PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Promising to delight children of all ages, the elves and Santa’s helpers at Fishermen’s Village are inviting the community to a traditional Lighting of the Village celebration and an evening of holiday music, displays and décor.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Fishermen’s Village will shimmer with a million twinkling lights throughout the grounds and strollway of the famous waterfront shopping and dining complex. The cheeriest season-opener ever will continue through 9 p.m., setting the pace for holiday events that will unfold nearly non-stop through New Year’s Eve. The evening features Punta Gorda’s own Boogiemen Band, Charlotte Chorale Dicken’s Carolers, Luis the Balloon Man, Lee County Pipes & Drums, Florida Dance Workshop and, of course, SANTA!
Admission is a nonperishable food item donation to help Share the Blessings Ministries fill area food pantries.
The village calendar is fuller than Santa’s sack with a glittering variety of ongoing and unique events. Harbor cruises, traditional music, holiday carolers and choirs, and Christmas characters will gather at the mall throughout the season. Santa and his elves are planning a score of visits so the youngest visitors can get their wishes in early.
In addition to the unique shopping, dining and the relaxed resort amenities that Fishermen’s Village is famous for, dozens of free community events, including the Angel Tree for needy children, will be featured throughout the season.
“Fishermen’s Village absolutely loves the holidays,” said Marketing and Events Director Kathy Burnam. “We have the setting, staging, and special events that will delight families, the community, visitors, and – of course our pets – every day of the season,” she said.
The mall complex has been organized into three holiday styles. The Whoville section will feature Seuss characters and the playful side of the season that is synonymous with kids, toys, and fun. In another section, drifts of fluffy snow, snowflakes, and silver bells will evoke a winter wonderland. In the traditional section, the village will deck the halls with swags of holly green and berry red.
“Whatever your favorite winter theme is, Fishermen’s Village will have it,” Burnam said. “Whether it’s Horton, the Grinch and Santa for the kids, winter white, or pinecones and evergreens, we promise a feast for the eyes, music for the spirit, and community connections that reflect the true meaning of the season,” she said.
The Lighting of the Village celebration is a free community event, 5:30 – 9 p.m., at Fisherman’s Village Center Court. Unique holiday shopping, dining, and music promise a memorable and enjoyable evening for one and all.
Holiday Events at Fishermen’s Village
The still-growing roster of holiday events is updated daily at www.fishville.com. Sign up at the website for email alerts, or telephone the village’s main office for specific inquiries and reservations.
Here are highlights of big name and locally famous musicians, carolers, choirs, and bands that will make the rafters ring, starting Nov. 15 and going nonstop through Fishermen’s Village free family friendly New Year’s Eve party.
Fishermen’s Village Community
Visits and Photos with Santa
Angel Tree in Center Court
Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony
On the Waterfront
Lighted Canal Cruises
New Year’s Eve Cruises
Shopping and Dining
Holiday fashions, boutique gifts, cafes to confectionaries, fast and fine dining, pets to décor – every shop and vendor has gathered unique and traditional gifts that will be treasured for years to come.
48 Days of Music in the Village – Check the Website and the Holiday Calendar for Performance Times
Fletcher Music Christmas Program
Trop Rock Music with Jim Morris
Doo Wop Crew
MTD Music and Arts
Chris G Performs Holiday Classics
Christmas Caroling by the Girl Scouts
Charlotte High School Band
Good Shepherd Day School Holiday Concert
Burnt Store Choir and Hand Bells Choir
Auld Lang Syne – New Year’s Eve
Join family and friends 5 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 for the free, family friendly celebration to welcome in the New Year.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Suite 57A
Punta Gorda, Fla., 33950