Special Holiday Events and Things to Do - Cape Coral, Ft Myers and Naples


  • Edison & Ford Holiday Nights: Through December 30.
    The 43rd annual holiday celebration returns to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The winter homes, gardens and historic buildings of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are decorated with thousands of lights and decorations.  Open 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 30. $20 admission ($10 for ages 13-19, $2 for ages 6-12, free for younger). Lee County residents get a $5 discount every Sunday and Monday. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7419 or edisonfordwinterestates.org
  • “Elf the Musical”: Now through Dec. 25. The musical version of the popular Christmas movie about Buddy the Elf, who learns that he’s really a human being and goes to New York to find his true identity. $45-$65. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com
  • Holiday Pops: December 13-16, 2018. Celebrate holiday classics with all-new program featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus. More Details
  • Holiday on the Bay: Saturdays November 24 through Dec. 22, and Dec. 23 and 24. The annual event includes more than 100,000 lights, holiday carolers, snow shows, free photos with Santa and stories with Mrs. Claus. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22 and also 3-5 p.m. Dec. 23 and 2-5 p.m. Dec. 24. Free. The Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples. 261-6100 or venetianvillage.com.
  • The Nutcracker: December 22. Local dancers from Naples Ballet, professional soloists from around the world and the Naples Philharmonic perform the famed ballet. More Details.
  • “Irving Berlin's White Christmas": Wednesday November 28 - December 23. The Naples Players perform this musical about two Army buddies, now showbiz partners, who follow two singing sisters to a Vermont inn. They end up putting on a show to help save the place — and fall in love, too. A holiday musical filled with classic Irving Berlin songs, including “Happy Holidays,” “Blue Skies” and “White Christmas.” Nov. 28-Dec. 23. $40. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., downtown Naples. 263-7990 or naplesplayers.org.
  • “A Christmas Carol”: November 30 - December 19. A new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic from playwright and Broadway actor Mark Shanahan, a frequent Florida Rep guest director and author of the theater’s 2016 production of “The Dingdong.” This will be the play’s world premiere. Nov. 30-Dec. 19. $49-$55. Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers. 332-4488 or floridarep.org.