December Events on Sanibel

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Spending time on Sanibel Island during the month of December puts a different twist on the holiday season that most visitors really enjoy and continue to return for a festive series of holiday events year after year.  From the beginning of the month to the end of December, there are events to keep the whole family in good holiday cheer: Sanibel Style.

Early in the month, count on the return of the Luminary festivities on both Sanibel and Captiva islands.  This is a special night of lit candles along the roadways and business, bringing a magical glow to our tropical paradise.  This is the 33rd year that we and our guests have enjoyed the candle lit stroll with photos with Santa, a live nativity from 5pm-9pm at the Sanibel Community Church, music and more. Sanibel Luminary is on December 1 and the Captiva Luminary is on December 2 this year.

Also on December 2, enjoy the family-friendly Elf The Musical Jr. at the Sanibel Community House.

The show is from 3pm-5pm and makes for a great afternoon of live theater for you and your family!  

Every Sunday the Farmers Market is located at City Hall from 8am to 1pm serving up all the fresh produce, baked goods, special gift items and lots of good cheer mixed with community spirit. You can enjoy this fun activity through May. On Tuesdays the market finds a home up on Captiva at South Seas Plantation from 9am-1pm.  

Looking for something extra special for Christmas Eve? Take a Dolphin and Wildlife cruise to Picnic island on December 24.  Book this great tour with the nice folks at Adventures in Paradise and visit with Santa on a deserted island right here in our waters! Holiday fun for the entire family with dolphins as your escort!  It’s a family affair on the Sun Princess with eggnog and cookies, tropical music as the sun sets and the dolphins play for you. Truly a magical moment on the waves on the night before Christmas!

A helpful site for your nightly entertainment updates is found right here.

No matter when you come in December you will not be at a loss for some island time pleasures!