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“ELF” at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers, Now Playing through December 25th
Based on the holiday film of the same name, this hilarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Buddy, a young orphan, crawls into Santa’s bag and winds up in the North Pole where he is raised, unaware that he is human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. This modern day holiday classic is sure to bring out the true spirit of Christmas…after all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
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Festival of Trees at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, Now through December 2nd from 9am-5pm
Goodwill of Southwest Florida is partnering with The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to bring the 12th Annual Festival of Trees! The Festival of Trees is a showcase of lovely trees designed by local businesses, individuals, and organizations. Trees are auctioned and raffled, so attendees could win a beautifully decorated tree! $2 per person.

Holiday Nights at Edison Ford, Now through December 30th from 5:30-9pm
Thousands of lights, hundreds of historic decorations, and one unique holiday experience await you nightly!  This year’s event features live music, food and beverages, Santa visits, crafts, Inside the Homes tours, and much more on select nights! Don’t miss an all NEW nightly show from Liquid Fireworks by Waltzing Waters.  Holiday Nights runs from November 23  - December 23, and December 26 – 30.

Holiday Festival of Lights in Downtown Cape Coral, December 1st from 4-10pm
Happening for over 25 years this holiday celebration is a true example of the community support, holiday spirit and evening of fun for the whole family. With all attractions FREE to the public you can visit Santa in Christmas Town Center, sled down Snowcap Square’s very own Snow Drift, watch the magic as we light up the Christmas tree in Town Center, ride the Tiny Tot Train around Snowcap Square, watch over 15 different community groups perform their holiday magic, bonce for hours in the Candy Cane Park and don’t forget to shop for the family in Holiday Village!

Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade, December 1st from 6-8pm
Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 30th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! The parade begins at Salty Sam’s Marina and will pass Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Dixie Fish Co., Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill, and Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe.

Koreshan State Park Holiday Bazaar, December 2nd from 10am-4pm

Come and get some Christmas shopping done at Koreshan State Historic Site for their annual Holiday Bazaar! Over 65 booths of creative crafts, beautiful art, and gifts will be set-up at Koreshan along with a winter carriage ride, holiday music and food for purchase. Regular Park admission applies.  $5 per vehicle with a limit 2-8 people per vehicle.  $4 for a single occupant vehicle.  $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Naples Chanukah Celebration at Cambier Park, December 4th from 5-7pm
Free to attend!  Save the date for the Chabad of Naples annual Chanukah Celebration at Cambier Park! The theme this year is, “Let’s Paint Chanukah!” Come and paint the town ROYGBIV this year with an art theme! The party in Cambier Park will feature a giant painted Menorah, rides, games and crafts, refreshments and Chanukah treats! There will also be a live performance presented by the Preschool of the Arts school.

Downtown Farmer’s Market in Fort Myers, December 6th from 7am-1pm and every Thursday

The Fort Myers Farmers Market, located underneath the Caloosahatchee Bridge in Centennial Park every Thursday year-round from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., is growing with the addition of new vendors. Located at 2000 W. 1st. St., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Cape Coral Outdoor Expo & Boat Show at Sunsplash Family Waterpark, December 7th-9th from 10am-6pm
The Cape Coral Outdoor Expo and Boat Show will take place at Sun Splash Family Waterpark for 3 days of the latest boating, kayaks, paddle boarding, ATV’s, personal watercraft, scuba, cycling, water skiing and wake boarding, tennis and golf! See and shop magnificent boats from local and regional dealers, and manufacturers. There will be seafood and BBQ from some of Southwest Florida’s best restaurants and free seminars offered each day. Learn from experts in kayaking, boating, fishing and sun protection.  There will be Happy Hours on Friday and Saturday from 4pm-6pm, live music and vendors!  For more information, please call: 859-621-3128, or email:

Art Walk & Downtown Fort Myers River District Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 7th from 6-10pm

A must do in the River District social scene is the monthly Art Walk. Always on the First Friday, visit the many exciting galleries, exhibitions, and performances. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials.   Outside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, the Downtown tree lighting will take place at 7pm. Enjoy holiday carols, pictures with Santa, festive treats and experience a bit of snow! This event is free to the public and will coincide with the Artisan Fair Art Walk and SBDAC Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar.

Bell Tower Shops Tree Lighting Extravaganza, December 7th from 6-8pm
As one of Southwest Florida’s favorite pre-Christmas traditions, Bell Tower Shops’ annual tree lighting event features fun and entertainment for the whole family, including a bounce house, face painting and holiday-themed activities. The free event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at Center Court in Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers.  DJ Robert McDonald and local school choirs will help set the ambiance with jubilant caroling. At 7 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck provided by South Trail Fire Department, hopping off at the main entrance between Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria and Blue Pointe Oyster Bay & Seafood Grill. Then, Santa himself will flip the switch to light up Bell Tower Shops’ 25ft tree positioned at Center Court, which will be overflowing with holiday décor and cheer.  Santa will be available for a meet-and-greet and photo ops with children and families after the tree lighting.  Throughout the holiday season, Strolling Santa will be making his way around Bell Tower Shops to spread holiday cheer to shoppers and restaurant patrons.

Sunset Celebration at Time Square on Fort Myers Beach, Every Friday and Saturday from 6-10pm
Live Music, Food and Fun at Time Square on Fort Myers Beach. Every Friday and Saturday from 6-10pm!

Downtown Farmer’s Market in Cape Coral at Club Squarel, Every Saturday Now – May 11th from 8am-1pm
Overflowing with fresh, local and healthy produce, fruits and foods, along with melt-in-your-mouth baked goods, made-on-site guacamole, salsas, homemade jams & jellies, pickles & olive mixes, cheeses, take home foods and much more.​

SWFL Fall Nationals Car Show at JetBlue Park, December 9th from 9am-3pm
Roadhouse Productions will be hosting their annual Fall Nationals Car Show at JetBlue Park at Fenway South! This event features several different types of show vehicles including classics, muscle and exotic! There will also be a swap meet, food, music, automotive vendors, and trophy presentations. A portion of the proceeds go to the United Cerebral Palsy organization of Southwest Florida.  Admission is $10.  Free for children ages 12 and younger, and active military.  Free parking!

Naples Christmas Parade on 5th Avenue South, December 11th from 6-8pm
Bring your chairs and Christmas Spirit to this annual Downtown Naples Christmas event! There will be floats, fire engines, school groups, bands, dance troupes, boy and girl scouts and civic groups that will be walking their way north on 3rd Street, then east on 5th Ave S, and then south onto 8th Street! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appeareance to conclude the parade.  Free parking is available at the 2 downtown parking garages as well as nearby side streets. Private lots may be charging a fee to park. No parking on private property or block driveways. ​

Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade at Four Freedoms Park, December 15th from 4-10pm
Free to attend! Boat parade begins at 7pm!  The Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade will feature over 20+ boats decorated with Christmas lights, inflatables and costumed characters as they line up in Bimini Basin for the start of the parade, which first passes by the beach before heading down various canals in South Cape Coral. Following the boat parade will be a movie in the park! There will also be food vendors, Christmas music, crafts for the kids, local performances and a visit from Santa Claus!  There are a few bleachers set up in front of the beach, but they are first come, first serve. No saving seats! Please bring your own chairs/blankets to make sure you have a place to sit.  There will be free parking for the Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade located at the field lot next to the corner of SE 8th Court and SE 47th Terrace in Downtown Cape Coral. There will be shuttles picking up and dropping guests off at the event at Four Freedoms Park. Also being featured will be a free showing on the big screen after the parade ”National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.

Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers River District, December 21st from 6-10pm
The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials.