DEC. 6-9, 2018

THURSDAY & FRIDAY  | The snow falls on Third Street South during the holiday season! Beloved by all ages, enjoy the festive atmosphere (beginning at 7 p.m.) while dining at Third Street’s many award-winning restaurants or taking in live music after sunset at the beach.

BEGINNING FRIDAY  | One of our favorite holiday traditions is back: Night Lights at Naples Botanical Garden. Beginning Friday through Jan. 3, thousands of lights illuminate the garden, with gourmet treats and entertainment throughout, including performances by Opera Naples and Naples Ballet on select nights. Order your tickets online.

FRIDAY  |  Love beer and board games? Join the Leapfrog Athletics, Yoga Lab and CycleBar communities for Beer and Board Games night from 6:30-10:30 at the Inn at Pelican Bay. Bring a beer (or wine) you’ve never tried before and a new, unwrapped board game, and enjoy a chill evening of beer sampling, games and chili with friends. After the event, the board games will be donated to The Shelter for Abused Women & Children.

SATURDAY  |  Practice your asana and karma yoga on the 18th fairway of the Gold Course at Tiburón Golf Club as Lauren Fox of Donation Yoga Naples leads a free QBE Shootout yoga class from 8-8:45 a.m.

SATURDAY  |  Swing by The Spice & Tea Exchange from 11 a.m. to noon for a free smoothie demo by holistic nutrition specialist Jennifer Khosla as she shares the key ingredients your smoothie is missing. (While you’re there, pick up some delicious holiday gifts for the cooking enthusiasts in your life!)

SATURDAY  |  It’s not the holidays in Southwest Florida without a Christmas boat parade or two. On Saturday, take your pick: the annual Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (watch from Pinchers at Tin City, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House, or Naples City Dock) or the Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade from 6-8 p.m. (watch from The Esplanade or Snook Inn).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY  |  When you’re little, not much tops tea with Santa and giant teddy bears. The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort hosts its annual Teddy Bear Tea from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge. A storyteller reads favorite children’s tales while the little ones enjoy tea, hot chocolate, sweet treats and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The cost is $65 per child; call (239) 598-6644.

THROUGH DEC. 12  |  Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week is on! Through Dec. 12, dozens of local restaurants (see a full list with menus) are featuring $16-36 prix fixe menus. It’s as good—or better!—of a deal than many restaurants offer even in the slower summer months, so if there’s a spot you’ve been meaning to try, now’s the time. Plus, $1 of each Restaurant Week meal benefits the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship.

THROUGH CHRISTMAS  |  Buddy the Elf spreads holiday cheer for all to hear during Elf the Musical, based on the movie, now onstage at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. Tickets begin at $45; order yours online or by calling (239) 278-4422.

Attending these or any other events in Naples or Southwest Florida this weekend? Tag your posts on social media with #WeekendInSWFL.