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What To Do the week of Dec. 5-11, 2022

Each Monday, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) lets you know What To Do in Fort Myers and surrounding neighborhoods.

Let us know: Events, along with high-res images, can be submitted for consideration by emailing Miriam Dotson, VCB communications manager. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday before the week of publication. Thank you!

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Monday, Dec. 5

Thank God for Indie Mondays, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Downtown Fort Myers
Join host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven for short indie films, music, comedy and fun. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers, 239-333-1933,

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Art Show, Cape Coral Public Library, Cape Coral
"Creative Possibilities," a juried show features work by members of The Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild. Each work of art in the exhibit is a handmade original piece. 10 a.m.-4p.m. Tuesday. Cape Coral Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terr., Cape Coral, 239-533-4500,

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Bonita Holiday Lights, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs
Take an evening walk through the lighted downtown parks to see the city's decorations and historic sites. Learn about the city's history and hear stories along the way. Total walk distance is about 1 mile. 6 p.m. Wednesday. $25. Meet at the Liles Hotel in Riverside Park, 27300 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-6997,

Thursday, Dec. 8

Free Concert Series, Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers
Shop, dine and enjoy live entertainment. Richie C presents favorites from Sinatra and Jimmy Buffet during the evening concert, 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers, 239-267-5107,

Friday, Dec. 9

Brews for the Birds, Wonder Gardens, Bonita Springs
This community event raises money for the continued care of rescued, rehabilitated and non-releasable birds at the botanical and zoological gardens. Enjoy a night of music, entertainment, local brews and food trucks. Ticket includes unlimited beer and wine tastings, access to the park and a take-home cup. Must be 21 or older. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. $55, The Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-2591, Tickets available at

Friday, Dec. 9

Movie in the Park, Roberto Clemente Park, Fort Myers
The Lee County Black History Society hosts its annual Movie in the Park featuring "Jingle Jangle," a 2020 musical fantasy film where an imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter and a magical invention that can change their lives forever. 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Roberto Clemente Park, 3265 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers,

Saturday, Dec. 10

Lighting of the Lighthouse, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, Boca Grande 
Share the magic of the season with the annual lighting of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. Enjoy a festive night with live music, appetizers and drinks. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Lighting takes place at approximately 5:45 p.m. $3 per vehicle entry fee to Florida State Parks, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, Belcher Rd., Boca Grande, 941-964-0060

Sunday, Dec. 11

Wine Tasting, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers
Just in time for the holidays, Catherine Curtis, FGCU's Director of Resort & Hospitality Management, and sommelier will present an educational wine tasting in the university's state of the art wine lab. A reception of light musical entertainment from Gulfshore Opera and dessert will follow. 4 p.m. Sunday, $125. Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 239-529-3925,

Ongoing events

Holiday Nights, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
Thousands of lights, historic decorations, new light displays, visits with Santa, carolers, refreshments, family science shows and more. Open 5:30-9 p.m. through Jan. 1, closed Dec. 24, 25. Self-guided tours, $20 adults; guided tours, at 6 and 7 p.m., $30 adults. Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-334-7419,

ECHO Global Farm Tours, North Fort Myers
Experience farming and gardening at its most creative, with unique demonstrations, plants and techniques being used to help farming families around the world. ECHO is also home to one of the largest collections of tropical food plants in the U.S. Guided walking tours are 90 minutes, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. ECHO Global Farm, 17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers, 239-543-3246,

Butterfly House tours, Monday, Friday and Saturday, Cape Coral
The Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House is home to many native Florida butterfly species, including the zebra longwing, the state butterfly. Guides explain the different butterflies, their caterpillars and host plants. Donations are accepted. 10:30 a.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday. Rotary Park, 1340-1372 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, 239-549-4606,

True Tours, River District History Tours, Fort Myers
This Fort Myers walking tour educates and entertains with narratives of local history and acquaints you with the colorful personalities of founders of Fort Myers. Tour at 10:30 a.m. each first and third Saturday of the month.True Tours, 2200 First St., Fort Myers, 239-945-0405,

Performing arts and exhibits

Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

  • Not on My Walls Exhibition, through Dec. 31
  • "The Parking Lot," Dec. 8-18
  • Rock the Stage Fest 2022 - The Finals, Dec. 11

Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-939-2787,

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers

  • "Santa Claus The Musical," Children's Theatre, through Dec. 24
  • "Ha! Ha! Ho! The Holiday Show," through Dec. 25
  • "White Christmas," through Dec. 30

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, 

Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs

  • Films for Film Lovers: "Audrey," Dec. 5
  • It's Abstract, abstract painting night, Dec. 6
  • Lunch & Lecture - Operas & Literature, Dec. 7
  • Mosaics Tonight, mosaics artwork, Dec. 8
  • Funny Shorts LIVE!, Dec. 9

Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-495-8989,

Florida Rep, downtown Fort Myers

  • "Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None," through Dec. 18

Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239-332-4488,

Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers

  • "Snowbird Follies," through Dec. 18

Music & Arts Community Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, 239-277-1700,

Players Circle Theater, North Fort Myers

  • "The Lady with all the Answers," through Dec. 18

Players Circle Theater, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers, 239-800-3292,

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Fort Myers

  • "Nutcracker's Final Curtain," through Dec. 24

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-275-8487,


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