Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and the Island of Sanibel Holiday Happenings

I don’t know about you, but I could use some good old fashioned holiday cheer. 2020 has been a doozy: Australian brush fires, Harry and Megan quit the royal family, the loss of Kobe Bryant and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, President Trump’s impeachment, worldwide pandemic, black lives matter protests, a very divided election, a record number of named hurricanes in the Atlantic, and murder hornets. I could go on, but you get the picture. It feels like a decade’s worth of events happening in one year. With the holidays just around the corner, maybe you’re thinking about a trip. Might I suggest southwest Florida? Plenty of holiday happenings to bring you some yuletide cheer combined with the perfect weather equals one great getaway.

At the time of writing, Florida has no Covid19 travel restrictions, but understand that cities and municipalities may put their own in place. So, be sure to research your destination to know what you can expect. The weather is perfect this time of year, the humidity has dropped, and the need for outdoor activities has risen. I’ve taken the liberty to put together a one-stop guide for Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Sanibel holiday happenings.

My first suggestion, if you’re planning an overnight, weekend, or even a week-long trip, stay at the Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast!! You know the reasons why; comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, it’s got that home away from home feel and beautifully decorated for every occasion. Their food is always delicious and made with special attention to compliment the
season. You won’t find any pumpkin or peppermint there in the spring. Let’s dive into our

Traditional Holiday Lights Display 

Edison and Ford Winter Estates “Holiday Nights” November 27-January 3

The Historic Burroughs Home and Gardens “Holiday House” December 11-23

  • A glittering winter wonderland presented by the Fort Myers Women’s Community Club. The club will deck the halls and gardens with holiday decorations and lights that is sure to get you in the holiday mood. Keep up to date with the FMWCC at

Sanibel Lighthouse

  • Don’t forget to take a beautiful ride over to Sanibel Island where you can see the historic Sanibel Lighthouse decorated for the holidays

What’s more Christmas than Shopping?

Christmas House at the Shell Factory and Nature Park.

Miromar Outlets

  • Miromar Outlets Designer and brand name outlets, SWFL’s premier place to shop and dine. Recipient of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award 2020. Check out their events page for their Toy Drive, free gift wrapping, holiday mini horse trails and other events

Sanibel Captiva’s Luminary Week, December 4-11

The Best Holiday Festivals in SW Florida

Festival of Trees, December 3-6 at the Sydney & Berne Davis Arts Center

  • View trees decorated by local businesses, vote on your favorites and buy a raffle to win a tree. Proceeds benefit Goodwill of Southwest Florida and the Arts Center. Events include a Wreath Lighting on the 4th, Santas Block Party on the 5th and Raffle Drawling on the 6th. Check it out

Holiday Festival of Lights, December 5, Downtown Cape Coral

Unique to Southwest Florida, Boat Parades

These parades can be found along the numerous canals and waterfronts in the area during the season. Here are three to be on the lookout for.

Neighborhood Holiday Lights Display (personal favorite)

McQuade Family Christmas Show, November 25-January 1

Cape Coral Holiday Lights Map

Holiday Music

Just an FYI so you don’t have to scan every station to find some holiday tunes, the official holiday music radio station is Sunny 106.3:

Southwest Florida Symphony presents Holiday Pops concert series, December 3-6

The symphony musicians will play holiday favorites at four locations. Two in Fort Myers, one in Cape Coral, and one on Sanibel Island:

Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.



Lisa Brooks

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