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HOLIDAY EVENTS

Chanukah Festival of Lights: The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples invites the public to its free, community-wide celebration of Chanukah at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Mercato on the Lawn, 9110 Strada Place in Naples. Event will include lighting of menorah candle holder, music by the Naples Klezmer Revival Band, balloon creations, crafts and songs and Israeli food, donuts and chocolate Chanukah gelt. jewishnaples.org.

Fifth Avenue South Christmas Parade: Head to downtown Naples for this annual tradition. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, on Broad Street South and finishes on Eighth Street South. 

Check out our complete list of holiday events at naplesnews.com.

OTHER EVENTS, MUSEUMS, MORE

Palm Cottage: The oldest house in Naples is open. Self-guided tours are available with docents on hand to answer questions. No RSVP needed. A seven-month project helped restore the 1895 building after Hurricane Ian roared through Southwest Florida on Sept 28, 2022. More at NaplesHistoricalSociety.org or 239-261-8164.

Visit a museum: Collier County has a rich history, and there’s five museums to learn about it — Collier Museum at Government Center (Naples), Museum of the Everglades, Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, Naples Depot Museum, and Marco Island Historical Museum. Visit colliermuseums.com to learn more.

Revs Institute: The Revs Institute has reopened after being closed two months for maintenance. Schedule a visit at revsinstitute.org or 239-687-7387. The car museum ― among the top 10 in the U.S. ― is at 2500 S. Horseshoe Drive, near Naples Airport.

Naples Design District Annual Holiday Stroll: The seventh annual event is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Design District, which is between Fifth Avenue South to Seventh Avenue North and the East side of U.S. 41 to Goodlette-Frank Road. The theme this year is the Polar Express, featuring a fun, family-friendly evening festive activities. Businesses have organized a variety of holiday fun, food, and festivities, including live music, light bites, hot apple cider, hot chocolate with a twist, train displays and more. www.NaplesDesignDistrict.com

COMEDIANS AT OFF THE HOOK

Mark Curry: The comedian performs standup at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; and Sunday, Dec. 3, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Luis Chataing: The comedian performs standup in Spanish at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Vince August: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, and Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Mike Marino: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Rafi Bastos: The comedian performs standup at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8; and 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Christian Johnson: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11-Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

SOLD OUT ― Matt Rife: The comedian performs standup Dec. 14-17 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Will Burkart: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Bryan Callen: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22; and 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Dale Jones: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, Wednesday, Dec. 27, and Thursday, Dec. 28, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Anthony Rodia: The comedian performs standup at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, and 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $35 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Anthony Rodia: The comedian performs two New Year’s Eve standup shows, 6 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. General admission is $110, with VIP $130, and each includes dinner, plus a fee. VIP suite of five is $650, plus fee.  offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

CAMBIER PARK CONCERTS AND MORE

Jimmy Buffett tribute: Local musicians remember Florida singer-songwriter legend who died Sept. 1, 2023, during free concert. Food and beverages will be sold. 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. Free. Rose Marina Boathouse, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. facebook.com/RoseMarinaMarcoIsland

Naples turns 100: Centennial Concert Night features Ben Allen Band and Rock Republic. Food vendors, food trucks and beer from local breweries will be on site. 1-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Free admission, but a free general-admission ticket is required. Limited tickets remain. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Cambier Park, Eighth Ave. S., Naples. naplescentennial.com/events

Voices of Naples: “Christmas Gloria” concert begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Drive, Naples. Free will offering.

Stardust Memories Big Band: Group has returned for its 10th season, performing outdoor, evening concerts. Musicians play songs from legendary American big bands including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and are in Cambier Park, Naples (Monday nights), and at Riverside Park, Bonita Springs (Tuesday nights) ― a total of 12 performances. Shows are Jan. 22-23; Feb. 5-6; Feb. 19-20; March 11-12; March 25-26; and April 8-9. Suggested donation of $5 per person requested. stardustmemoriesbigband.com

Jose Feliciano: Singer-songwriter performs concert with famous holiday hit, “Feliz Navidad.” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. $65-$80. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. 239-658-1313 or moreinparadise.com

Ann Wilson with her band Tripsetter: Lead singer or Rock and Roll of Fame band Heart performs with her less famous band, Tripsitter. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. $65-$89. Artis―Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org

Selynwyn Birchwood: Bluesman performs 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Dec. 7, on lawn at Mercato, 9118 Strada Place, Mercato, Naples. Free. 239-254-1080 or mercatoshops.com

Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, indoors at River Park Community Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Other concerts are set for the same time and place Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2 and April 6. All concerts free but donations greatly appreciated and needed. naplesjazzsociety.com

Live Fest: Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town and ’90s rockers Gin Blossoms play annual Live Fest at new Grant Thornton Invitational golf tournament, which replaces the annual QBE Shootout. The outdoor show takes place on the golf club’s driving range. 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. $135 general admission with other packages from $175-$315-plus. Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples. LiveFest.com

Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus: Annual holiday concert begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Pulte Family Life Center at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N., Naples. The chorus will be joined by an ensemble from the Seacrest Country Day School. No need for tickets, optional free-will offering. For more, 239-352-6366 or www.ParadiseCoastmen.org

Live music at Miromar Outlets: Enjoy musicians playing on the plaza, between Ford’s Garage & Naples Flatbread and in the Restaurant Piazza. More at miromaroutlets.com.

Zach Bartholomew Trio: Musicians play music of pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi, including songs from the beloved holiday cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Audiences will also learn more about Bartholomew’s life and career. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. $35. Arts Bonita Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989 or artsbonita.org

Marie Osmond: Famous singer, actor and TV host performs a holiday show with an orchestra at Seminole Casino Hotel. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. $129. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. 239-658-1313 or moreinparadise.com

Steve Miller Band: Pop-rockers with hits like “The Joker,” “Jungle Love” and “Abracadabra” perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. $46-$106. Parking on site is $30 (no cash accepted). Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero.  239-948-7825 or hertzarena.com

Holiday Pops: Conductor Radu Paponiu leads Naples Philharmonic, joined by the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus. Program to be announced. Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 14-17. $52-$86. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1900 or artisnaples.org

Tuba Christmas: Annual concert in Sugden Plaza has become a Naples tradition. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. fifthavenuesouth.com

Jason Marsalis: Renowned jazz drummer, youngest son of late jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., patriarch of New Orleans’ famous Marsalis music family, plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $42-$49. Arts Bonita Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989 or artsbonita.org

Rose Max: Brazilian bossa nova singer-songwriter performs with guitarist-producer Ramatis at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. $35. Arts Bonita Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989 or artsbonita.org

COMING IN JANUARY

Naples Dixieland Jazz Band: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at Cambier Park, Sixth Avenue South and Eighth Street South. Other concerts are set for the same time and place Feb. 11, March 10 and April 21. Please bring lawn chairs. All concerts free but donations greatly appreciated and needed. naplesjazzsociety.com

THEATER, INCLUDING GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE MUSICAL

Winter Wonderettes“: Holiday musical is set in a small-town hardware store, a quartet in the spirit of the Andrew Sisters treats the audience to timeless Christmas classics in a merry and interactive show. Performances at various times through Dec. 17 at the Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S. Tickets from $40. gulfshoreplayhouse.org or (239) 261-7529

“Home for the Holidays”: Annual musical at TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples, runs Dec. 15-17. Uplifting songs for the holiday season. Tickets from $50. theatre.zone or at the box office, 888-966-3352, ext. 1.

Compton & Bennett in “THE HOME… for the Holidays!”: Naples comedy duo returns after a nearly sold-out run last season at Arts Bonita. This time, they’re taking on the holiday season with an all-new music revue about Nutcracker tutus, golf cart parades, “Wrapper’s Delight” and more. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2-3. $45. Arts Bonita Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989 or artsbonita.org

FAMILY FUN

Tree Lighting: Ninth annual Light up Estero, 4.-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, will feature holiday music from three local groups, the arrival of Santa and lighting of the Christmas tree. Rotary Club of Estero is collecting pet food and supplies for the food bank at Interfaith Charities. Estero Community Park. You may wish to bring your own chairs, but chairs will be available.

Tree Lighting: Marco Island annual tree lighting 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Ave.

Fun Run: Santa Fun Run/Walk, 7 a.m., Dec. 2, Mackle Park, Marco Island. Register here.

Holiday Street Parade: Christmas Island Style on Marco Island is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The parade route is along San Marco Road. Bring chairs and set up early for a good spot.Holiday Boat Parade: Isles of Capri annual boat parade is 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Boats depart from Island Gypsy, 292 Capri Blvd.

Holiday Boat Parade: Marco Island’s Christmas Island Style continues at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 with the 35th annual boat parade. Sign up to decorate your boat and join the float here. Watch from restaurants on the water from Olde Marco to the Esplanade.

Movies on the Lawn: See “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 19, on the Mercato event lawn. Bring chairs and blankets. Mercato’s event lawn is at 9127 Strada Place, Naples. Films, which are on the third Tuesday of the month. More at experiencemercato.com

ART EXHIBITS

Botanical Revolution: Artist Tamara Kostianovsky utilizes repurposed clothing and other textiles to create dynamic works of sculpture that reference humankind’s connections to nature by echoing the forms of birds, tree stumps, plants and cow carcasses. This exhibition, the artist’s first in the southeastern United States, will include new work inspired by the bird and plant life of Southwest Florida. Exhibition runs through April 7 on first floor of the Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. artisnaples.org or 239‑597‑1111

KARAOKE, MORE MUSIC, TRIVIA AND MORE

Karaoke: 7 p.m. Thursdays at Z’s Music Kitchen, 12655 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. Visit Z’s Music Kitchen on Facebook.

Open Jam: 7-10 p.m. Tuesday’s Z’s Music Kitchen, 12655 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. Enjoy music and food. More at 239-304-9552 or zsmusickitchen.com.

Jebry’s Jazz and Blues Jam Session: 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Dogtooth bar and restaurant, 5310 Shirley St., Naples. 239-431-7004. 

Karaoke: 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Sneaky Pete’s, 3465 Bonita Beach Road SW, No. 120, Bonita Springs. 239-498-8887. sneakypetesbonita.com

Trivia: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at South Street City Oven and Grill at Goodlette Corners, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 4, Naples.

Trivia: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at South Street City Oven and Grill at Founders Square, 8845 Founders Square Drive, Naples

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FARMERS MARKETS

Third Street South Farmers Market: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays on Third Street South. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.

St. Paul’s Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 3901 Davis Blvd., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Naples. Gift shop and unique boutique.

Golden Gate Community Farmers Market: Open year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit farmermarket2.com for more. 

Immokalee State Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit fdacs.gov.

Friends of Koreshan Sunday Market has returned. It’s open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays at a new location, Three Oaks Town Center, 18731 Three Oaks Parkway, south Lee County. More on Facebook

Inyoni Organic Farm: This 6-acre all-organic farm offers online ordering with Saturday pickup on the farm. Learn more at facebook.com/inyoniorganicfarm.

Estero Farmers Market at Miromar Outlets: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays near Corkscrew Road entrance; 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Find it on Facebook for more. 

Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 3370 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples. Find it on Facebook for more. 

Marco Island Farmers Market: Wednesdays through April 10, 2024, at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Ave. Find more information here.

OTHER EVENTS

Collier Fruit Growers Inc. Food Club: Meets twice monthly, weekly every Thursday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at IFAS – Collier Fair Grounds, 14700 Immokalee Road, outside to the left of the butterfly garden. The club also meets monthly 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday at the Greater Naples Fire Rescue Dept., 14575 Collier Blvd., Naples. Enter through the east door (Collier Boulevard) side of the Administration Building. collierfruit.org.

Dave Osborn is the regional features editor of the Naples Daily News and News-Press. Follow him on Instagram and Threads @lacrossewriter and on Twitter @NDN_dosborn.

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