Celebrate the season: A list of holiday events and happenings in Southwest Florida
The Historic Palm Cottage in Naples was being decorated for Christmas on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The staff is preparing for the cottage's event Ten Days of Christmas, with each night, starting at 8 p.m., featuring a "telling of holidays past." Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
"Miracle on 34th Street": Various times Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. The Naples Players present the musical version of the famous Christmas movie about a department store Santa who may just be the real one in disguise, and about the little girl and her mother who need his help. Sensory-friendly, specially priced performance for people with special needs Dec. 12. $45, students and educators, $10. 239-263-7990 or naplesplayers.org
"Elf" Jr.: 2 and/or 4 p.m. Dec. 2-11. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. KidzAct players stage the story of Buddy, the elf who learns he is actually a human and needs to convince the family he was spirited away from of the meaning of Christmas. $20, $10 students. 239-263-7990 or naplesplayers.org
Festival of Advent Carols: 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. The professional Genesis Ensemble performs in the traditional British cathedral style, with trumpet and organ featured, as well as congregational hymns for the season. Brian Aranowski conducts. Free. 239-434-5811
Handel’s "Messiah": 7 p.m. Dec. 2. First Presbyterian Church, 250 Sixth Street S., Naples. Naples Philharmonic, Radu Paponiu, conductor; and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, James Cochran, director; $35, $15 student; artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900
"The Nutcracker": 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers. $29-$75 (excluding fees). bbmannpah.com
Holidays in Paradise: 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Seasonal music from Tchaikovsky and a wide variety of other composers. One of the Musical Moments series. 239-495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org
Christmas with the Gulfshore Tenors: 3 pm. Dec.3, Naples Italian-American Foundation, 7035 Airport Pulling Road N., North Naples. Standard love songs of the last 50 years plus Christmas favorites. $30. www.gulfshoreopera.org or call us 239-529-3925
A Big Band Holiday Spectacular: 7 p.m. Dec. 4. 6000 Goodlette Road, North Naples, Trumpeter Dan Miller and saxophonist Lew Del Gatto bring together an all-star big band for swinging music, featuring Duke Ellington & Count Basie orchestra arrangements of holiday tunes, followed by a jam session. $15, VIP $30. Information: www.northnaplesumc.com or 239-593-7600
Holiday Pets on Parade: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at C.J.s on the Bay, 740 N Collier Blvd., No. 105, Marco Island. See the island's pets strut their holiday stuff bedecked for the season. Free.
Advent Noontime Concert: Noon-12:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., North Naples.Concerts featuring the church's new Lively-Fulcher pipe organ, singers and instrumentalists. Freewill offering. www.vpcnaples.org or 239-597-5410
Christmas cookies' sale: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9. Homemade Christmas cookies for sale at Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Goodlette-Frank Road N. Proceeds to benefit projects and missions of the Women of Faith.
Night Lights in the Garden: The Naples Botanical Garden is aglow during Night Lights in the Garden, Dec. 8-23, 26-30, and Jan. 1-3. Advance tickets required and available at www.naplesgarden.org. Dec. 8-14 ticket prices: Adults: $10 members / $20 non-members; children (4-14): $5 members/$10 non-members; children (3 and younger): free, ticket required. Dec. 15-Jan. 3 ticket prices: Adults: $10 members / $25 Non-Members; children (4-14): $5 members / $15 nonmembers; Children (3 and under): Free, ticket required
Christmas cookie decorating: noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Miromar Outlets in Estero, near WINK Playland. Kids can stop by cookie decorating stations for a special holiday treat they can make and eat. Facebook.com/outletmall and MiromarOutlets.com
Christmas Bazaar: The Ladies Auxiliary of The Amvets Post 23, 2727 Bayshore Drive, East Naples, will host a Christmas Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Proceeds will support veteran programs.
Marco Island Christmas Island Style Boat Parade: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9. Boats sail around the island decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations. Recommended viewing spots include The Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River. 239-250-8348
Captiva Island Boat Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 9 on Capitva Island. Lighted boat parade begins at South Seas Island Resort Marina and cruises through Pine Island Sound to ‘Tween Waters Inn Marina on Roosevelt Channel. http://www.captivaholidayvillage.com
Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Pick your spot along Naples Bay to enjoy the sparkling annual Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade Parade viewing spots include Pinchers Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Kelly's Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant, Naples City Dock and Naples Landings Park. Sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County. All proceeds benefit the Ricky King Foundation. 239-682-0900
Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade: 5 p.m. Dec.9, beginning at Bay Water Exclusive Boat Club and Rentals, 5124 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-0455
"The Nutcracker": 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Golden Gate Estates. Students of Etudes de Ballet present the iconic E.T.A. Hoffman tale with the music of Tchaikovsky. $25, $19. edbnaples.com/nutcracker. Information: (239) 593-8280
Christmas concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 10. United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples. With Becky Weese-Rumpf, Jamie and The Carolers. Fellowship with the performers at a reception in the Gathering Place. www.naplesucc.org or 239-261-5469
Advent concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 10. St. Monica's Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Road, North Naples. A Service of Lessons and Carols, with handbell choir, soloists, orchestra, St. Monica's choir and audience participation. Freewill offering. 239-591-4550 or stmonicasnaples.org
Chancel Choir Christmas Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 10. First Presbyterian Church, 250 Sixth St. S., Naples. Music through the centuries. Freewill offering. 239-262-1311 ext. 239 or email at email@example.com.
Choirs Christmas Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., North Naples. “A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols,” Readings by the VandeReaders, choral anthems and congregational carol singing. Freewill offering.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: 7:30 p.m. all dates, Dec. 12, Shell Point Retirement Community, 14101 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, $35; Dec. 14, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs, $30: Dec. 15, BIG ARTS Schein Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, $40; and Dec. 16, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Blvd., Fort Myers, $26.50 to $90. The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphonic Chorale join forces under the theme of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with jazz and choral music. www.swflso.org or call 239-418-1500
Advent Noontime Concert: Dec. 13. See Dec. 6 listing
Jewish Federation Hanukkah Celebration: 5 p.m. Dec. 13 on the Lawn at Mercato, North Naples. Performance by Naples Klezmer Revival Band, menorah lighting, crafts at the “Kids Corner," face painting, Israeli folk dancing, children’s performances.
A Christmas Experience: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15 and 17; and 4 p.m. Dec. 17; First Baptist Church of Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. An old-town Christmas village, festival-type setting, with stations where young children can make ornaments, Christmas cards, and stockings, everyone can have hot chocolate and wassail, and families to take photos around a Christmas tree or sleigh. A live nativity will be staged and musical groups will be incorporated; the show will include a 100-voice choir and a 25 piece orchestra with "Les Mis" veteran J. Mark McVey as guest artist. A drama, "It's the Thought That Counts,"is part of the evening. $5 to $10, available at fbcn.org or 888-795-1559
Holiday Brass: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Wang Opera Center, 2408 Linwood Ave., East Naples. Naples Chamber Brass, including members of the Naples Philharmonic, bring snappy sounds of the season in a Spectrum Series concert. $40, $10 students/children; $50 for VIP seating plus reception with the artists. capacenter.org or (239) 775-2800.
Holiday Pops: 8 p.m. Dec. 14-16, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., North Naples. Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Chorus, Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and Capathia Jenkins, vocalist, with Stuart Chafetz, conductor, and James Cochran, chorus director, in its annual show of holiday favorites and some surprises like "Santa, You Da Man," and "What Sweeter Music." $60-$103.
Santa Paws: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Village Shops on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Bring your dog to have photos take when Santa. Adoptable pets from the Humane Society of Naples will be on site. Drop off receipts from Dec. 14 to Dec. 17 and The Village will donate 10 percent back to the Humane Society of Naples.
A Seraphic Fire Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., North Naples.The Miami-based choral and instrumental music ensemble Seraphic Fire performs its blend of Christmas music. $58. Tickets required; seraphicfire.org or 305-285--9060
Tuba Christmas Concert: More than 70 musicians ranging in age from 11 to 80 ring in the season on tubas, euphoniums and more at this annual event. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Dec. 14. Sugden Plaza, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Free. 239-692-8436
Holy Rocka Rollaz Christmas Show: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15. First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, 9751 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Minnesota-based band who play original rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and more to the holiday genre. 75 and $150 sponsorship tickets; free tickets 10 days before show. www.fpcbonita.org or 239-992-3410
Cookies and Milk with Santa: 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 16. Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Christmas activities and games and plenty of cookies and milk with Santa Claus. Sponsored by Marco Parks and Recreation. Free; charge for photos with Santa. 239-642-0575
Taylor and Friends: 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., East Naples. Christmas Concert, featuring Lely music director Taylor L. Ferranti and his wife, Laura, with some special musical friends. Freewill offering. lelychurch.com or 239-774-6151
Christmas Carol Concert: 5 p.m Dec.16-17. Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, 553 Galleon Drive, Naples. The Trinity-by-the-Cove chamber choir sing Christmas favorites, old and new, accompanied by harp, flute, pipe organ and harpsichord. An audience singalong concludes the concert. Free. 239-262-6581 or trinitybythecove.com
Applebee’s Toys for Tots fundraiser: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Southwest Florida restaurants. Guests may enjoy breakfast compliments of Applebee’s along with goodies, raffle tickets for door prizes and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. Tickets to Breakfast with Santa are $10 each. Call or visit a local Applebee’s. Advanced reservations are required as seating is limited. Children younger than 2 admitted free. Applebee’s will raise additional funds by selling paper “gift tags” for $1 each, which will be displayed in the restaurants. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Breakfast with Santa events and “gift tag” purchases will be donated directly to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to be distributed to local families. applesbees.com
Christmas Island Style Street Parade: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Along San Marco Road, Marco Island. Free.
"The Nutcracker": 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Gulf Coast High School performing arts center, 7878 Shark Way, North Naples. Naples Ballet presents the Tchaikovsky Christmas classic, adapting the original choreography. 239-732-1000
Advent Noontime Concert: Dec. 20. See Dec. 6 listing.
Compiled by Daily News staff
The Christmas Fish is a fictional story written by Naples Daily News employee Phil Lewis in the early 90s. This story of a special Naples Christmas in 1948 became a holiday tradition that was run every year in the paper at Christmas for years. Rebecca Reis/Naples Daily News