Holiday: Christmas

Full gallery »Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival 2011

  • This bronze sculpture is entitled "Rock Star", a larger rendition of this work is featured at the Robert Redford Film Festival site in Park City Utah, artists Bob and Jo Wilfong. Photo/Darryl A. Wels
  • Area artist Debbie Hummel-Marconi displayed her cartoon characterizations which gave artisans a humorous as well as artistic look at things. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • Hundreds attended the first day of the two day art fair which will also be presented on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • Soft Sculpture artist Edna Thachuk prepares her Merman creation for display; she says he's trying to hail a passing boat for a refill of his margarita. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • The dramatic photography artistry of Peter Johannes was another of the many diverse presentations in the New Years Eve Art Fair at Coconut Point Mall. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • The works of artist/sculptor Peter Rujuwa are presented as "uniqeblockart", with African themes. Photo/Darryl A. Wellls

On Saturday the last day of the 2011 calendar year, and into Sunday the first day of a new one the Coconut Point Shopping Mall went and came with an artistic splash. With artists from around the country and the area, was presented the New Year’s Eve Weekend Art Festival.



Full gallery »New Year's Eve Fifth Avenue South 2011

  • Love was in the air as Mike and Sara Savage enjoy the holiday atmosphere during 'Festive on Fifth' sponsored by McCabe's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue. Three nights of live musical entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza, from 7 p.m. to midnight December 29-31, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Thousands of lights lit up the night during 'Festive on Fifth' sponsored by McCabe's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue. Three nights of live musical entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza, from 7 p.m. to midnight December 29-31, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Patrons dance the night away to the music of Billy J. during 'Festive on Fifth' sponsored by McCabe's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue. Three nights of live musical entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza, from 7 p.m. to midnight, December 29-31, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • David Nida, left, Adrean Wiard, Taylor and Nicholas Nida during 'Festive on Fifth' sponsored by McCabe's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue. Three nights of live musical entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza, from 7 p.m. to midnight December 29-31, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Natalie and Billy Girly, left, with Lea Daner wait out the long line for beverages during 'Festive on Fifth' sponsored by McCabe's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue. Three nights of live musical entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza, from 7 p.m. to midnight December 29-31, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.
  • Bhavna, left, Jiten, Julie and Jasmin Parikh continue the holiday spirit during 'Festive on Fifth' sponsored by McCabe's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue. Three nights of live musical entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza, from 7 p.m. to midnight December 29-31, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent.

McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill went all out this holiday season by sponsoring “Festive on Fifth” at Sugden Plaza on Fifth Avenue. From December 28 through December 31, musical entertainment, dancing and an elaborate array of food and beverage topped off with thousands of lights will light up the sky from 7 pm - midnight.



Full gallery »King Richard's Noon New Years Eve 2011

  • The highly anticipated 'Noon Year's Eve' ball drop.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Victoria, Ruth (Mom), Sophie, Snodia (Grandma) & Charlie take in the sunshine at the Noon Year's Eve party.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Omar Castillo,8 showed real prowess in the batting cage.     Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • There's Charissa and Bryce Wagner again fronting the Super Truck ride.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Kids enjoyed the rise and fall of the 'Dropping Dungeon'.     Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Kids including Graham Vinson,7 of Boston enjoyed an inverted 'Knight's Round Table.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

With plenty of sunshine and lots of rides and activities it was perfect conditions for a Noon Year's Eve party at King Richard's Family Fun Park.  In anticipation of the 12 noon balloon drop families did everything from speed along in fast paced go carts to live alligator feeding.  At the strike of 12 "King Richard" himself appeared to the delight of the kids while balloons and confetti tumbled down to highlight the celebration. A festive time was had by all. 



Full gallery »Holiday Returns Bring Out the Crowds

  • Scott McIntyre/Staff
Peoples brave the large crowds at Coastland Center to make returns of Christmas gifts along with taking advantage of the holiday sales on Monday.
  • Scott McIntyre/Staff
Martin Bernal, center, waits in the long line of customers trying to make returns at a crowded Best Buy on Naples Blvd on Monday. The store had a large steady crowd making returns of Christmas gifts along with taking advantage of the holiday sales.
  • Scott McIntyre/Staff
Peoples brave the large crowds at Coastland Center to make returns of Christmas gifts along with taking advantage of the holiday sales on Monday.
  • Scott McIntyre/Staff
Denise Wells, center, waits for her purchases to be completed while along with the rest of the crowd at Best Buy make returns of Christmas gifts along with taking advantage of the holiday sales on Monday.
  • Scott McIntyre/Staff
Tonia Borow waits along with her dogs Tazzah and Zsa Zsa in a crowded Best Buy on Monday.Peoples brave the large crowds at Best Buy to make returns of Christmas gifts along with taking advantage of the holiday sales.
  • Scott McIntyre/Staff
Ximena Minuche, second from right, completes a sale for a customer while large crowds fill Best Buy to make returns of Christmas gifts along with taking advantage of the holiday sales on Monday.


Full gallery »The St. Matthew's House's annual Christmas dinner

  • Father Michael Orsi, a professor at the Ave Maria School of Law, serves a full-service meal to attendees of the annual St. Matthew's House Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Naples. St. Matthew's residents and members of the public were served a holiday feast served by volunteers of the organization. David Albers/Staff
  • Naples resident Marcy Herrick volunteers as a food server at the annual St. Matthew's House Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Naples. St. Matthew's residents and members of the public were served a holiday feast served by volunteers of the organization. David Albers/Staff
  • Scenes from the annual St. Matthew's House Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Naples. St. Matthew's residents and members of the public were served a holiday feast served by volunteers of the organization. David Albers/Staff
  • Father Michael Orsi, a professor at the Ave Maria School of Law, serves a full-service meal to attendees of the annual St. Matthew's House Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Naples. St. Matthew's residents and members of the public were served a holiday feast served by volunteers of the organization. David Albers/Staff
  • Scenes from the annual St. Matthew's House Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Naples. St. Matthew's residents and members of the public were served a holiday feast served by volunteers of the organization. David Albers/Staff
  • Beef tenderloin is prepared as one of several main courses for attendees of the annual St. Matthew's House Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Naples. St. Matthew's residents and members of the public were served a holiday feast served by volunteers of the organization. David Albers/Staff


Full gallery »Annual Christmas in the Park in Immokalee

  • Four-month-old Keyana Manius gazes out over the commotion filling Airport Park during the annual Northside Naples Kiwanis Club's Christmas in the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Immokalee. David Albers/Staff
  • Two-year-old Enrique Dominge peers out at the crowd while waiting for a chance to visit with Santa Claus during the annual Northside Naples Kiwanis Club's Christmas in the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Immokalee. David Albers/Staff
  • Naples resident Bety Beizer prepares hot dogs in her 12th year as a volunteer at the annual Northside Naples Kiwanis Club's Christmas in the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Immokalee. David Albers/Staff
  • Five-year-old Estefania Barrios, of Immokalee, prepares for her first time riding a horse as children were given the opportunity to ride ponies at the annual Northside Naples Kiwanis Club's Christmas in the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Airport Park in Immokalee. David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee resident Romelia Lopez encourages her daughter, 4-year-old Lasandra Gomez, to sit with Santa Claus during the annual Northside Naples Kiwanis Club's Christmas in the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Immokalee. David Albers/Staff
  • A youngster sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the annual Northside Naples Kiwanis Club's Christmas in the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Immokalee. David Albers/Staff


Full gallery »Christmas Eve Service at Lowdermilk Park 2011

  • Attendees helped light one another's candles to close a packed Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Carl Lundquist along with Lynn and Nicolle Peterson enjoyed dinner together.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Richard Theurer as St. Nicholas educating kids on the history of Christmas and wife Donna at the annual Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The band and choir delivered traditional Christmas songs to a large appreciate congregation at  the annual Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Korina Knoll of Germany was on hand with her Mom and sister.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Ladies and gentleman of the Celebration Church Choir.    Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

A huge crowd swelled to capacity for the annual Christmas Eve celebration at Lowdermilk Park.  Many began the evening on the beach and were treated to a classic sunset.  At dark the service got underway with music by the Mega Ministries Celebration Church and help from the Holy Mackerels Band.  A well received sermon was delivered and the event closed with the lighting of a candle by each individual in attendance. 



Full gallery »Annual nativity pageant at St. Ann Catholic Church

  • Nine-year-old Ava Graziano, of Naples, prepares for her role as the Virgin Mary in the annual Saint Ann Catholic Church nativity pageant on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Naples. The church youth act out the narrated story of the birth of Jesus Christ for the congregation in the annual tradition. David Albers/Staff
  • Four-year-old Chloe Jones, of Naples, straightens her halo as she prepares for her role as an angel in the annual Saint Ann Catholic Church nativity pageant on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Naples. The church youth act out the narrated story of the birth of Jesus Christ for the congregation in the annual tradition. David Albers/Staff
  • Five-year-old Kaitlyn Weidenbruch dons her angel outfit with the help of her mother, Naples resident Jennifer Weidenbruch, as she prepares for her role as an angel in the annual Saint Ann Catholic Church nativity pageant on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Naples. The church youth act out the narrated story of the birth of Jesus Christ for the congregation in the annual tradition. David Albers/Staff
  • Naples resident Brigitte Jones helps her three daughters prepare for their roles in the annual Saint Ann Catholic Church nativity pageant on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Naples. The church youth act out the narrated story of the birth of Jesus Christ for the congregation in the annual tradition. David Albers/Staff
  • Sybil Steuart, director of faith foundation, helps participants prepare for their roles in the annual Saint Ann Catholic Church nativity pageant on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Naples. The church youth act out the narrated story of the birth of Jesus Christ for the congregation in the annual tradition. David Albers/Staff
  • Participating youth are led to the sanctuary for annual Saint Ann Catholic Church nativity pageant on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Naples. The church youth act out the narrated story of the birth of Jesus Christ for the congregation in the annual tradition. David Albers/Staff


Full gallery »Calusa Nature Center Arbor Lights 2011

  • 1 of 2- Every 20 minutes people had the opportunity to see a Christmas laser light show at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Arbor Lights Festival.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Santa seen here with Chase Meagher, 3 made a visit just in time for the kids at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Arbor Lights Festival.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • In addition to the Christmas theme, 'green decorating' was  on the agenda and here is artist Brad Hermann with his People's Choice award winning tree of palm fronds, discarded lights & recycled hardware.  Sarah Davis, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Director hands his certificate.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Happy Holidays was part of the theme at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Arbor Lights Festival.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The woodland boardwalk path was lit in entirety for a night of Christmas strolling by attendees to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Arbor Lights Festival.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Angelina Allen gets Christmas themed face paint at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Arbor Lights Festival.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Arbor Lights Festival featured wildlife, a Christmas laser light show, hot chocolate, a lighted woodland boardwalk and Santa plus a "green decorating" theme and contest where inventive individuals and organizations vied for the best "green" or recycled tree.  The winner turned out to be artist Brad Hermann.  In the meantime the throngs of families strolled the premises sampling everything from fresh snacks, a pose with a python and a photo with Santa. 



Full gallery »Naples Botanical Garden Solstice Celebration 2011

  • Over eight hundred tiki torches were lit giving the Garden a taste of heaven during Naples Botanical Garden annual Winter Solstice Celebration 'Night Lights', Friday December 23, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Over eight hundred tiki torches were lit giving the Garden a touch of tropical heaven during Naples Botanical Garden annual Winter Solstice Celebration 'Night Lights', Friday December 23, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • The fun themed photo booth had a line all evening during Naples Botanical Garden annual Winter Solstice Celebration 'Night Lights', Friday December 23, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Although entire families participated, roasting marshmallows was by far the most popular activity for the children during Naples Botanical Garden annual Winter Solstice Celebration 'Night Lights', Friday December 23, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Over eight hundred tiki torches were lit giving the Garden a touch of tropical heaven during Naples Botanical Garden annual Winter Solstice Celebration 'Night Lights', Friday December 23, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • The place wishes come true was at the wish stick bon fire during Naples Botanical Garden annual Winter Solstice Celebration 'Night Lights', Friday December 23, 2011.   John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent


Full gallery »Santa Claus visits Immokalee Library 2011

  • The visit to Santa's lap was a shock and scare for some. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • It's hard to believe anyone could sleep through all the commotion of a night with Santa, singing and fun at The Immokalee Branch Library. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • The Immokalee Branch Christmas Celebration has become a treat of the holiday enjoyed by all. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • Even Grandmas got a chance to sit on Santa's lap. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • Part of the Celebration event included writing and mailing letters to Santa. Photo/Darryl A. Wells
  • Santa concluded a night of letters, readings and songs for the area children. Photo/Darryl A. Wells

More than 70 children enjoyed a visit from Santa Claus at the Immokalee library on Thursday evening.



Full gallery »Families and friends reunite for the holidays in Southwest Florida

  • Tristan Spinski/Staff
Paige Kinstler, facing center, 14, of Naples, along with, from left, Jill Kinstler, 10, of Naples, George Poli, of Trenton, N.J., Connie Kinstler, not pictured, and Natalie Smith, right, of Naples, greet Smith's daughter, Cynthia Smith, back turned, of San Francisco, at Southwest Florida International Airport on Thursday afternoon. While travel experts expect large crowds this holiday season, overall holiday air travel, both locally and nationally, is expected to drop compared to previous years because of higher ticket prices, fewer flights and reduced seating capacities.
  • Tristan Spinski/Staff
From left, George Poli, of Trenton, N.J., Paige Kinstler, 14, of Naples, Connie Kinstler, of Naples, Jill Kinstler, 10, of Naples, and Natalie Smith, of Naples, don Santa hats as they prepare to greet Cynthia Smith, not pictured, of San Francisco and daughter of Natalie Smith, at Southwest Florida International Airport on Thursday afternoon. While travel experts expect large crowds this holiday season, overall holiday air travel, both locally and nationally, is expected to drop compared to previous years because of higher ticket prices, fewer flights and reduced seating capacities.
  • Tristan Spinski/Staff
Dylan Horwitz, center, 8, of Fairfield, Conn., sprints away from her parents, Rick and Stephanie Horwitz, not pictured, and into the arms of her grandparents, Gwen Asher, left, and Ken Asher, back, of Fort Myers, at Southwest Florida International Airport on Thursday afternoon. 'They always run to greet us,' Gwen Asher said about her grandchildren as they arrived at the airport. While travel experts expect large crowds this holiday season, overall holiday air travel, both locally and nationally, is expected to drop compared to previous years because of higher ticket prices, fewer flights and reduced seating capacities.
  • Tristan Spinski/Staff
Dylan Horwitz, center, 8, of Fairfield, Conn., sprints away from her parents, Rick and Stephanie Horwitz, not pictured, and into the arms of her grandparents, Gwen Asher, left, and Ken Asher, back, of Fort Myers, at Southwest Florida International Airport on Thursday afternoon. 'They always run to greet us,' Gwen Asher said about her grandchildren as they arrived at the airport. While travel experts expect large crowds this holiday season, overall holiday air travel, both locally and nationally, is expected to drop compared to previous years because of higher ticket prices, fewer flights and reduced seating capacities.

Waves of passengers passed through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers on Thursday afternoon. While travel experts expect large crowds this holiday season, overall holiday air travel, both locally and nationally, is expected to drop compared to previous years because of higher ticket prices, fewer flights and reduced seating capacities.



Full gallery »Tommie Barfield Elementary "Flakes" Holiday Show 2011

  • Tommie Barfield Elementary 2nd grader Yessenia Martinez  performs during 'Flakes'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle/Daily News.
  • Tommie Barfield Elementary 2nd graders perform 'Flakes'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle/Daily News.
  • Tommie Barfield Elementary 2nd grader Ellie Long performs during 'Flakes'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle/Daily News.
  • Tommie Barfield Elementary 2nd graders perform 'Flakes'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle/Daily News.
  • Tommie Barfield Elementary 2nd grader Joseph Reisinger performs during 'Flakes'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle/Daily News.
  • Tommie Barfield Elementary 2nd graders perform 'Flakes'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle/Daily News.

The 2nd graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary entertained a holiday crowd performing "flakes" complete with dialogue & song directed by music instructor Lisa Braren.  With outside temps at 80 or so the kids seemed to get a kick out of performing the snowy themed show.  Next the "Morning Musicians", dedicated 4th & 5th graders sang a set entitled "Jingle Bell Jukebox" putting their own spin on holiday classics like Jingle Bell Rock and Let It Snow.  The perfect start to their Christmas break.



Full gallery »Village on Venetian Bay "Let It Snow!" 2011

  • Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the 'Let It Snow!' event.
  • Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the 'Let It Snow!' event.
  • Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the 'Let It Snow!' event.
  • Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the 'Let It Snow!' event.
  • Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the 'Let It Snow!' event.
  • Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the 'Let It Snow!' event.

Shoppers at the Village on Venetian Bay got a rare treat Saturday during the "Let It Snow!" event.



Full gallery »Isles of Capri Boat Parade 2011


Saturday night Isle or Capri residents were treated to the biggest holiday boat parade the island community has seen yet. The annual event, now in its eighth year, boasted 15 boats. From larger-than-life reproductions of Santa's sleigh (complete with reindeer and all), to a giant dragon that exhaled smoke (made by shooting flour out of an air compressor), this year's boat parade was not-to-be-missed. 



Full gallery »Marco Island Christmas Parade 2011

  • Mutual of Omaha Fire Rescue Foundation float passes the crowd during the 24th annual Christmas Island Style parade on Marco.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • The Knights of Columbus float in front of the judges during the 24th annual Christmas Island Style parade on Marco.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • Traditional Christmas songs sung by the Presbyterian Church group at the 24th annual Christmas Island Style parade on Marco.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • Marco Island Yacht Club float enters the 24th annual Christmas Island Style parade on Marco.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • Marco Chamber of Commerce float in the 24th annual Christmas Island Style parade on Marco.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • The Marco Police Color Guard helping open the 24th annual Christmas Island Style parade on Marco.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.

Christmas Island Style continued on Marco with the 24th annual parade.  An obviously widely popular event, the streets were lined with people in anticipation of a parade started by a motorcycle escort, local color guards and a procession of floats and performances by local businesses, schools and civic organizations.  Afterwards the judges met and will announce this years winning floats within 8 categories.



Full gallery »Joy of Giving Christmas Shopping Trip 2011

  • Sandra Ochoa shops with Georgie, 9, and Justin, 1. Over 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Amber Prange helps families budget their gifts. Over 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lottie Jackson, left, and Kirsten Jackson find what they want. Over 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Lynne Eastman helps a family navigate the store. Over 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lines to check out grow as selections are made. Over 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteers Jory Westberry and Michelle Jordan share a hug. Over 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

More than 1,000 children and their parents had Christmas come early Saturday morning, when the Joy of Giving organization provided their families money to buy gifts at Wal-Mart, starting at 6 a.m.



Full gallery »Naples First Church of the Nazarene Live Nativity 2011

  • Hailey Collins, 5, of Naples and her father William take a closer looks at Sultan, a 13-year-old camel from Ngala Private Preserve, during the Live Nativity at the Naples First Church of the Nazarene on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. 
Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Lucas Matthews holds the baby Jesus during the Live Nativity at the Naples First Church of the Nazarene on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Naples First Church of the Nazarene opened their annual Live Nativity on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. This is the fourth year the church has had the event. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Teddy Collins, dressed as Isaiah, sings carols upon entering the Live Nativity at the Naples First Church of the Nazarene on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. This is the fourth year the church has had the event. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Matthew Salguero, 9, of Naples pets Precious, a Nigerian Dwarf goat from Hoof & Tail Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, during the Live Nativity at the Naples First Church of the Nazarene on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. 
Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Tyler Green, 14, from left, Ollie Milligan, 14, and Conner Harding, 15,  portray shoppers in the market place during the Live Nativity at the Naples First Church of the Nazarene on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. 
Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News

Naples First Church of the Nazarene opened their annual Live Nativity on Friday night. The free Nativity event will be running both Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 at the church located at 3100 Bailey Lane in Naples. This is the fourth year the church has had the event.



Full gallery »Naples Concert Band Holiday on Fifth Avenue South 2011

  • Bob Kennedy, front  one of the Naples Concert Band sax players.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Concert goers enjoyed a fully Christmas themed downtown area.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Locals Anita and Tom Bava enjoy the performance by the Naples Concert Band.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • During the Naples Concert Band performance on 5th Ave each musical section played 45 minute sets as seen here with the saxaphone group.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Some people brought their own front row seats.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Before the Naples Concert Band got underway, 5th Ave was alive with everything from belly dancers to other live performers.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

The Naples Concert Band drew an even larger holiday season crowd to 5th Avenue than usual.  Divided into musical sections like trumpets, saxophones, percussion and more with each playing 45 minute sets they anchored a busy evening that included other entertainment along the avenue.  A forty year tradition, the band provides scholarships to high school and college aged students who audition to play with the band with annual awards totalling around $6,000. 



Full gallery »Immokalee children receive bikes for Christmas

  • Lexey Swall/Staff
Gloria Padilla, area coordinator for Redlands Christian Migrant Association receives hugs from Sonia Domingo, 10, from left, Sandra Matias, 10, and Kassandra Garcia, 9, after they received bicycles as early Christmas gifts Friday at Immokalee Community School. Forty bicycles were donated by the Sanibel Bicycle Club to give to 20 children at the community school, 10 children at Our Lady of  Guadalupe Catholic Church in Immokalee and 10 to others in the community.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff
Students at Immokalee Community School, a Redlands Christian Migrant Association charter school, wave to their calssmates before having their photo taken in front of bicycles they received for Christmas on Friday. Forty bicycles were donated by the Sanibel Bicycle Club to give to 20 children at the community school, 10 children at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Immokalee and 10 to others in the community.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff
Jim McDevitt, the principal at Immokalee Community School - a Redlands Christian Migrant Association charter school, writes the names of students on bikes to identify which bike belongs to whom after several students received bikes as an early Christmas gift Friday morning in Immokalee. Forty bicycles were donated by the Sanibel Bicycle Club to give to 20 children at the community school, 10 children at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Immokalee and 10 to others in the community.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff
Students at Immokalee Community School, a Redlands Christian Migrant Association charter school, walk their bicycles on to campus after they received them as a Christmas gift Friday morning in Immokaee. Forty bicycles were donated by the Sanibel Bicycle Club to give to 20 children at the community school, 10 children at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Immokalee and 10 to others in the community.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff
Sandra Matias, 10, walks her bike on to campus after it was given to her as an early Christmas gift Friday morning at Immokalee Community School, a Redlands Christian Migrant Association charter school, in Immokalee. Forty bicycles were donated by the Sanibel Bicycle Club to give to 20 children at the community school, 10 children at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Immokalee and 10 to others in the community.



Features