Edison & Ford Holiday Nights celebrates the season in traditional style
Spend the holidays with southwest Florida’s first “snowbirds,” – the Edison’s and Ford’s – at the 34th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.
Edison & Ford Holiday Nights attracts visitors from throughout the world annually to view the lights and seasonal decorations that fill 20 acres of gardens, and the recently restored Edison and Ford historic homes.
The theme for Edison & Ford Holiday Nights has always been a combination of historical decorations amidst the orchids, exotic trees and plantings that fill the gardens.
This year there will be events including the artist and craftsmen exhibits and appearances in the “Creative Cottage” as well as book signings and demonstrations located in the Edison Caretaker’s House; nightly entertainment by local school and community groups; Santa visits; and a “Children’s Tree Trail.” The “Trail” will be a veritable forest of lighted trees with handmade ornaments from Lee County students.
During the holidays, the homes of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford will be open nightly from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event also includes special exhibitions, nightly performances of dance, instrumental and choral music (by area groups and schools) and holiday items in the “Creative Cottage,” Museum Store, Garden Shoppe and the historic Ford Cottage Shoppe. The Estates Museum and Edison’s Lab will be open nightly as well as the Estates Banyan Caf for refreshments.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $1 for children (6-12). Groups may schedule special times and group rates. In addition, the Estates will be offering Lee County residents special “hometown discounts” on Dec. 11-12.
The Estates is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For additional information, call 239-334-7419 or visit the Web site at www.efwefla.org.