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December

 

Sun – 1
Santa at the Farm
Southern Fresh Farms
8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers
Dec. 1 & 21 • 11 a.m.
Santa will be making a couple of appearances this season! 239-768-0309

Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Baby Shark: Meet Baby Shark
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Join us every Sunday for our Baby & Me Storytime, as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. For caregivers and children ages 0-2. 239-437-0654

Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops
10040 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers
Through to Christmas Eve, December 24th. 239-461-7800

Holiday Nights
Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
Through December 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Thousands of lights, hundreds of historic decorations, and one unique holiday experience await you nightly from 5:30-9 p.m. General admission tickets may be purchased online; guided tours are first come, first served. Closed Dec. 24-25. Adults $20, Teens $10, Children age 6-12 $2 239-334-7419

Children’s Tree Trail
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
Through December 30
Sixty area schools will decorate Christmas trees using largely recycled materials. This trail is always free to view from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 239-334-7419

2019 Planet Monkman Light Display
Planet Monkman Christmas, 1938 NE 20th Street in Cape Coral
Through December 29 • 6 – 10 p.m.
Home of the 150,000 + bulb Christmas light display. www.planetmonkman.com

Holiday Nights
Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
Through December 23 & Dec. 26 – 30
Thousands of lights, hundreds of historic decorations, and one unique holiday experience await you nightly from 5:30-9 p.m. General admission tickets may be purchased online; guided tours are first come, first served. Enjoy the Children’s Tree Trail — a collection of trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County school children. www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Mon – 2
Writing Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace
5 p.m.
Do you love writing fanfiction, poetry, short stories, novels or essays? Join other interested writers for a writing session followed by optional sharing and feedback opportunities. Feel free to bring a writing notebook or laptop as supplies are limited. For ages 11 and up. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m. Mondays, Dec. 2, 16
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. Caregivers are encouraged to model proper storytime etiquette by remaining in the room and participating with baby during this program. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 2 p.m.
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. 239-479-4636

Tue – 3
Tech-Tacular Tuesdays
Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m.
Tweens and teens can get introductory experience with new technology and coding languages at this monthly event. All materials provided. Registration is required. For grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Emerging Inventors: Trains, Automobiles, and Things that Move
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Children and parents will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills while exploring the homes, gardens, and museum. In this session, children will learn about trains, automobiles, and the mechanisms that take place in allowing those items to move. Advance registration is required through our website or by calling 239-334-7419 Edison Ford members: $10; non-members: $15

Holiday in the Park
Riverside Park
10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Everything is free!!! The City of Bonita Springs will be hosting their annual Holiday in the Park event at Riverside Park! Come enjoy the sounds of the season featuring the very popular blizzard with a giant snow slide, snow piles for the children, train rides and free cookies and cider! Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse and carriage! 239-949-6262

It’s Supposed to be Ugly
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Want to win the ugliest holiday T-shirt contest this year? Now’s your chance to let your creativity loose and design your own. Snacks and supplies are provided while they last. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Library Teen Talk
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Teens in grades 9-12 are welcome for a discussion about current events, everyday life, library resources and more. Teens will be encouraged to post an answer to a weekly question. Socializing during this event will be highly encouraged, so bring a friend. 239-479-4636

Button Bling
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Use the buttonmaker machine to create awesome customized buttons featuring your favorite fandoms and characters. All materials provided. No registration necessary. For grades K-12. 239-479-4636

Game On
North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
5 p.m.
Join in the fun and challenge your friends to a variety of board, card and video games. Games change monthly. For grades 6 and up. Adults welcome. 239-479-4636

Anime Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace
4:30 p.m.
For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Watch anime with friends and make themed crafts. For ages 11-18.

STEAM. Activity: Kaleido Gears
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Dec. 3 – 12
Available during normal library operating hours. Kaleido Gears encourages creativity in children. This STEAM toy teaches children the basics of mechanics. 239-479-4636

Family Night: Holiday Craft
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Bring your creativity and enjoy craft night. 239-433-9030

Wed – 4
Baby Rhyme Time
Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds Street
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 • 10:30 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. Caregivers are encouraged to remain in the room and participate with baby during this program. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

After School Crew: Art
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 • 4 p.m.
Weekly stories and activities featuring hands-on art. For grades K-5. No registration is required, but space is limited. Tickets are available at the Youth Services desk a half-hour before the program begins. 239-479-4636

Holidays Craft
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 • 3 p.m.
Are you ready for a little Holly Jolly spirit? Join us to create beautiful holiday gift boxes. 239-479-4636

Teen Anime Drawing Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Anime drawing fans share what they have created, discover content and connect with other fans. Colored pencils, pens and paper supplies
are provided. 239-479-4636

TAG: Teen Advisory Group
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Help us make the teen zone the place to be. Suggest new books and other materials, help with planning and running programs and express your creative side by helping with displays and decorating the teen zone. Service hours and light snacks provided. For teens grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 • 10 & 11 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you
and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Thu – 5
Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace
Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 • 10 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. Caregivers are encouraged to remain in the room and participate with baby during this program. First come, first served. Pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. 239-479-4636

Together Time
Freedoms Park, Cape Coral
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by an instructor and featuring a new activity each session, this fun and educational class is designed to introduce children to unique experiences. Students will work with different art materials, music and a variety of play toys. Parent must attend with child. (For ages 18 mos-3 yrs) $6 per child/per class. 239-574-0804

10 Year Anniversary Celebration:Teen Escape Room
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2:30 p.m.
A special Escape Room event for the teens in the community. Registration is requested. Grades 9-12. 239-479-4636

Melody Lane-Mary Poppins Jr.
Mariner High School
701 Chiquita Blvd N, Cape Coral
Dec 5 – 7 • 6:30 p.m.
The show captures the beloved story of the nanny who uses magic (and love) to capture the hearts of the Banks family. 239-220-9527

Bubblemania
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Soapy bubbles everywhere. Join us for an exciting morning of bubble blowing as we listen to our favorite tunes. 239-479-4636

Homeschool and Homework Help
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
1:30 p.m.
An open study room for students wanting to learn online and in-library resources. Homeschoolers are welcome. Caregivers should accompany students ages 5-8. Library staff and volunteers will be available. 239-479-4636

Homeschool Mini Lab: Fractals
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Explore the science of fractals in this 30-minute mini program. For grades K-5. Register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 • 11 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

10 Year Anniversary Celebration: Family Storytime with Gulf Coast Symphony
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.
To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, members of the Gulf Coast Symphony will join us for a special family storytime. No registration required. For families with children up to age 5. 239-479-4636

Teen Thursday Book Exchange
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 • 3 p.m.
Bring a book to gift to another and leave with a new to you book. Join us and share your favorite books, make book-themed crafts and eat snacks. 239-479-4636

Fri – 6
Festival of Lights Tree Lighting with Santa
Promenade at Bonita Bay
26795 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs
5 p.m.
You’ll experience an abundance of holiday spirit when you join us to celebrate the season with friends and family at Promenade! Be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas, including music, lights, stars, and delicious treats that will spark that magical anticipation of the big day. Get free pictures with jolly ole Saint Nick! Just bring a new unwrapped toy for Operation Santa—a partnership with the Children’s Network of SW Florida. Tree Lighting, live music, shopping, dance demonstration & dining. 239-949-1573

Pictures with Santa!
Shell Factory and Nature Park
16554 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers
Dec. 6, 8, 14-15, 21-22
Santa is Coming to the Shell Factory! Bring the Kids, Bring the Dog! Get Your Pictures Taken! Shell Factory & Nature Park offers unique, outdoor family fun with over 400 animals, petting zoo, Soaring Eagle Zip Line, bumper boats, 4 free museums, a full service restaurant, an arcade, Safari Cafe, a Fudge Shop, 68,000 sq ft retail space with a Christmas house and more. 239-995-2141239-995-2141

Storytime and Activities Featuring The Polar Express
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Friday, Dec. 6 • 7 p.m.
All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host
our annual Storytime of the beloved holiday favorite, The Polar Express.
Hot chocolate and cookies to follow. 239-437-0654

Flashback Movie Friday
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
Friday, Dec. 6 • 2 p.m.
Teens in grades 9 – 12 are invited to sit back and enjoy a teen movie from before they were born. Call the library for movie titles!. 239-479-4636

3rd Annual Tree Lighting
Bell Tower Shops
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
Friday, Dec. 6 • 6 – 8 p.m.
Santa will be arriving in style on a South Trail Fire Department Truck near the main entrance near Grimaldi’s! He will then stroll down to the center court. www.thebelltowershops.com

Youth Theatre’s Children of Eden
Lee County Alliance for the Arts,
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Performances are December 6, 7 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 8 at 2 p.m.
Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. As generations pass, faith and loyalty are tested, but the bonds of family and love remain strong. Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in a new adaptation of Stephen Schwartz’s epic and heartfelt musical. Tickets are $10 presale, $20 adults or $15 students/seniors. Now offering reserved seating! Purchase online today or call 239-939-2787.

Christmas Festival with Fireworks
Sherman Soccer Complex
6 – 9 p.m.
Local performances, bounce house, photo booth with Santa, face painting, music, free refreshments and snacks; as well as food available for purchase from food trucks. Santa arrives and fireworks at 8:50 p.m. Gateway Services ask you to bring a toy or Walmart gift card as a donation for DONATE4KIDZ, a local non-profit organization for foster children. For more information contact Gateway Services at 239-561-1313

Fort Myers Christmas in the Park
Centennial Park, Fort Myers
4 -10 p.m.
Free to attend! This event features bounce houses and other free activities for children, live performances and a free movie! At approximately 5 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive in the Park by fire truck to visit with the children so be sure and bring your cameras! For the grown ups, the event will feature a performance of Holiday favorites. Mayor Randy Henderson will light the City’s Christmas Tree at approximately 6pm. At 7:30 p.m., stay and enjoy a free movie in the park featuring the movie “Santa Claus” starring Tim Allen. Concessions are available. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy a great day at the Park. Free onsite parking is available. 239-321-7530

Luminary Holiday Stroll
Periwinkle Way, Sanibel and
Captiva Drive, Captiva
Dec 6 & 7
Sanibel’s Luminary stretches from one end of Periwinkle Way to the other and offers a multitude of choices along the way. Luminary on Captiva spans Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane with plenty of special treats at various businesses. Beautifully lit paths will lead the way to merry landmarks, where festival goers can enjoy assorted activities, snacks and refreshments. The Sanibel Luminary Stroll is celebrated island wide, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, while the Captiva Stroll takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. 239-472-1080

Baby Rhyme Time
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
9:30 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books & dance. 239-479-4636

Sat – 7
STEAM Saturday
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Join us for family-friendly STEAM exploration. Each month will feature a different activity based on the aspects of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to build, learn and play together. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Storytime and Activities Featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Even the grinchiest of grinches can’t deny this heartwarming classic! Join us for Storytime and activities, and receive a free Advent calendar, while supplies last. 239-437-0654

Snowfest 2019
Golden Gate Community Center
4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples
3 – 9 p.m.
Snow mountains, double snow slide, snow wall, snow igloo, polar plunge, Santa South Pole selfies, Dasher’s video game truck, Rudolph’s laser, nerf battle & dodge ball arena, elve’s inflatable obstacle course, carnival rides & games, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, live entertainment featuring Ben Allen Band. The cost is only $2 / 3 and under Free (Credit Cards Welcomed). Carnival Rides & Games, 3 – 9 p.m. Ben Allen Band will perform from 5 – 8 p.m. www.colliercountyparks.com
239-252-4180

Weekend with Santa & the Polar Express
Sanibel Outlets,
20350 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers
Dec. 7 & 8 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring the family for a visit with Santa in the children’s playground and enjoy a free ride on the Polar Express mini train. Free. sanibeloutlets.com

Babcock Ranch Annual Tree Lighting
Founder’s Square,
42851 Crescent Loop
6 p.m.
We’ll have exciting holiday train rides, festive food and beverage specials, photos with Santa, holiday concert performances by the Babcock Neighborhood School Chorus Group and the Alva School Band, face painters and more! Adults only need to purchase wristbands if they will be riding the train with their child. www.babcockranch.com

31st Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade!
Bay at Fort Myers Beach
6 p.m.
Enjoy a night on the water full of Christmas spirit and spectacular up-close views of the dazzling brightly lighted, and decorated watercrafts. It’s a fun and festive time along the waterway, where you may even see a few of Santa’s elves dancing aboard to some festive music. www.fortmyersbeach.org

Story Time with Santa
Bell Tower Shops – Center Court
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
9 – 11 a.m.
239-489-1221

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers
8 p.m. 239-481-4849

Christmas Treats in a Jar
Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Children will get to make and take two home-crafted gifts in a jar including Rich & Creamy Cocoa Mix and Santa’s Peppermint Chocolates Mix. This event is for children 7-9 yrs. $20 per child. 239-574-0804

Kids Club: Clay Pot Bell
Michaels, Fort Myers
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making a bell out of a clay pot. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3. 239-215-1730

Santa Fest
Wa-Ke Hatchee Park,
16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers
3 p.m.
Join us for an exciting evening filled with holiday cheer. Enjoy games, bounce houses, food trucks, photos with Santa, face painting and a movie in the park; the movie is 2018’s “The Grinch”. Admission is free. Toy donations for Golisano Children’s Hospital are welcome. 239-432-2154

Pictures with Santa the Cow
Chick-fil-A Estero
21900 S Tamiami Trail, Estero
10 a.m.
Visit with Santa Cow, take pictures and do a fun holiday craft. 239-498-8700

Light Up Estero
Estero Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero
4:30 p.m.
This free community event will include a canned food drive to benefit Interfaith Charities of South Lee County, local food trucks, a wreath raffle, caroling and an official tree lighting with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A Christmas-themed craft project. 239-444-5486

North Fort Myers Community Christmas
North Fort Myers Park,
2000 N. Recreation Park Way
4 – 8 p.m.
This event will feature the lighting of the tree, carol singing and Movie In The Park featuring Dr. Seuss The Grinch! Admission is free. 239-533-7200.

3rd Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
Dec. 7 – 8 • 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
A holiday flurry is coming! Vendors, kid’s games, Santa, story time with a Librarian, Florida “snow”, and more! The park will be decorated in classic/old-fashioned Holiday decorations. State park entrance fee required per vehicle. *We will be doing a toy drive during the event. Bring in new toys, unwrapped and drop off at the Santa’s Workshop (Art Hall). This will help to fill Santa’s Workshop during the event. 239-992-0311

Christmas Cookie Decorating
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
Noon – 2 p.m. near WINK Playland
Kids deck out a holiday treat they can also eat at the cookie decorating station. 239-948-3766

Endless Trails Holiday Mini Horses
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
Noon to 2 p.m.
Look for these mini equines and score a candy cane if you’re on Santa’s Nice List. 239-948-3766

Home Depot Kids Workshop:
Christmas Countdown Calendar
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m. – noon
Create your own countdown to the holidays, and have a blast with your child while doing it. Kids develop hands-on skills with sanding, nailing and applying stickers. With help from parents and store associates, your child will make a merry memory this holiday season. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. www.homedepot.com/workshops

Pet Photos With Santa
Gulf Coast Town Center
9903 Gulf Coast Main St, Fort Myers
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Photos will be taken in exchange for a $10 donation to Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue. Anyone who donates will also receive a certificate for discounts from participating merchants. 239-267-5107

Super Fun Saturday
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Come play with us at the library. Activities change monthly and vary from dancing, storytelling, art projects and more. Fun for the whole family. 239-479-4636

Holiday Festival of Lights
Downtown Cape Coral
4 – 10 p.m.
With all attractions FREE to the public you can visit Santa in Christmas Town Center, sled down Snowcap Square very own Snow Drift, watch the magic as we light up the Christmas tree in Town Center. Free inflatables, face painting, and entertainment. 239-549-6900

Sun – 8
Sensitive Santa
Edison Mall,
4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 – 11 a.m.
Sensory-Friendly visits with Santa, including crafts, and snacks! Entrance F, near Dillards. Price: Cost of Photos. 239-939-5464

Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Pop-Up Peekaboo! Baby Dinosaur
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Join us for our Baby & Me Storytime, as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. For caregivers & children ages 0-2. 239-437-0654

Santa on the Sand At the Gazebo,
Lovers Key State Park,
8700 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach
1 – 3 p.m. & 2 – 4 p.m.
Fun, games and a snack for the children, plus a visit with Santa. The cost is the park entrance fee, plus $5 and one unwrapped toy for each child 8 years old or under. The toys as well as the $5 will be donated to The Children’s Network of SW Florida. Reservations are required. 630-542-2435

Christmas Market at Marinatown
Marinatown Yacht Harbour
3444 Marinatown Ln, N. Fort Myers
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Vendors, crafts & more! Santa will be here 11 a.m. –1 p.m. LLSN@comcast.net

Mon – 9
Junior STEAM Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Welcome to Junior STEAM Club. Each month will feature a different STEAM related theme for children ages 3-5. Get creative with books and activities that feature science, technology, engineering, art and math for preschoolers. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

12 Days of KidX
Edison Mall,
4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
December 9 – 20 • 2 – 4 p.m.
12 fun-filled days of crafts, coloring and holiday cheer. Each day is something different for the little to do so make sure you stop by our craft stations, right next to the Santa Set! Free. Located in the Dillard’s Court. 239-939-5464

Homeschool
Mystery STEM Challenge
South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m.
Test your creative thinking and problem-solving skills with our Mystery STEM challenge. We will be using a variety of materials and work as a team to solve a problem. Are you up for the challenge? For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Battleship Coding
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.
It’s Computer Science Education Week and we will be combining the board game Battleship and Spheros as our attack weapon. Registration required and is only guaranteed until the start of the program. 239-479-4636

Tue – 10
Kindness Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness & help make
the world a better place. For children in grades K-5. Registrationrequired. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program.
239-479-4636

Artify with Ms. Sharon
Bonita Springs Public Library
10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m.
Children in grades K-5 are invited to explore new art projects or advanced techniques during this monthly program. December’s project is holiday inspired. All materials provided; dress for mess. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Pilkeypalooza: Dog Man Fetch-22 Release Party
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
Join us for games and activities to celebrate the release of Fetch-22, the newest book in the hilarious Dog Man series. The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition features a colorable pull-out poster for the ultimate supa fan (while supplies last)! 239-437-0654

Bat Boy: The Musical auditions
Florida Rep
2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers
Dec. 10, (Ages 13-20) 3 – 8 p.m.
Callbacks – Dec. 11, 4 – 9 p.m.
Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia.
For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is accepted as a member of the family by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter,
Shelley. 239-332-4665

Family Night: Make your own Sundae
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious dinner with the family and then kids get to make their own Sundae. Make your own sundae with lots of toppings! 239-433-9030

Chess Anyone?
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace
5:30 p.m.
Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636

Teen Game Day
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
2 p.m.
Teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to join us for a special game day. There will be video games, board games and card games. Bring your friends as this will be a time to socialize and challenge each other to friendly competitions. 239-479-4636

DIY – Ugly Holiday Shirt (teen)
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m.
Join us as we create our own crazy and tacky holiday shirts by decorating them with a variety of unusual materials. Registration is required as shirts are limited. 239-479-4636

Fishing Clinic
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Naturalist to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. You might even learn a few of the “secrets” our local fishermen swear by. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Wed – 11
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

Lego Fun at the Library
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace
4 p.m.
Join us for Lego building fun. Challenge cards will be provided for inspiration. Bricks provided by the library. For grades K – 5. 239-479-4636

Tween Art Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Tweens ages 9 to 13 create a new art project each month. This month we will design and create wearable art jewelry projects. All supplies are
provided. 239-479-4636

Way Back Movie Wednesday for Tweens
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
5 p.m.
Tweens in grades 6-8 are invited to sit back and enjoy a teen movie from
before they were born. The library will provide the movie and the space.
239-479-4636

Thu – 12
LEGO Kids
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Explore engineering and math with Lego bricks. All materials provided. For grades K-5. Please register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

Open Mic Teen Time
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Music, poetry, dance. Students ages 12-18 can sing a song, read a poem, play an instrument, tell stories or jokes or dance. Bring your groupies. Performers need to sign up for a five-minute spot upon entry. All performances must be age-appropriate for the audience. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books & dance. 239-479-4636

Fri – 13
Elementary Homeschool Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Homeschoolers ages 5 – 11 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun and educational activity. We’ll engage in science experiments, technology, building, crafting and making of all types. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Deck the Depot
Naples Depot Museum
1051 Fifth Avenue S, Naples
6 – 8 p.m.
Cocoa & caroling with the Naples Carolers. 239-252-8419

The Nightmare Before Christmas Outdoor Movie Night
Lee County Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
7 p.m.
This year, Christmas will be ours! We’re celebrating December’s Friday the 13th with The Nightmare Before Christmas Outdoor Movie Night! Relive the wonder of Tim Burton’s classic dual-holiday animated dark fantasy with your friends or bring the kids along for a long overdue introduction to Sally and Jack Skellington. Join the spellebration under the stars on our festival grounds and bring your blankets or lawn chairs for first come, first serve seating. Come by early and meet Sally and Jack in person, play lawn games or have your face painted by Krafty Kate’s Face Painting Kreations! Costumes encouraged! Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Limited presale tickets are available for $10 per person or $30 for a Jack Pack, which includes a total of 4 tickets. Kids 5 and under get in free. On the night of the event, tickets are $15 per person. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Arrive early to get a good spot! 239-939-2787

North Fort Myers Academy of The Arts: The Nutcracker Ballet
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers
7 p.m. 239-481-4849

Teens Write
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
3 p.m.
Share your poetry or prose and exchange ideas. For grades 9-12. 239-479-4636

A Clydesdale Christmas
Chick-fil-A Estero
21900 S Tamiami Trail, Estero
5 p.m.
Take pictures with a beautiful Clydesdale Horse & Carriage. Get into the holiday spirit with snow flurries falling from the sky, a hot cocoa bar and writing letters to Santa! This will be a special night of holiday memories that last a lifetime! 239-498-8700

Lakes Park Holiday Express
Lakes Park,
7330 Gladiolus Dr., Fort Myers
Dec. 13 – 23 & Dec. 26 – Dec. 30 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The annual Holiday Express miniature train transports you through a winter wonderland with lights and decorations. For more information and pricing, go to http://rrmsf.org/ or call the Railroad Museum at 239-267-1905.

Sat – 14
Sounds of the Season
Unity of Fort Myers
11120 Ranchette Rd, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
Featuring masterful soprano saxophonist Eirinn Abu. For tickets, call 239-278-1511

Winter Wonderland Concert
Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street
2 p.m.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Dave DeLuca will perform the very best holiday favorites at this family-oriented event that celebrates the magic of the holiday season through songs. 239-479-4636

Christkindlmarkt -Holiday Craft Market
German American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
Dec 14 – 15
Free Community Event – Free Parking. Held in our Christmas decorated Bavarian Gardens and featuring Santa Claus & Old Saint Nick to hear holiday wishes. We welcome you to join us to celebrate the Christmas spirit German style. Exclusive vendors selling unique holiday gifts. Holiday Express Train & games for the kids, Authentic German & International Food, Caroling / Entertainment with our Hafenkapelle and local musicians. Saturday, December 14, 2 – 9 p.m.& Sunday, December 15, 1 – 8 p.m. 239-283-1400

Bonita Springs Boat Parade
5124 Bonita Beach Rd SW,
5:30 p.m.
Watch from the bridges, docks and river banks as the brightly decorated boats parade up and down the Imperial River. Color lights, music, and imagination all in this wonderful Boat Parade. www.cityofbonitasprings.org

Naples Christmas Boat Parade
Naples Bay in Naples
Saturday, Dec. 14 • 6:15 p.m.
Travels north along Naples Bay from Marker 8 in the Hamilton Harbor marina area to the Naples City Dock and Tin City. All sizes of boats are welcomed to enter the parade. 6:15-8:30 p.m. Free admission and no entry fee. 239-682-0900

A Florida Morning with Santa
St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church.
5011 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 117 out of St. Hilary’s Church (on the corner of McGregor & Colonial). We will be having a “A Florida Morning with Santa”. We will have the ONLY LIVE Florida Santa Photo Shoot, games, prizes, breakfast, and a craft! All for only $5 per person. Adult ugly sweater contest at noon. 239-985-5629

Santa At The Stable
Saddlewood Horse Club
16111 Saddlewood Ln, Cape Coral
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Take Your Picture with Santa at our Horse Interaction Day. Children 2 – 15 will be able to pet, groom, and feed horses, enjoy pony/horse riding in the covered riding arena, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with the live horse painting! $25/child, lunch and all activities included. Treat Bag for every Registered Child. Pre-register by phone or e-mail to reserve your spot – limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended) or cash at gate. info@CapeHorses.com 239-738-9300

Sleepy Saturday Movie Day
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m.
Sleep in, it’s Saturday. Then, spend the afternoon watching a movie and enjoying light snacks in the Teen Zone. For teens grades 6-12.
239-479-4636

Winter Fest – Breakfast with Santa
Shell Factory & Nature Park
16554 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers
Dec 14 – 15 • 9 a.m.
239-995-2141

Holly Jolly Breakfast
Cape Coral Yacht Club,
5819 Driftwood Pkwy
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa Claus! Enjoy festive music and make holiday ornaments and crafts in the Yacht Club Ballroom. Santa will be available for pictures and each child will receive a goody bag. Pre-registration is required! 239-574-0806

Crafterday Morning: Holiday Cards
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Join us in making personalized holiday cards. Choose from pre-selected designs or create your own unique cards. All supplies will be provided. This program is not intended for children under 13.
239-479-4636

DIY Clay Keychain Charms
Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street
3 p.m.
Learn how to mold clay into an awesome keychain charm. Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. For grades 6-12. All materials will be provided. 239-479-4636

Winter Wonderland
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
11 a.m.
No two snowflakes are the same. Help make the Teen Zone a unique a winter wonderland. 239-479-4636

Movie Night: Featuring The Grinch (2018)
Chick-fil-A Pine Island Road
1790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
6-8 p.m.
Come out for some warm hot chocolate, candy, popcorn and a free movie showing right in our parking lot. Don’t forget to come dressed in your pjs and bring a lounge chair or blanket to enjoy our movie night. We hope to see you there! FREE family fun event! 239-242-8748

R.E.A.D. to Dogs
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
11 a.m.
R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner /handlers as a team to help improve the literacy skills of children. 239-479-4636

DIY Mermaid Stockings
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
2 p.m.
Swim into the holidays with these DIY stockings. You can color the mermaid stockings with markers or embellish with gems and glitter to add your own personal flair. The stockings are shaped like mermaid tails with detailed scales and fins for anyone to decorate. 239-479-4636

Make an Impact: Earn Volunteer Service Hours at Your Library
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m.
Have fun, get creative and earn volunteer service hours in the process. Show off your DIY skills as you create handmade items to support Lee County Library System’s Community Conversations project. For children and teens in grades 6-12. Drop in any time between 2-4 p.m. All supplies will be provided. 239-479-4636

Breakfast with Santa
North Fort Myers Park,
2000 N. Recreation Park Way
9 a.m.
Come enjoy a continental breakfast with the jolly ol’ man himself. Stay and enjoy making a holiday craft, writing a letter to Santa and take home a picture with him. $3 per child. For more information, contact the North Fort Myers Recreation Center at 239-533-7200.

Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance.
239-479-4636

Breakfast with the Kringles
Veterans Park,
55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres.
10 a.m.
Join in a continental-style breakfast with holiday crafts and a special visit with Mr. and Mrs. Kringle. Children will receive a present with their visit. Be sure to bring a camera for your child’s holiday photo shot. $5 per child and $3 for any adults eating breakfast. For information, contact the Veterans Park Recreation Center at 239-369-1521

Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland
From making slime to constructing the solar system, kids learn about science and engineering! 239-948-3766

Baby Rhyme Time
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m.
For babies through 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books & dance. 239-479-4636

Holiday Performance by Bonita Springs Charter School
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
6 p.m. in WINK Playland
Students from Bonita Springs Charter School are the stars of this magical Christmas-themed performance. 239-948-3766

Kids Club: Reindeer Antlers
Michaels, Fort Myers
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making a bell out of a clay pot . Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3. 239-215-1730

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library’s welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children ages 3 – 12 with special needs. Registration begins Nov. 23. 239-479-4636

Santa Claus is coming to Zoomers!
17455 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers
1 – 3 p.m.
$20 wristbands all day! Get your FREE photos with Santa Saturday, December 14 from 1 – 3 pm! That means unlimited go-kart races, roller coaster rides, and mini golf rounds, for less! Get in the holiday spirit the Zoomers way with go-kart rides, games, music, and a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Purchase online at ZoomersFun.com!

Arts and Crafts with Santa
Bell Tower Shops
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for Arts and Crafts with Santa in our Center Court. 239-489-1221

Cookies and Cocoa with Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Wm. Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
1 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 3-8 yrs will have the chance to create a holiday craft, decorate cookies, enjoy hot cocoa, and hear a story read from Mrs. Clause! One
of Santa’s special elves will be leaving a surprise for participants. The cost of the event is $10/child and parents are not required to stay. 239-242-3965

Everblades Annual Teddy Bear Toss at Hertz Arena
11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero
7 -10 p.m.
Tickets vary depending on seat location: $10 – $32. Parking is $10 per vehicle. If a child has celebrated their 2nd birthday by the time of the event day, they must purchase a ticket! Younger than 2 are required to sit in the lap of an adult. Brought to you by Synovus and Animal Refuge Center, join the Florida Everblades as they take on the Kansas City Mavericks for their annual Teddy Bear Toss! Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to the game. When the Everblades score their first goal, fans may throw the stuffed toys onto the ice to celebrate. The stuffed animals and teddy bears will be rounded up and distributed to children’s charities across Southwest Florida for the Holidays. 239-948-7825

Walk-Thru Live Nativity
Faith Presbyterian Church
4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Faith invites you to attend their annual Walk Thru Live
Nativity – A Wonderful Experience for ALL ages! Bring friends and family to this free, ONE NIGHT EVENT. Take a 45 minute stroll that includes a Bethlehem marketplace, fields filled with shepherds and their sheep, and authentic nativity scene with baby Jesus, and so much more! 239-542-2858

Sun – 15
Downtown Christmas Run
Citygate Ministries
1735 Jackson St, Fort Myers
5:30 p.m.
The Downtown Christmas Run is an exciting way to get into the Christmas spirit. We will be running through downtown Fort Myers over the bridge and back to the finish line. Since this is a evening run, we will be lighting the course with Christmas lights as our way of spreading Christmas cheer. We encourage every participant to wear Christmas colors and or costume that fits the Christmas theme. The first 250 racer that register prior to race day will receive a free race shirt and a Christmas bracelet that will help them jingle along the course. Come celebrate Christmas this special night and light the path for those running behind you. All proceeds from the event go toward Crossover Youth Center After school Program. 239-334-7747

Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Pop-Up Peekaboo: Colors
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Join us for our Baby & Me Storytime, as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth. For caregivers and children ages 0-2. Plus, get a coupon for a free tall, hot or iced Starbucks coffee for the cafe. 239-437-0654

Mon – 16
Polar Express Reading
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
6 p.m.
Families with children are invited to kick off Polar Express Week at East County Regional Library with a reading of “The Polar Express.” Come in your pajamas and enjoy an hour of stories, songs and a craft related to “The Polar Express.” Registration is suggested as space is be limited. 239-479-4636

Middle School Homeschool Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Meet new friends as we tackle various STEAM topics in this monthly program designed to spark dialogue and facilitate creative thinking. This month we will use the Sphero SPRK & Sphero Minis to help foster creativity and learn fundamental computer programming logic. 239-479-4636

Coding Club: Bristle Bug Bots
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Create your own Bristle Bug Bot and put it to the test through fun challenges. For grades K-5. Register each child individually. Your reservation is guaranteed only until the start of the program. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

Kindness Club
South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
3:30 p.m.
Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness & help make the world a better place. For grades 2-6. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess. All children attending must be registered.
239-479-4636

Tue – 17
Lego Club
Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m.
Join us for a short story and Lego building challenges. Lego pieces are provided for use during this program. For grades K – 5. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

The Christmas Carol Sing
First Presbyterian Church,
2438 Second St. in downtown Fort Myers
1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time. A festival of holiday music and family fun! This year’s performance will feature Gaither Homecoming Soloist and Grammy Award winner Larry Ford singing favorite holiday carols with audience sing-a-longs. Admission is free, although organizers request voluntary donations of at least two cans of non-perishable food for The Soup Kitchen. 239-334-2261

3D Pens
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17
3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20
3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21
Learn how to use 3D pens to make your own 3D craft. Fun for all ages. 239-479-4636

Polar Express Stuffed Animal Sleepover
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
3 p.m.
Children in grades K-5 are invited to join us for a Polar Express themed stuffed animal sleepover. Come and decorate a “train car” bed for your stuffed animal to spend the night in at the library. We will provide the craft supplies, you just need to bring your imagination and your stuffed animal friend. 239-479-4636

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Children will enjoy finger plays, singing, a craft and a story with Mrs. Claus! Parent must attend with child. Be sure to bring your camera. This event
is for children 2-3 yrs. $15 per child. 239-574-0804

Family Frozen Night
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
5 p.m.
This family program is for fans of all things Frozen. For ages 3-11. Registration required. Your registration is only guaranteed until the start of the program. 239-479-4636

Family Night: Cow-A-BINGO
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Join us for a night of family fun and win fun prizes. 239-433-9030

STEAM Activity: Magnatiles Building Set
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Dec. 17 – 19
Available during normal library operating hours. Magnatiles are a great way for children to explore geometry concepts. The plastic magnetic tiles
let children build structures. 239-479-4636

Teen Gaming Night
Bonita Springs Public Library
10560 Reynolds Street
6 p.m.
Drop by the teen department to play all types of board games and to try out our video game center. For grades 6 and up. 239-479-4636

Yule Ball
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
5:30 p.m.
Join us for a Harry Potter themed Yule Ball. Guests are encouraged to dress in their house robes, house colors or in formal attire. Activities include dancing, a sorting hat ceremony, selection of the Head Boy and Head Girl, photo opportunities and table top games. Light refreshments will be provided while supplies last. For ages 8 and up. Registration is not required, but space is limited. 239-479-4636

Preschool Dance Party
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Let’s rock out to some amazing music, use the parachute and instruments and dance until we drop during this super energetic program. Little ones will be nap time ready after our preschool dance party. This program is appropriate for walkers through age 5. 239-479-4636

COAL
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Teens do you need service hours? Northwest Regional Library has a solution. COAL (Compassion, Openness, Acceptance and Learning) is a program available for teens discussing relevant topics, introducing presenters and of course connecting with the community. Light snacks provided. For teens grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Emerging Inventors: Holiday Fun
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Children and parents will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills while exploring the homes, gardens, and museum. In this session, participate in some Holiday themed activities to celebrate the holiday season. Advance registration is required. 239-334-7419 Edison Ford members: $10; non-members: $15

Wed – 18
Polar Express “Tea” Party
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
10 a.m.
Families with children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a very special Polar Express “Tea” Party. You will be in for a real treat during this special storytime. 239-479-4636

Escape Room: Elf in a Box
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Our elf, Shelfie, thought it would be funny to lock up some holiday cheer and decorations as a game, but ended up locking himself inside the box instead. Luckily, Shelfie the Elf left clues around the library before getting stuck in the box. Solve the clues, unlock the box and free that silly elf so she can report back to the North Pole. For grades 1-5. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. – Noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. 239-948-3766

Moms Apprieciation Day
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Enjoy a little Mom time courtesy of le macaron French pastries while
your children attend Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766

Jingle Bell Holiday Lights Run
Publix Super Market
First Street Village, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
Join us for a festive run along McGregor where we can enjoy the holiday lights from the Edison Home. Be sure to wear your most festive Christmas attire and bring your holiday cheer! This run/walk event is open to all- adults, kids and friendly dogs. The distance is your choice but the Edison home is about 1/2 mile away from the start. Park at Publix and meet by First Watch. Sponsored by Running Friends of SWFL.

Seasonal Make and Take
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
1 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 – 19
Seasonal crafts for everyone. 239-479-4636

Game On
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
Noon
Game On. Live in the teen zone during after school hours. Now’s the time to settle the score. Join in the fun and challenge your friends to a variety of board games and video games. And, of course, UNO. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Thu – 19
Pre Readers Dance Party
Bonita Springs Public Library
10560 Reynolds Street
10:30 a.m.
Dance along to some favorite songs while practicing your letters, numbers, sounds and rhyming. Let’s bop till we drop. We’ll cool down with some bubbles and toy time after the dance. For ages 2-5. 239-479-4636

Holiday Tea with Mina Edison
and Clara Ford
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers
6 p.m.
Join Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford for a special Holiday Tea in the Edison Caretaker’s House. Mina and Clara will talk about their favorite Holiday traditions and tea, lemonade, and cookies will be served. Space is limited to 30 guests, so registration is required. Edison Ford members: $15; non-members: $25. 239-334-7419

Christmas with the Clydesdales
Chick-fil-A Pine Island Road
1790 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Horse and Carriage Rides, Pictures with Santa Cow, crafts & storytime. Tickets are $7. 239-242-8748

Gingerbread Houses Fun
Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Bring your creativity and build a
gingerbread house with all your sweet favorites! RSVP required. Text us at
239-340-8601.

Teen STEAM
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
Noon
Teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to join us for a Teen STEAM exploration. We will be offering a Polar Express themed activity based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. 239-479-4636

Tween STEAM
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
3 p.m.
Tweens in grade 6-8 are welcome to join us for a Tween STEAM exploration. We will be offering a Polar Express themed activity based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. 239-479-4636

Baby Playtime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
For babies up to 24 months. Babies will utilize core muscles and strengthen motor skills as they move about and use their hands to play with cars, blocks and other age appropriate toys. This social hour is a great way for babies and caregivers to make new friends. 239-479-4636

Teen Movie Afternoon
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2:30 p.m.
Start your holiday break by spending the afternoon with a movie and enjoying light snacks in the Teen Zone. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Star Wars Fun
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Become One with the Force. Join us for a fun-filled day out of this galaxy with crafts, trivia and play. Snacks provided. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Interactive Movie
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
More than just a movie showing, audiences participate in this screening. You can take part in the action with props, sound effects and a whole lot of fun or just sit back and enjoy the film. Families of all ages are welcome. Rated PG. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Preschool Sensory Play
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of sensory play. Dress for mess. For ages 2-5. No registration needed. 239-479-4636

Winter Wonderland
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.
It’s beginning to look a lot like winter. Enjoy winter themed activities, crafts and more. For children up to age 5. 239-479-4636

Fri – 20
Happy December Holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Dec. 20 – 28
Available during normal library operating hours. Check out books from different December holiday displays and complete fun activities. Make a luminary out of a paper cup and a tea light. Available while supplies last. 239-479-4636

Special Needs Sensory Storytime
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver who will be an active participant in the program. For children ages 3-12 with special needs and their families. 239-479-4636

Elementary Aged STEAM
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
3 p.m.
Children in grades K-5 are welcome to join us for an elementary aged STEAM exploration. We will be offering a Polar Express themed activity based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. 239-479-4636

Sat – 21
Special Needs Storytime
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace
10 a.m.
This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library’s welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the
program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children ages 3-12 with
special needs. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Punta Gorda Lighted Boat Parade
Within Punta Gorda Isles
Saturday, December 21 • 6 p.m.
Begins at dusk. Enjoy a festival of lights on Punta Gorda Isles as local boaters dress their vessels in the spirit of the holidays!
New parade route! 941-639-3720

Storytime and Activities Featuring Construction Site on Christmas Night
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
It’s Christmas time at your favorite
construction site! After the trucks finish their big, important job, they receive their very own Christmas surprise.
Activities to follow. 239-437-0654

Naples Zoo Winter Fest
Naples Zoo,
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Naples
Dec. 21 – 22 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All of the animals at Naples Zoo made the good list this year and Santa is making an early stop to deliver presents! Zoo guests can enjoy meet and greet opportunities with Santa. There will also be fun games and music for guests to get in the holiday spirit! Regular zoo admission applies. Napleszoo.org

Gulf Coast Symphony: The Nutcracker
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers
2 & 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

Breakfast with Santa
Bell Tower Shops – Center Court
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 239-489-1221

Disney Junior Holiday Fun
Coconut Point Mall
23106 Fashion Drive, Estero
1–3 p.m.
Celebrate the season with family and festive activities inspired by your favorite Disney Junior pals. First 100 attendees will receive an Exclusive Character Card. Join us for all four Play Dates to collect them all! No Disney Character Appearances. Play Area located near Dillard’s 239-992-9966

Family Yoga With Kathryn
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. in WINK Playland
BYOM (bring your own mat) to this FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families. 239-948-3766

Holiday Boat-A-Long
Four Freedoms Park
Cape Coral Pkwy, Cape Coral
4 – 10 p.m.
This night features a Holiday Boat-A-Long followed by a free movie in the park. Food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus along with the parade. You can also watch as the boats line up for the parade which first passes by the park’s beach before heading down various canals. Movie starts at dusk. 239-573-3123

It’s Winter
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE
10:30 a.m.
No snow? No problem. Join us for cold weather stories and activities. All ages welcome. 239-479-4636

An Afternoon at the Movies
East County Regional Library,
881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres
1 p.m.
This is an all-ages showing about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Come dressed in your pajamas and feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy during showtime. 239-479-4636

Lego Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 p.m.
Join us for a short story and Lego building activities. Legos provided for use during this program. No registration is required. 239-479-4636

Holiday Date Night
Wm. Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
6 – 10 p.m.
Kids will enjoy crafts, cookies & pizza while mom & dad head out for a fun night out. 239-242-3965

Wed – 25 – Merry Christmas

Sat – 28
Game Day
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers
Noon
Drop in to play your favorite tabletop games with family & friends or enjoy discovering new games and meeting new people. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. 239-479-4636

Storytime and Activities Featuring The Kindness Book
Barnes & Noble-Marketplace
13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
No matter what other people choose to do, you can always choose to be kind. This book is the perfect introduction to a timeless topic. Activities to follow. 239-437-0654

Kids Day
Miromar Outlets,
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Toddlers to 12-year-olds participate in fun activities and receive free pizza, ice cream and face painting. 239-948-3766

Family Art Labs
Lee County Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
10 a.m. – Noon
Make creativity part of your family routine the 4th Saturday of each month! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world. Come ready to imagine and create! After the fun, peruse local produce and products at our GreenMarket. Recommended for ages five and older, but all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. 239-939-2787

Tue – 31
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration
Fishermen’s Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
The festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Music by DJ Michael White, dancing, face painting, tattoos, hair glitter, LED juggling, plate spinning, balloon creations and Michael Hirst performs from 6 p.m. – midnight, Fireworks at midnight. 941-575-3007

South Cape New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Cape Coral’s Entertainment District
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
This free-to-attend event features live music on the big city stage, kids area, vendor village, food trucks, drink tents and a massive beach ball drop at midnight! All ages welcome. 239-900-4028

Moo Year’s Eve
Chick-fil-A Pine Island Road
1790 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
11 a.m.
Party hats, crafts & more! 239-242-8748

Fort Myers Beach New Year’s Eve & Town Birthday Celebration
Times Square
830 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
Noon to Midnight
Come celebrate the birthday of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and New Year’s Eve at Times Square. Festivities begin with free cupcakes starting
at noon. Live music will be played throughout the day. Ball drop is at midnight with fireworks immediately afterwards. The bridge will be closed ONLY to oncoming traffic from 12:15 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. During the fireworks show. www.fortmyersbeach.org

Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Countdown
Downtown Fort Myers
6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Music, food & more! There will be stages with live bands, DJs, food trucks and plenty of fun! Ball drop will be on Bay & Hendry at midnight! Free to the public. www.myriverdistrict.com

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