NAPLES, FL., — September 27, 2016– Ave Maria announces it annual Celebration of Lights holiday event to be held on Friday, December 2nd from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The public is invited to join the fun in the outdoor winter wonderland including town parade, outdoor ice skating rink, 260 foot-long zip line, rock wall, spider mountain bungee and vertical climb, 35 foot-high fun slide, polar extreme obstacle course, festive food and beverages, photos with Santa, and live performances by local schools and organizations. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend.

Local schools participating in this year’s event include Ave Maria University, Cypress Palm Middle School, and Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, with more anticipated to confirm soon. Other event participants include Hot Flashz dancers, Cool Cruisers of SWFL, Ave Maria Dance Academy, and town merchants. “Celebration of Lights is our signature holiday event,” comments Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development for Ave Maria. “It’s a great kick-off to our calendar of events for the upcoming season attracting town residents and visitors from all over South Florida.”

Ave Maria has been named 2015 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Top 50 Master Planned Community in the United States and its active adult community, Del Webb Naples, has been named a Top 20 Places to Retire. Located in southwest Florida, minutes from the beaches and cultural attractions of Naples, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining town including highly-rated schools, shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks and recreation, and more. At its build out, the town will include up to 11,000 residences, and 1.7 million square feet of retail, office, and business park uses in its 4,000 acres. Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County. The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 20 minutes. For more information, please visit www.avemaria.com or call 239-352-3903.

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