The Holidays in Naples: Twinkling Palms, Theater, Boats and... Snow!

That’s right! Snow during the holidays in balmy Naples, Florida. It happens in late November during Third Street South’s Celebration of Lights. 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.  

Sugden Community Theatre
Photo courtesy of Naples Players


Naples Players present Miracle on 34th Street on Nov. 29. Do not be fooled by the "community" in the theater's name - the Naples Players troupe that performs here is anything but amateur in quality. During its more than 50 years of performing,...  Read More

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
Photo courtesy of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort


LaPlaya's gracious, Southern-style lobby, Thai spa, exercise room, rocky waterfall pool, pool bar and trendy restaurant menu put it on par with Miami Beach's boutique hotels. Rooms show a meticulous attention to detail; some have Jacuzzi tubs...  Read More

Old Naples
Palm Cottage
Photo courtesy of Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB


The Palm Cottage displays a special piece of Naples history. Constructed in 1895, this storied home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now a museum that has been decorated to reflect its previous 19th-century charm. If the...  Read More



It is dedicated to both visual and performing arts in one architecturally forward location. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra calls the center home as does the Miami Ballet. Its calendar of events cuts a wide swath of entertainment. A Broadway...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples


The Ritz-Carlton changed the face of the Naples resort scene when it came to town a couple of decades ago. Now there are actually two Ritz-Carltons in Naples.The list of amenities ranges long and wins the resort all the kudos and awards the...  Read More

Village Shops on Venetian Bay
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Lining the waterfront on two sides of the road, it effects European style architecture. A well traveled district for shopping and dining, its stores are of the upscale ilk selling jewelry, art, home accessories and clothing - nearly 60...  Read More

Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay
Photo courtesy of Marine Industries Association of Collier County


Nothing says Florida holidays like a night time boat parade. Boaters decorate their vessels in lights and tropical trappings to ply the waters from Gordon Pass northward past the City Dock to Tin City. The Dock at Crayton Cove, The Boat House,...  Read More

Naples Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Highlights of its beautifully designed 170 acres include a Caribbean Garden with a traditional re-created chattel house, a dramatic waterfall feature with giant lilypads in the Brazilian Garden and preserved natural wetlands with a birding...  Read More

Fifth Avenue South
Photo courtesy of Fifth Avenue South Association


Downtown Naples' comeback story is one of the most successful in the annals of downtown redevelopment. Reinvented in 1996 with careful planning, Fifth Avenue South was at the heart of the renaissance. What has resulted is a tony street lined...  Read More

Third Street South
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Near the Naples Fishing Pier and beaches, it's popular with the apres-beach crowd. Known for its Gallery Row, it also has earned fame for having one of the first, if not the first, shopping concierges, who can advise you and see that your...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle