Reasons for the Season: Feasts and festivals
Oct 25, 2017 06:21PM
● Published by Mandy Carter
'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on Captiva holds its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Photo courtesy of 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa.
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 crowclinic.org/articles/36th-taste-of-the-islands.
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-waters.com/.
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-captiva.org.
Luminary Festivals take place each year on both islands. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.
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.
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