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What To Do the week of Dec. 12-18, 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. 12

Rockin' on the River, Caloosa Sound Amphitheater, Downtown Fort Myers
Caloosa Sound Amphitheater wraps up its free concert series with a holiday show featuring contemporary swing revivalists, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Caloosa Sound Amphitheater, 2101 Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers,

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Songwriters on the Plaza, Fort Myers Regional Library, Fort Myers
The Reckless Saints will take the outdoor stage to kick off this concert series featuring original music by local artists. The Fort Myers Regional Library has joined with the Americana Community Music Association to provide free monthly concerts. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers, 239-691-4069,

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Everblades Hockey, Hertz Arena, Estero
Watch the Florida Everblades take on the Orlando Solar Bears. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ticket prices vary. 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero, 239-948-7825,

Thursday, Dec. 15

Food trucks and concert, Cultural Park Theater, Cape Coral
Enjoy the newly landscaped Cultural Park grounds as you feast on the best food trucks in Southwest Florida. Michael D'Amore performs holiday classics. 7 p.m. Thursday. $25, Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-772-5862,

Friday, Dec. 16 -  Wed. Dec. 21

City of Palms Classic, Suncoast Credit Union Arena at Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers
Now in it's 49th year, the City of Palms Classic brings the best boys' high school basketball teams together for a six-day tournament. It's known as the premier tournament in the country with the highest ranked players in the country ready to put their talent on display. First game starts at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Ticket prices vary. City of Palms Classic, Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Florida SouthWestern State College,13351 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers,

Saturday, Dec. 17

Movie in the Park, Estero Park, Estero 
Enjoy an outdoor showing of the Christmas classic, "Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas." Santa will also be there and ready for pictures. 4-7 p.m. Saturday. The movie begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, Estero Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, 239-533-1470,

Sunday, Dec. 18

Holiday Laser Light Show, Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers
The Calusa Nature Center Planetarium features a variety of laser shows for all ages. Immerse yourself in an entertainment experience unlike any other with this synchronized laser show. 6-9 p.m. Sunday, $5. Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers, 239-275-3435,

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

  • Wednesday Night Market, Dec. 14
  • Free Family ArtLab, Dec. 17
  • "The Parking Lot," through Dec. 18
  • Christmas Outdoor Movie Double Feature, Dec. 18
  • Not on My Walls Exhibition, through Dec. 31

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: "The Outfit," Dec. 12
  • Glass Blowing with Ray Matthews, Dec. 17

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
  • "Freud's Last Session," Dec. 13-Jan. 15

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

Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers

  • "Jazz at the MACC: Swinging Holiday," Dec. 15
  • "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,

The Belle Theatre, Cape Coral

  • "Christmas in Paradise," Dec. 15-18

The Belle Theatre, 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., Suite 135, Cape Coral, 239-323-5533,


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