7 Don't-Miss Christmas Experiences on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Fully decorated Christmas tree on the beach caressed by the beauty of a sunrise.

While there’s little chance of a white Christmas in Florida, you can still be merry and bright! Southwest Florida has its own unique take on the holiday season, and there’s no chance of frostbite. Check out these ideas for family vacations to get in the spirit on your holiday in the sun.

Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Most cities just have cars and floats come down Main Street, but on Fort Myers Beach things are done a little differently. This gives a whole new meaning to the term “parade float.”

Yachts decorated with Christmas lights.

Cape Coral Tree Lighting

Get into the Christmas spirit with tree-lighting, games and other festivities—but don’t stop there! Grab an afternoon lunch and shop around at tents and market displays set up by local businesses and craft vendors.  

Santa's Block Party

Celebrate the season with an evening of Christmas crafts, snacks and a visit from jolly St. Nick himself at Santa's Block Party.

Two stuffed snowmen "riding a wave" wilst on top of a moving car.

Sanibel & Captiva Luminary Festival

Follow the trail of luminaries and look for the many fun places to stop and enjoy things like a live nativity scene, music, activities and the opportunity to tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

Glowing trash bags lining the beach at night.

Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise

Nothing warms the holiday spirit like a little Christmas cruise. Sign up for this seaside excursion today, brought to you by Adventures in Paradise and celebrate Christmas on the water.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights

Explore Christmas Past at Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. From Thanksgiving through the first week of January, enjoy nightly entertainment, hol iday tradition tours, evening river cruises, and on select nights – Santa visits. There’s a reason USA Today selected Edison & Ford Holiday Nights as one of the “Top Ten Historic Holiday Sites” in 2013 — come see why!


Santa on the Sand

Saint Nick is making an impromptu trip to Lovers Key State Park. Head out with your friends and family for lunch, games and prizes on the beach with Santa. Don’t forget your Christmas list!

Santa hat laying apon a beach.

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