Holiday Stroll to feature special performance, more
South Seas Island Resort will turn into a holiday wonderland in a few days, featuring lights, activities and festivities that are all open to the public for a small fee, which will benefit a local non-profit.
Held in conjunction with the Captiva Holiday Village, the 7th Annual Holiday Stroll will open on Dec. 6-7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the resort’s Yacht Harbour Marina and north end. It will run every Friday and Saturday – through Dec. 21 – featuring “ice” skating, entertainment, arts and crafts, treats and more.
“We want to share the South Seas experience with the community. As a private resort, many of the local communities don’t often get the chance to come out to Captiva,” Director of Sales and Marketing Verdell Ekberg said. “We want them enjoy the stroll, take the kids ice skating, see Santa Claus. Overall, just enjoy a great family experience at one of the premier iconic family resorts in Florida.”
For a donation of $10 – children 12 and under are free – attendees can enjoy anything from face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers and balloon artists, to photos with Santa, watching holiday movies on a jumbo screen, make-and-take crafts and complimentary sweets, even falling “snow” and “skating.”
New this year, a special performance will take place on the first weekend. Peter Mayer, of Jimmy Buffet’s famed Coral Reefer Band, will perform at the Marina Walk on Dec. 6-7 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter is marking the 20th anniversary of his holiday tour, “Stars and Promises.”
“It is a honor to celebrate 20 years of the Stars & Promises Christmas tour, which has brought so much joy to my life, and I hope to the lives of those who have enjoyed the performances and music,” Mayer said in a prepared statement.
He has released 14 albums under his name, including four Christmas releases, along with his first published book. For the past 30 years, Mayer has performed and recorded with the Coral Reefer Band and shared the stage with a mix of artists, like Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Dave Matthews.
All of the proceeds from the Holiday Stroll will benefit Captains for Clean Water.
“We chose Captains for Clean Water because of their commitment to Southwest Florida to keep our waters clean, safe and environmentally healthy,” Ekberg said.
The Holiday Stroll is complimentary to resort guests, though donations will be welcomed.
Back for a third year, the event will feature an outdoor ring, which is actually made of metal, for attendees to “skate” on in socks. Santa will be on site every day, with a chance for youth to write their letters. Santa’s elves will assist with crafting mementos, including picture frames and ornaments.
South Seas has a Christmas tree, which was recently lit at the annual tree lighting.
Attendees can partake in seasonal treats like snow cones, s’mores and hot chocolate. In addition, the Harbourside Bar & Grill – typically only available to resort guests – will seat and serve diners.
Tickets can be purchased day of outside of the Harbourside Bar & Grill.
The public is invited to come out and get into the holiday spirit.
“It’s really cool that our tropical paradise is transformed into a Winter Wonderland that truly feels like Christmas, even our employees love to be a part of it,” Marketing Manager Korey McCaffrey said.
For more information or resort reservations, call 800-533-5553 or visit www.southseas.com.
South Seas Island Resort is at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva.