Punta Gorda’s Festival of Lights

Few things seem to universally ignite the holiday spirit in us more than the warm glow of holiday lights. The residents of Punta Gorda, FL, have such an admiration for these decorative strings of colored bulbs that each year the city hosts the Festival of Lights to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season.

Held at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda’s Festival of Lights is a 48-day celebration filled with music, dancing, holiday shopping and, of course, an abundance of shimmering lights. In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the festival so you don’t miss a single part of the fun.

About the Festival of Lights

The festival runs through December 31 and will feature events such as musical performances by the Boogiemen Band and instrumental holiday classics played by the Surf Kats. Visitors will also be able to enjoy magic shows, dance workshops, photos with Santa, and a special parade by the Charlotte High Silver King Band.

The Festival of Lights will be held daily from 10 am until 8 pm. During that time, residents from across the area will visit Fishermen’s Village and look in wonder at the more than 1 million lights illuminating the shops and marina.

Getting to the Festival

With a variety of restaurants, boutiques, a resort, and a marina, Fishermen’s Village is a spectacular location for hosting the Festival of Lights. The village is easy to get to, conveniently located off Tamiami Trail, on the Punta Gorda side of the Peace River (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950). When you arrive, there are several parking lots located near the marina.

This festival holiday celebration is free to the public. However, Share the Blessings Ministry will be accepting food donations. Please bring your canned food items to the designated drop-off point located at the festival.

Festival of Lights Boat Parade

Every night of Punta Gorda’s Festival of Lights will be filled with fun and excitement, but there’s one night, in particular, you won’t want to miss. As part of the festival, the 26th Annual Lighted Boat Parade will set sail across the harbor, featuring dozens of decorated vessels floating across the water.

Scheduled for December 13 around 6 pm, this nautical parade will include holiday music and entertainment that’s fun for the whole family. Go once and it’s sure to become a new holiday tradition. And if you’re interested in being a part of the parade, it’s free to enter.

We hope that you found our Punta Gorda Festival of Lights guide helpful. For information about other exciting events happening in your area, check out our Community page.