Santa’s Block Party Dec. 4; Festival of Trees Dec. 2 – 5’s Block Party Dec. 4; Festival of Trees Dec. 2 – 5

The 15th Annual Festival of Trees returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in December.
Experience the tremendous trees decorated by local businesses to raise money for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and SBDAC, all taking place Dec. 2 – 5.
Experience one of the most sensational holiday traditions in Southwest Florida. Presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, Festival of Trees is a huge holiday event downtown where these beautiful trees are decorated and filled with presents by local businesses to help raise money for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

‘Tis the season to get creative with one of SW Florida’s favorite local artists, Dharma Lefevre. This talented and quirky elf is going to present how to create a gorgeous wintery landscape. This is not like other paint parties, Dharma will be teaching color theory, how to translate landscapes and simplify what is seen to produce scenery with depth and soul! Each artist will be supplied with canvas, paint, brushes, and of course… wine. Sign up at
All trees will be raffled (except the tree being donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital). Each raffle winner will be notified and receive the decorated tree, and all gifts beneath! This includes delivery and set up in your home or office. Raffle Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The value of each tree along with all the presents beneath it is over $1,500. Admission is $2 for Festival of Trees Viewing (5 and under free.)

Santa’s Block Party

Plus, take part in the fun with the whole family at Santa’s Block Party. A not to be missed Festival of Trees favorite, Santa’s Workshop is an opportunity for kids to create holiday art, color Christmas and holiday cards, decorate yummy cookies from Publix Super Market, and kids will get to write letters to Santa and our military service members! Santa’s workshop admission is only $6 per child and includes one train ride! Additional train ride tickets may be purchased for $2 at the train depot.
Get a sneak preview of the Festival of Trees at the exclusive Tree Preview Party on Dec. 1, from 5 until 7 p.m. The preview party will be held the night before the official Festival of Trees opening. Join in and celebrate the Festival of Trees Southwest Florida’s favorite holiday tradition and take a stroll through the gorgeous winter wonderland! You could win a beautifully decorated tree filled with gifts at Festival of Trees Tree Raffle or bid on an extravagant silent auction package! Tickets are $25 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a full cash bar, silent auction, early entry into the Festival of Trees, and first chance at the tree raffles.

Also Friday at 7 p.m., join Mayor Kevin Anderson as he lights the giant wreath, followed by another amazing free public performance by the Ben Allen Band.
On Saturday night, the entertainment continues with a free outdoor concert with The Memphis Motown Soul Experience, and so much more.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. Always call ahead at 239-333-1933 or visit to check for possible schedule changes.

— familynews
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