The time has come! The holiday season has finally descended upon Marco Island and we can’t wait to share the holiday spirit with you. We may swap pine for palm and snow for sand, but that doesn’t mean Christmastime is any less festive when you celebrate in paradise. Join the island community to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on the most wonderful holiday destination in Florida.
Kick things off at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at centrally-located Veterans Community Park. Gather with holiday revelers as the iconic Christmas Tree is set alight with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. The annual tree lighting marks the official beginning of the holiday season on Marco Island. The tree lighting will occur on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 901 Park Ave. Bring the entire family for this event starting at 6 pm.
Just days before Christmas, join the Marco Island Center for the Arts at the posh Victorian Holiday Tea event on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 3-5pm. Taking cues from our friends across the pond, enjoy sampling savories, scones, sweets and delicious tea with locals and visitors. This brand-new holiday tradition at the Art Center will take place in the Lauritzen Gallery surrounded by the Clay Guild show perfect for gift giving. The Center’s Gift Gallery also has beautiful, unique gifts that will look great in your family and friends’ stockings. The Naples Carolers, dressed in Victorian costume will be on-site to perform all your holiday favorites. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are necessary, and seating is also very limited. To reserve, please contact Marco Island Center for the Arts at 239-394-4221. The Center is located on 1010 Winterberry Drive.
Marco Island is also a wonderful destination to check off items printed on all your loved ones Christmas lists. Throughout the month of December, The Village Shops on Venetian Bay plays host to their Holiday On The Bay celebration. Enjoy a snow show, holiday entertainment, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, carolers and dancers, and extraordinary shopping and dining. Destined to resemble the classic Mediterranean architecture of Venice, The Village Shops is the perfect island-destination to browse more than 45 waterfront retailers and waterside restaurants. This is holiday shopping—island style! Holiday On The Bay will occur on Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 24 from 5pm-8pm. Snow shows start at 7 p.m. (4 p.m. on December 24th)