Social Southwest Florida: Best December 2022 Events

Holiday gatherings, sweet treats, and holiday lights aglow, December is here but don't worry, Florida's weather forecast doesn't call for any snow!

Hi everyone, it's Marcus Larrea with Palm Paradise Real Estate, and I'm here to tell you about all the awesome events to attend with family and friends around Southwest Florida for the month of December!

5th Avenue Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The most festive time of year kicks off on December 2nd in Naples, Florida at the 49th Annual 5th Avenue Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Spend the evening strolling along the avenues at this family-friendly event while enjoying live music performances, elaborately decorated storefront windows, and Santa's Workshop, where you can meet Saint Nick himself.

Restaurants and shops will be open for extended hours, and the streets will be lined with local vendors selling a variety of sweets and treats, while snowfalls are forecasted at 6:20 p.m. and 8 p.m., alongside the Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m.!

Holiday Festival of Lights

On Saturday, December 3rd the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce will host the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation Holiday Festival of Lights!

From 4–10 p.m., festivities for the whole family will run along Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado to Candia street, with the opening ceremony beginning at 5:45 p.m. and Santa arriving for the official LCEC Tree Lighting at 6:15 p.m.!

Activities to enjoy include a 15-Ton Snow Slide, Candy Cane Park, a Tiny Tots Train Ride, three stages for live music, and a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Cape Coral Caring Center.

This free event is a great way to explore the Downtown Cape Coral area and a fun holiday tradition for the entire family.

Madeira Beach Boat Parade

Saint Petersburg will illuminate your holiday festivities on December 10th, as the waterways in Madeira Beach come alive with boats displaying their best Christmas lights.

The 56th annual Madeira Beach Boat Parade will begin at the American Legion Post 273 at 6:30 p.m. From there, it will sail up and down the finger canals throughout the city, concluding at John's Pass around 9:45 p.m.

Head to ROC Park for the best viewing experience, while enjoying holiday music, food, and much more!

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

Start thrifting for your sweater now, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell rock on December 17th at the Second Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl in Fort Myers, Florida!

Get ready to mix and mingle with your friends as you don your best ugly sweater and make your way through an assortment of bars in the Downtown Fort Myers area with featured specialty drinks, Christmas movie trivia for prizes, DJs playing holiday music, and a specially-themed afterparty.

Admission includes a free koozie, holiday drawstring bag, and a commemorative ugly sweater shirt!

New Year's Weekend Art Festival

Closing out the Southwest Florida holiday season is the 12th Annual Coconut Point New Year's Weekend Art Festival.

On Saturday, December 31st, and Sunday, January 1st, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., exhibitors will line the streets of Coconut Point for two fun-filled days during this free event.

Stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and more! No matter what you're looking for, you'll be able to find it among the participating artists in this highly-anticipated art festival!

More details about all of these events can be found on our blog post in the link in the description.

Have Fun This Holiday Season

From all of us at Palm Paradise Real Estate, we want to wish all of you a very happy holiday season, and a wonderful New Year!

We are not only passionate about staying involved in our local community but helping others get the most out of their unique Florida Lifestyle, so make sure to follow us on our social media channels to stay up to date on local happenings, real estate market updates, and to see what our team is up to!

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Thanks for watching, see you next time!

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