First Friday in December on Sanibel
First Saturday in December on Captiva
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join th Natives in the Kick-off of the holiday season - when shops extend their evening hours - when sidewalks are aglow with candles and visitors - when food, beverage and entertainment is provided by the merchants to lure you into their shops to view their wares. A great opportunity to get in the holiday spirit while enjoying the Gulf breezes.
Edison Festival of Light
Phone: (239) 334-2999
One of the biggest and most celebrated annual events, the Festival of Light commemorates the birthday of the area's most famous winter resident, Thomas Edison. The Edison Festival of Light features three weeks of events, including a spectacular parade of lights through downtown Fort Myers. Main events include opening ceremonies, a gala ball, a fashion Show, and the Edison Festival 5-k race. For a complete list of events contact the Edison Festival of Light Office.
Sanibel Island Arts & Crafts Fair
Phone: (239) 472-6368
More than 10,000 people attend this annual arts & crafts fair at Sanibel Elementary School sponsored by the Rotary Club. In addition to a variety of arts and crafts exhibits, a live radio remote & assortment of food concessions will be available. A children's playground is on site. Fair runs from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. A $2 donation is suggested for adults. Children admitted free.
Annual Sanibel Shell Fair
Phone: (239) 472-2155
In celebration of one of the finest shelling areas in the United States, this annual show features shell displays and crafts with prizes awarded for special categories. Food and entertainment available at the Sanibel Community Center. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $2.
C.R.O.W.'S Annual Taste of the Islands
Phone: (239) 472-8544
This is the end-of-season fund raising event for C.R.O.W. (Care & Rehabilitation of Wildlife). The event runs from noon until 6 p.m. at Gulfside City Park. Enjoy food from many of Sanibel's and Captiva's restaurants. Live entertainment and a variety of awards are also highlights of this great event.