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Captiva kicks off holiday season with a Thanksgiving Feast, tree lighting ceremonies

By Staff | Nov 25, 2015

Santa catches some rays on Turner Beach in preparation for the busy island holiday season. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Captiva holiday season will kick off with a Thanksgiving Day Celebration Feast tomorrow and continue with a variety of events and activities throughout the month of December guaranteed to shed some holiday cheer on all those who attend.

Thanksgiving Day Celebration Feast

Daniel Smock, South Seas marketing manager, said the holiday festivities will kick off with a Thanksgiving Day Celebration Feast, open to the public, from 2 pm. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26. The menu will include traditional Thanksgiving favorites and an island flare.

“It’s a really good robust menu with a lot of great selections,” he said.

The buffet will include sweet potato carrot bisque with cilantro emulsion and citrus sour cream; local half shell oysters with brined horseradish; sherry mignonette and artisan hot sauces and citrus poached shrimp with crabby mary cocktail sauce, or cajun reomoulade. The entrees include turkey with classic sage sausage stuffing; turkey pan gravy and orange cranberry relish; rosemary garlic rubbed prime rib, or beef with au jus; fresh horseradish and horseradish sauce; herb mascarpone crusted salmon with arugula spatzle, roasted wild mushroom salad and roasted tomato butter sauce. The feast will also include a dessert table filled with red velvet, carrot spice and chocolate cupcakes.

Stop by South Seas Island Resort for the annual Festive Holiday Stroll during the last three weeks of December. PHOTO PROVIDED

Smock said reservations are required for the feast by calling (239) 579-1483. It is $60 per adult and $30 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 5 and younger are complimentary.

Tree lighting events

The festivities will continue with a tree lighting at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at ‘Tween Inn Island Resort. The special event will feature fireworks, singers performing classic holiday songs, as well as a visit from Santa Claus for the children.

“We have been doing this for 25 years,”‘Tween Inn Island Resort Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Shuff said.

The Crow’s Nest and Captiva House will open at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively. He said reservations are needed for the Captiva House.

Another tree lighting will be held the following night, Saturday, Nov. 28, at Chadwick Square, open for everyone to enjoy. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“We have a beautiful tree,” Smock said, adding that it’s a great entertainment event. “The tree lighting has been going on for more than a couple of years. It sort of celebrates the holiday season.”

Captiva Luminary

The Captiva Luminary will transform Andy Rosse Lane to Chadwick Square from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce Member Service Manager Trent Peake said the Captiva Luminary originally started to help the retail community kick off the holiday season.

“Andy Rosse Lane is filled with people, visitors and locals. It’s just a great night on Captiva with everyone decorated for Christmas,” he said of the shops, restaurants and marina’s participating.

Lighted Boat Parade

The following weekend, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, a lighted boat parade will fill the Roosevelt Channel on the bayside of Captiva. Lighted navigation markers will be located throughout the route for participants in the channel.

Brad Junghans said this is the sixth year Captiva Cruises has held the boat parade.

“We usually have 25 to 30 boats,” he said.

Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes for decorated power boats 36 feet and larger, power boats 35 feet and smaller and sail boats of all sizes. The awards presentation will be held at Key Lime Bistro. The prizes, Junghans said, include such items as stays at different resorts, private charters with Captiva Cruises, restaurant gift certificates, a $500 gift certificate from Offshore Sailing School and golf and lunch for four at The Sanctuary.

For those who do not have a boat can also participate by arranging their own private charter on one of Captiva Cruises boats by calling (239) 472-5300.

Spectators can view the boat parade from McCarthy’s Marina, ‘Tween Waters Inn and the Green Flash Restaurant.

To register for the boat parade, visit www.captivaholidayvillage.com, or contact Junghans at (239) 472-5200. Registration is free.

“We are still looking for more boats. If anyone wants to join in on the parade, we would love to have them. The more the merrier,” he said.

Golf Cart Parade

A golf cart parade, which is open to the public, will decorate the streets of Captiva on Saturday, Dec. 19.

“We get about 50 golf carts from the community and guests every year,” Smock said. “It’s a great event. People put a lot of effort into it with props.”

The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. and run from Chadwick Square to Andy Rosse Lane. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill will provide the music.

Those interested in participating, are required to register by visiting www.captivaholidayvillage.com, by stopping by Yolo Watersports, or Best Boat Club and Rentals.

Prizes will be awarded for the commercial category, noncommercial category, Best in Show and a People’s Choice, which is voted on through Facebook. The winners will receive gift certificates to such places as ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, South Seas Island Resort and the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce and the Island Sun will provide complimentary advertising.

Festive Holiday Stroll

The holiday festivities will conclude at South Seas Island Resort with the Festive Holiday Stroll Friday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 12, Friday, Dec. 18, Saturday, Dec. 19, Friday, Dec. 25, and Saturday, Dec. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Santa will be with us the first two weeks,” Smock said, adding that youngsters will have the opportunity to take pictures with him.

The stroll will also include fake snow produced by snow machines on the Marina Walk on the north end of the South Seas property. The boat clubs, he said decorate their boats and dock at the marina.

“We spend a ton of money to decorate the Marina Walk area,” Smock said.

Youngsters will have the opportunity to make gingerbread, create ornaments, have their face painted and watch Christmas movies on an inflatable screen. Live music and s’mores will also be among the activities.

Harbourside Bar & Grill and Scoops & Slices will be open during the stroll for attendees to enjoy.

Tickets are $10 for those 13 and older. All of the ticket proceeds will benefit Community Cooperative, Inc.

For a complete list of Captiva holiday events, visit www.captivaholidayvillage.com.

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