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Southwest Florida Holiday Event Guide

Cape Coral Festival of Lights

Cape Coral Festival of Lights

Spread some Christmas cheer the entire month of December by enjoying all the festive and exciting things Southwest Florida has to offer.  Don’t miss out on:



This year, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates says Season’s Greetings with the 41st Annual Edison Ford Holiday Nights from November 25 – January 1.   Seasonally decorated, the Edison and Ford homes and gardens sparkle in Christmas spirit while visitors enjoy nightly entertainment, holiday tradition tours and a visit from Santa.  Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12) are $2 and Edison Ford members get in free. Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $30 for adults, teens are $25, children $18 and $10 for Edison Ford members.  Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours are $50.


From November 25 – January 8, the Historic Downtown River District will transform and spread yuletide cheer with shopping, dining and entertainment.  Enjoy specials and promotions from over 25 locally owned shops and boutiques, 50 restaurant and entertainment venues and more than 20 art, attraction and activity destinations all season long. 


Nothing says Southwest Florida Holiday’s like a boat parade, and on December 3 at 6 pm, the 28th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade will glimmer on the Gulf waters.  With more than 30 boats in their Holiday best, the parade has lots to offer.  The display of lights starts at Salty Sam’s Marina and goes past Parrot Key and Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque around Doc Ford’s, Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café and down to Bowditch Point to finish at Salty Sam’s once again.  Everyone is encouraged to decorate their boat and join the SWFL Christmas spirit for the best party around. 


Considered the “Gift to the Community of Fort Myers”, the 60th Annual Holiday House in Downtown Fort Myers is at the corner of First Street and Fowler.  On December 9, the Burroughs and Langford-Kingston homes will be full of “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” cheer with sparkling lights, decorations and treasured Christmas memories.  Holiday House 2016, brought to the community by the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club, will run from December 9 – 23 for everyone to enjoy walking through these two festively decorated homes and grounds.  Children can visit Santa each evening, as well.  Admission is $5 for adults, and children 10 and under are free.


Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?  The Fort Myers River District will ring in 2017 with the NYE Downtown Countdown Bash!  The December 31 evening will feature live entertainment, food and drinks specials throughout the local businesses, and much more.  The streets of Downtown will come alive at 8 pm and provide family and friends with a memorable farewell to 2016.



On December 3 at 4 pm, Cape Coral will welcome the jolly festivities with its annual CenturyLink Holiday Festival of Lights.  Over 20,000 family, friends and neighbors will gather to ring in the holiday season with the lighting of the tree and Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The event has food, entertainment on four performance stages, a 25-ton snowdrift slide, a Kids play area and much more.


This Christmas Gram will arrive December 10 and will shine with twinkling lights, garland and some island cheer!  The Pine Island Christmas Boat Parade will hit the water at 6 pm in St. James City.  All boats will be decorated in Holiday cheer will include the Monroe, Cherry Estates and Henley waterways.  All individuals, boat clubs, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in this community event.



Captiva Island is spreading cheer for all to hear with its Captiva Holiday Village!  Launching on November 25 – December 18, Holiday Village will include several weekends on a tropical oasis where people will discover a fun-filled extravaganza of sight and sound all set against the Gulf of Mexico backdrop.  With everything from fireworks and a tree lighting to a luminary festival and a parade will make Captiva Island sparkle with Christmas lights and Holiday spirit.


Bonita Springs will bring snow, Santa and seasonal activities with its Holiday in the Park event.  On December 6, from 4:30 – 8:30 pm Riverside Park in Downtown Bonita Springs will feature train rides, horse and carriage rides, live entertainment, holiday displays and activities.  Admission to Holiday in the Park is free.


Thousands of twinkling lights, glowing orbs, and sparkling décor will illuminate one of Naples’ most popular outdoor venues this December.  Naples Botanical Garden will host its annual Night Lights evenings on December 15 – 23, December 26 – 30, and January 2 – 4 from 6 to 9 pm.  Each evening will include holiday musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats, plus enchanting illumination scenes in the gardens.  Admission is $20 for adults, $7 for children 4 – 14.


From December 15 – 18, Holiday Pops will celebrate the season with an all-new program of holiday classics, featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus.  Led by Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal, the program promises to remind us why music is such an important part of our year-end traditions.  Experience some of the most memorable music ever written as it was intended to be heard — in the company of friends, family and neighbors.


From November 28 – December 23, the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater will be decked out for the lovely adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.  Perfect for sharing with family, friends and loved ones, the show is a magical transformation into the real world of Dickens’ much loved characters.


Southwest Florida Country Music Festival

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

The 2016 Southwest Florida Country Music Festival welcomes Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler and Lauren Aliana on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Germain Arena.

Hunter Hayes is an American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Hayes’ self-titled debut album reached number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top Country Albums, and has sold over 1.1 million copies.  Its most successful single, Wanted, has sold over 3.5 million copies and made Hayes the youngest male act to ever top the Billboard Hot Country Songs.  Hayes’ won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2012, along with three BMI Awards.

Kellie Pickler is an American country music artist and a television personality.  Pickler gained fame as an American Idol contestant in Season 5.  Her debut album, which sold over 900,000 copies, was certified gold by the RIAA and produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.  Kellie has since then released a self-titled album, been declared a winner on Dancing with the Stars and been starring in her own reality TV series titled I Love Kellie Picker.

Lauren Alaina is an American country music singer and songwriter.  Alaina was the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol.  Her debut studio album, Wildflower, debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold 69,000 copies the first week.  Lauren has since then toured with Jason Aldean and released her sophomore album.

The Southwest Florida County Music Festival 2016 sponsors include Ticketmaster, Germain Arena and Cat Country 107.1.

– The Southwest Florida Country Music Festival is December 2 at Germain Arena in Estero, FL.  Tickets ranging from $28 to $74 are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at  For more information, visit