Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village will herald in the Holiday Season with their spectacular “Lighting of the Village” Saturday, November 13!!! This celebration is the official kick off
of the annual “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS”, a display of more than ONE MILLION LIGHTS and themed decorations. Local residents and visitors will enjoy beautiful traditional themed holiday décor and lights both inside and outside Fishermen’s Village.
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. as Santa arrives at the Village front entrance courtesy of Punta Gorda Fire Chief Ray Brigg’s Antique Fire Truck! Santa will be welcomed by the Suncoast Brass Heralding Trumpeters! Beginning at 5:15 pm, an official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place with Santa and local dignitaries. This year’s ribbon cutting will include a special vocal performance by Singer Isabella Stefania. As the ribbon is cut, visitors will witness the reveal of the annual Lighting of the Village! The Lee County Pipes and Drums Band will then parade through the Village, followed by a rousing performance in Center Court. Other festivities include live music/dancing with the Shane Duncan Band, pictures with Santa and The Grinch (bring your camera!), Festival Glitter & Tattoos by Star Valle, Balloon Creations by Jeff the Juggler, and complimentary refreshments courtesy of Village Merchants. Festivities continue through 9 pm.
YOUR ADMISSION: Patrons are being asked to bring toiletries and hygiene items to be donated to “Share The Blessings Ministry”, an all-volunteer, nonprofit charity benefiting those in need in Charlotte County. Their mission is to provide hygiene, cleaning and non-perishable food items which serve over 500 individuals and 150 families each month.
Due to the popularity of this event, parking will fill up fast, so arrive early. Security personnel will be offering golf cart rides throughout the evening to transport you from your car to the Village entrance.