Happy Hol­i­days

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Hol­i­days on Sanibel and Cap­tiva are spe­cial, af­ford­ing vis­i­tors and is­landers the ex­cite­ment of fes­ti­vals and fes­tiv­i­ties. It’s an amaz­ing few weeks that re­quire added plan­ning. TOTI Me­dia’s hol­i­day guide is com­piled from the lo­cal cham­ber and other sources.

SANIBEL/CAP­TIVA LU­MI­NARY FES­TI­VALS Date: Dec. 2 and 3 Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mex­ico on Dec. 2, the bik e paths next to Peri­win­kle Way will twin­kle with the lights from hun­dreds of lu­mi­naria. Vis­i­tors to the an­nual Lu­mi­nary Fes­ti­val on Sanibel will fol­low a lighted walk­way to a tree-light­ing cer­e­mony, na­tiv­ity scenes, mu­sic and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. Hol­i­day singing will fill the air along with many re­fresh­ments and even Santa vis­its. Ul­ti­mately the goal is to en­cour­age shop­ping while pro­vid­ing fun. Com­pli­men­tary trol­ley ser­vice is avail­able. Cap­tiva’s ver­sion of the event takes place Dec. 3. Lu­mi­nary bags will line Andy Rosse Lane. The golf cart pa­rade will be­gin be­fore dusk, rain or shine, end­ing at Chadwick Square by South Seas with live mu­sic and so­cial­iz­ing. Open to ev­ery­one. The events are or­ga­nized by the Sanibel-Cap­tiva Cham­ber of Com­merce. For more in­for­ma­tion, see sanibel-cap­tiva.org.

BIG ARTS, SANIBEL Date: Through­out the sea­son

Ex­hibits, per­for­mances and other hol­i­day-re­lated fun and ac­tiv­i­ties at the is­land’s cen­ter­piece per­form­ing arts hall.

SANIBEL HIS­TOR­I­CAL MU­SEUM AND VIL­LAGE, SANIBEL Date: Through­out the sea­son

A col­lec­tion of cot­tages, a school, mu­nic­i­pal build­ings, homes and shops re­flect­ing the is­land’s her­itage are ar­rayed in hol­i­day splen­dor. Ad­mis­sion fees, open to ev­ery­one.

CAP­TIVA HOL­I­DAY VIL­LAGE Date: Through­out the hol­i­day sea­son

Cap­tiva trans­forms from a quaint town into a mag­i­cal hol­i­day vil­lage. Busi­nesses twin­kle with lights and is­land-in­spired dec­o­ra­tions. Spe­cial events are planned for ev­ery week­end. Open to ev­ery­one.

’TWEEN WA­TERS INN IS­LAND RE­SORT― CHRIST­MAS TREE LIGHT­ING AND FIRE­WORKS, CAP­TIVA Date: Nov. 25

On the Fri­day fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing, ’Tween Wa­ters hosts its light­ing of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. Fire­works on the beach fol­low sun­set. Open to ev­ery­one.

CAP­TIVA IS­LAND BOAT PA­RADE Date: Dec. 10

Be­gins at South Seas Is­land Re­sort Ma­rina and cruises through Pine Is­land Sound to ’Tween Wa­ters Inn Ma­rina on Roo­sevelt Chan­nel. Vis­i­tors can ride with Cap­tiva Cruises or watch the event from McCarthy’s Ma­rina, ’Tween Wa­ters Inn Is­land Re­sort and the Green Flash restau­rant. Must regis­ter your boat to join the pa­rade.

CHAPEL-BY-THE-SEA COM­MU­NITY CAROLING, CAP­TIVA

Chapel-by-the-Sea in De­cem­ber hosts tra­di­tional Christ­mas car­ols and hol­i­day songs. Guest soloists and spe­cial per­form­ers are fea­tured. Check the church’s cal­en­dar for times. Chapel-bythe-Sea is non­de­nom­i­na­tional and open Novem­ber through April.

CHRIST­MAS EVE SER­VICE AT LIGHT­HOUSE BEACH, SANIBEL Time: Just be­fore dusk.

Ser­vices led by pas­tor John Dan­ner of the Sanibel Con­gre­ga­tional United Church of Christ. Open to ev­ery­one.

MARCH­ING MULLET BAND PA­RADE, JENSEN’S TWIN PALM RE­SORT & MA­RINA, CAP­TIVA Or­ga­nized to honor vet­er­ans, the Mardi

Gras-like event starts at Jensen’s and pro­ceeds down Andy Rosse Lane to the beach in front of the Mucky Duck restau­rant. All those in the pa­rade then en­joy shar­ing the sun­set over the Gulf of Mex­ico. The pa­rade gen­er­ally has no set time or an­nual date, but oc­curs at will. Open to ev­ery­one.

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