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The holiday season in Fort Myers is different from what you might be used to. There is no snow (barely a chill in the air) and to ski, you don’t need boots; a bikini will do just fine.
One of the most anticipated holiday events each year takes place at the historic Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The sprawling grounds are decorated by businesses and civic organizations, with lots of lights--in honor of the inventor of the light bulb-- and all manner of holiday displays. This is the only time of the year that visitors can tour the grounds at night.
Celebrating the season tropical style, there are numerous, humorous events that involve golf carts and boats. Almost every community has a holiday parade that features outboards and paddles, one of the biggest being the Cape Coral Boat Parade. Residents decorate their watercraft, big and small, with hundreds of lights. Many follow a theme and are full of Santa’s helpers: some naughty, some nice.
You'll find out that Santa often leaves his heavy trousers behind when visiting the Fort Myers area, opting for red shorts and sunglasses instead. It's always great fun to pose with one of these fellows, or in front of a Christmas tree on the beach, and then send photos to friends who are bundled up, shivering the season away in northern parts of the US or abroad.