The Village Shops was Glowing at the Annual Grand Illuminations!
On November 23rd, The Village Shops transformed into Naples North Pole, as many gathered to enjoy and take part in the holiday season. The Village Shops Grand Illuminations event sure was grand, with fun and entertainment for the whole family!
Families, dressed in their holiday best, immediately bee lined for the Santa line for one-on-one time with the man in the big red suit and their complimentary printed and emailed family photos. All the while, guests also enjoyed the additional ongoing entertainment including stories with Mrs. Claus, carolers, face painting, balloon art, and more!
The Kowiachobee Animal Preserve brought by their furry and reptile friends to visit and takephotos with guests. The animals – snakes, alligator, the beloved Bengal Tiger, Sabeena – were a hit, featured in many photos.
Throughout the evening, the Dickens Carolers had the whole crowd singing along to the favorite Christmas Carols, everything from “Here Comes Santa Claus” to “Let It Snow”!
At 6pm, the talented dancers from Dance Arts By Maria took the stage to perform a variety of dance numbers. The dancers showcased several dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. The dancer’s sequined costumes sparkled across the stage as they stepped to the beat.
The crowd circled around the stage clapping and singing along to each song.
Leading up to 7pm, the anticipation grew as everyone awaited the Tree Lighting Ceremony. A countdown commenced and at 7pm, the tallest Christmas tree in Naples illuminated The Village with thousands of lights. Right on cue, it also began to snow, turning The Village into a true Winter Wonderland!