Your Guide to Holiday Events on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers

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Can you think of a better place to ring in the holiday season than on the white sandy beaches of Sanibel Island and Fort Myers, Florida? The following Sanibel Island events in Southwest Florida will help you plan a wonderful Thanksgiving and a holiday season full of Christmas cheer in a tropical paradise.

American Sandsculpting Championships

Master Sand Sculptors is back on Fort Myers Beach through Nov. 27 for the 30th annual American Sandsculpting Championships behind the Wyndham Garden Hotel on the beach. Burn off some of your Thanksgiving Day dinner calories by taking a stroll on the beach to look at more than 40 sand sculpture creations on the beach. The family-friendly event also includes art displays, live music, food and drinks and activities for children. Tickets are $7 and children 4 and under are free.

Thanksgiving Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Can you be any more thankful when you are celebrating Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones on a Thanksgiving Sunset Dolphin Cruise? Adventures in Paradise is offering a 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. holiday cruise Thursday, Nov. 24. Enjoy the peaceful San Carlos Bay off Fort Myers while you search for dolphins after enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner. Complimentary water and soft drinks are provided. Book your Thanksgiving cruise today.

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One of the best Sanibel Island holiday events is the Master Sand Sculptors American Sandsculpting Championships on Fort Myers Beach through Nov. 27.

A Christmas Carol

Get yourself in the Christmas spirit with an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol with traditional holiday folk music and filled 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. The play runs through Dec. 23 at the Strauss Theater at Big Arts Sanibel Island. Tickets range from $5 to $32 and can be purchased online.

Walk Through Bethlehem

Take a Walk Through Bethlehem 7 p.m. Nov. 30 as Sanibel Community Church members portray the night of Jesus’ birth in the Historic Chapel. Guests will meet people from the time period and come upon the manger where the Messiah was born. The event is free and will also be performed again 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

Sanibel Luminary Stroll

The 32nd annual Sanibel Luminary Stroll occurs 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. The free community-wide event showcases decorated and illuminated storefront and offers a live nativity scene, activities for the whole family and a visit with Santa Claus.

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Make it a Thanksgiving holiday vacation to remember in Southwest Florida by spending some time on the water.

Book Your Thanksgiving Holiday Visit

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday week and the holidays by staying for a week on Sanibel Island or in Fort Myers. Rent a fully furnished condo at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals or Sundial Beach Resorts & Spa. Sundial guests receive 30 percent off boat, canoe, and kayak rentals.

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day: Nov. 26

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend while taking advantage of a Florida saltwater fishing license free fishing day Saturday, Nov. 26.

These license free days are useful since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) requires Florida residents and visitors to have a saltwater fishing license. Take advantage of this day to get loved ones and friends hooked on saltwater fishing.

Plan Holiday Watersport Activities

Make it a Thanksgiving holiday vacation to remember in Southwest Florida by spending some time on the water. Rent a boat or schedule a charter to go fishing or enjoy a holiday sunset cruise. Charter boat captains at Port Sanibel Marina can accommodate all of your boating and watersport activity needs. Give us a call at (239) 437-1660 to plan your holiday boating needs today.