There’s always a lot to do in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, but  the holiday season takes it to the next level! Peruse the list below to plan your festivities, and keep checking back: this list will be updated weekly until Dec. 20, 2019*.

Holidays - Fishermen's VillageNow, through the holidays

Create your own holiday keepsakes at Bisque IT Studio (facebook.com/bisqueitstudiofun) and Hammer & Stain Punta Gorda (facebook.com/hammerandstainpuntagorda). Projects include bisque painting, glass fusing, wood and canvas painting, and more. Get your creative on this holiday season! 

Daily, through Dec. 31, the Festival of Lights at Fishermen's Village will put anyone in the holiday spirit! Visit facebook.com/fishermensvillage

Punta Gorda Christmas Lights Tours by Peace River Charters depart every night in December, except for Christmas Day. Enjoy the Christmas spirit, lights and decorations in Punta Gorda Isles and bring family, friends, coolers, blankets, snacks!! The Calusa queen can accommodate up to 30 passengers and they also offer group rates as well as private charters. Cost is $25 per adult and $19 per child 10 and under (plus tax). Bring a new unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots donation and receive a $5 off coupon for your next adventure with Peace River Charters. Call 863.884.4000 for tickets and visit facebook.com/PRCAirboattours for details.

Christmas Light Canal Cruises by King Fisher Fleet Offered thrice nightly—6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm, Dec. 1–31, 2019, these one-hour trips tour the residential canals of Punta Gorda to view Christmas lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Boats of all shapes and sizes cruise the canals during the evenings in December to enjoy this warm display of community Christmas spirit. Advance reservations are a must: call 941-639-0969 and visit kingfisherfleet.com.

Week of December 9–​15

Floral Design Class: Lighted Boxwood Tree at Port Charlotte Florist $68 per person. Enjoy a glass of wine and create a festive boxwood tree. Light snacks, a glass of wine and all design supplies included. $68 per person. Dec. 10, 6:00 pm. Call 941.627.2236 with questions and visit facebook.com/pcflorist.

Create your own Mixed Media Holiday Tree at Eclectic Whimsy, Dec. 11, 10:00 am. Paint the background of a 10” x 20” canvas, then assemble your tree with shells, seaglass, driftwood and more, then embellish. You're also welcome to bring/use any small items you have to add. You'll leave with a unique piece of 3D art!  Call/text Denise at 508-332-8073 to register. (Minimum of 3 attendees required,) Visit facebook.com/eclecticwhim.

Gardens Aglow at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens See the Gardens in a whole new light every weekend in December. Enjoy a stroll around the North Gardens, which will be full of thousands of lights. and music. Photos with Santa on select evenings, S’mores roasting over the fire pit (for a small fee), and story time for children during select times. The Garden Gift Shop will be open each evening with a wonderful holiday selection.Dec. 13–15, and 20–23, 6:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/PeaceRiverGardens.

Christmas Party at Scottie's Last Chance Saloon is Dec. 13, 6:30 pm. Featuring food, karaoke, and surprise's! Search " "Last chance saloon" " (with the quote marks) on Facebook.

The Charlotte County Chamber is pleased to invite all to share in a Hometown Community Christmas, featuring a Christmas Marketplace, their 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, food trucks, craft vendors, and caroling, Dec. 13, from 4:00–7:00 pm,. The tree lighting will be at dusk. Free to the public. Visit facebook.com/charlottecountychamber for more details.

Winter Art Market at Englewood Art Center Art vendors, Pickled Pink (facebook.com/pickledpinkfoodtruck/) and Baylor's Southern Soul Food food trucks, music by The NepTunZ, artist demos, and activities for kids. Dec. 13 and 14, 10:00 am–3:00 pm.Visit facebook.com/EnglewoodArtCenter.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Military Heritage Museum with Ringing in the Holidays, Dec. 13, 14, and 15. Top local artists will present a spirited evening of live music, stories, Jesus and Mrs. Clause, and a special dance performance by Elite Fine Arts Academy. Visit facebook.com/MilitaryHeritageMuseum for details.

Santa in the Swamp by Babcock Ranch Eco Tours Santa is making a special stop at our tour to take photos and listen to your wish list! Dec. 14, 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/babcockranchecotour.

Breakfast with Santa at F.M. Don's takes place Dec. 14, 10:00 am–noon. $10 per child, includes breakfast buffet, crafts and activities, and pictures with Santa! Special guests: Elsa and Olaf! Visit facebook.com/fmdons.

The Annual Holiday Party at Fedora's Cigar & Wine Bar is Dec. 14, 5:00–11:00 pm. Oscar Valladares and Island Jim cigars, great food and lots of it and raffles all during the party! Visit facebook.com/fedorascigarbarpuntagorda.

The 12Metal lizard and wreathth Annual Mistletoe Ball takes place Dec. 14. Featuring a new VIP high energy Lounge with music and exclusive surprises. Don’t miss this Winter Wonderland filled with awe and delight, chances to win prizes, an auction filled with famous memorabilia, experiences, and gifts near and far, and special cocktails. Dress is black tie or cocktail best; tickets: $130 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 614.302.1166 or email devorah.kermisch@cchomelesscoalition.org or go to weblink.donorperfect.com/MistletoeBall2019 (scroll down to the bottom of the page) for tickets. Visit facebook.com/CharlotteCountyHomelessCoalition for details.

Celebrate the holiday season with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce's 41st Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 14. The parade steps off at noon from Charlotte Performing Arts Center and travels up Taylor to the Event Center. This is a fun family event, don’t miss it! Visit facebook.com/charlottecountychamber for more details.

Annual Lighting of the Lighthouse by Barrier Island Parks Society There is nothing like the Annual Lighting of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum! On one special night a year the lighthouse beacon shines into the night sky, surrounded with thousands of beautiful holiday lights and merry cheer. Enjoy live music by Kenny Rose and complimentary appetizers! Wine is also served for a small donation. It is a wonderful evening for mingling with friends or to begin your holiday shopping at our lovely gift shop and unique silent auction. Dec. 14; gates open at 5:30 pm; the Lighthouse will be lit by approximately 5:45 pm. Visit facebook.com/BarrierIslandParksSociety.

2nd Annual Christmas on Dearborn happens Dec. 14, 4:00–9:00 pm. Search "Christmas on Dearborn" on Facebook.

Christmas Time at the Celtic Ray on Dec. 15, features Irish songs, Christmas songs, and pints. That's the way to get the season started! Visit facebook.com/celticraypublichouse.

Holiday Pops by Punta Gorda Symphony at Charlotte Performing Arts Center Holiday season favorites, featuring guest vocalist Jacob Waid. Dec. 15, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.Visit facebook.com/puntagordasymphony.

2nd Annual Santa Paws in the Park by History Park Market, Punta Gorda Volunteers will take photos of your family and  “furry” friends with Santa in front of the “yellow house.” Photos can be retrieved at facebook.com/historyparkmarket. Dec. 15, 10:30 am–11:30 am.

Paradise Christmas Fair at Laishley Park Vendors, art, custom crafts, Santa Claus (noon–2:00 pm) , food trucks and much more! Dec. 15, 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/localladiessouthflorida

Cultural Heritage Center’s Holidays Around the World  happens Dec. 15, and 22 Enjoy cultural holiday decorations in the historical houses, as well as amazing lights around the History Park itself! Kids are invited to make something fun—paint a rock or a shell or an ornament (while supplies last), make a parol lantern, then decorate and enjoy a creative cookie, from 2:00–5:00 pm (holiday decoration and viewing of light displays continues until 8:00 am). Free cultural quote mug to the first 20 attendees each day! Tickets are $8 per family (of any size) and $3 per individual. Visit their Eventbrite page to choose your date, and their Facebook event page for more details. 

Punta Gorda Christmas Lights Tours by Peace River Charters depart every night in December, except for Christmas Day. Enjoy the Christmas spirit, lights and decorations in Punta Gorda Isles and bring family, friends, coolers, blankets, snacks!! The Calusa queen can accommodate up to 30 passengers and they also offer group rates as well as private charters. Cost is $25 per adult and $19 per child 10 and under (plus tax). Bring a new unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots donation and receive a $5 off coupon for your next adventure with Peace River Charters. Call 863.884.4000 for tickets and visit facebook.com/PRCAirboattours for details.

Christmas Light Canal Cruises by King Fisher Fleet Offered thrice nightly—6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm, Dec. 1–31, 2019, these one-hour trips tour the residential canals of Punta Gorda to view Christmas lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Boats of all shapes and sizes cruise the canals during the evenings in December to enjoy this warm display of community Christmas spirit. Advance reservations are a must: call 941-639-0969 and visit kingfisherfleet.com.

Week of December 16–​22

Charlotte Harbor Holiday Boat ParadeJohn Denver Country Christmas at Visani Comedy Theater features songs from John Denver’s Christmas album and other holiday classics. Dec. 16, 7:00 pm. For tickets call: 941-629-9191 or visit facebook.com/johndenvertributeshow.

A Celtic Christmas with Trina & Ian and Wolfhound at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County is Dec. 18, 7:00–9:00 pm. Featuring The Lee County Pipes and Drums, the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dancers and a surprise story teller! Enjoy traditional Celtic songs, stories, tunes, and dances. Visit facebook.com/CulturalCenterofCC.

Cookies & Claus at Port Charlotte Town Center Mall is perfect for kids 12 and under! Dec, 18, 3:30–5:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/PortCharlotteTownCenter

Holiday Paint Party at Bella's Bistro by Robyn's Art & Gifts, Dec. 18, 1:00–3:00 pm. Paint a holiday truck and tree on a wood or MDF sign to decorate your home or give a gift. Can be personalized. $40 per person; prepay required. Visit facebook.com/robynsartandgifts.

Drag and Comedy Show: Bianca's Xmas Party with Friends at Outdoor Republic Apparel. $10 per person, parental discretion advised; not "family friendly." Dec. 19, 7:00–9:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/biancadiva79.

American Made Christmas Party at Over the Bridge features live music by, you guessed it, American Made! Featuring "good old classic songs from the '60s to the '80s." Dec. 20, 8:00–11:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/OTbridge. 

Bob Hope’s Christmas Gala at The Military Heritage Museum takes place Dec. 20 and 21. This benefit for the museum, features the Hope estate-sanctioned premiere Bob Hope impersonator, Bill Johnson, as well as renowned impersonator Holly Faris as Phyllis Diller and Marilyn Monroe, with special guest former Golddigger Dancer from the Dean Martin Show and former USO tour performer, Michelle Dellafave. Delight to your favorite Christmas standards and comedy straight from Bob’s tour with this cheerful fun filled nostalgic recreation. Visit facebook.com/MilitaryHeritageMuseum for details.

Gardens Aglow at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens See the Gardens in a whole new light every weekend in December. Enjoy a stroll around the North Gardens, which will be full of thousands of lights. and music. Photos with Santa on select evenings, S’mores roasting over the fire pit (for a small fee), and story time for children during select times. The Garden Gift Shop will be open each evening with a wonderful holiday selection.Dec. 20–23, 6:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/PeaceRiverGardens.

White Elephant Pub's 6th Annual Christmas Boat Parade Boats will be leaving the White Elephant docks around sunset and will travel down the key and back around to the Tom Adams Bridge, then return to the White Elephant. Drinks specials all night long. Boone County will be rocking the house from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Dec. 21, 5:00–11:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/whiteelephantpub.

Bert's Spirit of Giving at Bert's Black Widow Harley-Davidson features live music from Maiden Cane and  Boone County Band, free beer, and free lunch, 11:00–3:00 pm. Donate any new, unwrapped toy for a free Bert's campfire mug!. Three lucky attendees will win one of the following: a signed guitar by Maiden Cane, a $500 Bert's Gift Basket loaded with $500 worth of H-D products or a free tattoo valued at $1K by Tony Kelly. Dec. 21, 11:00–4:00 pm. Visit facebook.com/BertsBlackWidowHD.

Sandra's Restaurant is having a Christmas Party with live music from Paul Roush, Dec. 21, 4:00–9:00 pm. Search by name on Facebook.

Punta Gorda Boat Parade of Lights takes place Saturday, Dec. 21, 6:00 p.m. Viewers get up very close to the boats at this parade that includes carolers, performers and great decorations. The route is within Punta Gorda Isles. To view, drive along the route and find a location that you like. There are many viewing areas along the new leg off of Almar Dr. Do not park on the street and respect all No Trespassing signs.  Many spectators bring chairs to reserve their spot very early on parade day.  Visit puntagordaboatparade.com for details.

Punta Gorda Christmas Lights Tours by Peace River Charters depart every night in December, except for Christmas Day. Enjoy the Christmas spirit, lights and decorations in Punta Gorda Isles and bring family, friends, coolers, blankets, snacks!! The Calusa queen can accommodate up to 30 passengers and they also offer group rates as well as private charters. Cost is $25 per adult and $19 per child 10 and under (plus tax). Bring a new unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots donation and receive a $5 off coupon for your next adventure with Peace River Charters. Call 863.884.4000 for tickets and visit facebook.com/PRCAirboattours for details.

Christmas Light Canal Cruises by King Fisher Fleet Offered thrice nightly—6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm, Dec. 1–31, 2019, these one-hour trips tour the residential canals of Punta Gorda to view Christmas lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Boats of all shapes and sizes cruise the canals during the evenings in December to enjoy this warm display of community Christmas spirit. Advance reservations are a must: call 941-639-0969 and visit kingfisherfleet.com.

Week of December 23–​29

Annual Christmas Day Dinner at Boca Royale Golf and Country Club Dec. 25, 11:00 am. Open to the public! Search "Boca Royale Golf and Country Club" on Facebook.

Daily, through Dec. 31, the Festival of Lights at Fishermen's Village will put anyone in the holiday spirit! Visit facebook.com/fishermensvillage

Punta Gorda Christmas Lights Tours by Peace River Charters depart every night in December, except for Christmas Day. Enjoy the Christmas spirit, lights and decorations in Punta Gorda Isles and bring family, friends, coolers, blankets, snacks!! The Calusa queen can accommodate up to 30 passengers and they also offer group rates as well as private charters. Cost is $25 per adult and $19 per child 10 and under (plus tax). Bring a new unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots donation and receive a $5 off coupon for your next adventure with Peace River Charters. Call 863.884.4000 for tickets and visit facebook.com/PRCAirboattours for details.

Christmas Light Canal Cruises by King Fisher Fleet Offered thrice nightly—6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm, Dec. 1–31, 2019, these one-hour trips tour the residential canals of Punta Gorda to view Christmas lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Boats of all shapes and sizes cruise the canals during the evenings in December to enjoy this warm display of community Christmas spirit. Advance reservations are a must: call 941-639-0969 and visit kingfisherfleet.com.

Week of December 30–​January 5

The New Year’s Eve Party: Flip Flop Ball Drop at Englewood Event Center features a professional DJ, large dance floor, show girls, dancing robots, large grazing tables, drink specials, beach ball drop,  prizes, photo booth, 2020 champagne toast, and more! It all happens Dec. 31 at 6:30 pm. Visit facebook.com/englewoodeventcenter for details.Christmas Downtown Punta Gorda

The band Jukebox Prophets hosts New Year’s Eve at Dean’s South of the Border, Dec. 31, starting at 8:30. Search “Jukebox Prophets” on Facebook for updates.

TT’s (The Tiki) Bar New Year’s Eve Bash will feature the musical greatness of Maiden Cane. Visit facebook.com/thetikibarpg often for updates. Dec. 21, 9:30 pm.

*Updated Dec. 9, 2019