What are upcoming holiday events now through Jan. 1, from Naples to Fort Myers
Deck the halls. String those colorful lights (if you haven't yet).
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or the winter season across Southwest Florida.
Here's a comprehensive list of holiday events through Jan. 1. If you don't see one and want to add the event, email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the list online.
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play": Through Dec. 29; 3 and 8 p.m. performances Saturdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. performances Wednesdays through Fridays and Tuesday performances 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 17. Norris Community Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Gulfshore Playhouse production of Joe Landry's adaptation of famous holiday story to a radio stage, with audience. $22-$70; $170 VIP. gulfshoreplayhouse.org or 239-354-7955
Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter Estates: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 28 (closed Dec. 24-25), 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Historic buildings and more than 20 acres of gardens are decorated with lights and traditional decorations. The event offers a special holiday tour, Children’s Tree Trail, Santa visits on select nights, refreshments and more. Among the 10 Best Historic Homes for the Holidays as ranked by USA Today. $20 adults 20 and older; $10 teens 13-19; $2 children 6-12. Information: 239-334-7419 or edisonfordwinterestates.org
Photos with Santa: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, through Monday, Dec. 23, at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Suite No. 182, Estero. Free. shopmiromaroutlets.com.
"She Loves me": Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 through Dec. 22 at The Naples Players, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples. Regarded by many as “The Perfect Christmas Love Story", She Loves Me follows two feuding clerks in the 1930s. Tickets $35 to subscribers, $45 individual. 239-263-7990. naplesplayers.org.
Night Lights in the Garden: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29 to Jan 5. Naples Botanical Garden, 4860 Bayshore Drive, Naples. In its 10th year, Night Lights in the Garden brings colorful displays, live music and winter treats. Prices Nov. 29–Dec 15 — $25 ($12 members), $12 ages 4-14 ($6 members). Prices Dec. 16-Jan 5 — $30 ($15 members), ages 4-14 $15 ($7 members). Information 239-643-7275 or naplesgarden.org
Photos with Santa at Shell Factory: Select dates and times beginning Nov. 29 at the Shell Factory, 16554 North Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. Visit Santa and get your picture taken. 239-995-2141. shellfactory.com.
“A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play”: Select dates Tuesday through Sunday, through Dec. 25, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Tickets range $42 to $62. Broadwaypalm.com. 239-278-4422.
“Sounds of Christmas”: Select dates Tuesday through Sunday, through Dec. 25, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Tickets range from $48 to $80. Broadwaypalm.com. 239-278-4422.
Santa’s Wonderland: Select times daily through Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. Visit the ticket depot inside the store to receive a ticket to see Santa. In the meantime, you can explore Santa's Wonderland or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line. Each child who visits Santa receives a free 4-by-6 inch photo. Other photo packages and Christmas cards are available for purchase. 239-461-7800. basspro.com.
Holidays in the Downtown Fort Myers River District: Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. Holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season, including Festival of Trees, Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting, Burroughs’s Home & Gardens Holiday House, Music Walk and more. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com/holidays
"Let Nothing You Dismay": Select dates/times Dec. 6 through Dec. 22, at The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers. Set during Christmas in a hospital waiting room, this fast-paced comedy focuses on a couple about to adopt its first child when the entire extended family decides to make a surprise visit. Eight comedic actors portray 22 different roles. 239-218-0481. brownpapertickets.com.
Holiday House Decorated Historic Homes: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 to Dec. 22 in downtown Fort Myers. Thousands of lights decorate the historic Burroughs and Langford Kingston homes 239-337-0706 or BurroughsHome.com
Hanukkah Factory: 4:45 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Chabad of Naples will hold a Hanukkah Factory at the Chabad Center, 1789 Mandarin Road, Naples. Participants will squeeze, press, pound and pulverize real authentic olives into fresh olive oil just like the ancient Maccabees at a hands-on, exciting workshop centered on a authentic olive oil hand press. Also features Hanukkah cookie decorating, refreshments and traditional dreidel, a four-sided spinning top game, and “gelt," or the distribution of small change to children.
The Gatlin Brothers Country Christmas Concert: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, 506 South 1st St., Immokalee. The Gatlin Brothers will perform their hits as well as favorite Christmas and holiday songs during this country Christmas concert. Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. $69 per person. 1-800-514-ETIX. moreinparadise.com.
"Fairytale Nutcracker": 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Golden Gate High School Auditorium, 2925 Titan Way, Naples. Student dancers from Etudes de Ballet perform their own special version of "The Nutcracker." $22-$27 per ticket plus convenience fee; at the door, $30. edbnaples.com
Holiday Pops: 8 p.m. Dec. 19-21, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Hayes Hall, Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. With Sheléa, the Naples Philharmonic, Chorus and Youth Chorus in a variety of holiday music under Radu Paponiu, conductor, and James Cochran, director of choruses. $49-$79. Artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900 or box office
Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade: 4 to 10 p.m. festivities, in Four Freedoms Park with boat parade starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Enjoy food, music and visit from Santa. Free. come-to-cape-coral.com/christmas-boat-parade.html
Marco Boat Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 21. Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 1102 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island. Decorated boats glide past viewers and offer holiday photo ops aplenty. Recommended viewing spots include The Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River.
Celebration of Hanukkah in Winter Wonderland: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Cambier Park, 580 Eighth Street S., Naples. Entire community is welcome to attend Naples’ biggest Hanukkah party of the year featuring an ice menorah kindled by Mayor Bill Barnett. Also, there will be real snow for the children to play, rides, games and crafts, and plenty of delicious refreshments and Hanukkah treats.
"Amahl and the Night Visitors": 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, St. Leo Parish Life Center, 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs; $10 (youth rate) to $50. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, Salvation Army of Naples Chapel, 3170 Estey Ave., Naples; $10 (youth rate) to $35. Gulfshore Opera presents the famous tale of a handicapped boy who meets the three wise men on their way to find the newborn Christ. Portions of admission benefit the Salvation Army of Naples and St. Matthew's House. gulfshoreopera.org or 239-529-3925
Marco Island Community Hanukkah Celebration: 5:45 p.m. Dec. 28. Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.
New Year's Eve Fireworks: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, at Naples Pier. Find a spot on the beach to enjoy this Naples tradition.
Daily News reporters Jordyn Matez, Harriet Howard Heithaus and Dave Osborn contributed to this event listing.