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Bring on the Santas, the giant menorahs and the bajillions of twinkling lights.

The holidays have finally arrived in Southwest Florida, and there’s a sleigh-full of ways to celebrate: Concerts. Light displays. Santa Claus. Hanukkah festivals. Boat parades. And lots more.

Here’s a look at the top holiday events happening in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Port Charlotte and the rest of Lee and Charlotte counties. We’ll update as more events are announced.

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Holiday Nights: The 46th 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. Other attractions include holiday carolers strolling the grounds, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, guided tours, live music and Children's Tree Trail with dozens of trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County school children. Through Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Day). $20 admission ($10 for ages 13-19, $2 for ages 6-12, free for younger). Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $25-$30. Lee County residents get a $5 discount every Monday. Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7419 or edisonford.org

Santa at Bass Pro Shops: Santa Claus returns to Bass Pro Shops. Through Dec. 24. Free. Online reservations required. Kids can also mail a letter to Santa and make holiday crafts while they’re visiting. Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive in Gulf Coast Town Center, San Carlos Park. 461-7800 or basspro.com/ftmyers

“Holly Jolly Christmas”: A holiday song-and-dance extravaganza packed with favorite songs such as “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” Through Dec. 25. $50-$75. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com

Photos with Santa and The Grinch: Bell Tower celebrates the holidays with Santa Claus (of course) and The Grinch. You can find them in in the expansive, 4,200-square-foot Holiday Magic Village near Williams Sonoma. Santa and The Grinch are available for professional photos Wednesday through Sunday (reservations required, prices starting at $50). A photo purchase is required. Through Dec. 24. Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. Highway 41, south Fort Myers. whereissanta.com

Festival of Lights: More than 1 million holiday lights and decorations will be displayed through Dec. 31. Free. Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or fishville.com

“No Claus for Alarm”: In this British Christmas farce, two lawyers accidentally bring on the head of the Russian Mafia as a client. Soon they’re trying to keep their girlfriends, a bossy barrister and a clueless receptionist from finding out. Now through Dec. 25. $26-$65. Off-Broadway Palm at the Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com

Festive Holiday Train Display: Model train club Scale Rails of Southwest Florida shows off an elaborate, Christmas-themed railroad display in an empty store. Friday through Sunday through Dec. 19. Free. Suite 207 near Center Court in Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. Highway 41, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or thebelltowershops.com

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26

‘Tween Waters Tree-Lighting Celebration: The Captiva Island resort opens its annual display of more than 200,000 holiday lights with the lighting of a 30-foot Christmas tree, live holiday music, a fireworks show on the beach, laser lights and even “snow” falling from the palm trees. 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Free. ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, 15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island. tween-waters.com/tree-lighting-celebration

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Santa at The Shell Factory: The jolly elf visits the North Fort Myers attraction and poses for photos. Bring your own camera. 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 27-28, Dec. 11, Dec. 18-19 and Dec. 23. Free. The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. 995-2141 or shellfactory.com

Gulf Coast Town Center tree-lighting: The fourth-annual tree-lighting event includes carolers, crafts, strolling holiday characters, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, cookie decorating and a “Broadway-style” variety show with cirque acts, holiday characters and kickline dancers. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The tree lighting happens at 6 p.m. Free. Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St., San Carlos Park. 267-5107 or gulfcoasttowncenter.com

South Cape Jolley Trolley: This holiday-themed event lets you ride trolleys throughout downtown Cape Coral and stop at different bars, restaurants and businesses for drink and appetizer samples. Festive attire is encouraged. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. $20-$30. Check-in happens from 6-7:30 p.m. in downtown Cape Coral at Big John Plaza (near Pinch-A-Penny) and the South Cape Hub at 909 SE 47th Terrace, Unit #105. Early and late check-in from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the South Cape Hub. facebook.com/SouthCapeHospitalityAndEntertainmentAssociations

Santa at Edison Mall: The jolly elf arrives at the mall at 3p.m. Saturday, with dancers and a train parade. Then he’ll be back every day through Dec. 24 to meet with kids and pose for photos. Hours vary. Free. Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. facebook.com/EdisonMall

South Cape Business Gift-Or-Treat: More than 15 Cape Coral businesses hand out gifts, candy and trinkets to children dressed in their pajamas and holiday attire at this second-annual event. There are also larger giveaways, gift cards for parents and a photo booth with Santa at the South Cape Hub, 909 SE 47th Terrace, Unit 105. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Hosted by the South Cape Hospitality & Entertainment Association (SCHEA). Downtown Cape Coral. facebook.com/SouthCapeHospitalityAndEntertainmentAssociations

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Cape Coral Chanukah Festival: Outdoor event featuring a menorah lighting, free latkes, kosher food from The Magician Food Truck, cotton candy, crafts, a bounce house, a deejay and more. 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Chabad Jewish Center, 1716 Cape Coral Parkway W., Cape Coral. 963-4770 or ChabadCape.com

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Christmas Memories concert: The Ditchfield Family Singers perform a show filled with close harmony singing and holiday tunes. 7:15 p.m. Monday (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). $25. Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. 639-0001

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”: The holiday classic returns for a second year to the Langdon Playhouse. Adapted from the bestselling book, the story involves a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant with a cast of awful kids. Mayhem ensues. Performed by The Charlotte Players. Dec. 1-5. $22. Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market St., Port Charlotte. 941-255-1022 or charlotteplayers.org

Holiday String Quartet: A Southwest Florida Symphony string quartet performs holiday tunes at three Southwest Florida venues: Mercato in North Naples (7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers (5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Festival of Trees) and Bell Tower Shops in south Fort Myers (5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4). Free. Learn more at swflso.org.

A publicity image for Southwest Florida Symphony's Holiday String Quartet
A publicity image for Southwest Florida Symphony's Holiday String Quartet

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2

Goodwill Festival of Trees: The 15th annual event showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths loaded with gifts. The trees and wreaths are raffled to benefit Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Vote for your favorite tree and buy raffle tickets to win one. Dec. 2-5. $2 (free for ages 4 and younger). Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. sbdac.com/festival-of-trees-2021

Menorah Parade: Vehicles decorated with menorahs drive through the streets of Cape Coral. Plus Chanukah flags and music. The parade leaves Chabad Jewish Center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Free. Chabad Jewish Center, 1716 Cape Coral Parkway W., Cape Coral. 963-4770 or ChabadCape.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3

Promenade Festival of Lights: The annual holiday event features a tree lighting, photos with Santa, live music, treats, crafts, and food and drink specials. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Operation Santa and get a free photo with Santa. 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Free. Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. facebook.com/PromenadeAtBonitaBay

Christmas Keyboard Fest: The 31st annual music festival boasts a cappella vocal ensemble Voices of Lee, the church’s 100-voice choir and orchestra, and guest performers. 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-5. Free. First Assembly of God, 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers. 936-6277 or FAMFM.com

Bonita Springs Holiday Stroll: Riverside Park comes to life with holiday lights, themed photo opportunities and nightly music from dusk to 9 p.m. (unless another event is scheduled). Presented by the City of Bonita Springs. Dec. 3-Jan. 3. Free. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 949-6262

Luminary Holiday Stroll: The 37th annual festival stretches across Sanibel and Captiva islands with luminary candles, Santa visits, music, a live nativity scene and more events at area businesses. The Sanibel event takes place Friday, Dec. 3, followed by the Captiva event Saturday, Dec. 4. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Sanibel and Captiva island. sanibel-captiva.org

Geraldine Zoppa is one of many artists who will be showing and selling their work for Davis Art Center's "Gifted" exhibit.
Geraldine Zoppa is one of many artists who will be showing and selling their work for Davis Art Center's "Gifted" exhibit.

“Gifted” exhibit: This Christmas-themed group art exhibit doubles as a gift shop for the holidays with lots of handmade, unique gifts — all priced at $150 or below. Opening reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, during Art Walk. The show continues through Dec. 29. Free. The second-floor Capital Gallery at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com

“Miracle on Broadway”: The City of Fort Myers throws this holiday party at the Skatium, including train rides, free ice skating, Santa, bounce houses, giveaways and a showing of the movie “Elf.” 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Free. Skatium, 2250 Broadway, Fort Myers. facebook.com/FMRecreation

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4

Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade: The 33rd annual nighttime parade features decorated, illuminated boats. It starts at Salty Sam's Marina and passes Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Doc Ford’s, Dixie Fish Co., Shrimp Dock and Bonita Bills. The route takes it northwest under the Sky Bridge and in and out of Siesta Isles. All sizes and types of boats are eligible to enter, from kayaks to cruisers. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. $25 entry fee for private boats, $50 for corporate-sponsored boats. Salty Sam's Marina, 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach. 454-7500 or fmbboatparade.com

Holiday Festival of Lights: Christmas stretches along Cape Coral Parkway for three-quarters of a mile at this annual event. The holiday fun includes photos with Santa, a 20-ton snow-drift slide, the Tiny Tots Train around Snowcap Square, vendors, food, the official lighting of the city Christmas tree, live performances and more. 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Free. Cape Coral Parkway at Big John’s Plaza, 1215 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral. holidayfestivalcc.com

Breakfast with Santa: Kids can visit Santa, make a holiday craft, eat a continental breakfast and more. Pre-registration recommended. 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. $3. North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers. Register at leeparks.org or call 533-7200.

Bell Tower tree-lighting: The mall lights its 14-foot-tall Christmas tree at this event that includes a 5 p.m. performance by a Southwest Florida Symphony string quartet, holiday music, “snow,” caroling by the student chorus of Tice Elementary School and the arrival of Santa at 6:45 p.m. to turn on the tree lights (escorted by stilt-walking toy soldiers). 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Free. Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. Highway 41, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or thebelltowershops.com

“The Nutcracker”: Gulf Coast Symphony and Gulfshore Ballet perform Tchaikovky’s beloved holiday ballet. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. $45-$85. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

Santa makes his appearance at the annual Santa's Block Party at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
Santa makes his appearance at the annual Santa's Block Party at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

Santa's Block Party: Santa arrives by train at this annual event with games, letters to Santa, train rides, the Festival of Trees and workshops where kids can decorate cookies, make crafts, color holiday cards and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. $6 for kids (including one train ride), free for accompanying adults. Free for ages 2 and younger. $2 for the train ride. Takes place outside Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com

Dunbar's Holiday in the Park: The annual event celebrates the holidays with a Christmas tree, decorations and lights, illuminated nightly through the end of December. A kick-off party starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and includes food, music, a "Soul Santa Parade," bounce houses, a tree lighting and more. Then there will be a screening of the movie "The Preacher's Wife" at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Free. Organized by the Lee County Black History Society. Roberto Clemente Park, 3265 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dunbar. 332-8778 or leecountyblackhistorysociety.org

Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in a scene from the 1996 movie "The Preacher's Wife." The film will be shown during the annual Holiday in the Park.
Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in a scene from the 1996 movie "The Preacher's Wife." The film will be shown during the annual Holiday in the Park.

Holiday Friendly Flea: A holiday themed “punk rock flea market” with more than 25 local and do-it-yourself vendors, including vintage clothing, stained glass, prints, motorcycle art, jewelry and resin art. Plus music and beverages. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Free. Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral. 549-7542 or facebook.com/NiceGuysPizza

Bell Tower Holiday Craft Show: The annual show features local arts and crafts vendors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Free. In front of Bed Bath & Beyond at Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. Highway 41, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or thebelltowershops.com

Light up Estero: The sixth annual Christmas program includes live music, a sing-along, games, Santa, a tree lighting and more. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Free. Organized by the Rotary Club of Estero. Estero Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. 676-5762

Christkindlmarkt: A German-style, outdoor Christmas market with a tree-lighting ceremony, a gingerbread house, music, crafts, German food, German beer and lots of vendors. Music will be provided by the club’s own Hafenkapelle band, the Edelweiss Chorus and accordion player Peter Dee. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Free. German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. 283-1400 or gasc-capecoral.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

Chanukah Festival: Annual outdoor festival with live music, latkes, dreidels, holiday crafts, a deli, doughnuts and more. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Free. Chabad of Bonita Springs, 24611 Production Circle, Bonita Springs. 949-6900 or jewishbonita.com

Spirit of the Gulf: The award-winning women’s chorus celebrates 20 years with this annual holiday concert — its first since the start of the pandemic. The program includes holiday songs, Carole King and more. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. $20-$40. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

“A Florida Family Christmas”: The 40-member Southwest Florida Concert Band performs this holiday show with featured singer Janna Braun, who will sing “Santa Baby” and “Christmas on Broadway.” The show also includes sing-along carols, music from the films “Polar Express” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Festive Sounds of Hanukah” and more. Plus The Brass Monkeys brass quintet performs. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Free. South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. SouthwestFloridaConcertBand.org

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7

Christmas Carol Sing: Sing along to holiday music and help feed the hungry at this 30th annual event featuring the First Presbyterian Church Choir, soloists and other guests singing holiday carols with audience sing-a-longs. 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. Free admission (although donations of cash or at least two canned goods are requested for the Community Cooperative soup kitchen). First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second Street, downtown Fort Myers. 334-2261 or fpcfortmyers.org

Bonita Springs Holiday in the Park: The annual event features a "blizzard" in the park, a tree lighting, a snow slide, school bands, dance performances, a visit from Santa and the entire park decorated with holiday lights. Food and beverages available for purchase. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no pets or coolers. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. Free. During the event, Old U.S. 41 Road will be closed between Wilson and Ragsdale streets. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., downtown Bonita Springs. 949-6262 or cityofbonitasprings.org

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8

“Jingle Bell Jubilee”: Pianist/singer Brian Gurl created and stars in this new holiday music revue. Songs include “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas” and “Greensleeves.” Dec. 8-16, 2021. $40-$50. Players Circle Theater at The Shell Factory, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 800-3292 or playerscircletheater.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”: The classic Frank Capra movie gets re-told as a live “radio broadcast,” with actors playing both the movie characters and the radio stars portraying those characters. Dec. 9-19. $27-$29 ($20 for students, $10 for children 9 and younger). Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or culturalparktheater.com

Holiday Harmony Concert: Gulfshore Opera’s touring concert features Florida singers Lauryn Kay and Jonathan Tibbetts performing holiday pop songs and classics, including “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Oh Holy Night.” They’ll sing at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Bonita Springs (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.) and The Gulf Theater in Punta Gorda (7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14). $25-$35. Learn more at gulfshoreopera.org/community-concerts.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10

Holiday House: The annual event celebrates the holidays with tours of the lavishly decorated historic Burroughs and Langford-Kingston homes. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 10-22. $5. Free for ages 9 and younger, plus military veterans with ID. Organized by the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club. Burroughs Home, 2505 First St., downtown Fort Myers. fmwcc.net/house

Christmas Tree Festival & Auction: The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club holds its fourth-annual fundraiser. Local charities and businesses decorated one-of-a-kind, decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that will be auctioned off. The two-day event starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, with a VIP preview party featuring food trucks, a raffle, live music, a silent auction and a preview of the decorated trees and wreaths. Tickets are $50. Then the main event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, with a holiday vendor market, a bake sale, appearances by Santa, a chili cook-off and more. All auction items will be on display during both days. Free admission. $5 per taste or vote for the chili contest. Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club clubhouse, 175 Sterling Ave, Fort Myers Beach. fmb-wc.org

Gardens Aglow: The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens light up for the holidays with thousands of Christmas lights. Plus carol singing, roasted s’mores over a fire and more. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10-12, 17-21, and 27-28. $10 ($5 for ages 5-18, free for younger). Tickets will be sold at the door, but pre-purchasing tickets online is recommended due to limited capacity for social distancing. Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. 941-621-8299 or peacerivergardens.org/gardens-aglow

“A Christmas Carol”: Fort Myers Theatre performs the holiday classic. Dec. 10-19. Varying times. $20-$30. Fort Myers Theatre, 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Unit #5, south Fort Myers. 323-6570 or ftmyerstheatre.com

Yappy Hour Pet Photos with Santa: Bring your pets for photos with Santa at this monthly event with live music, drinks and adoptable animals. 6-8 pm. Friday, Dec. 10. A donation to the Gulf Coast Humane Society is requested to participate. The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or thebelltowershops.com

Holiday Express train: Take a train ride around the decorated Lakes Park Train Village. Dec. 10-31 (closed Dec. 24-25). $6 (free for ages 1-5). Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, south Fort Myers. 533-7575 or facebook.com/leelakespark

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11

Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade: The annual parade features decorated, illuminated boats traveling along the Imperial River. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Free. The route starts and ends at Baywater Boat Club and travels to Galleon Drive, east of U.S. 41, before turning around and returning to Baywater. The best viewing spots are the Imperial River boat ramp, River Park or the U.S. 41 bridge. The Imperial River in Bonita Springs. 495-0455 or bonitaboatparade.com

Santa Fest: Get into the holiday spirit with bounce houses, food trucks, photos with Santa and the movie “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The outdoor event takes place 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The movie starts at 6:15 p.m. Free with the donation of a wrapped gift for Golisano Children's Hospital). Bring your own seating. Wa-Ke Hatchee Park, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers. 432-2154 or facebook.com/wakehatchee

Winter Wonderland in Lehigh Acres: A family-friendly event with Santa Claus, letters to Santa, arts, crafts, a photo booth, an ugly-sweater contest, a tree lighting, games and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Free. Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres. 369-1521 or facebook.com/VeteransRecCenter

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

Bonita Springs Concert Band: The concert band performs a mix of holiday music and other tunes, including “Tuba Christmas,” “Girl From Ipanema,” “Blues For Santa,” “Fresh Aire Christmas,” “A Hanukkah Festival” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Free. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. bonitaspringsconcertband.com

“Deck the Halls” concert: Gulf Coast Symphony and the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers perform holiday favorites, including “Sleigh Ride,” Mannheim Steamroller’s version of “Silent Night” and a medley of movie music. 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. $39-$85. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

“Big Band Christmas”: Soprano Heather Ivy and a big band featuring Southwest Florida Symphony musicians perform holiday songs at three Southwest Florida venues: Gulf Theater in Punta Gorda (4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. $25), The Village Church at Shell Point in south Fort Myers (7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13. $35) and First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs (7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. $20). Learn more at swflso.org.

Soprano Heather Ivy and a big band featuring Southwest Florida Symphony members will perform a concert called “Big Band Christmas."
Soprano Heather Ivy and a big band featuring Southwest Florida Symphony members will perform a concert called “Big Band Christmas."

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Michael D’Amore Christmas Show: The singer-songwriter returns for his third year to perform holiday tunes and hits from the 50s and 60s. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. $25. Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or culturalparktheater.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17

A Clydesdale Christmas: A Clydesdale horse visits with a decorated carriage and poses for photos. The event also includes “snow flurries,” a hot cocoa bar and letters to Santa. 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Free. Chick-fil-A, 21900 S Tamiami Trail, Estero. 498-8700 or facebook.com/esterocfa

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18

Cape Coral Holiday Boat-A-Long: Annual festival featuring Christmas music, stage performances, drinks, kids’ crafts, Santa Claus, food vendors, a free movie in the park (title to be announced) and the main event: A parade of boats decorated with lights and inflatables that usually leaves the park around 7 p.m. The event takes place 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Free. Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral. 945-4820

"Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays": Improv actors create a live, one-act holiday musical from scratch, based on audience suggestions. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. $20. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19

Punta Gorda Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert
Punta Gorda Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert

Punta Gorda Symphony’s “Holiday Pops”: The orchestra performs Mel Tormé's jazzy "The Christmas Song," music from the movie “The Polar Express,” seasonal ballads, carols and more. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. $65 ($15 for youths and students). Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. 941-205-5996 or PGSymphony.org

Holiday Outdoor Movie Double Feature: Two popular holiday movies will be shown outside at the Alliance: “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. $12. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets (no coolers allowed). Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 939-2787 or ArtInLee.org/DoubleFeature.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20

Reiko and Friends holiday concert: The former Southwest Florida Symphony violinist performs holiday tunes with 10 of her musical friends. Bring chairs and blankets for the outdoor show. 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 (gates open at 5 p.m.). Free with a suggested $10 donation for the Alliance. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 939-2787 or artinlee.org

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30

A scene from "Cirque Dreams Holidaze"
A scene from "Cirque Dreams Holidaze"

"Cirque Dreams Holidaze": Circus show Cirque Dreams returns to Mann Hall with holiday storybook characters, aerialists and new twists on holiday tunes like “Deck The Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30-31. $37-$67. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells is an arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Email him at crunnells@gannett.com or connect on Facebook (facebook.com/charles.runnells.7), Twitter (@charlesrunnells) and Instagram (@crunnells1).

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