There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays then by participating in festive boat parades, Christmas light canal tours and family-friendly art fairs. Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands have a number of fun events planned for the whole family.
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Mark your calendars for the following events:
1. Festival of Lights at Fishermen’s Village: Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2014
“Lighting of the Village” will take place on Nov. 15, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. More than one million lights and themed decorations will be lit in sequence with ribbon cutting with city officials, followed by the Lee County Pipes & Drums parade.
Other festivities include:
- Luis the Balloon Man
- Airbrush Art for Face & Body
- Dickens Carolers from Charlotte Chorale
- Visits with Santa
- Live music with the Boogiemen Band
Festival of Lights will be on display through Dec. 31. For Admission bring a canned good for the Good Samaritans Food Pantry. For more info, visit Fishville.com.
2. Christmas Light Canal Cruises: Dec. 4 – 31, 2014
A tradition in Punta Gorda for more than 30 years, take a family-friendly cruise tour featuring houses and boats decorated with Christmas lights. Three departures are offered nightly at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and at 9 p.m. Trip length is one hour. Tickets are $16 for adults, half price for kids ages three to 11 and free for children under three. Private charters and group rates also available. For more info, call 941-639-0969 or visit KingFisherFleet.com.
3. Smoke and Roses Catamaran Christmas Canal Cruise: Dec. 5 – 30, 2014
Ride aboard the 47’ Smoke and Roses catamaran and enjoy the sites and sounds of the season at sea. The two-hour private cruise is available for up to six persons and costs $50 per person (based on six passengers). There will also be a special New Year’s Eve sail at sunset. Price is $175 person based on six passengers. For more info on these events, call 605-366-7673 or visit SmokeAndRoses.com.
4. Olde Englewood Village Association Winter Arts Festival: Dec. 6 – 7, 2014
Explore the unique shops and restaurants in the Olde Englewood Village when West Dearborn Street becomes a pedestrian-only exhibit area showcasing the works of more than 100 artists. Visit OldEenglewood.com for more info.
5. Lemon Bay Playhouse presents “Greetings!” a Christmas Eve Comedy: Dec. 3 – 21, 2014
Reserve your seat for a festive Christmas comedy show. Curtain times: 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Reserved tickets are $18.00. For more info, call 941-475-6756 or visit LemonBayPlayhouse.com.
6. Images of the Season Holiday Concert: Dec. 13, 2014
At 4 p.m. the Charlotte Chorale will present its annual holiday concert at the Center for Performing Arts in Punta Gorda. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. For more info, call 941-204-0033.
7. 25th Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade: Dec. 14, 2014
The festive display of lights and gorgeous reflections on the water make this annual event a definite must see. As a new addition this year, small craft are encouraged to participate off Fishermen’s Village. Admission is free. For more info, call 941-639-3720.
8. Punta Gorda Boat Parade of Lights: Dec. 20, 2014
Another boat parade, not to be missed, view beautifully decorated boats as they cruise along the PGI canal. Event will start around 6:00 p.m. For route map visit PuntaGordaBoatParade.com.
9. Fishermen’s Village New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Dec. 31, 2014
Enjoy a night filled with family-friendly festivities, including live music, dancing, hair glitter designs, a balloon man, face painting and more. For more info, visit Fishville.com.
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