‘Tis the Season for the Holiday Spirit


Once you decide to trade in frigid temperatures and snowdrifts for warm waters and white-sand beaches, you’re already winning. From holiday strolls to historic homes, discover all the ways to embrace dazzling traditions, Southwest Florida style.

Did you know? After inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison created the first strand of electric lights and hung them around his laboratory around Christmas time. Although it took a little longer for this holiday tradition to become mainstream, the inspiration began with him and you can learn this story and more at The Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Primed and ready for the season, these famous winter homes are fully decked out for Holiday Nights — adorned with glowing lights and historic decorations.


Boating is practically part of our DNA, so naturally it’s part of our holiday celebrations. See the night sky light up in the 33rd Fort Myers boat parade, scheduled for December 4, 2021. Launching from Salty Sam’s Marina and gliding past back bay restaurants and bars where you can grab a seat to watch the fun. Nearby Bonita Springs will celebrate dazzling boats gliding along the Imperial River on December 11, 2021; on December 18, 2021, Bimini Basin will be alight for the Cape Coral Holiday Boat a Long.

Fill your heart with the holiday cheer on an annual holiday stroll. These charming community gatherings take place on select dates throughout the holiday season, including Luminary 2021 on December 3–4, 2021. With candlelit walkways all along Periwinkle Way on Sanibel, browse among beautifully decorated shops, and enjoy seasonal food and craft brews.

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