It’s the holiday season and that means all kinds of special events are happening all over Southwest Florida. Take a look at our list and see what looks like fun – there’s something here for everyone.
• Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club’s Annual Holiday House Club members and volunteers have decorated and embellished The Burroughs and Langford-Kingston homes, lawns and grounds with lavish displays decorated in gold and silver. Children can visit Santa, and a variety of local music and dance groups will entertain each evening through Dec. 23. Hours are 5-9 p.m, $5. Children 12 and younger get in free. Burroughs Home, 2505 First St., Fort Myers. 239-332-6125. •Estates “Creative Cottage” The seasonal Creative Cottage takes place in the historic Edison Caretaker’s House. Art, crafts and food are by local artists, authors, craftspeople and chefs. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily until Dec. 11. During the Edison & Ford Holiday Nights through Jan. 2, hours will be extended to 9 p.m. Admission is free (but you must stop by the main ticket office for a shopper’s pass). Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7419. •Santa’s Wonderland Free photo with Santa, free games, free activities, free crafts, and free holiday fun guide through Dec. 24. Visit basspro.com/santa for information, Bass Pro Shops - Gulf Coast Town Center, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, San Carlos Park. 461-7800.
Friday, December 4
•Tux & Trees Gala Trees from the Festival of Trees will be auctioned from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. A fundraiser for the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Tickets are $100 and can still be purchased today, Call 995-2106 ext. 249. •FAZZ Live Musical Christmas Extravaganza Linda and Frank Fazioli perform a musical Christmas program with dinner buffet, 7-10 p.m., $15. Cape Coral Shrine Club, 360 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-1511. • BIG ARTS Holiday Bazaar and Open House Stop by on Sanibel Luminary Night to enjoy live music and refreshments while shopping for art created by local artists. Workshop instructors and artists will be demonstrating work. 5-7 p.m., free, BIG Arts art gallery and gift shop, 2244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. 395-0900. • “Tux and Trees” Gala The Festival of Trees culminates in this glamorous gala when decorated trees will be auctioned off in a live auction. Proceeds benefit the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, $100 per person. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. 995-2106 ext. 249. •Holly Days Home Tour in Punta Gorda Historic District Tour homes and a church in the Punta Gorda Historic District — all festively decorated by Punta Gorda Garden Club members using an array of natural materials. Shop for poinsettias, holiday planters, garden gloves and garden note cards. Enjoy light refreshments included with tour ticket. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10. First United Methodist Church - Punta Gorda, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-575-6354. •“The Nutcracker Goes Pop!” A world-premiere original production featuring 150 young performers from KidzAct, the youth theatre of The Naples Players, as well as the Naples Academy of Ballet and Golden Gate High School. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $10, adult; $5, students younger than 18. Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples. 263-7990. •9th Annual Madrigal Dinner The Blackbox Theatre is transformed into a 16th century English banquet hall. The hall will be filled with wonderful food, merriment and music. Authentic Elizabethan costumes and traditional English madrigal music used to make the holidays merrier. 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20. Cypress Lake High School Black Box Theatre and Gallery, 6740 Panther Lane, south Fort Myers. 481-2233. •Polar Express Pajama Party All junior train conductors are invited to attend a pajama party in the Children’s Department. Take a magical ride to the North Pole with a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved holiday tale, 7 p.m., free. Barnes & Noble, 13751 S. Tamiami Trail, south Fort Myers. 437-0654. •Herons Glen Chorus Presents “Christmas Is Love” The chorus will present some traditional songs of the season at 7 p.m., $7. Herons Glen Golf and Country Club, 2250 Avenida Del Vera, North Fort Myers. 731-0251.
Saturday, December 5
•“The Nutcracker” by Gulfshore Ballet Gulfshore Ballet students perform the eighth annual production of “The Nutcracker,”along with Houston Ballet principal dancers Simon Ball and Mireille Hassenboehler. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m, $10-$15. Children younger than 17 get in free for the matinee performance. BIG Arts, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 395-0900. •Southwest Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus Dinner at 6 p.m. with holiday-music concert at 7:30 p.m, $30, dinner and show; $15, show only. St. John the Apostle Church, 3049 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 691-2532. •Winter Wonderland Enjoy stories, poems, and songs about winter and make a snowman, 3 p.m., Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva. 472-2133. •Matlacha Holiday Bliss Dancers and singers and arts and crafts for kids. Santa arrives at 3:30 p.m. for the parade, 1:30-5 p.m., free. Matlacha Park and Community Center, 4577 Pine Island Road, N.W., Matlacha. 283-4110. •Visit with Santa Claus Santa will be in Center Court from 4-8 p.m. to discuss your “wish list.” Bring a camera to capture the moment, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721. •18th Annual Holiday Silver Tea The Annunciation Ladies Philoptochos Society hosts its annual tea, “Light Up A Child’s Life.” A major portion of the proceeds directed to the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida at HealthPark Medical Center. The ladies will present a table of gourmet canapes, desserts and Greek pastries. The Fort Myers High School Chorus will present holiday tunes, 1 p.m., $22 per person. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, south Fort Myers. 481-2567 for reservations. •Holiday Festival of Lights Enjoy the popular annual event where thousands of residents attend and stroll along downtown Cape Coral at Del Prado Boulevard and Cape Coral Parkway. Listen and watch performances from various local schools and organizations while visiting downtown shops and businesses for the holiday season. Bring the whole family out to the Festival for entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus, kids area, and much more, 5-9 p.m., free, Cape Coral Parkway between Southeast 15th Avenue and Candia Street, Cape Coral. 549-6900. •Snow Fest Sponsored by Collier County Parks and Recreation for 24 years, Snow Fest features 70 tons of snow piled into mountains and hills. Kids of all ages can climb, sled, ski and more. Bring mittens and lots of warm clothes. Other activities include ice-skating rink, elves magic workshop, petting zoo, slide, carnival games, rides and local musical entertainment. Parking is available at Berkshire Commons Plaza on Radio Road, Calusa Park Elementary on Santa Barbara Boulevard, and K-Mart Plaza, Golden Gate Parkway. Free shuttle service will be provided, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission. Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. 252-4000. •Holiday Bazaar and History Walk The Bonita Springs Historical Society holds an all-day event with a historic walk and an old-fashioned Christmas bazaar with artisans selling their creations, white elephant tables and vintage estate jewelry. A light lunch will be available for purchase. Several local authors will be available for book signings. Admission to the bazaar is free, and the two-hour historic walk conducted by Bonita Springs native Byron Liles is only $5 for adults with children free. Walkers should register at 9 a.m. at the Liles Hotel in Riverside Park at 27300 Old U.S. 41 Road, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bonita Springs Historical Society, 27142 S. Riverside Drive, Bonita Springs. 390-2392. •Holiday Boat Parade The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce once again hosts its parade of decorated boats which begins at 6 p.m. at Pink Shell Resort and Spa. The lead boat includes Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The route proceeds around Matanzas Bay and through the canals of Siesta Isles, and it will finish with an awards ceremony at the upper deck at Matanzas Inn. Trophies will be awarded for best decorations in three categories: power boats less than 26 feet, power boats more than 26 feet, and sail boats. Parade entry applications and maps of the viewing area can be obtained at the Chamber office at 17200 San Carlos Blvd., and at fortmyersbeach.org, Pink Shell Resort & Spa, 275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 454-7500. •Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa and entertainment by Lee County school children, 8-11 a.m., $15, adults; $12, children. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. 333-1933. •Breakfast with Santa Santa Claus and Santa Cow will be available for photos, 8:30-11 a.m., $7 includes breakfast and photo. Chick-fil-A, 21900 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero. 498-8700. •Breakfast with Santa Breakfast and workshop includes crafts, games and photo with Santa. For more information, e-mail email@example.com, 9-11:30 a.m., $5. North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Road, Naples. 593-7600. •Third Annual Santa Fest Enjoy holiday crafts and games, cookies and juice, and a chance to see the jolly old man himself. Bring your camera for a great photo opportunity, 10 a.m.-noon, $5 per child. Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, south Fort Myers. 432-2154. •Visit with Santa Claus Santa will be in Center Court from 4-8 p.m. to discuss your “wish list.” Bring a camera to capture the moment, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721. •20th Annual Lighted Boat Parade The best viewing spots are Edgewater Lake in Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen’s Village, the bridges of U.S. 41 north and southbound (no chairs will be permitted at this location). Laishley Park Marina will be the final stop. Sponsored by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, 6 p.m., Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-3720. puntagordachamber.com •Breakfast with Santa The Calendar Girls perform as Santa’s Helpers, and there will be music, games and fun. Donations benefit Paws for Patriots, which provides guide dogs for blind and visually impaired veterans, 9 a.m.-noon, $7.99, adults. Children 10 and younger get in free (one child per one paid adult admission). Anthony’s on the Blvd., 1303 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral. 772-5900. •Breakfast with Santa Guests can enjoy tasty treats from Chick-Fil-A plus other great giveaways as Santa gets families excited about the holidays. All families are asked to make a $5 donation to Simon Youth Foundation along with a donation of canned food that will go to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, 8:30-10 a.m., Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. 939-1933 for reservations. simon.com •Christmas JoyFest Bounce houses, hot dogs, popcorn, hot cocoa and cookies, crafts, live music, a live nativity scene, 16 tons of snow, and giveaways to the first 500 children. A canned good to stock the South Fort Myers Food Pantry is requested but not required, free admission. Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, south Fort Myers. 482-1250. •Holiday Doo Wop Show and Dance Party Features The Del Prados and Lola & the Saints Hosted by Dr. Doo Wop, 7 p.m., $25. Fleamasters Music Hall, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7001. fleamall.com
Sunday, December 6
•Southwest Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus The chorus performs holiday music, 7 p.m., $15. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Lane, south Fort Myers. 691-2532. •Annual Christmas Concert Joseph Caulkins conducts the Sanctuary Choir, the Handbell Choir, soloists from First Baptist Church and members of the Southwest Florida Symphony in an annual presentation called “Love Came Down at Christmas.” Concluding the concert will be a candle lighting ceremony led by Pastor John Daugherty, First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers. Free. 334-7747. •Christmas Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant, 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach. Free. 463-8077.
Tuesday, Dec. 8
•“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” Limelight Productions presents an anecdotal sketch of the festive season which emerged from a piece originally written for radio, 6 p.m., free. Headquarters Regional Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 593-0334. •Winter Orchestra Concert 7 p.m., $5. Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, 6750 Panther Lane, Fort Myers. 481-2233. •Holiday Lights Cruise Onboard the Cookie Cutter Yacht 6:15-8:30 p.m., $34 plus tax for all ages. Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral. 574-0806 for reservations. •Meadow Park Elementary School Chorus The chorus performs a Christmas program in Center Court, 7 p.m., Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 800-639-0020.
Wednesday, December 9
• Live at the Promenade! Holiday Celebration Naples Piano Quartet performs. Violinists Ming Gao and Gregg Anderson join cellist Si-Cheng Liu and pianist Richard Bosworth performing holiday songs, including "A Christmas Festival", "Four Seasons" and "Christmas Concerto.,” 7:30 p.m., $30 for members of Art League of Bonita Springs, or $35. Center For The Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989. •Holiday Musical Performance by Take Four Holiday music from around the world is presented by Take Four musicians Jane Galler, lead guitarist and vocalist; Joy Spivak, vocalist; Art Isenberg on piano and Arnold Saslavsky on drums, 6 p.m., free. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. 262-4130. • Dinner Theater performance of “A Christmas Survival Guide” Buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 13, Tickets $20, adults, $17 students with ID, children 9 and younger. First Christian Church, 2620 Country Club Blvd., Cape Coral. 574-7272.
Thursday, Dec. 10
•Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Holiday Party Kick off the holiday season with the very first of annual parties to be held at the gloriously decorated homes and gardens of the Estates. Guests will enjoy a special preview of the Estates’ annual Holiday Nights event, food and beverages by the river, live music and other fun, 6 p.m., $60; $50, Estates members. Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7419 for reservations. • Singer Brenda Peck Concert featuring uplifting and encouraging music of the season, 5-7 p.m., Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Free. 800-639-0020. •“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” Limelight Productions presents an anecdotal sketch of the festive season which emerged from a piece originally written for radio, 6 p.m., free. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Blvd., Naples. 252-7542. •Holiday Carol Sing Area residents can celebrate the holidays at an old-fashioned sing-a-long and help feed the hungry. Voluntary cash donation and canned goods accepted for the Soup Kitchen. Performances are 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time, free admission. First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second St., downtown Fort Myers. 334-7419.
Friday, December 11
• Holiday Nights The Estates holiday tradition continues. The winter homes of the Edison and Ford families will be decorated with the “favorite things” of the Edison and Ford families. Performances by area students and groups will take place nightly. 5:30-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2 but will closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, $15, adults; $1, children ages 6-12, and $8 for students 13 through college age with identification. Special discount nights for Lee County residents are Friday-Saturday, Dec. 11-12. Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7419. •Caribbean Sound Warm up on a chilly winter evening with an all-new production from Caribbean Sound entitled “Christmas in the Caribbean,” a collection of holiday favorites mixed with a touch of tropical essence. Rasta Santa comes to town with his bag full of all the things that make the holidays under a Christmas palm special for the whole family, 7:30 p.m., $25. Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. 213-3049. •“A Christmas Carol” The Firehouse Cultural Center Players present the classic Christmas play filled with wonderful characters. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 and 20, $12, advance; $14, at the door. Firehouse Cultural Center Inc., 241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle. 863-675-3066. •“Amahl and the Night Visitors” Opera Naples’ presents a community outreach performance in conjunction with North Naples United Methodist Church’s “A Night in Bethlehem” event held 4:30-7:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Opera Naples’ performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $15 per person for “Night in Bethlehem,” and $25 for “Amahl” tickets. North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Road, Naples. 514-7464 or 593-7600, ext. 211. • A Sandi Patty Christmas The award-winning Christian singer performs holiday songs, 8 p.m, $35-$60. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. bbmannpah.com or 481-4849. •Christmas Concert Organist Mary Mozelle performs with a string quintet, oboist, and trumpeter from the Southwest Florida Symphony. Vivaldi’s “Gloria” will be presented by the Covenant Concert Choir and the Jubilate Ringers will perform, 7:30 p.m., free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-0503. •Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Performs Enjoy a “Holiday Under the Stars” concert, 7 p.m., free admission. Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave. (U.S. 41), south Fort Myers. 418-1500.
Saturday, Dec. 12
•BIG Arts Holiday Bazaar Shop for art created by local artists and meet BIG Arts workshop instructors who will be demonstrating their work and answering questions regarding upcoming classes. Vendor tables available, 1-5 p.m., BIG Arts, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 395-0900. •Christmas Dinner Dance The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus 6265 St. Raphael’s Council holds its annual dinner dance. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., and the buffet-style dinner starts at 7. Music will be provided by David Dean, $20 per person. Majestic Golf & Country Club, 350 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres. 369-2795. •Visit with Santa Claus Santa will be in Center Court from 1-5 p.m. to discuss your “wish list.” Bring a camera to capture the moment, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721. •Ninth Annual Christmas Car Show Benefits the Lee County Sheriff’s Adopt-A-Family Christmas program. Trophies will be awarded to first and second place in the car, truck and motorcycle categories along with “best of show” award, 4-8 p.m., $10 to register. Red-N-Margie’s, 957 Pondella Road, North Fort Myers. 849-0614 or 849-0559. •Reindeer Run 5K Run/Walk Open to people of all ages and skill levels. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 7 a.m. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Lee County. Register online at leeparks.org or by phone at 533-7440, $15, early registration; $25, on race day. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, south Fort Myers. 533-7275 for information. •Holiday Express Festival of Lights Celebrate the season with a festive ride through the train village. Held 6-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 29. Closed Christmas Eve an Christmas Day. $5, for children 6 years and older; $2 for ages 1-5. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, south Fort Myers. 267-1905. •“Take Four” Holiday Concert The performing group Take Four presents a two-part program featuring songs from your favorite movies along with behind-the-scenes stories. Holiday tunes from around the world will be performed in part two. Held outside the front entrance. Sponsored by the Friends of South County Regional Library Inc, 2 p.m., free. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero. 390-3200. •Breakfast with Santa Be one of Santa’s guests at a holiday breakfast celebration. Includes breakfast, a visit with Santa, Polaroid picture with Santa and a goody bag to go. Register by Monday, Nov. 30, 9-10:30 a.m., $10. Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd., Naples. 252-4000. •Music of the Season Joyce Waltman will perform a program of holiday music on the Appalachian dulcimer and fiddle. Free, 3 p.m., East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres. 461-7300. •Santa’s Workshop Children ages 4-10 can make holiday crafts and play a variety of holiday games and activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Call 252-4000 to register by Nov. 30. •“Hallelujah!” The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents an uplifting program of sacred and popular holiday music, 8 p.m., $38, adults; $15, students. Naples First Presbyterian Church, 250 6th Street S., Naples. 597-1900 or 800-597-1900. thephil.org •Cookies with Kris Bring a camera and have a photo taken with Kris Kringle. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and a small gift. Dress up and get in the holiday dress-up contest, 10 a.m.-noon, Alva Community Center, 21471 N. River Road, Alva. 728-2882. •Naples Orchestra and Chorus The Naples Orchestra and Chorus led by Robert Herrema presents “Many Moods,” a Christmas and Hanukkah program at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, free admission. Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples. 348-0938. •South Pole Express A fun event for all ages. Bring a camera for photos with Santa, noon-2 p.m., free for all ages. Collier County Museum, 3301 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. 252-8476.
Sunday, Dec. 13
•Southwest Florida Symphony Presents “Handel’s Messiah” Features the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and soloists. Joseph Caulkins conducts. $15, 4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, 4117 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral. A second concert follows at 7:30 p.m Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., The Village Church at Shell Point Village, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., south Fort Myers. 418-1500. •Season of Praise Concert Series Continues A festive Christmas celebration with The Village Church Choir presenting original music and arrangements of traditional carols by writer Joel Raney, who will join forces with organist Jane Holstein to perform a variety of styles in sacred and classical music, 6:15 p.m., $10. The Village Church at Shell Point Village, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., south Fort Myers. 454-2147 for tickets. •Southwest Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus The chorus performs holiday music, 7 p.m., $15. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 691-2532. • The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus A 60-man a capella singing group will present an afternoon of “Christmas in the Park,” and will be joined by a number of quartets and a high school madrigal group as they present a program of Christmas music, 2 p.m., $15. Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. 213-3049. •Turner Talents “Holly Day Revue” Celebrate the season with music and dance performances to get everyone in the spirit of the holidays. Holiday-inspired refreshments will be served, 2-3:30 p.m., $7, member; $11, non-member. Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 574-0575 for reservations. •Christmas Concert Includes Zion choir, handbell choir, organ, piano soloists, and brass quartet, 5 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road, south Fort Myers. Free. 481-4040. •Deep Creek Community Church Worship Band Christmas Concert 4 p.m., Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-456-0903. •Lee County Community Band’s Annual Christmas Concert 3 p.m., free admission. Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 995-2097.
Monday, Dec. 14
•Fort Myers Magicians Association’s Ninth Annual Christmas Magic Show Have a magical evening of entertainment and laughs provided by some of the area’s most talented magicians. Proceeds benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank, 7 p.m., $15, adult; $10, children younger than 12. Arcade Theatre, 2267 First St., Fort Myers. 332-4488.
Tuesday, December 15
•Holiday Musical Performance by Take Four Holiday music from around the world is presented by Take Four musicians Jane Galler, lead guitarist and vocalist; Joy Spivak, vocalist; Art Isenberg on piano and Arnold Saslavsky on drums, 6 p.m., free. Headquarters Regional Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 593-0334. •Southwest Florida Symphony Presents “Handel’s Messiah” Features the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and soloists with Joseph Caulkins conducting the Southwest Florida Symphony in one of the most famous choral works ever written, 7:30 p.m., $15, The Village Church at Shell Point Village, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., south Fort Myers. 418-1500. •“Nutcracker Sweets” Join the dance and vocal departments for a sweet evening of holiday classics and favorite desserts. Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and selections from the “Nutcracker” will be featured, 7 p.m., $5. Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, 6750 Panther Lane, Fort Myers. 481-2233. •“Holiday Pops” Maestro Stuart Malina returns to lead the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in a sensational selection of holiday music and fun geared for the whole family. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15; Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 17-20 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, $47, adults; $22, students. Philharmonic Center For The Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900 or 800-597-1900. thephil.org
Thursday, Dec. 17
•Holiday Art Walk Monthly Art Walk takes on a holiday flair with music, holiday art for purchase, a visit from Santa and more. Painters, sculptors, photographers and glass artists display work in various storefronts, 4-7 p.m., free. Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989. •Holiday Musical Performance by Take Four Holiday music from around the world is presented by Take Four musicians Jane Galler, lead guitarist and vocalist; Joy Spivak, vocalist; Art Isenberg on piano and Arnold Saslavsky on drums, 6 p.m., free. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Blvd., Naples. 252-7542. • Christmas Concert The Peace River Baptist Church Choir performs holiday music at 7 p.m. in Center Court, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 800-639-0020.
Friday, Dec. 18
•Southwest Florida Symphony’s “A Very Merry Pops” Enjoy the music you know by heart from the characters you have loved for generations — including Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and The Grinch. Joseph Caulkins conducts the Southwest Florida Symphony. They’ll be joined by the Symphony Chorus and the Youth Chorus. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $16-$52. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers. 418-0996 for tickets. •Polar Bear Express Pajama Party Parents can drop off children and go shopping while kids enjoy holiday fun. Registration required by Monday, Dec. 7. For ages 3-6, 9 a.m.-noon, $15. Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples. 252-4000. •Christmas Party with Sonny 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19
•Happy December Holidays Hear stories and listen to holiday music, free, 3 p.m., Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva. 472-2133. •“Brave Tin Soldier” The toy room comes to life in Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale about a toy soldier with a damaged leg who falls in love with a music box ballerina. Meet with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and make a craft or two, 10 a.m., $8 per child. Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. 213-3049. •Gingerbread Ornament Workshop Decorate cookie ornaments. Each cookie comes tied with a ribbon in a Butterfly Estates gift box. Family fun held all day, $5 per ornament. The Butterfly Estates, 1815 Fowler St., Fort Myers. 690-2359.
Sunday, December 20
•Lehigh Concert Band Seasonal music will be performed, 3 p.m., free, Faith Lutheran Church, 705 E. Leeland Heights Blvd., Lehigh Acres. 949-1834.
Tuesday, December 22
•Holiday Lights Cruise Onboard the Cookie Cutter Yacht Cruises take place 5:15-7:30 p.m. and 8-10:15 p.m, $34 plus tax. Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral. 574-0806 for reservations.
Monday, December 28
•Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet Performance Gold Medalist at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2008, Cristina Terentieva stars as Masha. She’s joined by Alexei Terentiev as the Nutcracker Prince, 7:30 p.m., $27.50-$99. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers. 481-4849.