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Where to Catch Holiday Lights in Fort Myers

Dec 16, 2017 06:36PM ● By Kevin
There's plenty to do in the Fort Myers area this holiday season. Here are some great family-friendly ways to brighten it up. From photos with Santa and Christmas lights drive-thru tours, there is plenty to celebrate.

This year, we highlight some of the coolest light shows and events in the area for you and yours to experience. Here are some nearby picks.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights

Explore Christmas Past at Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. From Thanksgiving through the first week of January, enjoy nightly entertainment, holiday tradition tours, evening river cruises, and on select nights – Santa visits. There’s a reason USA Today selected Edison & Ford Holiday Nights as one of the “Top Ten Historic Holiday Sites” in 2013 — come see why

The Holiday House

For more than fifty years, the Fort Myers Woman's Community Club has taken over historic sites in Fort Myers during the holidays. Currently located at the Burroughs Home, the group adorns this well preserved property with elegance and in period décor. The club doesn't stop here, but also includes the neighboring Langford-Kinston home to make this event a two-stop tour. The Holiday House, with it's twinkling lights, usually opens the first week in December and runs until Christmas, with doors opening at 5pm and closing again at 9pm. Besides the evening tours, there are events with Santa on site, including a breakfast for the kids. A good stop for the entire family.

McGregor Boulevard

In a review on TripAdvisor, McGregor Boulevard was mentioned as being a great spot to see Christmas lights.

"We are staying in Cape Coral just down the road from Fort Myers and read on Trip advisor about this road so thought we would take a little detour on the way back from a day out," Sarah P. Wiltshire said in the 2012, 4-star review. "Glad we did as no-one seems to do Christmas lights better than the Americans!

"The road is lined with palms and is the route to Edison & Ford Estates. They offer a Christmas light tour but at $20 per person we feel we got our moneys worth just by driving down the road!
The Christmas lights were amazing."

River District Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Come on, it’s lovely weather in The Fort Myers River District. Experience the magic of Old Florida Yuletide cheer only as only the charming Fort Myers River District can do.

From late November until early January, historic downtown Fort Myers transforms into a Floridian winter wonderland unlike any other destination in the state. From sunrise to sundown, there is always something to do in the River District—especially during the holiday season.

Shop, dine and explore Southwest Florida’s best-kept secret. With over 25 locally owned shops and boutiques, 50 restaurant and entertainment venues and more than 20 art, attraction and activity destinations, holiday preparation blends seamlessly with holiday pleasure.

Days full of sun and nights full of light await. From the Annual Holiday Stroll to The Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, as well as weekly cultural events and daily outdoor adventures, there is never a dull moment in our corner of Southwest Florida. Information courtesy of the River District Alliance.

Holiday Events to Wrap up 2017

Night Lights in the Garden - start Dec 08 2017 0600PM

Night Lights in the Garden - Daily, 6 PM

More lights on more nights are planned for the annual Night Lights in the Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden, a show-stopping, magical illumination event that brings in thousands of pe... Read More » 


Make Holiday Crafts at Rookery Bay - start Dec 21 2017 0900AM

Make Holiday Crafts at Rookery Bay - Dec 21, 2017, 9 AM

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is hosting Holiday Crafts for Kids. Families are invited to make wildlife crafts such as sea-themed ornaments and cabbage palm reindeer. The ... Read More » 


Miracle on 34th Street - start Dec 01 2017 0200PM

Miracle on 34th Street - Wednesdays & Thurdsays, 2 PM

Holiday tradition. Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle On 34th Street features a book and score by Meredith Willson. Single mother Doris Walker doesn’t want her six-year-old’s he... Read More » 


Cirque Dreams Holidaze - start Dec 22 2017 0800PM

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Dec 22-23, 2017, 8 PM

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. This critically-acclaimed ho... Read More » 


Santas Dolphin  Wildlife Cruise to Picnic Island - start Dec 24 2017 1000AM

Santa's Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise to Picnic Island - Dec 24, 2017, 10 AM

Where is Santa on his last day before flying out? We found him on a deserted island in the waters surrounding Sanibel! Bring the family and join us while we cruise out among the dolph... Read More » 


Christmas Eve Sunset Dolphin  Wildlife Cruise - start Dec 24 2017 0445PM

Christmas Eve Sunset Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise -  Dec 24, 2017, 4:45 PM

Bring the family and join us for cookies & eggnog! Listening to tropical music, we will cruise the tranquil waters of San Carlos Bay for a relaxing journey during the most visually... Read More » 


New Years Eve Fireworks - start Dec 31 2017 0730PM

New Year's Eve Fireworks - Dec 31, 2017, 7:30 PM

Find a spot anywhere along Naples Beach for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks, blasting off from Naples Pier. Most area boat sightseeing tours offer passage to watch the fireworks from ... Read More » 


New Years Eve Naples Philharmonic - start Dec 31 2017 0900PM

New Year's Eve: Naples Philharmonic - Dec 31, 2017, 9 PM

Andrey Boreyko, conductor Ring in your New Year in sublime style with a Naples Philharmonic concert followed by a grand post-performance reception. Dance the night away, celebrate with... Read More »