So who says there is no snow in Florida?? It may be fake snow but it is considered snow just the same.
Third Ave South in Naples has a tree lighting every year on the Monday before Thanksgiving. I have missed this event several years now and made it a point to go this year.
Boy was I surprised at what a big deal this event is for Naples. I was told by the barista at Bad Ass Coffee to get there early because parking is at a premium. My PFW FL riding buddy, Deb, went with me to enjoy the festivities. We arrived at 4 PM and found a good parking spot right near 3rd St and Broad. There were street vendors selling cookies and other types of food along 3rd St even at this early hour. The streets were pretty quiet and so were the happy hour places recommended to me also by the barista, Jen, at Bad Ass Coffee. We checked out the Ridgeway first, though, where the tree was being lit so that we knew exactly where we had to be at 6:20 PM for the tree lighting and snowfall. How about that....predictable snow fall!
My friend Deb posing by the first Christmas tree. This is not the one that was lit later in the evening.
A Christmas tree made from Bromelades ( remember those plants from the botanical gardens? )
Little girl handing out treats along the parade route
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus on the firetruck in the parade
|A view of 3rd Ave South during the festivities|
We finished our drinks and food and quickly headed to the tree lighting area in front of the The Ridgeway to get as close up as possible.
So here comes the snow.
snow didn't feel wet so I am not sure what they used to make the snow
As we continued to make our way back to the car we spotted some young musicians playing the harp. They were fantastic and so young!
Old Naples Building
We made one last stop at the live nativity that was at the beginning of the street.
We had a great time and were very happy that we made the effort to go to this awesome event. Naples was truly alive on Third Ave South!