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What To Do the week of Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

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. 26

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. Monday. $10. Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort
Myers, 239-275-3435,

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Meet the Keeper Animal Show, Miromar Outlets, Estero
Meet STEMLab's animal ambassadors up close. Learn all about the animals and more. Inspired by the IMAG History & Science Center of Fort Myers, STEMLab is an imaginative space designed for the whole family to enrich their experiences and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 1:30-2 p.m. Tuesday. Miromar Outlets, Suite 192, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero, 239-948-3766,

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Wednesday Night Live Music, Coconut Point, Estero
Grab a seat and enjoy this local live music series. 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Located between Fashion Drive and the front circle entrance. Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr., Estero, 239-992-4259,

Thursday, Dec. 29

Running Shoes & Brews, Hopsized Brewing Company, Bonita Springs
Run for a beer as you get ready for the new year. The Running Shoes & Brews Run Club is hosting a 5k run. Runners and walkers can enjoy the rest of the evening with $1 beers. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Hopsized Brewing Company, 9201 Cockleshell Court, Unit 13, Bonita Springs,

Friday, Dec. 30

Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga, Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs
Join instructor, Sue Lovett and quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind and body awareness surrounded by the healing energy of nature at Shangri-La Springs. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday. $20 suggested donation. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 239-949-0749,

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Trolley Event, Downtown Cape Coral
Hop on the exclusive trolleys to check out various eateries in downtown Cape Coral. Enjoy drink samples, a photo booth and a chance to win prizes. 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday. $12-$22. Check-in at two locations including Big John's Plaza located at 1215 Cape Coral Pkwy. E. and Dolphin Key Resort located at1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral,

Saturday, Dec. 31

Downtown Countdown, Downtown Fort Myers
Ring in the new year with five stages of music, a ball drop and fireworks. 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. River District Alliance, 239-313-5129,

Sunday, Jan. 1

Farmers Market, Koreshan State Park, Estero
Enjoy a New Years day farmers market where vendors offer a variety of fresh, local food and produce along with unique arts and crafts. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, free with paid park entry. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero,

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. 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

  • Denny Laine - An Intimate Night of Storytelling and Music, Dec. 30
  • Exhibition: Small Works Off the Walls, through Dec. 30
  • Exhibition: Not on My Walls, through Dec. 31

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

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers

  • "White Christmas," through Dec. 30

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

Florida Rep, downtown Fort Myers

  • "Freud's Last Session," through Jan. 15

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

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Fort Myers

  • "Two for Flinchin,' " Dec. 28-30, Jan. 4-March 26
  • New Year's Eve Gala, Dec. 31

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

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, downtown Fort Myers

  • New Year's Eve Rooftop Celebration, Dec. 31

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers, 239-333-1933,

The Laboratory Theater of Florida, downtown Fort Myers

  • "Sistas: The Musical," through Jan. 14

The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, 239-218-0481,


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