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Lee County Parks & Rec to host holiday events

By Staff | Nov 30, 2023

Lee County Parks & Recreation will host a number of holiday events throughout December.

Events include:

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 ’ Santa at the Slough, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers.

This will be a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, letters to Santa and photos with St. Nick. Winter treats will be available for purchase from Southern Sno Balls. This event is free with paid parking of $1 per hour or $5 per day. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. For more information contact the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve at 239-533-7555.

• 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 ’ Movie in the Park, Estero Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero.

The public is invited for a showing of the Christmas classic, “The Santa Clause,” rated PG. Please bring blankets, chairs and snacks to enjoy while watching this family favorite film. Activities include photos with Santa, carolers, crafts and food trucks. The film begins at 5:45 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information contact the Estero Recreation Center at 239-533-1470.

• 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 ’ Cocoa with Claus, North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers.

Bring family, friends and a jolly spirit and celebrate the season with Santa Claus and his jolly crew. Activities include cookie decorating, hot cocoa, photo with Mr. Claus, and reindeer games.

Admission is free. For more information contact the North Fort Myers Recreation Center at 239-533-7200 or email Mrosario2@leegov.com.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 6-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday starting Friday, Dec. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 31 ’ Holiday Express Train, Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.

Embark on a festive journey by visiting Lakes Park for a ride on the Holiday Express. The Train Village route transforms into a dazzling display with holiday decorations and lighting for enchanting nighttime rides. Admission is free for ages 1-5 and $6 for ages 6 and up. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 per day. The train will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. For more information visit leeparks.org/lakespark or call 239-533-7578.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 ’ Winter Wonderland, Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres.

Come celebrate the season enjoying holiday crafts, letters to Santa, photo booths, reindeer games and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for photos. Each child will receive a gift. Hot chocolate, cookie treats and a tree lighting will end the celebration. Admission is $5 per child ages 1-13. Pre-register at leeparks.org/register. For more information contact the Veterans Park Recreation Center at 239-533-7530.

For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation locations, amenities, and other special events, visit leeparks.org, call 239-533-7275 or email leeparks@leegov.com.

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Source: Lee County Government