This December, come to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, FL, and you can help support a good cause. Goodwill Industries is offering visitors to the Festival of Trees the chance to win a beautiful, pre-decorated Christmas tree, complete with gifts!
About the Festival
Goodwill Industries provides services, job training, and education programs for people with disabilities or disadvantages. This event has raised over a million dollars in support. This year, fifteen businesses have been asked to donate artificial trees, decorations, and gifts worth $1,500 to $2,000 or more. Each tree will be raffled off, and the lucky winners will have the trees and presents delivered to their homes. The festival will take place over four days, December 5th to the 8th. Admission is just $2 for those age 12 and up, with a suggested donation of $10 for a raffle ticket or $25 for three raffle tickets.
There are lots of other great events happening at the festival throughout the weekend besides the raffle. The Preview Party on December 5th will have food, a cash bar, and early raffle entries. Tickets are $50 per person.
Schedule of Events
On Friday evening, enjoy some of that great Florida winter weather during the River District Holiday Stroll, followed by a free concert by the Nowhere Band.
Saturday 11 am to 3 pm is Santa’s Block Party! Bounce houses, food trucks, holiday entertainment, and, of course, photos with Santa! At the same time, and again on Sunday, the Children’s Workshop will have card making, cookie decorating, and other crafts. Tickets are $6 per child, with free admission for adults attending with their children.
There will also be plenty of holiday vendors on hand to fulfill all of your gifting needs. Sunday is the last day of the festival, with raffle drawings at 2 pm. Ice skating will be open from 11 am to 5:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Other Things To Do
While you’re in Fort Myers, there are plenty of other attractions to enjoy. The beautiful weather of southern Florida led Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to build their winter homes in Fort Myers, right next door to each other. Both houses have been converted into museums and are now open for tours as the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The gorgeous beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands are just off the coast and perfect for a day out. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on Sanibel Island, is a bird watcher’s paradise, with dozens of species easy to spot along the tour road.
Find a Place to Stay
Fort Myers has plenty to offer, so why not make a weekend adventure of it? There are plenty of hotels in convenient locations all over town at a variety of price points.
Hyatt Place Fort Myers/At the Forum provides beautiful rooms and great service. Plus, it’s just a short drive from all the shopping, dining, and other attractions of the River District. Enjoy a good breakfast before you head out for the day, keep up your workout routine in the 24/7 fitness center, and then get a good night’s sleep with pillowtop mattresses and blackout curtains.
Hotel Indigo Ft Myers is located in the downtown river district. It’s got a fun style and offers guests events like a monthly Music Walk featuring local musicians, a rooftop pool, and more. If you’re of the artistic persuasion, you’ll want to check it out.
Fort Myers is a great place to experience a Christmas wonderland without all the hassle of winter weather, so come on down to South Florida for some holiday fun among the palms!