Christmas has come early at Historic Palm Cottage. Naples’ oldest surviving home, the Palm Cottage is decking the halls with thousands of twinkling lights and period holiday decorations as the museum and the adjacent Norris Gardens transform into a Winter Wonderland through December 31.
This annual holiday spectacular brings a fun and festive tone while still paying homage to the area’s history. Built in 1895, Palm Cottage is oldest house in Naples and was registered as a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Now, the cottage-turned-museum is filled with period antiques, giving visitors a glimpse of what turn of the century—twentieth-century that is—life was like along the Paradise Coast.
Visitors will explore Christmas at Palm Cottage through docent tours, led by volunteers of the Naples Historical Society. This will allow for a more thorough understanding of the cottage and its place in history, as expertly trained docents discuss the antiques and holiday decorations. The tour showcases how the holidays were celebrated through the decades, as well as gives a detailed history of Naples as it grew from a sleepy fishing town to a bustling subtropical destination. Tours explore both the cottage and the Norris Gardens.
- Tours run through December 31 (closed November 26, December 4, 25-27). Hours of operation: November 10-28, Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; December 1-31, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from 1-8 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission costs $10. For more information, visit napleshistoricalsociety.org.