As we rapidly approach July, the Christmas Island Style (CIS) Committee has already begun its planning for the annual Christmas events the volunteer group runs each year.
The series of events which have historically begun with Santa’s Arrival at the Shops of Marco on Friday after Thanksgiving has become a staple of the island’s celebration of the Christmas Holidays. It is at the Shops of Marco that Santa makes his first visit to the island and children and their families have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus free of charge.
The CIS Committee is a volunteer group of residents who start the event planning about six months before the events themselves.
Two years ago, the committee ran a successful fundraiser to replace the original Christmas tree which was purchased through the generosity of the Italian American Club. The 17-year-old tree was replaced with a new forty-foot state of the art LED tree.
The committee and the Italian American Club re-purposed the older tree and made it a focal point at the entry to the island at Founders Park. The tree at Founders Park will be replaced this year with a new tree which will have the same style of LED lighting as the Veterans Park tree to provide the island with a wonderful entryway to the island.
The first fundraiser to support the Christmas events on Marco will be held on July 2. The Karaoke night will be held at the Speakeasy from 5-7 PM. The fundraiser will include a 50/50 raffle. $5 a song is requested, and Christmas attire is recommended.
Due to Thanksgiving falling late this year and the Collier County school calendar showing schools closing on December 20, the street parade will be held on December 14 and the boat parade on December 21 to accommodate the school bands.
The CIS website can be accessed by visiting christmasislandstyle.com for any additional events, dates, and changes. You may also reach out to CIS Chairman “Stef” Stefanides at 239-250-8348.
Christmas Island Style’s Karaoke Night fundraiser will be held at the Speakeasy on July 2 from 5-7PM. The Speakeasy is located at 1106 ½ N. Collier Blvd, Marco.