Calendar

December

Throughout the month

The Snow Queen
Broadway PalmChildren’s Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
December 1 – 24
Be swept away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie
Frozen. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace. Enter a
world where flowers sing, animals talk, and riddles yearn to be solved. $19 For Kids of all ages • Includes lunch and show. 239-278-4422

2020 Santa Photos
Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave Fort Myers
Now through Dec. 24
Santa is here to bring you smiles and good cheer! Join Edison Mall for safe and socially distanced photos this Holiday Season. The Santa Set will be temporarily closed from November 30th – December 2nd. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Santa Set Hours –
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa Break from 3-4 p.m.
Sundays: 11a.m.-7 p.m., Santa Break from 2:30-3 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Santa Break from 1-2 p.m.
The health and well-being of our staff, Santa and guests is our top priority. To make your reservation photos with Santa, go to: www.reservations.cherryhillprograms.com. Other Santa Experience Options: Visiting Santa is a treasured holiday tradition and we want to ensure you have as many options as possible to have the experience of your dreams. Circumstances may be different this year, but Santa and the Elves have arranged several different digital Santa experiences you can explore from the comfort of your own home.

Holiday Nights
Edison and Ford Winter Estates,
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
Through December 24 & Dec. 26 – Jan. 3
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

Holiday Train Display
Bell Tower
13499 S Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers in Suite 181 near center court
Fri – Sun, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
239-489-1221

Christmas Fest
Springtime Garden Adventure Park
10761 Aqua Vista Lane, N. Fort Myers
Through January 3
30 Decorated Christmas Trees will be on display, also over 30 activities for the whole family, 300 animals that you can hold, touch and feed, petting zoo, Christmas maze, butterfly experience, bird aviary, a scavenger hunt and more. Food Trucks on the weekends. Grand Opening for our New Palm Maze, Barnyard Play Area with slides, ball zone, basketball, tether ball, duck race, bubble factory, pedal karts, steer roping and more. Monday – Friday $8 Per Person. Saturday and Sunday $12 Per Person. Activities included. Food Truck on Saturday and Sunday. www.springtimeplantfarm. com 239-309-0630

Planet Monkman Christmas, 26 NE 8th Terrace, Cape Coral • Throughout December
Home of the 150,000 + bulb Christmas light display. It’s always MERRY CHRISTMAS here. Parking on the street is allowed per City Ordinance. There are also several vacant lots across the street to park at your risk. When you get here you can listen from your car on 90.5 FM.
www.planetmonkman.com

Night Lights in the Garden
Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples
December through Jan. 3 • 6–9 p.m.
Stroll pathways illuminated with millions of lights. Hum along to favorite tunes performed by live musicians. New designs this year promise to add an element of surprise and delight, including the illuminated sculptures from our current exhibition, Steve Tobin: Nature Underground. Members and Non-Members must purchase Night Lights in the Garden tickets in advance for this popular event. www.naplesgarden.org Night
Lights in the Garden is a special, ticketed event, and does not include admission to the Garden during regular business hours. Questions? Call 239-643-7275.

Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shop
10040 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers
Now through December 24
The magic of Santa’s Wonderland continues: By popular demand, families can enjoy the tradition of safe free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops thanks to new measures and a contactless experience that keep everyone happy and healthy this holiday. A Contactless Claus Visit: An acrylic Magic Santa Shield barrier is in place between Santa and families at all times. Reservations are required. Temperature screenings are required for
families and team members prior to entering. Physical Distancing: Families standby in a designated area away from other shoppers. Learn more at basspro.com/santa

Tue – 1
Emerging Inventors: Buzzing Bounty
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers
December 1 and 7, 10 a.m.
For children ages 18 months to 5 years, Emerging Inventors programs include story and music time, socializing with other children, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the homes, gardens
and museum at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Bees are buzzing in the hive at Edison Ford. Enjoy the sweet taste of honey and make a beeswax candle for a birthday cake as we learn about these tiny pollinators. Register online at EdisonFord.org or call 239-334-7419. Sign up for either the Monday or Tuesday session.

Wed – 2
Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
10 a.m. to noon
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

Holiday Stroll
Mercato Shops, 9118 Strada Pl, Naples
6 – 8 p.m.
Aerial performances (event lawn), the Vanderbilt Strings Quartet (by Christmas tree) and Torrie, the World’s Tallest Elf will be making a safe, family friendly appearance. 239-254-1080

Holiday Market & Santa Visit
Cape Coral Yacht Club,
5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral
Dec. 2 • 3 – 7 p.m.
Join us for a fun & festive Holiday Shop at the Yacht Club Ballroom. This will be a socially distanced market with vendors selling arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, gift items and more, so plan to do some holiday shopping from local small businesses. As a special treat, Santa Claus will be arriving at 5 p.m. and will be available for pictures until 7 p.m., so be sure to bring your children/grandchildren and cameras for some great photo opps! Mr. Claus will be meeting with children but has set a strict 6 foot rule, so make sure you stay on the nice list and keep your distance! Masks are strongly encouraged for this event. Admission is FREE and open to the public! For more details, call 239-574-0806

Thu – 3
Festival of Trees
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street, Fort Myers
December 3 – 6
The 14th Annual Festival of Trees returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center! Experience the beautiful trees decorated by local business to raise money for Goodwill of Southwest Florida and SBDAC. Admission: $2 (under age 5 enter for free) 239-333-1933

Fri – 4
Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony
5th Avenue South, Naples
5 – 10 p.m.
Free to attend! This signature holiday event will feature live music, live art performances, festive food offerings, and activities for all ages! A live concert will be held by operatic tenor Ghaleb, with amazing holiday experiences, including a Living Nativity by the First Church of the Nazarene, Skating Rink, Live Music an appearance by Santa Claus. *Lighting of the tree will be approximately 6:30 pm. 239-692-8436

Walk on the Wild Side
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation
and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Do some bird watching, and maybe learn a little local history. Reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply.

Rocking the Holidays
Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
6 – 8 p.m.
School of Rock Fort Myers will be rocking the holidays. 239-489-1221

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Florida Repertory Theatre
Parking is free in the theatre’s lot on Bay Street between Jackson & Hendry.
Dec. 4 – 6, 9 – 13, 15 – 19
All performances begin at 7 p.m. on the new outdoor stage Face coverings are required at all times, and the theatre will provide a mask to anyone who does not bring their own. To maintain health and safety protocols, the theatre will not serve concessions at this time, so audiences should plan to provide their own refreshments if they wish. Outdoor restroom facilities will be available as well as the restrooms inside the theatre lobby. However, any patron wishing to enter the Arcade Theatre Lobby must have their temperature checked before entry is granted. Tickets and information are available at www.FloridaRep.org or by calling the Florida Rep Box Office at 239-332-4488.

Promenade Festival of Lights Tree Lighting/Photos with Santa
Promenade at Bonita Bay
26795 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs
5 – 7 p.m.
Be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas, including music, lights, stars, and delicious treats. Get FREE pictures with jolly ole Saint Nick (socially distant to keep you and Santa safe)! Just bring a new unwrapped toy for Operation Santa. Tree Lighting, Live Music, Shopping, Dance Demonstration, Dining, Food and Drink specials. 239-949-1573

Christmas on The Farm
M&M Farms
5500 Higginbotham Rd., Fort Myers
Dec 4 – 5
We are opening up the farm for a two day farm sale! Friday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Come out and experience a day of fun for the entire family and shopping one of a kind finds just in time for Christmas gifts! Expect to see plenty of vendors from our local communities. You will find homemade treats, strawberry lemonade, sweet tea and more! We will be serving up some farm fresh produce, as well. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Admission is FREE! It will have tons of local vintage, rustic, repurposed, handmade local vendors! mmfarmswfl@gmail.com

Selfies with Santa
Bell Tower Shops
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
Weekends through Dec. 20 & Christmas Eve from 1 – 3 p.m.
Santa will be seated in a sparkly oversized holiday ornament located outside Talbot’s, separated from the public with a beautifully adorned poinsettia wall, allowing families to have a COVID-safe, contactless “selfie museum”-type experience. Children will still be able to talk with Santa from a safe distance to share their wish lists; all photos will be selfie-style with Santa at least six feet in the background, though the set has been designed to minimize that distance for photos. 239-489-1221

Sat – 5
Santa’s Block Party
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center,
2301 First Street, Fort Myers
Saturday, Dec. 5 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Santa for fun, food, and holiday festivities! Santa’s Workshop is an opportunity for kids to create holiday art, color Christmas and holiday cards, decorate their own yummy cookie, and build a wooden craft too! Kids will also get to write letters to Santa and our military service members! A new edition to the festival this year will be a train ride around the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Cost is only $6 per child (ages 2 and under are free!) 239-333-1933

The Nutcracker
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m.
The music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about Sugar Plum Fairies and handsome princes, coming to life in an enchanted world. The Gulfshore Ballet and the Gulf Coast Symphony partner to present your favorite highlights from Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. 239-481-4849

Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade,
North Matanzas Pass
Saturday, Dec. 5 • 6 p.m.
The parade travels through the back bay & will pass by establishments such as Parrot Key, Matanzas on the Bay, Doc Ford’s and Nervous Nellies where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. The parade will pass though Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles. 239-454-7500

Family Camp Out – Rescheduled
Jaycee Park
4215 SE 20 Place, Cape Coral
Dec 5 & 6
Please note: Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed from the original dates of November 7-8. Registered participants can check their email for more information or call Rotary Park at 239-549-4606. Enjoy a fun night of camping with your family under the trees along the shore of beautiful Jaycee Park. Bring your own tent food, camping gear, games and bikes. There will also community campfire and s’mores in the evening and games throughout the weekend so you can join in on the fun! Check in is between 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, with checkout on Sunday at 10 a.m. The cost is just $20 per tent; however, you must reserve a spot by calling 239-549-4606. Limited spots are available. The new registration deadline is 12/2/20

Family Adventures
Mound House
451 Connecticut Street with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut, Fort Myers Beach
11 a.m.
Adults & children age 5 & older weather permitting at 11 a.m. Explore everything fun at the Mound House on this outdoor activity, as the interpretive staff leads families through entertaining and educational experiences you will remember for a lifetime! All participants must wear a mask. $2-per-person that does not include Mound House admission; Mound House members free. For more information and a program schedule, call 239-765-0865 or visit www.moundhouse.org.

Sounds of the Season performance by SWFL Symphony
Bell Tower Shops
13499 S Cleveland Ave Fort Myers
4 – 7 p.m.
Bell Tower shoppers will be treated to a performance by the Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the State of Florida. The performance, part of the orchestra’s small ensemble format “Holiday TinyPops” concert series, will feature holiday favorites that are both festive and memorable. The event will be held in front of the Christmas tree in the shopping center’s Center Court. 239-489-1221

Holiday Festival of Lights
Big John’s Shopping Plaza at Cape Coral Town Center.
Located near Vincennes Blvd and SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral.
Noon – 6:30 p.m.
Register for your FREE event fast pass for you and your family to enjoy the Snow Slide, Pictures with Santa and more! Registration receipt must be presented at the gate. Your Holiday Fast Pass Registration Receipt will be required to enter the event. Join us for all the Holiday Fun including Pictures with Santa, Tree Lighting, Tiny Tots Train ride, 20 ton Snowdrift Slide, and holiday performances! The Tree Lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Cape Coral Town Center. Space is limited per Fast Pass time slot, so register today at www.capecoralchamber.com We will have food, beverage and business vendors on site as well!

Christmas Fair
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
December 5 • 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Shop local artisans, crafts, vendors & more! Children can write letters to Santa! www.llsnevents.com

Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Dec. 5 – 6 • 9 – 11 a.m.
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

Breakfast with Santa
North Fort Myers Community Park
2000 N. Recreation Park Way
9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Come join us for breakfast with the jolly ole guy Santa. We will be serving a continental breakfast (individually wrapped) along with a free craft kit. Enjoy socially distanced selfies and letters to Santa. $3 event fee (you must pre-register for breakfast). 239-533-7200

Holiday Craft Show
Bell Tower Shops
13499 S Cleveland Ave Fort Myers Parking lot by Daniels
Dec 5 & 6 • Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bell Tower will host a Holiday Craft Show featuring the work of crafters and artisans from a multistate area. The one-of-a-kind nature of the products on display make them perfect for people looking for unique and creative holiday gift-giving ideas. 239-489-1221

Holiday Scooter Contest
Cape Coral Eagle Skate Park
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
noon
In partnership with Redi to Pedi, the Eagle Skate Park will be hosting its first ever holiday themed scooter contest! Participants will compete for prizes that are individually wrapped. Only the top winners will get to choose first. Registration starts at noon on Dec.5, and the contest will be free with purchase of admission. For more information, call the skate park’s main line at 239-242-3950.

Santa’s Coming to the Farm
31 Produce, 18672 FL-31, Alva
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
We will have vendors to help you get your christmas shopping done early $8 fun package…. and SANTA! Santa will be available for pictures from 10 a.m.-noon and (break for 30min) 12:30-2:30 p.m. Santa will be in a nice picture area in a chair, people wanting a picture will sit down in front of him (not on his lap) Pictures are free but you need to use your own camera. Free tractor rides 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Toy drive! Please bring a new unwrapped toy. 239-313-8213

Santa’s Block Party
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center,
2301 First Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Santa for fun, food, and holiday festivities! Santa’s Workshop is an opportunity for kids to create holiday art, color Christmas and holiday cards, decorate their own yummy cookie, and build a wooden craft too! Kids will also get to write letters to Santa and our military service members! Culinary delights for breakfast and lunch will also be available for purchase from food service trucks on premise. Cost is only $6 per child (ages 2 and under are free!) Of course Santa insists their adult family members join them (no charge), because we are all still young on the inside. Be on time to see Santa arriving by train! A new edition to the festival this year will be a train ride around the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. One free train ride ticket will be included with each workshop admission. This year in lieu of sitting on his lap, Santa will be conducting on the spot, across the desk elf interviews in hopes to fill some elf vacancies created by expansions in several departments. Candy cane testers, gingerbread quality control, and teddy bear huggers are still needed at the North Pole. Also enjoy the full Festival of Trees, a wonderland filled with beautifully decorated trees, each going home with a lucky winner of our Festival of Trees raffle. Bring your cameras and join in the festivities. 239-333-1933

Tue – 8
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 SW Florida. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply.

Wed – 9
Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
10 a.m. to noon
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

Birding Beach Walk
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk on the beach of Lovers Key and learn the basics of how to identify the birds you see along the way. You will also get tips on other places in the park where you might find some great birding. Feel free to bring your own binoculars or camera. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply.

Holiday House
Burroughs and Langford Kingston Homes
First Street & Fowler – Downtown Fort Myers
December 9 – 20
Enjoy a serene stroll through the grounds and take a peek inside the homes, twinkling with lights. Holiday greens with snow flocked trees and garlands, accented with ribbon, bows, ornaments, and sparkles – in a glistening palate of light blue, pale aqua, turquoise, white, and silver – will transport you to the world that Frosty the Snowman calls home. Holiday House 2020, “Winter Wonderland,” opens to the public on Wednesday, December 9th. Self-guided tours will run nightly through Sunday, December 20th between the hours of 5 – 9 p.m., with the last tour being admitted at 8:30 each evening. www.fmwcc.net

Fri – 11
Movie in the Park: Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Veterans Park and Recreation Center
55 Homestead Rd S Lehigh Acres
5 – 9 p.m. Movie 6:30 p.m.
FREE movie in the park on Friday, December 11. Join us for an outdoor evening of holiday cheer as we screen Disney’s A Christmas Carol. This event is free and open to the public. Physical distancing will be encouraged at this event. Please bring your own blankets and chairs. Santa will arrive with the Lehigh Acres Fire Department and be available for photos. 239-369-1521

Holiday Yappy Hour
Bell Tower Shops,
13499 S Cleveland Ave Fort Myers
Dec. 11 • 6- 8 p.m. 239-489-1221

Holiday Lights
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave Fort Myers
Dec. 11 – 20 • 6 p.m.
Join us for an evening holiday event at CNCP! Our trail will be adorned with twinkling holiday lights. We will be roasting marshmallows by the campfire! $5 per person or free for CNCP members! 239-275- 3435

Sea Turtle Talk
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating life-cycle and journeys of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply.

Sat – 12
Gulf Coast Symphony: Deck the Halls
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
7 p.m.
The festive sounds of the season ring through the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, as the Gulf Coast Symphony presents your most favorite symphonic pops holiday medleys. From Leroy Anderson’s endearing Sleigh Ride, a medley of music from Christmas movie classics, to the Mannheim Steamroller Silent Night, and much, much more! A show perfect for the whole family to celebrate this time of giving and joy. 239-481-4849

Endless Trails Holiday Mini Horses
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free to attend! Keep an eye out for the holiday mini horses roaming the mall! The mini-equines will travel around the mall so please stop and pet them or snap a picture! For more information, call 239-948-3766.

Merry Christmas Pageant with Sunburst Beauty
Edison Mall
4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
3 p.m.
Put your best foot forward at Sunburst Beauty’s Merry Christmas Pageant. Perfect for ages 1-27 year old. The following categories are: – Outfit of Choice Contest -Photogenic -Beauty Pageant (Mandatory) All participants will receive a crown and a trophy. Register at Sunburst Beauty or enter at the pageant! Sign up at www.sunburstbeauty.com

Christmas Boat Parade
Naples Bay
1101 9th Street South, Naples
6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
239-682-0900

Movie in the Park: The Santa Claus
North Fort Myers Community Park
2000 N. Recreation Park Way
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an evening full of holiday cheer! This event is free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair or blankets. Socially distanced family spaces will be set up. Come at 6 p.m. to pick your spot. Popcorn and bottled water will be provided to the first 150 participants. For more information, contact the North Fort Myers Recreation Center at 239-533-7200

Drive-In Movie in the Park: Elf
Lake Meade Community Park
1117 NE 23rd St, Cape Coral
5 – 8 p.m.
The Free Movie in the Park series continues with a Drive-In Movie! Movie starts at approximately 6 p.m., but get there early to enjoy dinner from our onsite food truck, grab a good spot & have a chance at our giveaways! Masks are encouraged when you visit our onsite vendors, but not required. Registering for the event is required to attend. There is no charge associated with this. Tickets are available through Eventbrite . Tickets will be limited. SCHEDULE: 5 p.m. Food Trucks Arrive – Dave’s Cosmic Subs, Sunny Days Ice Cream. 5:50 p.m. Giveaway winners announced through the car

Holly Jolly Breakfast
Cape Coral Yacht Club,
5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa Claus and make holiday ornaments and crafts in the Yacht Club Ballroom. Santa will be available for pictures and each child will receive a goodie bag! Admission is just $14 per adult and $10 per child age 11 & under (infants under age 2 are free). Advanced registration is required no later than Dec. 9 by calling 239-574-0806.

Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade
Imperial River in Bonita Springs
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Features decorated, illuminated boats traveling along the Imperial River. There will be several viewing spots along the river including Riverside Park and the Imperial River Boat Ramp. 239-495-0455 www.bonitaboatparade.com

Cookies & Cocoa with Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Wm. Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
1-3 p.m.
Participants will enjoy hot cocoa, holiday activities and a visit from Mr. and Ms. Claus. Pre-Registration Required. Parents are not required to stay. Ages 3-8yrs. $10. 239-242-3950

Sun – 13
Dough Holy Night Drive-Thru
Estero United Methodist Church
8088 Lords Way, Estero
2 p.m.
We invite you to drive and pick up a kit to share with family and friends! Kits will include cookie dough, cocoa, and ornament, and lots of other fun things to share with your kids or neighbors. Register to attend this fun-filled drive-thru Christmas event for the entire family at https://esteroumc.breezechms.com/form/DoughHolyNight. Complete your registration by 12/6.

Celebration of Song
City of Palms Park
Fort 2201 Edison Ave, Fort Myers
3 p.m.
Come Celebrate! We’re back and bringing the SWFL Community together again (outdoors) to celebrate America and the holiday season in a big way at City of Palms Stadium in Fort Myers. We’ve partnered with Harry Chapin Food Bank, so a non-perishable food donation is all you need for admission. If you would like to make a donation to Harry Chapin whether or not you can attend our event please use this link: https://harrychapinfoodbank.org/symphonic-chorale/ There is plenty of parking and room to social distance with your family group. We’ll have a brass ensemble and even a sing-along. TICKETS NOT REQUIRED. www.symphonicchorale.org – 239-560-5695

Breakfast with Santa
Shell Factory Nature Park
16554 North Cleveland Avenue, US 41, N. Fort Myers
9 -11 a.m.
Santa Claus is coming to town!Have Breakfast with Santa inside The Southern Grill! RSVP by Dec 11. Reservations are required. 239-995-2141 ext 110. 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. www.shellfactory.com

Tue – 15
Movies on the Lawn: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mercato Shops
9118 Strada Pl, Naples
5:45 p.m.
239-254-1080

Emerging Inventors: Holiday Fun
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers
December 15 and 21 • 10 a.m.
For children ages 18 months to 5 years, Emerging Inventors programs include story and music time, socializing with other children, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the homes, gardens and museum at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The Florida sun is shining, but Kris Kringle will soon be here. In this session, build a marshmallow snowman, string a popcorn garland, and celebrate the season with some traditional charm. Register online at EdisonFord.org or call 239-334-7419 if you have any questions. Sign up for either the Monday or Tuesday session.

Wed – 16
Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
10 a.m. to noon
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

Spectacular Christmas Revue
Cultural Park Theater
528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral
Dec. 16 – 20
Our 2020 Holiday show continues as one of our most anticipated productions as once again we take your favorite holiday songs, add some pop music and sprinkle in a cast of children, adults and Santa Claus and you have a recipe for a most “spectacular” Christmas show! 239-772-5862

Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Dec. 16 – 20 • 9 – 11 a.m.
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

Thu – 17
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
December 17 – 19
Live theatre returns – outdoors and with social distancing – at the Alliance! We’ve been hard at work to create an intimate, open-air venue where our neighbors can safely enjoy live entertainment. And what better backdrop for a performance than the gorgeous Florida sky? Reserve your square for I Never Saw Another Butterfly, presented by the Alliance for the Arts Youth Theatre! Seating is limited and attendees will purchase a pass for a 6×6 square space on our Green-Market lawn. In order to maintain social distancing, all lawn spaces will be 6 feet apart. Guests are required to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. A pass for a 6×6 square space is $25 and will seat up to four people. 239-939-2787

Storytime with Mrs. Claus
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Court Cape Coral
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Santa Claus is soon coming to town and Mrs. Claus is making an early visit for all the boys and girls in Southwest Florida. Get your little ones in the holiday spirit and take some fun photo and video memories! All will enjoy finger plays, singing, crafts and a story time that will make all children excited for the season! Parent must attend with child. Only $15 for this exciting event that will help you and your family capture fond memorable moments. Don’t delay sign up today! For preparation purposes, pre-registration preferred by Tuesday,12/15/2020. Cost: $15 (please pre-register by Tuesday 12/15/20) Ages: 2- 3 years olds. 239-574-0804

Fri – 18
Walk on the Wild Side
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Do some bird watching, and maybe learn a little local history. Reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply.

Sat – 19
Santa Fest
Wa-Ke Hatchee Community Park
16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers
3 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an exciting evening filled with Holiday cheer. Enjoy bounce houses, food trucks, photos with Santa and a movie in the park. The movie is 2003’s “Elf” and begins at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Toy donations for Golisano Children’s Hospital encouraged. For more information contact the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at 239-432-2154.

Santa at the Stable
Saddlewood Horse Club
6111 Saddlewood Ln, Cape Coral
10 – 11:30 a.m. or Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Ho Ho Ho SANTA is coming on horseback to Saddlewood. Treat bag for every registered child. Ride horses and feed horses while you wait for SANTA to ride in. Remember to take your SANTA pictures. Snack and water included. Rain or shine thanks to our Covered riding arena. All inclusive tickets $25/child (one chaperone per child). Face covering is mandatory. Very limited tickets with pre-pay only! Reserve your spot at 239-738-9300 www.CapeHorses.com

Holiday Boat-A-Long
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
4 – 10 p.m.
The night features holiday-themed music, food trucks, a visit from Santa, and the boat parade, followed by the movie, Christmas Vacation. *Registering for this event is required for those who plan to attend the event in Four Freedoms Park and those that want to include their boat in the parade. There is no charge associated with either registration. Tickets to attend the event in Four Freedoms Park will be available through Eventbrite. Tickets will be limited and the venue will be approximately at 50% attendance from previous years. Tickets are not required for anyone under the age of 2. Attendees can watch as the boats line up in the Bimini Basin for the parade which first passes by the park’s beach before heading down various canals in We encourage attendees to social distance and wear masks, though masks are not required. 239-574-0804

Holly Daze Kids Night Out – Parent’s Night Off Event
Wm. Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
6-10 p.m.
Parents will have a chance to finish their holiday shopping and enjoy a night out while children participate in holiday activities.(Grades K-8) Pre-Registration Required. $15. 239-242-3950

Punta Gorda Boat Parade
Within Punta Gorda Isles
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! 941-639-3720

Wed – 23
Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
10 a.m. to noon
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

Sat – 26
Little Leapers
Sky Zone Fort Myers
14181 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
Dec. 26 – 27 • 9 – 11 a.m.
Little Leapers is perfect for the little ones to play, jump, and bounce at Sky Zone without the interference from the big kids. Little Leapers is open to jumpers 7 & younger. $12.99. 239-313-5448

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