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Top 15 Places To Celebrate The Holidays In Fort Myers

Nov 15, 2018 12:11PM ● By Emma Eldridge
The holidays are here and we've got a full list (and we've checked it twice) of 15 fun events and places to fill your calendar with! There's live music, light displays, Christmas plays, visits with Santa, and more to make your holiday season a jolly one!

Lights, Santa, and Christmas Shopping

Who's ready to enjoy some delicious food? Great! We've got a list of restaurants that are sure to fit any craving (pssttt...we heard some of these places may even open on Christmas Day). Take your pick and check them out! Let us know what your favorite dish was.

Holiday Nights at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Thousands of lights, hundreds of historic decorations, and one unique holiday experience await you nightly from 5:30-9 p.m! This year’s event features live music, food and beverages, Santa visits, crafts, Inside the Homes tours, and much more on select nights! Don’t miss an all NEW nightly show from Liquid Fireworks by Waltzing Waters.

When: November 23rd - December 30th
WhereEdison & Ford Winter Estates

12th Annual Festival of Trees

The 12th Annual Festival of Trees returns! Experience the beautiful trees decorated by local business to raise money for Goodwill of Southwest Florida and SBDAC. View the decorated tree displays, vote for your favorite tree and purchase raffle tickets to maybe win your dream tree. Special events include Friday Concert featuring Nowhere Band, Santa's Block Party on Saturday, Ugly Sweater Contest, Bingo, and Painting for a Purpose and more!

When: November 27th - December 2nd
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Santa's Block Party

More than just a day of fun outside the Art Center in Fort Myers. Inside, the Children’s Workshop is a buzz with activities for kids. The Children’s Workshop is an opportunity for kids to create holiday art, color Christmas and holiday cards, decorate cookies, and build a wooden craft. Kids can also write letters to Santa and our military service members, play games, and bounce in a bounce house!

When: Saturday, December 1st at 10am
WhereSidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Holiday Pop Up Bazaar

The Holiday Pop Up Bazaar was created to help local artists, artisans, and crafters sell their work during the busiest shopping season. The Fort Myers River District will be hosting the annual Holiday Artisan Market as well!

When: Friday, December 7th at 6pm
WhereSidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Christmas Magic Live On Stage

What's your favorite Christmas classic? Would you like to see some come to life on stage? You're in luck! Fort Myers has a plethora of incredible theatres and they are putting on some amazing Christmas classics like Elf, The Nutcracker, as well as some Christmas concerts. We are so excited - aren't you???

A Christmas Carol

This world-premiere adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens classic is a thrilling and fast-paced retelling of the night that changed Ebenezer Scrooge’s life! Perfect for the whole family, this theatrical event features original music, onstage musicians, and actors in multiple roles.

When: November 22nd - December 19th
WhereHistoric Arcade Theatre

The Nutcracker

Gulfshore Ballet and Gulf Coast Symphony present Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker. This two-act ballet is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann that centers on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. It is a great introduction to classical music and dance for children. Performed with full symphony orchestra!

When: Saturday, December 1st at 2pm
WhereBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Elf: The Musical

Based on the holiday film of the same name, this hilarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Buddy, a young orphan, crawls into Santa’s bag and winds up in the North Pole where he is raised, unaware that he is human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. This modern day holiday classic is sure to bring out the true spirit of Christmas….after all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear! 

When: November 22nd - December 25th
WhereThe Off Broadway Palm Theatre

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

It's the holidays! Time for the classics Rudolph, Frosty, Ebenezer Scrooge, the Nutcracker and many more! But maybe not the way we're accustomed to hearing them. In what can best be called a holiday mash-up, actors take beloved stories and traditions from around the world and turn them upside-down and sideways!

When: November 30th - December 23rd
WhereThe Laboratory Theater of Florida 

 Spirit Of The Season 2018 

Share the Spirit of the Season with International Award Winning Spirit of the Gulf Chorus. Special Guest, Buzz Quartet are also International Women's Quartet Champions making their final Florida performance before retiring. It will be an amazing afternoon of music that you won't want to miss!

When: Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm
WhereBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Holiday Pops - Tradition, Comfort, Joy

Holiday Pops will have your whole family ready to celebrate the most festive time of the year.

Climb into your imaginary sleigh, and ride along with Lee County’s professional orchestra as we celebrate the sounds of Christmas in Paradise! Join the orchestra, guest conductor Dr. Trent Brown, and the entire Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida for our Holiday Pops series.

When: Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm
WhereBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

It's the Season of Eating

Who's ready to enjoy some delicious food? Great! We've got a list of restaurants that are sure to fit any craving (pssstttt...we heard some of these places may even open on Christmas Day). Take your pick and check them out! Let us know what your favorite dish was.

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Caloosahatchee Jack's Bar & Grill - Fort Myers, FL

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Kumo Japanese Steak House & Sushi - Fort Myers, FL

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The Prawnbroker Restaurant & Seafood Market, located in Fort Myers, Florida, is where you’ll find all your favorite local seafood, steaks and more! Walking through the front doors,... Read More » 

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As always, if we're missing any of your favorites, tell us in the comments below!