Fun Family Events in December

Monday - 1
Planet Monkman Christmas Light Show
908 SW 4th Ave, Cape Coral
December 1 - 28 • 6 - 10 p.m.
The Planet Monkman Christmas Light Show is a computerized light show synchronized to a variety of music with over 125,000 lights. This is an annual event that attracts thousands of people each year. Donations are taken for charity via cash or major credit cards.  Kids can see Santa nearly every night. Free. Directions and more details are available at: www.xmas.planetmonkman.com

Schrecengost Lights Show
1015 5th Ave., Lehigh Acres
December 1 - 31 • 6 - 10 p.m.
The light show consist of about 60,000 lights and is controlled by 3 light o rama controller's and 2 ccr ribbons. there's a 20' mega tree with 2,500 lights. The show will run everyday until after the new year.  Show starts everyday at 6 p.m. and goes off at 10 p.m. Sunday -Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday - Saturday

Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops, 
10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
December 1 - 24
Bass Pro Shops presents our annual “Santa’s Wonderland—A Classic Christmas”—an event that has
already become a family Christmas tradition. Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside our store with “Santa’s Wonderland”—an over 3,500-square foot Christmas village chocked full of fun games, activities and crafts for the whole family –. Comprised of both animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer and more, Santa's Wonderland offers an old-time model train area, remote control trucks, slot car racing, laser arcade, wildlife carousel, soft gun arcade and more. They’ll love the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts every day of the week-all absolutely free. Santa will be in residence there throughout the holiday season. 239-461-7800 

Edison Ford Holiday Nights
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
Open through Jan. 2 
FREE Children's Holiday Tree Trail with handmade ornaments on trees created by Lee County students from 55 schools, Nightly guided holiday tradition tours at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free live music performed on the Museum West Porch on select evenings. Santa Visits, Dec. 8, 11, 13, 6 – 8 p.m., Cartooning with Doug MacGregor as Santa Claus, December 5, 12 and 19 from 7-9 p.m., Clydesdale Horse and Wagon Rides Dec. 6, 19 and Jan. 2 ,6 – 8 p.m., at an additional cost. Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory open nightly. 239-334-7419

On the Table: Broken CD Art (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
Dec. 1 – 13
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: Noon – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. How cool can a CD mosaic look? Way cool. Stop by the Teen Café and create this splashy light catcher.  239-479-4636

Fort Myers Library Teen Chess Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Enjoy chess? Come to the Teen area and hang out with new friends while playing a game of chess. Open to kids of all ages to play. No registration is needed. Use one of the library’s boards – there are plenty to share!  239-479-4636

Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 
4 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome! Bring a chess set or use one of the library’s.  239-479-4636

Library Scavenger Hunt
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
Dec. 1 – 31
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Lee County Library has reached its 50th anniversary and the Fort Myers Regional Library is celebrating with a Library Scavenger Hunt! Drop into the Kid Zone during December for the chance to explore library resources and earn a reward. Happy hunting!  239-479-4636

Tuesday - 2
Preschool Storytime
Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Snowman Soup (teen)
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
6:30 p.m. 
Adopt an "attitude of gratitude" this winter season and show the special people in your life how much you care by creating a heartfelt gift. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Poetry Club (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
6 p.m. 
Join local poetry writers and enthusiasts as they meet every month to write, share and discuss this literary art form. Meetings may vary to include workshops, speakers and readings. All are welcome. Registration is requested.  239-479-4636

R.E.A.D. to Patches
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
4 p.m. 
Patches, a Reading Education Assistance Dog, will be on hand to listen to children practice reading aloud. She's a great listener! Registration is requested. First-come, first-served.  239-479-4636

Holiday in the Park
Riverside Park on Old 41 in historic downtown Bonita Springs 
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A blizzard in the park, the annual tree lighting, live entertainment, a snow slide and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to entertain both children and adults. Live entertainment and many local school bands will perform holiday music throughout the evening. In addition to the snow slide, there will be a snow pile and train rides for kids, free holiday cookies and apple cider, and other family activities. Horse and carriage rides are free. Vendors will be on hand to serve additional refreshments. and a toy drive. The annual tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. 239-949-6262.

Kids Night - Balloon Artist
Chick-fil-A Estero, 21900 S Tamiami Trail 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Balloon Artist will be with us and the kids will be 
making a DIY Beards 239-498-8700

Family Night: Christmas Ornament 
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Have fun making a Christmas Ornament out of cupcake paper.  239-433-9030 

Wednesday - 3
Preschool Storytime
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Festival of Trees
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st Street, Fort Myers
December 3 - 7
Join Goodwill for the Eighth Annual Festival of Trees, a showcase of over 20 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. The event benefits The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.  Visit www.tuxandtrees.com for event details.  239-995-2106 

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday in MundoFox Playland. 239-948-3766

Sunset Celebration on the Pier
Cape Coral Yacht Club 
5819 Driftwood Parkway,  Cape Coral
4 - 7 p.m.
Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida's amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset Celebration on the first Wednesday of every month. Listen to live music on the beach, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier.  239-574-0806

Game'n (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
3 p.m. 
How many books can be balanced on the head while walking 20 feet? Can your team win the coconut broom race? Enjoy board games, card games or electronic games? Choose a challenge and join in the fun and light snacks.  239-479-4636 

Camouflage Critters Preschool
Caloosahatchee Regional Park  
18500 North River Road, Alva
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Animals play hide and seek too!  Preschoolers will learn why animals are all different colors.  We will read a book about camouflage, go on a hike and play games to learn about camouflage. We will meet at the campground entrance at 19130 North River Road.  These preschool programs generally include a story, a fun lesson, a hike, a game and a craft. The cost is $5 per preschooler.  Program 3 – 6 yr. olds. A parking fee is required. For more information, call Kelly at 239-822-5212. 

Teen Holiday Cards
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Teens, make huge Holiday Cards at the library for free. These can be made using 12" by 12" card stock that folds. Ribbon, glue, pens, holiday paper and small candy items will be provided. Bring a photo from home to add if preferred.  Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.  239-479-4636
 
Reading Academy
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17
Books + games = fun! Come to the library each week for new stories and exciting activities. This program is designed for children who can read and write. For grades K-5. Registration is not required but it is limited to 15 participants.  239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Thursday - 4
Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes-Holiday Fun
Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 
December 4 & 18  
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Emerging Inventors get ready for the holidays with a visit from Santa and creating presents and ornaments.  Students also will learn about northern winter weather by making snow. 239-334-7419

The All Center Holiday Show
Lehigh Senior High School
901 Gunnery Rd N, Lehigh Acres
7 p.m.
Dance, Drama, Chorus, Orchestra and Visual Art come together for a Holiday Celebration that is free to the public. 239-693-5353

Friday - 5
Youth Services Date Night
Oasis  Elementary School 
3415 Oasis Blvd, Cape Coral
6 - 11 p.m.
Youth Services is hosting their monthly date night at Elementary School. Parents can enjoy a night out while their children are entertained by our recreational staff.  Only $15 and includes pizza dinner and snacks. Call 
239-242-3950 to pre-register.

Eighth Annual Santa Fest
Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 
16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy holiday crafts, snacks, a hay ride and a chance to see the jolly ole man himself. Bring your camera for a great photo opportunity. Admission is an unwrapped toy donation or $5 per child. For more information, contact Lee County Parks & Recreation’s Scott at 239-432-2154 or visitwww.leeparks.org.

Santa’s Music and Memories Christmas program
North Fort Myers Recreation Center
2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Come enjoy cocoa and cookies! Music provided by the Cape Coral Chamber Orchestra and a dance performance by the Snap Dance Crew.. Bring your camera for a photo opportunity with Santa. Free. 239-533-7200

Gateway’s 7th Annual Holiday Festival
Sherman Soccer Complex, Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Free refreshments, activities for the kids and live performances on stage. Santa will arrive at 8 p.m. You may want to bring…. New unopened toys for the less fortunate, Non-perishable food for the hungry, lawn chair or blanket for the program and a camera for family & Santa photo-ops. www.gatewaydistrict.org
 
Saturday - 6
December Holidays Florida Style
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
3 p.m. 
It does not snow on Captiva, but kids can make their own fake snow! There will also be holiday stories featuring snow.  239-479-4636

Santa’s Enchanted Village
Growing Room Child Development Center
25151 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs
Saturday, December 6 • 6 - 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 7 • 6 - 8 p.m.
FREE event for area children and their families Canned Food Donations benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank Tour the streets of the Enchanted Village while viewing holiday scenes of Frozen, Hello Kitty, Little Mermaid, Lego, Ninja Turtles, Tinkerbell and more. Follow the dazzling light trail to the outdoor exhibits of lights and snow globes and other Christmas Inflatables. Special Visit from Santa himself! 239-495-0045

Mistletoe Magic
Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers
12:30 p.m.   
Come get in the holiday spirt with Dance Impact
Our dancers age 2 to 16  We have angels, reindeers, elves, gingerbread, Rockette style dancers and more!  Sure to be a wonderful time for all ages! 239-992-6466
 
2014 Swamp Heritage Festival
Big Cypress National Preserve
33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee
10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn about the history of this rugged, yet beautiful environment through park rangers, volunteers, local experts and residents that will share their love of the swamp through programs, activities, and thought-provoking presentations. This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the inhabitants of early South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present. What to expect-Fascinating Exhibits, Live Performances, Story Telling at the Campfire Corner, Thought-provoking Presentation, Palate-pleasing local food and more.  239-695-4758

Kids Club - Happy Holiday Elves
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
10  - Noon 
Do it your elf! Stop by on Saturday, December 6, from 10 am to noon for our Happy Holiday Elves Event ... and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session. Includes supplies. 239-274-5509

Santa coming to the Shell Factory
2787 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
December 6, 7, 14, 20, 22, 23
www.shellfactory.com  239-995-2141

Captiva Holiday Village-Royal Shell’s 
Decorated Golf Cart Parade
The Golf Cart Parade begins at South Seas Island Resort 
3:30 p.m. www.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com.

Moonlight Madness at CNCP!
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
7 - 9 p.m.
Rediscover your wild side and join us for an evening of full moon fun. The planetarium will be open with shows, there will be viewing the moon with telescopes and help from the SWFL Astronomical Society, African Drumming with Ndakhte and guided night hikes out on the trails. There is something for everyone in the family!  Regular admission prices apply. 239-275-3435

Kids Free Fishing
Bass Pro Shops, 
10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Be sure to take advantage of our FREE kids fishing!  The FIRST Saturday of each month. So grab the the whole Family and come join all the excitement! All equipment provided. 239-461-7800

Saturday Morning Storytime
Barnes & Noble, 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Join us in our Children's Department every Saturday at 11 a.m. for storytime! 239-437-0654

Home Depot Kids Workshop  
How to Build Holiday Yard Stakes
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m.  -  noon
Come learn how to build festive Holiday Yard Stakes. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin & certificate of achievement. workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids

“Folding Paper:  The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” Activity Day
Center for Visual Arts, 
26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs
December 6, & 20  from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a brief tour of the current exhibition “Folding 
Paper:  The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” a hands-on, interactive exploration of origami with projects related to the theme of the exhibition. A great afternoon for the entire family. Free and open to the public. Information 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

Whiskers in Wonderland
Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Held at the PETCO parking lot at Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers, A day of family fun. Rescue groups, vendors, games and prizes. Roof for Roofus Rescue.
www.aroofforroofusrescue.org

Improv Cafe- Youth Improv
Center for Performing Arts–Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road,, Bonita Springs,
3 p.m.  
Youth Tickets: $6 Member / $9 Non-Member / $12 Door
Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to see CFABS’ own youth improv group “Little Shop of Improv,” at 3 p.m. These very funny improv professionals were trained through CFABS youth theater and improv classes.  Bring the entire family out to enjoy great comedy as willing audience volunteers join our troupe for guaranteed laughs. Snacks and beverages available. 239-495-8989 www.artcenterbonita.org  

Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade
Estero Bay, Fort Myers Beach 
6:10 p.m.
Boats decked out in festive holiday array depart from Salty Sam's Marina at 6:10 p.m. The event is expected to feature 25 to 30 illuminated boats decorated with a dazzling array of animated Christmas scenes. This spectacular night time parade will be led by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Boat. 239-454-7500

Miss Merry Christmas Pageant
Edison Mall, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Sunburst holds local events throughout the year at venues around the world. The “local preliminary” event is the first step to getting involved in Sunburst. Competition includes babies, (both boys and girls three years and under) and females up to 27 years old.  If you are a finalist at your local preliminary then your $250 entry fee is paid to attend your State Competition. State Competitions are held during the months of April and May. Sunburst Internationals also has top modeling agencies in attendance whom are scouting for faces and talent that they can represent in their industry as well.  Help make your Child a Star! Register online. www.sunburstbeauty.com

Holiday Festival of Lights
Cape Coral Parkway between SW 15th Ave. 
to Candia St. in Cape Coral
4 - 10 p.m.
Century Link's Holiday Festival of Lights is the official start of SW Florida's Christmas season. For over 25 years, downtown Cape Coral has hosted the largest Holiday celebration between Tampa and Miami. Over 20,000 family, friends and neighbors will gather together to ring in the holiday season. Lots of holiday fun including the official tree lighting and Santa's arrival. FREE Kidz Street play area, Tiny Tots Train Ride, 25 ton Snowdrift Slide, over 20 holiday performers on 4 stages. There will be 3 food courts of festival foods, beer and soda. Over 40 businesses and organizations will take part with lots of giveaways and special offers. 239-549-6900

Fossil Festival
The Shell Factory
2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers                                  
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                         
Fossil Museum, Children's Dig, Gemstone Cutting Demo, Silent Auction, Flint Knapping Demo, Admission $3 (children under 12 free)  239-995-2141

Snowfest
Golden Gate Community Center, 
4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples
3 - 9 p.m.
Welcoming more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida. No matter what the "real" weather is that day, snow will be in the forecast to celebrate the winter holiday. Snow hills, ice skating rink, Santa's Workshop, festive foods and full scale carnival have established SNOWFEST as a popular family event for the past 27 years. 239-252-4000

Great Outdoor Adventure Day 
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Food, touch tanks, children’s activities, as well as Ranger-led programs. Free with Park Admission
For additional information, contact the Ranger Station 239-463-4588 or visitwww.friendsofloverskey.org.

Midnight Skate
Eagle Skate Park 
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Eagle Skate Park is hosting their midnight skate.  Come out and skate under the stars and enjoy the cool weather  $5 for members/$7 non-members.  239-242-3950

Holiday Music
Chick-fil-A Estero, 
21900 S Tamiami Trail  
5 p.m.
The Estero High School Girls Choir will be with us to present Christmas music. 239-498-8700

Lehigh Winterfest
Veteran's Park
55 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres
Noon - 8 p.m.
‘Lehigh Winterfest’ will bring together the Lehigh Acres community to celebrate Christmas with a variety of fun activities for the entire family. There will be live entertainment, Christmas Music; bounce houses, slides, pony rides, giveaways, prizes and snow flurries! Christmas performances are scheduled throughout the event with Santa Claus making a surprise carriage visit, as the event culminates in a Christmas Sing-A-Long and the Christmas Tree Lighting at 8 p.m. During the event, families will enjoy appearances from popular children characters, (Mickey and Minnie Mouse) explore the activities at the “Children’s Area”, with arts & Crafts, while they enjoy delicious foods and much more! Admission and Parking totally Free! www.lehighwinterfest.com

Sunday - 7
Florida Hot Rods and Hogs
The Lee Civic Center
11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Florida Hot Rods & Hogs brings you the largest single-day Car & Bike Show in Florida. With past celebrities and entertainers such as Chip Foose, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Buddy Baker, Paul Le Mat, Bobby Friss and the Flamingos, Florida Hot Rods & Hogs is a show that you will not want to miss. Online Event Registration is now OPEN for 2014 for cars, bikes and vendors. Tickets Sold Day of Show Only.  www.flhrh.com

Caring Santa
Edison Mall, Fort Myers
Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa.  Families are asked to enter the mall through entrance G or F located near Dillard's. RSVP at www.edisonmallcaringsanta.eventbrite.com

Turning Pointe Dance Theatre - Paquita & Nutcracker
Bishop Verot Catholic High School
5598 Sunrise Dr, Fort Myers
Call for Tickets! 239-277-9956
www.turningpointedancetheatre.com

Wilton Gingerbread Boy Cookie Event 
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
1 - 4 p.m.
Learn to decorate cookies like a professional. Buy your kit and meet us in the classroom. One kit includes everything you need to transform your sweets from simple to sensational. $3.99 per kit. Recommended Age: 5 and Up. 239-274-5509

Family Fun Day and Brunch with Santa 
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st Street, Fort Myers
Sunday, December 7 •10 a.m.
Begin the day with Brunch with Santa and Goodwill’s Children's Workshop! Enjoy a delicious brunch, get a photo with Santa, and take part in holiday arts and crafts at the Children’s Workshop. This year’s Family Fun Day on Sunday, Dec. 7 is bigger and better than ever before!  This outdoor block party features a wide variety of vendors, musical performances by local schools and organizations, arts and crafts in the Children’s Workshop, games, a Brunch with Santa, and more! This is a great opportunity to get kids into the holiday spirit!  For a small admission fee, kids can play games and win prizes, write letters to Santa, decorate cookies, and much more! Get there early to see Santa himself kick-off the event when he arrives by fire truck to the music of the Island Coast High School marching band. An additional admission fee applies. 
Family Fun Day Hours:   10 am - 6 pm 
Brunch with Santa Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Children's Workshop: Outdoor event 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  &  Indoor 2 - 6 pm
$6 per child (free for accompanying adult)m Photos with Santa $5 (plus package options available) 
Visit www.tuxandtrees.com for event details.  239-995-2106
Brunch with Santa: $12 brunch admission per person benefits the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 
Tickets available online or by calling 239-333-1933. 

Monday - 8 
Music Together
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
The library's friends from Family Music Time will create a relaxed, playful environment where children and their caregivers can share songs, play instruments and learn rhythm patterns. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Mad Scientist Artist!
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. 
Become a mad scientist artist! Using fun science techniques like technology, engineering and math, create beautiful works of art. For grades K-5. Please register.  239-479-4636

Tuesday - 9
East County Anime Club
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m. 
Join a group of teens with an interest in Anime, Manga and other aspects of Japanese culture. Registration is 
not required but program is limited to 25 participants.  239-479-4636

Kids Night -  Face Painter 
Chick-fil-A Estero, 
21900 S Tamiami Trail 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Face Painter will be with us, and the kids will be 
making Jumping Jack Reindeer. 239-498-8700

Family Night: Christmas Ornament Craft
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Have fun making a Reindeer Ornament by tracing your hand. 239-433-9030 

Hikes for Tykes
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Open to pre-schoolers, up to age 5.  FREE with paid admission.  Start your little ones loving the outdoors at a young age, and they will always feel comfortable and at home there.  Free with regular paid admission, parents, you get to go too! 239-275-3435

Holiday Concert
Fort Myers Library
South Building, 1651 Lee St., Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Come enjoy music of the season performed by the orchestra of the Cypress Lakes High School of the Performing Arts. The talented young people are under the direction of Kayla Lisa. Free. Call 239-940-1669 to register.

The Christmas Carol Sing 
First Presbyterian Church, 
2438 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers
1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission is at least two cans of non-perishable food for The Soup Kitchen (Everyday Café and Marketplace), operated by Community Cooperative, and a voluntary cash donation, if you can. Three sing-alongs are planned at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  For more information, call First Presbyterian Church at 239-334-2261 or visit
 www.fpcfortmyers.org

Wednesday - 10
Pig Out On Reading!
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m. 
Daisy, the famous pot-bellied pig, and Farmer Minor have been all over the country sharing their love of reading. Farmer Minor will tell stories about Daisy and read books. There will also be plenty of time to hug or pet Daisy.  239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday in MundoFox Playland. 239-948-3766

Anime Drawing Fan Club (teen)
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
This club is for Anime drawing fans to share, discover content and connect with other fans. Please bring drawings to share. Colored pencils, pens and paper supplies are provided. Teens will watch and learn from each other. Come to this free and fun monthly event.  239-479-4636

Thursday - 11
Preschool S.T.E.M: Math
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Calling all curious kiddos! This new program series will explore the fun side of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.)! This month’s session will focus on hands-on math for children ages 3-5 years with their caregivers. Bring the curiosity; the library will supply the rest! Please register.  239-479-4636

Estero Christmas Celebration
River of Life Assembly of God,
21580 River Ranch Road, Estero
Thursday, December 11 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 12 @ 7:00  p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 @ 3:00  p.m. & 7:00  p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:00  p.m.
Come share the joy and celebrate the Season during the Estero Christmas Celebration!  This is a Christmas experience unlike any other in Southwest Florida, and one the entire family can enjoy together.  Be immersed in the whimsy, excitement, and inspiration of the Season through dazzling light shows, festive music presentation, the timeless Christmas story, and so much more! River of Life Assembly of God invite's you to be our guest at the seventh annual Estero Christmas Celebration!  Admission is always free!  239-495-0400  www.riveroflife.ag

What Are Your Goals? (teen)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount Street,  Fort Myers
3 p.m. 
What are your personal goals and dreams? Express them by creating a special collage. Magazines and all other materials will be provided.  239-479-4636

Childrens Choir of River Hall Holiday Concert
River Hall Elementary School
2800 River Hall Pwky, Alva
6:30 p.m.
Join the Children's Choir of River Hall as they sing holiday selections from around the world! 239-693-0349

Third Grade Performance
San Carlos Park Elementary School
17282 Lee Rd., Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
The 3rd graders at San Carlos Park Elementary will be singing and dancing their way through a Winter Wonderland. 239-267-7177

Friday - 12
White Out Skate Contest
Eagle Skate Park 
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
6 - 8 p.m.
Come out in the winter chill and show off your gnarliest tricks!  Prizes awarded! $8 members/$10 non-members. 239-242-3950

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts presents the annual performance of The Nutcracker
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers
7 p.m. 239-481-4849

An Old Fashioned Knight
North Fort Myers High School
5000 Orange Grove Blvd,, Fort Myers
6:30: - 8:30 p.m.
Choral Concert featuring old fashioned music - classical, folk songs, and holiday music. 239-995-2117

One Starry Night
Christ United Methodist Church, 
1430 Homestead Rd N, Lehigh Acres
Fri, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. 
Sat, Dec. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Experience the Christmas story by walking through the town of Bethlehem. Talk to the shop keepers, the shepherds, the wise men and King Herod, and the new parents in the stable. Take part in the census, pay your taxes to the Roman government, enjoy crafts, stories and refreshments. Free Admission. 239-369-1433

Holiday House
2505 First Street, Fort Myers
December 12 to 23 • 5 - 9 p.m
Thousands of lights illuminate the inside and outside of The Historic Burroughs Home  as part of this traditional holiday spectacular in downtown Fort Myers. Take in the grand  decorations & nightly Santa Claus visits! Admission is $5. Children 10 and under are free.  239-738-3710

Saturday - 13
Holiday Fun Party
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs
1 p.m. 
Join the group at the Bonita Springs Library for an hour of outstanding holiday craft creations. Have fun making and painting festive art projects to take home.  
239-479-4636

Lowe’s Kid Clinic - Holiday Train Engine
Lowe’s Home Improvement Store
Most local locations
10 a.m.
Build and Grow Clinics will teach your kids how to safely complete a variety of projects. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

Christmas Cookie Decorating
Miromar Outlets, Estero
1- 3 p.m.
Do your shopping and enjoy holiday music, have your child’s photo taken with Santa, join us for Cookie Decorating and more! Visit MiromarOutlets.com

Caleb’s Crusade - Annual Crafts for Kids
Elks Lodge in Cape Coral
4631 SE 10th Place, Cape Coral
9  - 11 a.m.
Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Bring a new unwrapped toy for our Annual Toy Drive for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL. $5 Adults & $3 Child includes pancakes & drinks. We will have crafts for the kids. 239-896-8786

Mistletoe Magic 
South Fort Myers High School. 
14020 Plantation Rd, Fort Myers 
12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Come get in the holiday spirt with Dance Impact. 
Both performances are free to the public. We have angels, reindeers, elves, gingerbread, Rockette style dancers and more!  Sure to be a wonderful time for 
all ages! 239-992-6466

Kids Club - Cute Yarn Snowman on Canvas
Michaels, 5001 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers 
10  - Noon 
Craft some fun winter memories! Join us on Saturday, December 13 from 10 am to noon, for our Cute Yarn Snowman on Canvas Event ... and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session. Includes supplies. 239-274-5509

All You Need is a Snowman
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come and join a fun-filled Saturday with Christmas 
carols, crafts, dancing, games and pretend snow activities. Child needs to bring lunch and a snack will be provided. Pre-registration is required. The cost for this one time class is $20 Res/$30 Non-Res. For more information,  call 239-574-0804.

Santa Splashtacular Breakfast at Sun Splash
Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral
8 - 10 a.m.
Kick off the holiday season with a splashtacular holiday breakfast!  Participants will get a chance to meet Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman while enjoying a nice breakfast of pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, fruit and your choice of coffee, milk hot cocoa or orange juice. There will also be arts and crafts, door prizes and music to sing along with. Please note: The waterpark will NOT be open for swimming. Tickets are just $7 each and can be purchased at the Sun Splash front desk Monday-Friday 239-574-0558. The deadline for registration is 12/10/14. 

Holiday - Breakfast with the Kringles
Veterans Park Recreation Center
55 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come join us for a continental style breakfast, holiday crafts, and a special visit with "Mr. and Mrs. Kringle" for that last request. Each child will receive a present with their visit.  Be sure to bring a camera for your child's holiday photo shot, or bring a blank computer CD. Professional photographer “Cowboy” Ron will capture the image and we will download it to your CD. $5 per child, ages infant to 13 (includes breakfast, crafts and a gift). $3 per adult, ages 14 & older (breakfast only). Don't forget your camera or CD. Limited to 100 children.: 239-369-1521

How Very Pinteresting: Sensational Seasonal Crafts (teen)
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
1 p.m. 
Bundle up and sled down to the Pine Island Public Library. A wintery seasonal craft found on the popular website Pinterest will be the focus while chatting and snacking will tie for second. Grades 6-12.239-479-4636

Captiva Holiday Village-Junkanoo Boat Parade
Just outside Roosevelt Channel, Marker #2, Captiva
6 p.m.
Lighted Boat Parade, Post Boat Parade Party and South Seas Holiday Stroll The Boat Parade will take place at 6 p.m.  www.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com

Teen Holiday Crafts
Bonita Springs Public Library
26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs.
2 p.m. 
Stop by the Bonita Springs Library for an hour of holiday gift creations. Everyone will be able to take home these custom-made presents.  239-479-4636  

Saturday Seasonal Stories and Crafts
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
11 a.m. 
Clamp on those snowshoes, put on those mittens and come to the Pine Island Public Library! Hearts will warm with some wintery tales and wonderful seasonal crafts.   239-479-4636
 
Holiday Ornament (teen)
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
2 p.m. 
Drop-in and make an ornament for a Christmas tree. 
Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Dance Bochette-Holiday Magic
CityGate Ministries Activities Center
Jackson Street between MLK & 
Second Street, Fort Myers
3 p.m.
Come see us dance! Variety numbers and Holiday classics. Free to the public. 239-334-3274

Car Seat Fitting
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Kohl's Cares Car Seat Check Program has certified child passenger safety technicians from the Injury Prevention Center to help teach parents how to properly install car seats in their vehicles. This event will take place in the library's parking lot.  239-479-4636

Frosted Christmas Princess Party
Chick-fil-A at Pine Island Road
1790 Ne Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral
Throughout the day
Come in today and meet your favorite "frosted" snowman and his famous "frosted" princesses in their ice castle at Chick-fil-A! Meet n greet times will be announced so keep watching on www.cfarestaurant.com  239-242-8748

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10 a.m. 
This storytime emphasizes books, music, and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library's welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For ages 3-12 with special needs. Registration begins 3 weeks prior to event.   239-479-4636

Holiday Crafts
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Get into the holiday spirit! Make some fun seasonal crafts to decorate a home or give away as gifts. 239-479-4636

Lakeside Country Bash
Lakes Park, Fort Myers
Noon - 10 p.m.
The “Let it Ride Tour” features Brantley Gilbert with special guests Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Parmalee and Chase Bryant. 239-533-7575

Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade
Bonita Springs
5 p.m.
This 28th annual tradition sets sail at 5 p.m. This year we’re returning to the original parade route, which starts at Big Hickory Fish Nook Restaurant and travels up the river to Holly Lane, ending at The Fish House Restaurant on Bonita Beach Road! www.bonitaboatparade.com  239-495-0455

Sunday - 14
The Bonita Springs Concert Band - Holiday Concert featuring the music from “Frozen”
Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs
 2 - 4 p.m.
This outstanding program will get you in the holiday spirit. There is an arrangement of The Many Sounds of Christmas by James Swearingen which is a wonderful collection of seasonal favorites all wrapped up into one great musical package. A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson is an amazing arrangement of various Christmas tunes. Also presented will be Greensleeves, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and other Christmas melodies to round out the program. Bring the children! They will love the songs from Disney’s animated feature “Frozen.” The music in this impressive concert medley features Frozen Heart, Do You Want To Build A Snowman?, For The First Time In Forever, Let It Go and Epilogue. Free. bonitaspringsconcertband.com

Monday - 15
Game Night for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m. 
Teens, want to relax and play some games with friends? Come dance or sing with the library’s gaming station in the Teen Scene room. Use drums, guitars, keyboard and a microphone or dance with the Wii!   239-479-4636

Game Night for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
5 p.m
Teens, want to relax and play some games with friends? Come dance or sing with the library’s gaming station in the Teen Scene room. Use drums, guitars, keyboard and a microphone or dance with the Wii!   239-479-4636

Let’s Talk Books - Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m
What could be better than sipping hot chocolate, munching a great cookie and talking about a favorite book?  Come on in, join the group. While you are reading Gift of the Magi, envision which stars should play the main characters. High school and middle school students welcome. 239-479-4636

DIY Teen Crafts @ the Library
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
Creativity will run wild at these fun crafting events for teens. Craft projects will vary with each program.  Registration is required.   239-479-4636
 
Tuesday - 16
Books-N-Bricks with Bricks4Kidz
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
6 p.m. 
Children will experience hands-on engineering fundamentals as they build motorized models (provided by the Bricks4Kidz organization) that coordinate with and enhance the fantastic stories presented by the library staff. Program is limited to 30 children in grades K-5. Registration is required.   239-479-4636
 
Kids Night - Holiday Craft
Chick-fil-A Estero, 
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Kids will be making Message in a bottle craft. 239-498-8700

Family Night: Turkelberry the Clown
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Turkelberry the Clown and others from Catoosa Clown Alley will be here to do face painting and balloons. We will also make a Candy Cane Reindeer. 239-433-9030

STEM Program: Space Racers! 
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
This is the LAST one! All children ages 3-8 years are invited to attend a program in the planetarium theater to watch a video segment of ‘Space Racers,’ receive instruction about the concept shown, and do a hands-on activity.  Members are free for this program, non-members $5 per child.  Pre-payment and registration required.  RSVP 239-275-3435  Visit  www. calusanature.org 

Winter Show
San Carlos Park Elementary School
17282 Lee Rd, Fort Myers
6:30 p.m.
The after school arts programs, including dance and 
chorus, will be performing in this Winter themed show. 239-267-7177

Teens Get Your Game On! 
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. 
All teens at invited to visit the East County Regional Library to play Nintendo Wii and a variety of board games at this relaxed and fun for all program. Registration is not required but the program is limited 
to 25 participants.  239-479-4636

Wednesday - 17
Wacky Wednesday: Make & Take Crafts
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
4:45 p.m. 
Hey Kids! Need a gift for the holidays? Come join the library for a make and take craft program and creating stained glass pictures. Choose between either a butterfly or a hummingbird design.   239-479-4636

Winter Concert
Cape Elementary School
4519 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral
6 p.m.
The Cape Elementary Brass Ensemble and Choir will perform their winter concert. Come support these talented students for night filled with festive music!
239-542-3551
 
Christmas Spectacular
Cultural Park Theater
528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral
Dec. 17-20 at 8 p.m. 
Dec. 20 & 21 at 3 p.m. 
Ticket Pricing: Tickets: $19 Adults, $17 Seniors, $13 Students with ID, $10 Children under 12. Group rates available. Take your favorite Holiday songs, add some great pop music of the season, sprinkle in a cast of 
children, adults and Santa Claus. Present it in a picture postcard setting for the holidays and you'll leave saying "Wow! That was spectacular indeed!  239-772-5862

Winter Magic
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
4 - 7 p.m.
Christmas cheer will light up the Yacht Club when Santa arrives by boat to visit the children and hear all their Christmas wishes! Make an ornament to hang on the tree and play some reindeer games! Shop from local arts and crafts vendors and find that unique one-of-a-kind item for that hard to buy for friend or family member. Don't forget to bring a camera for the photo with Santa Claus! Free admission. For more information or to become a vendor, please call 239-574-0806.

Wacky Wednesday at the Pine Island Library
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia
3:30 p.m. 
Come to the Pine Island Public Library Wednesday 
afternoon to listen to wintery stories in addition to
 making a cool craft!   239-479-4636

Mom’s Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets, 
10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Moms, enjoy a coupon for a free drink and treat from le macaron french pastries while your kids enjoy a FREE craft in MundoFox Playland!  239-948-3766

NWRL Performing Arts Club (teen)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m. 
Have dramatic flair? A secret passion for singing? A 
confident speaking voice? Great dance moves? A 
charismatic presence? A hidden juggling talent? Want to learn or share any of these skills? Join the NWRL Performing Arts Club! Explore drama, dance, movement, speech, music and other performing arts in an energetic, expressive setting filled with games, exercises, skits,
 lessons, videos and more!   239-479-4636

Family Music Time’s Holiday Jingle Party 
Four Freedoms Park, 
4818 Tarpon Ct., Cape Coral 
10:30 a.m.
You don’t want to miss this! Information will be sent to all families that enroll in the Holiday Jingle classes..... you must be enrolled to come to the party. You may register online at www.familymusictime.com. 

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities every Wednesday in MundoFox Playland. 
239-948-3766

Thursday - 18
Six Bends Harley-Davidson-Christmas Event
Six Bends Harley-Davidson, 
9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers 
December 18 & 19 from 5 - 9 p.m.
Family-friendly, live music and carols, giant, decorated tree (20’ or larger), Santa on site, lots of photo opportunities, holiday food and drinks, etc. 239-275-4647

Reading Academy
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
4:30 p.m. 
Books + games = fun! Come to the library on the third Thursday of the month for new stories and exciting activities. This program is designed for children who can read and write. For children in grades K-5. Registration is not required. 239-479-4636

Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes-Holiday Fun
Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Emerging Inventors get ready for the holidays with a visit from Santa and creating presents and ornaments.  Students also will learn about northern winter weather by making snow. 239-334-7419

Estero Winter Fest
Estero Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero
6 - 8 p.m.
Join us for a fun filled evening of holiday cheer. Enjoy holiday crafts, refreshments, and a chance to see the jolly ole man himself. Bring your camera for a great photo opportunity. Admission for the Estero Winter Fest is $5 per child. Pre-Registration can be done online at www.leeparks.org, by calling the Estero Recreation Center at 239 498-0415.

Elementary My Dear
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
4 p.m. 
Enjoy the fun as the library shares favorite books and fun activities designed specifically for elementary school aged children. Registration is required.   239-479-4636
 
Preschool LEGO Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
10:30 a.m. 
Calling all preschoolers and caregivers - get ready to read, build and play at the library! This program will combine storytelling, music and building with LEGO DUPLO bricks for a fun new experience. This hands-on playtime will foster creativity and early literacy. For ages 2 - 5. Registration begins Nov. 27.   239-479-4636

Friday - 19
Life-Size Candyland
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Candyland comes to life at the Fort Myers Regional Library and kids are the game pieces! Explore colors and counting as you find your way to King Kandy's castle. Pre-registration is not required but entry into the game will not be accepted after 3:45. First-come, first-served.   239-479-4636

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
11 a.m. - Noon
Enjoy a story, finger plays, a craft and a holiday snack with Mrs. Claus! Parent must attend with child. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 Res/$15 Non-Res. For information, call Four Freedoms Park at 239-574-0804. 

Holiday Dance Party
Jumping Jacks Fun Zone
4331 Veronica S Shoemaker Blvd, Fort Myers
5:30 - 8 p.m. 
Live DJ and special guests, Olaf and Elsa! $15 / child. 2 Adults FREE per child. Tickets on sale now.  We are also collecting new and gently used toys now through December 19. We are seeking your assistance in bringing the Christmas spirit to the less fortunate! Your donated toys will be delivered to local Lee County and Collier County children. Drop off any time during our regular business hours. Every person that brings in a toy will be entered in a drawing to win a free birthday package valued at ( $149.00 ) and we will announce the winners at the party. You don't have to be present to win. We will be giving away 5 free birthday packages toward the Toy Drive Raffle! Come in to buy tickets or call 239-514-7529.

Saturday - 20 
Happy Holidays!
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
3 p.m. 
Enjoy holiday stories and poetry. Make a Christmas tree out of cupcake wrappers.   239-479-4636

Breakfast with Santa!
Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero
Celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer at the Kidgits annual holiday celebration. Kids can get festive with various crafts and activities including making their own ornament, writing a letter to Santa and decorating a gift box to celebrate The Boxtrolls, available this Holiday Season. Kidgits come help us wake Santa up from a long journey to Coconut Point. Join the jolly ole elf for some Christmas cheer, crafts, breakfast and cookie decorating by Santa's favorite cookie maker - Nestle Toll House. Santa is located next to the Children's Play Area. www.simon.com

Kids Day
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in MundoFox Playland
Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in free
fun activities. There will be kids’ crafts, a face painter, a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza and a coupon for a free Cone from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, while supplies last. 239-948-3766

Dance Warehouse Christmas Show, 
"Nutcracker on the Rocks"
Gulf Cost Town Center
10028 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers 
2 p.m.
A modern take on the traditional music! Free show at at the stage area, next to playground. 239-275-5678

Hot Cocoa With Mrs. Claus
Wm. "Bill" Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Avenue, Cape Coral 
Noon - 3 p.m.
Come join us for hot cocoa and story time with Mrs. Claus. Children will have the chance to create a holiday craft, decorate cookies and learn new finger plays. One of Santa's special elves will be leaving a surprise for all participants. Parents are not required to stay. This event is held at the Wm. "Bill" Austen Youth Center and costs $12 Res / $17 Non-Res (3-8 yrs). For more information, call 239-242-3950. 

Holly Jolly Breakfast
Cape Coral Yacht Club 
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
8 - 10 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa Claus and find out who's been naughty and who's been nice! Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, drinks. Each child will receive a goodie bag and Santa will be available for photos so bring your camera! $8 per person. Advanced Registration required at 239-574-0806.

Cape Coral Holiday Boat A Long
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
4 p.m. 
Celebrate Christmas in Florida style. This Cape Coral tradition is terrific for families. Watch from the Bimini Basin at Four Freedoms Park as over 100 boats decorated with lights, costumes, and more parade around the Bimini in true holiday spirit. Park features live holiday music, decorated trees, Christmas crafts, food and beverages for sale. www.CapeParks.com  239-573-3128

Pig Out on Reading!
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
2 p.m. 
Daisy, the famous pot-bellied pig, and Farmer Minor have been all over the country sharing their love of reading. Farmer Minor will tell stories about Daisy and read books. There will also be plenty of time to hug or pet Daisy.  239-479-4636

Eagle Skate Park Movie Night
Eagle Skate Park
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
6 - 8 p.m.
Eagle Skate Park will be hosting a movie night! Come out and enjoy our professional movie screen and surround sound!  General admission prices apply.  239-242-3950

Movie in the Park  The Polar Express
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
Saturday, Dec. 20 • 7:30 p.m.
The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department is proud to bring
 you a free "Movie in the Park" on a giant inflatable screen. Enjoy the movie
 and a free family night out. Bring a blanket, chairs, and dinner!  239-573-3123

Santa at the Stable
Saddlewood Horse Club
16111 Saddlewood Ln., Cape Coral
Saturday, December 20  
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Horseback Riding, Grooming, Feeding, Bounce House, Live Horse Painting, Munch Lunch, Treat Bag for every Child, Santa comes on Horseback!!!n $20/child please pre-register 239-738-9300
www.CapeHorses.com

Bonfire Gathering
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers
Saturday, December 20 • 6 p.m.
Take a break from the holiday madness and enjoy an old fashion relaxed evening around the bonfire with storytelling and music. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be provided for fire roasting. A night hike on the forest trail is optional. Bring a lawn chair and a beverage. Admission fee is $10 adults and $5 for children 3-12. 
www.calusanature.org 

Holiday Fun
Chick-fil-A Estero, 
21900 S Tamiami Trail  
Santa Cow free pictures from noon - 2 p.m. Bonita Springs Charter School Choir will be with us to present Christmas music at 6 p.m. 239-498-8700

KIDding Around Winter Wonderland 2014
Bell Tower Shops
Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Join us for a holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland KIDding Around. It will surely SNOW again this year!
Get your picture with Santa, Free face painting by Merica's Fun Face-Painting, enjoy balloon animals by Way Too Tall Torrie, bounce in our bounce house, meet and greet with a miniature pony, have fun with Cheshire Cat Fine Toys and more! This will be a night to remember! Come out and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations and lights. This family friendly event is open to children of all ages. www.thebelltowershops.com

Sunday - 21
Hansel & Gretel: A Family Musical Show
Lee County Alliance for the Arts 
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Adapted from the opera by Englebert Humperdinck, the show is performed in English with colorful sets and costumes, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Leading roles are sung by professional opera singers, and the children’s chorus and ballet are members of the Bonita Center for the Arts Performing Arts program. Bring the whole family to enjoy this charming fairy tale! Kids tickets are $12, and adult tickets are $20 or $30. Call 239-529-3925 or visit www.gulfshoreopera.org to learn more or purchase tickets now.  

Monday - 22
Music Together
South County Regional Library
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
10 a.m.
The library's friends from Family Music Time will create a relaxed, playful environment where children and their caregivers can share songs, play instruments and learn rhythm patterns. Registration is required. Please register ALL children who will be attending. Your reservation is only good until the start time of the program.  
239-479-4636

Winter Wonderland
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers
4:30 p.m. 
Snowmen, snowflakes and penguins, oh my! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with games and activities all about winter. For grades K-5. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration begins Dec. 1.  239-479-4636

Holiday Cross-Stitch for Teens
North Fort Myers Public Library
2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers
2 p.m. 
Love to cross-stitch or want to learn? Make a beautiful ornament for the holidays, or choose a pattern and create a bookmark with a design that can be used all year. High school and middle school students welcome. All materials provided.  239-479-4636
 
Tuesday - 23
Merry Moosemas!
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral
6 p.m. 
Reindeer aren't the only members of the deer family that get into the holiday spirit. Join the fun at the Northwest Regional Library and celebrate the season with all things "mooseical." The craft project for this fun program will involve making antlers of your very own. Registration is required.  239-479-4636

Family Night: Christmas memo holder 
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Make a Christmas memo holder for Mom & Dad.
 239-433-9030 

Kids Night - Santa Cow
Chick-fil-A Estero, 
21900 S Tamiami Trail
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Santa Cow will be with us tonight for FREE pictures, and the kids will be making Shaped Masks. 239-498-8700

Wednesday - 24
Santa's Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise
14341 Port Comfort Rd., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Where is Santa on his last day before flying out? We found him on a deserted island in the waters surrounding Sanibel! Bring the family and cruise out among the dolphins to sightsee and then visit with Santa on Picnic Island, where he'll be waiting with gifts for all the kids. Photos of your little ones on Santa's lap will be provided for FREE. Santa's Dolphin Cruise departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 11:30 a.m.. 239-472-8443

Holidays Without Hunger
Harborside Event Center, 
1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers
9 – 11 a.m.
Holidays Without Hunger is a food packaging event held by Meals of Hope on December 24th, 2013 that aims to package 500,000 meals in two hours! 1,250 volunteers of all ages from local churches, businesses, schools, associations, and other clubs and service organizations will gather on Christmas Eve to pack Santa's Sleigh to feed our neighbors! This festive event will feature a 
give-aways, a DJ playing festive and contemporary music, and a visit from Santa! Free. Please register. www.holidayswithouthunger.org

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in 
fun activities every Wednesday in MundoFox Playland. 239-948-3766

Christmas Eve Service
River of Life Assembly of God, 
21580 River Ranch Road, Estero
6:30 p.m.
We invite you to join us Christmas Eve for a celebration of our Savior’s Birth in music and message.  This is a service for the whole family. www.riveroflife.org
239-495-0400  

Saturday - 27
Victorian Tea in the Park
Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral
Noon
Enjoy your choice of tea, finger sandwiches and treats. Wear your best tea party clothes and hot for lovely afternoon in the garden. Registration is required by December 23rd. (16+ years)  239-549-4606

Monday - 29
Teddy Bear Tea
Tony Rotino Senior Center. 
5817 Driftwood Pkwy. Cape Coral
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grandparents & grandchildren can enjoy a special tea time with goodies, storytelling, conversation, a variety of children's activities and a teddy bear parade. Children, bring a teddy bear as your guest of honor. Grandparents, bring your favorite china tea cup. Registration fee is $6/person. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 
239-574-0807

Tuesday - 30
Kids Night - Face Painter 
Chick-fil-A Estero, 
21900 S Tamiami Trail 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Face Painter will be with us and the kids will be 
making DIY Shields 239-498-8700

Family Night: Ice Dream Sundae
Chick-fil-A - Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers
5 - 7 p.m.
Create your own delicious Ice-Dream Sundae using 10 of our yummy toppings. Color a picture with the Chick-fil-a Cow.  239-433-9030 

Wednesday - 31
Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & 
New Year's Eve Celebration
Festivities start at 1 p.m.
Watch the ball drop at Times Square without shivering on always-lively Fort Myers Beach. The town’s 19th annual birthday party takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. with free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier as well as the ball drop. www.fortmyers-sanibel.com

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets, Estero
10 a.m. to noon
Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in 
fun activities every Wednesday in MundoFox Playland. 239-948-3766

New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown
Downtown Fort Myers
8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Ring in the New Year in downtown Fort Myers at the party with the widest variety of entertainment and dining choices in town. The annual event starts at 8 p.m. with live musical acts on multiple stages, with a ball-drop at midnight. Admission: Free! 855-732-3836

9th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration
Cape Harbour, Cape Coral
8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Ring in the New Year and help countdown the minutes to the midnight hour when the ball, covered in shimmering, sparkling lights, is dropped against a spectacle of dazzling fireworks. The 170-foot ball drop from atop the Marina South condominium complex has become a popular tradition here and is one of the most anticipated celebrations in the city. Each year the ball is enhanced with new technology and more brilliance so this is the place to be to experience this spectacular display! For more information go to www.capeharbour.com 239-470-2746.

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