Annual “Lighting of The Village” Saturday, November 15th

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Village Lighting Event Launches the Holiday Season

At Fishermen’s Village on the Punta Gorda Waterfront

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, hosted by Beneath The Sea

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony

On the Waterfront

Lighted Canal Cruises

Sunset Cruises

New Year’s Eve Cruises

Private Charters Surrey Rides

 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

Fremont John

Michael Hirst

Fletcher Music Christmas Program

Trop Rock Music with Jim Morris

Doo Wop Crew

MTD Music and Arts

Chris G Performs Holiday Classics

Reconnections Band

Christmas Caroling by the Girl Scouts

Charlotte High School Band

Good Shepherd Day School Holiday Concert

Burnt Store Choir and Hand Bells Choir

Ron Drolet

Tuba Christmas

Paul Cottrell

Denny Pezzin

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.

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Fishermen’s Village

1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Suite 57A

Punta Gorda, Fla., 33950

(941) 639-8721

(800) 639-0020

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Fishermen's Village is a waterfront mall, resort, and marina located on Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda featuring shops, boutiques, restaurants, out island cruises, boat/kayak military museum, live entertainment and special events. Open Daily
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