Happy Holidays to Our Naples Residents and Valued Visitors… by Publisher Reg Buxton

What a wonderful time to be in Naples. It is literally sparkling with lights of many colors and bustling with excitement. December in general and especially at Christmas brings the world to our doorsteps. The options for activities are limitless and the blending of dialects on the street is beautiful.

This year will be more spectacular than ever, as the Fifth Ave South Business Improvement District hosts the 48th annual “Christmas on Fifth “ Friday, December 3rd from 5 – 10pm and Saturday, December 4th from 10am – 10pm. The celebration will see many children’s events among the holiday events scheduled. Two family favorites are the Living Nativity and the half block long ice skating rink. The rink will be open December 3rd 6-10pm and on the 4th 10am-10pm. Ice skate rentals for children and adults will be available.

The annual Christmas Parade will be marching through downtown Naples on December 7th. It is a not to be missed part of our holiday tradition that is well attended and always a crowd favorite.

The restaurants in Naples are top notch and second to no other city. Chefs are in high gear presenting gastronomical delights. If you have a favorite spot to dine and a special date in mind then make reservations FAR in advance to ensure that you won’t be disappointed. Look for the return of “long table” dining to the streets of 5th Ave South during the festival. Shopping here is world class, Third Street South, Fifth Avenue and The Waterside Shops can wear out even power shoppers. Local churches provide wonderful Christmas pageants and musical extravaganzas along with all of the traditions that we treasure.

For this moment in time we can set aside the turmoil in the world, drawing friends and family near with a thankful heart. We can be the change agent that makes that difference for someone else. Although the Season is brief, the intended message of Christmas can last year round. Treat others as you wish to be treated, be forgiving and slow to judge since you may never know the burdens that someone else carries. In gratitude for the life we live, call those that you may have lost contact with, make amends and share the joy. Naples is many things but most importantly it’s our home.

Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year


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