Holiday Attractions, Cheer and Reindeer in Fort Myers

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. 

Coconut Point

Coconut Point is one of the most popular places to shop in the Fort Myers area, all year long, but especially during the holidays. Add to that the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and you've got the perfect one two punch. Each year, at the end of...  Read More

Tux and Trees Gala
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This gala is one of the premier holiday events in the area, raising money for the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Typically held the first Saturday of December, the elegant evening features heavy hors d'ouevres and a decadent spread of...  Read More

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Ideal for those wanting a touch of culture in paradise, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre features a good mix of drama, musical revues and children's programs each season. And during the holidays, there is always something special from the...  Read More

Christmas Boat Parade, Fort Myers Beach
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This boat parade takes place in the so-called "back bay" or Estero Bay, not on the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the location, many restaurants and bars facing the bay have parties and offer great vantage points from which to watch the spectacle....  Read More

Captiva Holiday Village
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This quirky, tropical holiday celebration kicks off Thanksgiving weekend and lasts for three weeks, with events taking place at various locations on the small island. The party typically begins with fireworks and a tree lighting at Tween Waters...  Read More

Christmas Boat Parade, Cape Coral
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A tradition for more than thirty-five years in Cape Coral, this holiday boat-a-long often features 100 boats, every shape and size. Thousands of people spread blankets and chairs on the grass, in view of the water at Four Freedoms Park, and wait...  Read More

Bonita Springs
Holiday In The Park
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Holiday in the Park occurs the first week of December with a menagerie of local talent, events for the kids and fun for the entire family. Kicking off late afternoon, Santa, Mrs. Clause and their elves are escorted by fire trucks and a parade of...  Read More

Festival of Trees
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The Festival Of The Trees is a favorite, local holiday event that leaves attendees in awe at the creativity of those participating. Trees are lavishly decorated in themes, colors and to represent different hobbies and interests found in the...  Read More

Burroughs Home & Gardens
Photo courtesy of Vandy Major/Burroughs Home

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...  Read More

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is one of the most popular attractions in the Fort Myers area. Visitors come here year round but get an extra special treat during the holiday season. The historic buildings, labs and gardens, are decorated...  Read More


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