Well, I know it’s *only* October but since the department and discount stores are doing it, I’ll do it, too. And that’s talk about the holidays.
We have some fantastic holiday happenings this season and collectively we call the season “Holidays on the Harbor.” We hope you’ll join us this December and take advantage of these cheerful specials and events.
In the picturesque area of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, we deck the decks, docks, seawalls, ship’s masts, palm trees, and anything and everything that can be strung with holiday lights. During the annual “Holidays on the Harbor” celebration throughout December, the destination sparkles with a boat parade, harbor cruises, concerts, art fairs and more – all illuminated with thousands upon thousands of holiday lights.
Those planning the holidays here can enjoy the best of both worlds: holiday foods and festivities with all of the warmth not found at home. Here are some specials that will make for a more affordable vacation, followed by highlights of holiday events.
“No Snowballs, Just Plenty of Golf Balls”
Valid Dec 15, 2010 – Jan 15, 2011
Free Golf with select vacation home rentals, including a dozen free golf balls
Homes from $930 + 12% tax per week (plus cart fees).
Place in the Sun Vacation Rentals
Tel: (941) 465 6888
Holiday Escape Getaway
November 20 – December 30, 2010
Get away for the holidays at the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside for a relaxing experience away from all the hustle and bustle. Marina view room and a full breakfast for 2, $129 per night, plus tax. Stop by the bar to receive 99-cent draft beers during your stay. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions may apply.
For reservations, call (941) 637-6770 and ask for the Holiday Escape Getaway package or visit www.fourpointspuntagorda.com
Four Points by Sheraton Harborside Punta Gorda
33 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL
Tel: (941) 637-6770
Punta Gorda Peace River Boat Tours Christmas Light Canal Cruise
Enjoy a 1.5 hr. cruise with Capt. Louie Desguin on board his boat “The Peggy Jean,” through the holiday-bedecked canals of Punta Gorda Isles. Cruises depart nightly, Dec. 2 thru Dec. 31, at 5:30 and 7 pm. Save $5.00 per person of the regular price if booked by Nov. 1st. Reservations are required. Call Capt. Louie Desguin at 941-380-6814 or visit www.ThePeggyJean.com
Punta Gorda Peace River Boat Tours
25 Nesbit St. Slip E-2
Laishley Park Marina
Punta Gorda Fl.
Tel: (941) 380-6814
Intimate Punta Gorda Holiday Lights Tours
Join our captain and nature guide aboard a comfortable 20 ft pontoon
boat while we leisurely cruise the colorfully lit waterways through
Punta Gorda Isles. 6 passenger maximum, $22 per person. Call for discounts. Trips begin at sundown on December 1st, call for scheduling and more information.
Nature By Boat Excursions
Tel: (941) 626-7590
Sailing School Special
Discover the joys of sailing during a day on Charlotte Harbor and start the adventure of a lifetime. This is an introduction to the fascinating sport of sailing during which you will experience how to handle a 35′ yacht. See dolphins and white pelicans.
$115.00 per person (min. 2 and max. 6 people)
Advance reservations required, subject to availability of yacht and captain. Black-out dates are December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
Holiday Fright Deal
Description: buy one, get one free
Cost: regularly $10/person now 2 for $10
Restrictions: Must mention Holiday Fright Deal, advance reservations required
December Cooking Classes and Meal Prep
Learn to make holiday treats, from Cannolis to Yuletide Mousse, sugar alternatives, African and Southern cuisine and more. Many classes are $10, no class is more than $40 including a full meal. Next door, Prepped & Ready is an easy meal assembly program where guests prepare healthy entrées for their family in just minutes. Classes occur Tues, Dec. Dec. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16 and 21.
Pies & Plates Culinary Academy
2310 Tamiami Trail, Ste. 3117
Punta Gorda, FL
Tel: (941) 505-7437
Holiday Happenings in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands Including Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood, Boca Grande and Placida
For a full listing, visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com
Festival of Lights at Fishermen’s Village
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village
Call (941) 639-8721 for more information.
Official kick off of the Holiday Shopping Season. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with Lee County Pipes & Drums. Balloon Creations by Luis The Balloon Man, Airbrush Art for Face & Body, complimentary refreshments courtesy of Village Merchants, Visits with Santa (bring your camera), live music in center court 5-9 p.m. Check the Website for additional events all season long at www.fishville.com
Admission: Free – Open to the public.
Hours: 5:30 p.m.
Rotonda West Association Hosts Christmas Parade
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
The Rotonda West Association will be hosting a Christmas Parade beginning at 2:00 p.m. The parade route will begin on Rotonda Boulevard East traveling east to Rotonda Circle ending at the Oakland Hills Marina (across from the Rotonda Hills restaurant). Upon entering any of the roads leading into Rotonda West greeters will be present with directions for parking and viewing. There is no entry fee however donations of food, holiday gifts and monetary donations will be collected for the Englewood Helping Hand organization. Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, November 28th, listen to Ken Birdsong on WENG (1530 am) for weather cancellations and complete parade commentary.
Admission: Free, donations of food, holiday gifts and monetary donations will be collected.
Hours: 2:00 p.m.
30th Annual Christmas Light Canal Tours
Friday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
Punta Gorda, King Fisher Fleet at Fishermen’s Village
Cruise the canals of Punta Gorda for this family tradition of evening enjoyment with spectacular illumination of community holiday spirit. Call for Reservations.
Admission: Call for prices
Hours: Departure times: 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tel: (941) 639-0969
Holly Days Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Punta Gorda, Downtown Punta Gorda
Celebrate the lighting of our Christmas Tree 2010. Downtown merchants will offer festive cheer, will be open for Holiday shopping and offering their own entertainment all evening. Watch it snow in Florida!
Hours: 6 – 8 p.m.
21st Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor
The festive display of lights and gorgeous reflections on the water make this annual event a definite must see! Viewings from land or on the harbor by chartered cruise or personal watercraft.
Hours: Begins at dusk.
Tel: (941) 639-3720
“Tiz the Season” – Charlotte Symphony Orchestra POPS Concert
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
New Englander Ida Zecco gets listeners acquainted with lesser-known Christmas songs. Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
75 Taylor Rd.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tiz the Season Charlotte Symphony Orchestra POPS Christmas Concert.
Admission: $35 Adults/$15 Students
Hours: 7:00 PM
Tel: (941) 833-5444