Holidays in Naples
Enjoy the sunshine and embrace the holiday spirit in Naples, Florida this season. Whether you’re escaping the cold or just looking for a relaxing holiday getaway, this seaside town offers festive activities from the annual Celebration of Lights at Third Street South to Winter Fest at the Naples Zoo. If you enjoy shopping, concerts, art fairs or fireworks, spend your next holiday in Naples.
Concerts & Shows
For music, dance and theater enthusiasts, visit the Artis, a venue for visual and performing arts in Southwest Florida. The Artis is home to the Naples Philharmonic and has annual events for the holiday season. See a classic performance of the Nutcracker or count down to the New Year at the Naples Philharmonic concert.
Third Street South, located in Old Naples, is a must-see during the holidays. The Celebration of Lights takes place annually the week before Thanksgiving, and attendees can enjoy twinkling lights, musical performances and falling snow. After the initial week, snow will fall every Thursday evening until New Year’s. The festivities, also known as Christmas on Third, kick off with an official tree lighting by the Mayor.
For those interested in learning some history and celebrating the holidays at the same time, explore the historic Palm Cottage which will be decorated in festive lights and relevant historical ornaments. The Ten Days of Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage allows visitors to learn about historic holiday traditions in the oldest house in Naples. For example, a day is dedicated to learning the history of holiday trees and ornaments.
For New Year’s in Naples, don’t miss the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display presented off the Naples Pier. Stake a spot along the beach or schedule a tour boat to see the fireworks from a different point of view.
Naples visitors have a variety of holiday events to choose from including the Boat Parade at Naples Bay. Boaters decorate their vessels with creative lighting according to a theme that changes annually. View the parade along Naples Bay from spots such as Pincher’s Crab Schack, Naples Landing or the Boat House Restaurant.
Visitors can also stroll through the Naples Botanical Gardens for its Tropical Winter Wonderland event. The garden will be decorated with thousands of lights to create an enchanting experience. This event is perfect for the whole family with delicious treats, local music and holiday performances.
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens also hosts a seasonal event of its own, Winter Fest. Zoo guests can watch animals open specially wrapped gifts or enjoy holiday delicacies. Children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and his elves during this festive celebration with wildlife.
Finally, celebrate the New Year during the annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair where hundreds of artists set up their booths along the charming Fifth Avenue South. The festival allows patrons to view and purchase art while offering them an opportunity to speak with the artists. There is something for all tastes with art ranging from photography to hand-crafted jewelry to watercolors. Admission is free for this vibrant two-day festival.
With activities to entertain visitors of all ages, experience the holiday spirit that Naples, Florida has to offer. At Naples Grande, our Concierge team can help arrange the perfect vacation for you. Naples Grande will be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day with special buffets and brunches available for our guests.