched by Herb Savage.
  • Realtor Bill Filbin is honored as Volunteer of the Year.
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Citizen of the Year award winner Tarik Ayasun says that, for almost the first time, he is speechless. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce 35th Anniversary Celebration & Christmas Gala packed the room Sunday evening at Bistro Soleil.
  • The room provides one of numerous standing ovations. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce 35th Anniversary Celebration & Christmas Gala packed the room Sunday evening at Bistro Soleil. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Wendy Renee & Co. provide the music. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce 35th Anniversary Celebration & Christmas Gala packed the room Sunday evening at Bistro Soleil. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Citizen of the Year award winner Tarik Ayasun gets a hug from Craig Woodward.

With Christmas almost upon us, and the upcoming tourist season right behind, the membership of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce took an evening to mingle, celebrate, and bestow awards for those who exemplify the spirit of giving.



Full gallery »Sheila's Out Shopping: Stocking stuffers

  • Finger Eye puppets at Golisano Children Museum of Naples
  • Naughty Nice dog collar from BR uno
  • Wooden iPhone stand at Random Acts of Art
  • Paw print necklace at Random Acts of Art
  • Necklace by Michelle Levine-Troupp
  • Bellocq Christmas Tea and strainers from BR uno


Full gallery »Runners compete in Claus for a Cause 5K

  • Andreana Herrera crosses the finish line as she wins the female division in the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Herrera runs for the Immokalee High girls cross country team. Her winning time was 24:10. The race was a benefit for the Children Cancer Foundation. Darryl A. Wells
  • Runners pose for a photo just before the start of Santa Claus for a Cause 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  The benefit was a fund raiser so children with cancer can attend Discovery Cove in Orlando through the Children Cancer Foundation. Darryl A, Wells Photo/Special to The Banner
  • Melanie and Diego Villa bring the whole family along for the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Darryl A. Wells Photo/Special to The Banner
  • Amanda Tchir finishes with a smile as she completes the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Darryl A. Wells Photo/Special to The banner
  • Owen and Carly Kleist compete in the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K Run/Walk, a race held in support of the Children Cancer Foundation on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Darryl A. Wells Photo/Special to The Banner
  • Runners and volunteers wear Santa hats at the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Darryl A. Wells Photo/Special to The Banner

More than 100 runners participated in the first Santa Claus for a Cause 5K on Dec. 2, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The event was a benefit for the Children Cancer Foundation.



Full gallery »The art of being Santa

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Amber Wait thanks Larry Sellers for playing the role of Santa Claus, both of Naples, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at the 6650 Collier Blvd. Walmart in Naples. Sellers, 62, says he has been playing the role of Santa Claus his 'whole life' but been at it professionally the past six years since his first gig in a Borders bookstore. 'He's the embodiment of joy and charity,' Wait said. 'Even as a 36 year old woman, he just fills my heart.'
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Larry Sellers walks into the the laundry room while a crucifix hangs on the wall Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at his Naples home. Sellers, 62, says he has been playing the role of Santa Claus his 'whole life' but been at it professionally the past six years since his first gig in a Borders bookstore. Sellers was raised Catholic.
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Larry Sellers grooms his beard before a gig Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Naples. Sellers, 62, says he has been playing the role of Santa Claus his 'whole life' but been at it professionally the past six years since his first gig in a Borders bookstore. 'This is three months of growth past Kenny Rodgers,' Sellers said with a laugh.
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Riley Gibson, 9 months experiences her first Santa Claus, played by Larry Sellers, and photographed by her aunt Regina Gibson Saturday, at Walmart Nov. 24, 2012 in Naples. Sellers, 62, says he has been playing the role of Santa Claus his 'whole life' but been at it professionally the past six years since his first gig in a Borders bookstore.
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Larry Sellers and his wife Zena Sellers display how they make children feel more comfortable, signing 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,' Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 agh their home in Naples. Sellers, 62, says he has been playing the role of Santa Claus his 'whole life' but been at it professionally the past six years since his first gig in a Borders bookstore. 'To me the image of Santa Claus is the imagination of a child,' Larry said.
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Readying himself for a gig at Walmart, Larry sellers applies hairspray Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at his Naples home. Sellers, 62, says he has been playing the role of Santa Claus his 'whole life' but been at it professionally the past six years since his first gig in a Borders bookstore.


Full gallery »Snowfest 2012 - Naples

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Adorned n a pink hat, Shayna Balamut, 4, right, smiles to a family member before scaling a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Amy Metcalf rides down the toboggan slide with son, Ryan, 3, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Robert Garrett-Cole, 9, right laughs at his friend Tyler Waring, 9, after he lost his footing, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Chris Renouard pulls her and a neighbor's kids in a wagon Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Jeremiah Olander, 8, slides down a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Garland is seen on a fence as patrons pass Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.


Full gallery »Celebration of Lights - Ave Maria

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Hannah Pawlak, 5, has help from her mother, Kim, while skating on simulated ice Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Ave Maria's downtown square. A few thousand came out to celebrate the Celebration of Lights, an annual Christmas festival. Food, games, music and more were featured at the event.
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A bus containing students representing the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy passes during a parade Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Ave Maria's downtown square. A few thousand came out to celebrate the Celebration of Lights, an annual Christmas festival. Food, games, music, simulated ice skating and more were featured at the event.
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Catherine Yarbrough clings to her son Edward, 2, while daughters Gabrielle, 3, left, and Isabelle, 5, right, watch Barron Collier's marching band Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Ave Maria's downtown square. A few thousand came out to celebrate the Celebration of Lights, an annual Christmas festival. Food, games, music, simulated ice skating and more were featured at the event.
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Barron Collier marching band members perform for the crowd Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Ave Maria's downtown square. A few thousand came out to celebrate the Celebration of Lights, an annual Christmas festival. Food, games, music, simulated ice skating and more were featured at the event.
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Despite having the help of support, Brady Leith, 6, of Naples takes a ruble on plastic simulated ice rink Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Ave Maria's downtown square. A few thousand came out to celebrate the Celebration of Lights, an annual Christmas festival. Food, games, music  and more. 'Last year he was kind afraid, he didn't go more than a foot,' his mother, Lindsi Leith said.
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George Guyer swings his daughter Arianna, 6, while teaching her to skate Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Ave Maria's downtown square. A few thousand came out to celebrate the Celebration of Lights, an annual Christmas festival. Food, games, music, simulated ice skating and more were featured at the event.


Full gallery »Marco Christmas tree ready for lighting

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 Jim Jourdan of Lee County Electric Cooperative, puts the star on top of the 30-foot Christmas tree that will electrify the audience at the Island Christmas Style Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Veteran's Community Park.
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As the first section of the 30-foot Christmas is put in place, volunteers complete its decorations, while Jim Minyard of Condee Electric begins putting together the electrical connections inside. The tree will be aglow when it is lighted at the Christmas Island Style Tree Lighting Ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Veteran's Community Park.
  • Italian American Society of Marco Island volunteers unpack boxes of Christmas tree branches already having lights. From left, Antoinette Johnson, Lillian Morgante, Ann Barnes and Rosemary Guidarelli.
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 Thanks to the Italian American Society of Marco Island, which purchased the tree some 10 years ago, and other volunteers, the 30-foot Christmas tree was decorated and erected on Tuesday. The Christmas Island Style Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Veteran's Community Park.
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 Jim Jourdan of Lee County Electric Cooperative, sets the third section of the 30-foot Christmas tree in place on Tuesday. The tree will be lit at the annual Christmas Island Style Tree Lighting Ceremony that begins 6 p.m. on Saturday at Veteran's Community Park.
  • Christmas decorations wait to go on the 30-foot Christmas tree, which was erected on Tuesday.


Full gallery »Christmas on Third

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Scenes from Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.
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Scenes from Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.
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Scenes from Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.
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Sam Saad 4th, reacts as fake snow rains down on him atop the shoulders of his father, Sam Saad, III, after the lighting of the Christmas tree during Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.
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Scenes from Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.
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Scenes from Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.

Scenes from Christmas on Third on Monday Nov. 19, 2012.



Full gallery »Shelia's Out Shopping: A fantasy holiday

  • Petrified wood cheese board from Danieli's
  • Mattia Cielo Tahitian pearl and diamond bracelet from Marissa Collections
  • Baume & Mercier limited edition men's watch at Tourneau
  • Bomber jacket and hat from the Paper Merchant
  • Mini Buddha board from Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
  • Magic tricks and wand from Tin City Magic



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