Rea­sons for the Sea­son: Sanibel & Cap­tiva

Feasts and fes­ti­vals

Times of the Islands - - On The Radar - Mandy Carter is a lo­cal mom with a pas­sion for fam­ily travel, a pop­u­lar travel blog­ger in­clud­ing her own fam­ily blog at Acup­ful. com and the Dig­i­tal Con­tent & En­gage­ment Edi­tor for TOTI Media. BY MANDY CARTER


On Sun­day, Nov. 12, from noon to 5 p.m., restau­rants from the is­lands take part in this an­nual fundraiser ben­e­fit­ing the Clinic for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Wildlife, Inc. (CROW). It’s the 36th year for the event, which will take place at Sanibel community Park. The premier is­land food fes­ti­val show­cases the vi­brant and di­verse restaurant community of Sanibel and Cap­tiva with new, ex­cit­ing culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences—along with long-time fa­vorites. For fur­ther de­tails, visit crow­­ti­cles/36th-taste-of-the-is­lands.


Each year on the Friday fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing, ’Tween Wa­ters Inn Is­land Re­sort & Spa hosts one of the hol­i­day sea­son’s most an­tic­i­pated events: The an­nual light­ing of its Christ­mas tree! On Friday, Nov. 24, start­ing at 5:30 p.m., is­lan­ders and vis­i­tors will gather at ’Twee­nies for food, drinks, car­ol­ing, live mu­sic, the tree light­ing and a fire­works dis­play on the beach. Find out more in­for­ma­tion by go­ing to tween-wa­


Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, from Thanks­giv­ing week­end through­out the month of De­cem­ber, Cap­tiva Is­land trans­forms into a mag­i­cal hol­i­day vil­lage. Busi­nesses, restau­rants and re­sorts will twin­kle with lovely lights and dar­ing dec­o­ra­tions. Planned events in­clude fire danc­ing, mu­si­cal per­for­mances and color­ful pa­rades.


Sanibel Is­land & Cap­tiva Is­land Cham­ber of Com­merce spon­sors the an­nual Lu­mi­nary Fes­ti­val. It’s a “community-wide hol­i­day event that brings to­gether res­i­dents, vis­i­tors, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions, pro­mot­ing good­will and community spirit.” The beau­ti­ful fes­ti­val, now in its 33rd year, will take place on Sanibel on Friday, Dec. 1, and on Cap­tiva on Satur­day, Dec. 2. Ac­cord­ing to the cham­ber, “as you travel the trail, look for the many fun places to stop and en­joy. There will be a tree light­ing cer­e­mony, com­ple­men­tary trol­ley ser­vice, Santa vis­its, photos with Santa, a live na­tiv­ity scene, mu­sic and ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­tire fam­ily.” For all the news, check out sanibel-cap­

'Tween Wa­ters Inn Is­land Re­sort & Spa on Cap­tiva ( left) holds its an­nual Christ­mas tree light­ing cer­e­mony on the Friday fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing. Be­low, Lu­mi­nary Fes­ti­vals take place each year on both is­lands.

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