Archive for December, 2016

What’s Happening in Punta Gorda in December

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

By: Adrienne Andreae

There is so much going on in this town. It’s hard to keep up on it all!

That’s what a recent buyer stopped in my office to tell me. When she said it, part of me filled with pride. I love that Punta Gorda is so active. Our town is a place for doers. People come here eager to get out on the water, go out on the town, and meet people.

Another part of me felt a little guilty. I used to be much better at keeping this blog up with all that was going on around town. I’m starting my resolution early this year to keep you updated every month on what’s going on around town.

This month we are celebrating Founder’s Week. For more info on Founder’s Week check out their Facebook page.

December 17: Don't miss the lighted boat parade!

December 17: Don’t miss the lighted boat parade!

  • Thursday, December 1: Luminaria Night at the History Park, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Shreve Street. Brought to you by Relay for Life. Celebrate by lighting the night, shopping, and have treats.
  • Thursday, December 1: Isaac Trabue Chess Tournament, Punta Gorda Kiwanis–Taking place all over town. To play or watch: Contact: Michael Haymans, (941) 661-5622.
  •  Thursday, December 1: Week long exhibit (December 1-7, 2016) “Then and Now” Monday through Friday-9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Where: Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street
  • Friday, December 2: Downtown Christmas Celebration Carol Sing & Tree Lighting, 5 pm to 8 pm, corner of W Marion Avenue & Taylor Street. For more information, contact (941)575-3302.
  • Friday, December 2: Annual Holly Days Home Tours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Residential Area.
  • Saturday, December 3: 38th Annual Charlotte County Chamber Christmas Parade, from Charlotte High School to Downtown Punta Gorda. For registration and additional information contact (941)639-2222 or
  • Saturday, December 3:  Christmas Tree Yarn Bomb at the Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Olympia and Taylor, Trees at Hector Square decorated with colorful yarn.
  • Saturday, December 3: Celebrate the Holidays with Bella and Luna, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Peace River Wildlife Center, Ponce de Leon Park
  • Saturday, December 3: Down the Street Happy Hour, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Operation Cooper Street, 650 Mary St.
  • Saturday, December 3: Founders’ Day Southern Supper, 5 to 11 p.m., Hurricane Charley’s, 300 W. Retta Esplanade
  • Sunday, December 4: Latino Christmas at Cilantro’s Restaurant, 2705 Tamiami Trail. For additional information contact (941)621-4612 or
  • Sunday, December 4: Dare to Dream, an Afternoon with Amelia Earhart” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St.
  • Monday, December 5: Historic Trolley Tours and History Celebration from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours start at Kays Ponger & Uselton, 635 E. Marion Ave.
  • Monday, December 5: Historic Punta Gorda City Hall Tours, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. City Hall, 326 W. Marion Ave.
  •  Monday, December 5: Freeman House Tours, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tour historic Freeman House with docents.
  • Tuesday, December 6:  Historic Walking Tours of Indian Springs Cemetery, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9500 Indian Springs Rd. Contact: 941-629-7278
  • Tuesday, December 6: Raise the Roof for the Trabue House, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Punta Gorda History Park, 501 Shreve St. Suggested donation $10. Proceeds help the Homeless Coalition and roof repairs on the Trabue house.
  • Tuesday, December 6: Founders Mural Tour, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Meet at Herald Court Parking Garage Breezeway. Suggested donation $10. Contact: Kelly Gaylord 941-979-2786
  • Wednesday, December 7: Old Time BBQ & Historical Poker Run, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., starts at Charlotte Community Foundation, 227 Sullivan Street, To register:
  • Wednesday, December 7: 1st Annual Holiday Grub Crawl 5:00-9:00 pm, Downtown Punta Gorda, Tickets are $20 and benefit the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Call 941-205-9743 for tickets and info.
  • Wednesday, December 7: Final Isaac Trabue Chess Tournament – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Top of the Herald Court Parking Garage. Punta Gorda Kiwanis sponsors final of tournament with giant chess pieces. Contact: Mike Haymans (941) 661-5622
  • December 14: Ugly Sweater Run, 5:30-8:00 pm., 1-3 mile Walk or Run, Call 941 347-7751
  • December 15: Alive After Five, (Formerly known as the Gallery Walk), Downtown. A great way to taste test local fair and shop as you go! For more info click here.
  • December 16: Third Friday Drive in: This month’s movie is Elf. It starts at 7:30 pm. Check their Facebook page for occasional last minute changes due to weather.
  • December 17: Punta Gorda lighted Boat Parade, begins at sunset
  • December 22: P. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker (Ballet in 2 acts with an Epilogue) Where: the Event Center  Who: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia 7:00 pm, Call 941-833-5444
  • December 24: Deep Creek Community Church Christmas Eve Services in Laishley Park. For hours and additional information contact (941)235-7325 or

That list should get all of you looking to get out started! As I learn of more events, I try to keep you updated on our Facebook page. If you’re a local hosting an event in January, please email me the info at