Beaches, Shopping, Theater and History, December is Delightful in Fort Myers

The month of December is a pleasant time of year to visit Fort Myers. The temperatures have finally dipped out of the 90’s, people are full of holiday spirit and the winter tourists and seasonal residents have not fully descended on the area meaning parking is not a problem at beaches, just the malls.

Boating is a favorite pastime in the area and during the holidays the waterways come alive with creative mariners who gather their vessels decorated for parades along canals, bays and rivers.

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a famous tourist attraction that opens at night during December for Holiday Nights. The gardens and estate homes are decked out to fit different themes. Less than miles away, you'll find the Holiday House; two historic homes open for nightly tours and decorated in elaborate garb.

For those who like musical theater, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater has special holiday themed shows, a children’s theater and a seasonal buffet to feed the family.

It's especially entertaining to see palm trees strung with Christmas lights, inflatable snowmen on the beach, and the bikini clad in Santa Hats with suntans. A tropical December is one to remember.

Miromar Outlets
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Just off of Interstate 75, only 18 miles from the city of Fort Myers, this award winning, open-air Mediterranean-style outlet mall's covered sidewalks are lined with over 160 designer and brand-name stores. While it's fun to shop here year...  Read More



Captiva Cruises offers one the best ways to explore the Southwest Florida coast, from Captiva Island, Cabbage Key and Useppa to Boca Grande and Cayo Costa. The guides are extremely knowledgeable about the rich history of these sparkling waters...  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

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

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

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

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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. Claus and their elves are escorted by fire trucks and a parade of...  Read More



Boat parades are a favorite pastime for Southwest Floridians and almost any weekend throughout the month of December-- and even during the week-- you are sure to find one of these entertaining displays on one of the many waterways in the area....  Read More

Burroughs Home & Gardens
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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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