Holiday Nights


Come and enjoy a dazzling display of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations as the Edison and Ford Winter Estates celebrate its 46th annual Holiday Nights.

The event runs nightly through January 2, 2022 and includes new light displays, visits with Santa, carolers, refreshments, family science shows and more.

It’s always a night of breathtaking sights and enjoyable times for all!  » Read more

A Yule Mule

Illustration by Shari Nees, found on Pinterest


Did you know that when Santa delivered surprises to children on Sanibel in the past, he probably used a mule to help him?

According to our friends at the Sanibel Historical Village, mules were able to survive mosquitoes better than other work animals.  So, wanting to keep Rudolph and the other reindeer safe, Santa probably used a local mule – a “Yule Mule” – while spending Christmas Eve on Sanibel.  » Read more

The Nutcracker


Spend an unforgettable time alongside family and friends enjoying The Nutcracker at BIG ARTS this year, performed by the esteemed Gulfshore Ballet.

From the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the iconic snow scene, this classic ballet is beloved by audiences of all ages. You’ll no doubt be utterly captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle the memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls,  » Read more

Letter to Santa


Have you mailed your letter to Santa yet?

If not, take a quick drive over to the Farmer’s Market at Lakes Park today where children of all ages are invited to deliver their letters into a special mailbox.

While you’re there, be sure to hop on the super-popular Holiday Express Train, which will run daily through December 30th (more info can be found here).  » Read more

Fa La La La La!


Another heartwarming Sanibel tradition is right around the corner!

Enjoy the music of the holidays with the popular BIG ARTS Community Chorus celebrating your favorite songs of the season.  Showcasing timeless classics and contemporary favorites, this island concert tradition is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

The BIG ARTS Annual Holiday Chorus Performance is scheduled for Weds, Dec 8 at 7:00 p.m.  » Read more

Sentimental Journey

USO War Time cartoon by Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling


The 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor will be commemorated through a special production entitled “Sentimental Journey, Captiva Island 1941-1945,” presented by the Captiva Island Historical Society.

The program is a salute to and historical look back at the World War II years on the island through the use of narration,  » Read more

Just in Time for the Holidays


Just in time for the holidays!

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently launched an online store for its gift shop.

It offers items for the whole family at every price point, including jewelry, art, glassware, wooden serving pieces, soaps and diffusers, Christmas ornaments, children’s toys and games, books and more.

All sales benefit the museum’s Educational Foundation.  » Read more

Insights into “Gift from the Sea”


Marking its 66th anniversary this year, “Gift from the Sea” has sold over 3 million copies since its publication and has been translated into 45 languages.

The eldest granddaughter of author Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Kristina Lindbergh, will be featured at a panel discussion on the impact of her  grandmother’s book on Sun, Dec 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Captiva Chapel by the Sea.  » Read more

A Holiday Classic


The BIG ARTS Community Band is back for their popular holiday concert on Sat, Dec 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Made up of talented musicians from across Southwest Florida, the Community Band concert is the perfect way to share the festive spirit of the holidays with your friends and neighbors.

This year, BIG ARTS is thrilled to welcome August J. Thoma, M.M., as BIG ARTS’  » Read more

See You on the Luminary Trail!


This weekend, one of our most beloved and cherished island traditions — simply known as Luminary — will once again light up the pathways and usher in the holidays with candlelight, festivity and goodwill!

“We know the business community is looking forward to opening doors once again to residents and guests on this special weekend that has become synonymous with island holidays,” Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer John Lai said.  » Read more

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