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The 8 Best Christmas Light Displays in Southwest Florida

holiday Joe & Sheri Harris November 28, 2023

As the holiday season wraps our world in a blanket of cheer, Southwest Florida emerges as a beacon of festive joy, boasting an array of breathtaking Christmas light displays from Venice to Marco Island. Families seeking merry delights and dazzling spectacles need not look any further—here are the top 10 must-visit destinations that promise to light up your holidays.

1. Cape Coral - "Holiday Boat-A-Long & Christmas Movie"

Enjoy a boat parade, crafts, food trucks, and The Polar Express on a giant screen! Enjoy festive fun for the whole family! (Sat. Dec. 16 from 4pm - 10pm at Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral, FL 33904)

2. Punta Gorda - "Christmas Light Canal Cruises"

Embark on a magical journey aboard the Charlotte Lady Canal Cruises. Glide through the serene waters amidst the twinkling lights, departing from the Venice Train Depot, delighting visitors. (Daily 1 hour cruises starting at 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm at Fishermans Village, Punta Gorda, FL)

3. Edison and Ford Winter Estates - "Holiday Nights"

Experience the grandeur of the holiday season at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. This historical site transforms into a sparkling wonderland with dazzling lights, live music, and guided tours. (open from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM daily until Dec. 31st)

4. Naples Botanical Garden - "Night Lights in the Garden"

Immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of the Night Lights in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden. Wander through the illuminated pathways adorned with botanical-themed displays, open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm daily.

5. Venice Christmas Boat Parade

Experience the Venice Christmas Boat Parade, a beloved tradition where festively decorated boats glide through the Intracoastal Waterway, dazzling spectators with their vibrant lights and holiday spirit. The parade typically starts at dusk and can be viewed from various points along the waterfront, offering a magical spectacle for all ages. (Sat. Dec. 2 from 6pm - 9pm at Intracoastal Waterway, Venice)

6. Marco Island - Various Residential Displays

Take a leisurely drive through the neighborhoods of Marco Island to discover a myriad of stunning residential light displays. From quaint setups to extravagant decorations, each house brings its own unique charm.

7. Cape Coral - "Christmas Cheer on the Canals"

Boat down the canals in Cape Coral to witness a community-driven display of lights and decorations. This collaborative effort showcases the spirit of togetherness and holiday cheer.

8. Gulf Coast Town Center - "Festival of Lights"

Conclude your holiday light tour at Gulf Coast Town Center's Festival of Lights. Enjoy the vibrant displays, live entertainment, and holiday activities for the whole family.  (9903 Gulf Coast Main St, Fort Myers, FL 33913)

These luminous showcases across Southwest Florida embody the true essence of Christmas, bringing families together in joyous celebration and illuminating the spirit of the season. From botanical gardens to residential streets aglow with festive fervor, these displays create moments that warm hearts and create lasting memories. So, gather your loved ones and bask in the splendor of these magical spectacles that define the holiday spirit in Southwest Florida.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Sunshine State!

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