WINK News’ Lois Thome & Matt Devitt light the Naples’ Christmas on Third tree

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WINK News Anchor Lois Thome and Chief Meteorologist Matt Devitt helped the annual tree lighting for the 44th “Christmas on Third” holiday season on Monday.

The event celebrations kick off on Monday, Nov 22, at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting scheduled for 6:20 p.m. in the courtyard in front of Tony’s Off Third. It will be followed by a Naples “snowfall” after that, and again at 8:00 p.m. The nightly festival runs through Dec.

Visitors may spend the evening strolling along the street and avenues enjoying live musical performances, viewing decorated storefront windows and Art of the Red Kettle displays from the Salvation Army, and taking photos with Santa Claus. Restaurants and shops will be open for dining and shopping, with dining reservations highly recommended.

A 7:00 p.m. snowfall will continue nightly during Thanksgiving week, excluding Thanksgiving night November 25.

One couple comes from Canada every year to watch the tree lighting, something they missed last year. Mike Dibiasio said, “we weren’t here last year. We were locked down. We couldn’t leave and come to our place. We missed last year we are really happy to be back.”

For the month of December, Christmas on Third evenings continues every Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. with live music, a Naples “snowfall” at 7 p.m., decorated storefront windows and thousands of twinkling lights.

You can even take a selfie in front of your favorite storefront window display, post on social media with the hashtag “#ChristmasonThird” to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a gift card from one of Third Street South’s restaurants or shops.

New this year- Santa Paws! On Sunday, December 5 and 12 from 12-2 p.m., Santa Claus will be available for photos with your furry, four-legged friends, but you’ll need to bring your own camera.

Events will not be held on December 24 or 31.

For more information on the event, visit

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