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Captiva Holiday Village 2014

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The hoteliers, merchants, attraction owners and restaurateurs of Captiva Island are getting into the holiday spirit and busily preparing for the fifth annual Captiva Holiday Village. The three-weekend-long Captiva Holiday Village launches its 2014 spectacular the Friday after Thanksgiving with fireworks, tree lightings, holiday readings, musical performances and more. Each special-themed weekend will be a fun-filled extravaganza of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and evening sunsets. During the event weekends, visitors will enjoy everything from decorated golf cart and lighted boat parades to Junkanoo dancers, live music and even a Marching Mullet Parade. Last year’s event raised $50,000 for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Coastal Living Magazine recently named Captiva the Happiest Seaside Town in Florida. According to the magazine, “The slender barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico west of Fort Myers has pale, powdery sands graced with more than 250 types of seashells.” Each year, Captiva visitors and locals try to outdo each other by extravagantly decorating their personal or rented golf carts in lights, garland, hats and even plastic flamingos for the annual Golf Cart Parade. Fun, festive and sometimes gaudy outfits go along with the tradition. The Golf Cart Parade begins at South Seas Island Resort at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and is limited to the first 100 entries. All entries must incorporate a holiday theme. The parade route travels from South Seas to Andy Rosse Lane then loops around Chapin and Wiles Drive and back past the Green Flash restaurant before returning to South Seas. A portion of the $20 entrance fee will benefit the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries. The Boat Parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 just outside Roosevelt Channel, Marker #2. The route will follow Roosevelt Channel to ‘Tween Waters Inn and back. There is no entry fee for the boat parade and prizes will be given for the best-decorated vessels. A minimum of 100 lights is required for entry but more are encouraged. Best Boat Club & Rentals at South Seas Island Resort will rent boats to resort guests if they want to decorate and participate in the parade. Captiva Island resorts, inns, cottages and vacation homes are also offering lodging specials in conjunction with this year’s event. To learn more about Captiva Holiday Village, visit www.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com. The 2014 event schedule: Friday, Nov. 28 • Tree Lighting and Fireworks at ‘Tween Waters Inn Saturday, Nov. 29 • South Seas Tree Lighting and Children’s Classic Holiday Reading • Sunset Arias at ‘Tween Waters Inn Friday, Dec. 5 • Sunset Arias at ‘Tween Waters Inn • Sanibel Luminary • Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Nature of Captiva Saturday, Dec. 6 • Royal Shell’s Decorated Golf Cart Parade • Golf Cart Awards & Party • Captiva Luminary Friday, Dec. 12 • Mullet March at Jensen’s Twin Palms 30 minutes before sunset. • Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Captiva Island Historical Society’s Holiday film at Jensen’s Twin Palms Saturday, Dec. 13 • Fishing & Mullet Festival at Jensen’s Twin Palms all day • Junkanoo Parade • Lighted Boat Parade • Post Boat Parade Party Sunday, Dec. 14 • Carol Sing at Chapel By the Sea

Occurs weekly: Sunday, Friday, Saturday (12:00 PM to 9:00 PM) [starting Nov 28, 2014 ending Dec 14, 2014]
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Downtown Captiva
W Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924

Ticket Price: Free to attent
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