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Getting Festive in Fort Myers

Graphic By: Jada Jonassaint

With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, it can be hard to find time to relax and easy to overlook the beauty of the season. Now that finals are done, there is more time to experience all the joy the holidays bring and plenty of places in the Fort Myers area to do so.

  1. Edison and Ford Estates Holiday Nights

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a historic monument located approximately 30 minutes from FGCU. The site offers tours around the grounds and a museum to explore. Over the holidays, staff put on a beautiful light display. You can enjoy this from Nov. 30 until Dec. 31 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. For adults, it’s $20 for entry, $10 for teens 13-19 years old and $5 for kids 12 years old and under. On select nights, there are carolers and a Santa for kids to take pictures with.

  1. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre’s production of Elf the Musical

Nothing will get you in the Christmas spirit like your favorite Christmas movie! For me, that movie is Elf, and from now until Christmas Day, you can experience this Christmas classic live on stage in musical form! The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre performs several musicals year-round, but there is always a new one to enjoy around the holidays. You can choose to experience the show with lunch or dinner provided depending on the time you visit or without food. Prices vary; if you are interested, see the website for details.

  1. Bonita Springs Holiday Stroll

From Dec. 1 through Jan. 1 in Bonita Springs Riverside Park, you will have the opportunity to walk under dazzling lights for free! There will be many photo opportunities available, and Christmas music will be playing throughout the park. The event takes place from dusk until 9:00 pm.  

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  1. Christmas at Farmer Mike’s

If you went to Programming Board’s Spooktacular this year at Farmer Mike’s and want to go back for some holiday magic, now is the time! Every Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm on Dec. 8-23, you can experience a holiday hayride, visit Santa, see Florida “snow” by riding a snowslide, roast marshmallows on a firepit and so much more. There is a $14 entrance fee.

  1. Holiday Scavenger Hunt in Fort Myers

Download the app Holly Jolly Hunt to experience the holidays as a fun scavenger hunt anywhere! You can explore Fort Myers by collecting holiday-related items and taking photos of those items to earn points for your team. Play against family members or other teams around the world. This is a fun way to make memories and connect with friends and family during the most wonderful time of the year!

Though there may not be as many things to do to celebrate because we’re coming to the end of the month and the end of the holiday season, these activities are just enough to get you feeling festive at just the right time—perfect for the whole family.

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