That’s right! Snow during the holidays in balmy Naples, Florida. It happens in late November during Third Street South’s Celebration of Lights, Nov. 22 to 26 (except on Thanksgiving Day). Goes to show, despite the lack of frost in Naples during the winter holidays, the town really knows how to celebrate. All the major shopping areas deck the halls with lights and decorations and throw a series of special events from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
Head to the Village Shops on Venetian Bay and Naples Bay for a truly Florida holiday tradition – annual lighted nighttime boat parades. On Fifth Avenue South, a tree lighting ceremony, tuba Christmas concert and holiday parade keep shoppers, diners and strollers merry throughout the season. Many of the area’s attractions decorate magically for the holidays, including the Naples Botanical Garden and historic Palm Cottage.
Local resorts get in the spirit, of course. This list includes one stand-out, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, where a life-size Gingerbread House and Teddy Bear Teas with Santa Claus thrill the kids. So never worry that the lack of snowdrifts detracts from a Naples holiday season. Here, red cheeks come from near constant sunshine, poinsettias grow in gardens, and natural mistletoe decorates cypress trees in the wilds.