Holiday Festivities on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

People sitting near christmas tree on beach

While there’s little chance of a white Christmas in Florida, you can still be merry and bright! Southwest Florida has its own unique take on the holiday season, and there’s no chance of frostbite. Check out these family vacation ideas to get in the spirit for your holiday in the sun.

Annual Festival of Trees

Held annually at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the historic Fort Myers River District, Festival of the Trees has something for everyone. Experience beautiful trees decorated by local businesses to raise money for Goodwill of Southwest Florida and Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Vote for your favorite tree or test your luck and win one! 

Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Most cities just have floats down Main Street, but on Fort Myers Beach things are done a little differently. This gives a whole new meaning to the term “parade float.”

Sailboat reindeer display with lights as sails

Cape Coral Holiday Festival of Lights

Get into the Christmas spirit with tree-lighting, games and other festivities—but don’t stop there! Grab an afternoon lunch and shop around at tents and market displays set up by local businesses and craft vendors. 

Santa's Block Party

Celebrate the season with a day of Christmas crafts, snacks and a visit from jolly St. Nick himself at Santa's Block Party.

Plush snowmen figurines

Sanibel & Captiva Luminary Festival

Follow the trail of luminaries and look for the many fun places to stop and enjoy things like a live nativity scene, music, activities, and the opportunity to tell Santa what you want for Christmas.  

Lights at the Sanibel and Captiva Luminary Festival

Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise

Nothing warms the holiday spirit like a little Christmas cruise. Sign up for this seaside excursion today, brought to you by Adventures in Paradise and celebrate Christmas on the water.

Edison and Ford Holiday Nights

Explore Christmas Past at Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. From Thanksgiving through the first week of January, enjoy nightly entertainment, holiday tradition tours, evening river cruises, and on select nights – Santa visits. There’s a reason USA Today selected Edison & Ford Holiday Nights as one of the “Top Ten Historic Holiday Sites” in 2013 — come see why!

Edison and Ford Winter Estates Holiday Nights

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