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On Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will kick off the 46th annual Holiday Nights celebration with a tree lighting ceremony. Guests will have the opportunity to count down with Dave Elias of NBC-2. The Ford historic Mysore Fig property will be lit by thousands animated lights, all set to holiday music. After the tree lighting, female vocalists The American Sirens will be performing. The event is sponsored by Bob Dean Supply, Florida Power & Light, Sunbelt Rentals, and TriCircle Pavers.

This year’s theme is “Holidays Under the Stars”It will include elements from nature as well as the outdoors. Holiday Nights will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but closed Christmas Day. From Jan. 2 through January 2, Holiday Tradition Tours at 6 and 7, or self-guided tours, will be available. Guided, Inside-the-Homes tours will be offered on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a special up-close look at the homes’ decorated interiors.

Families can stroll through the Children’s Tree Trail, which features dozens of trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County school children. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting on Nov. 26, Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 23 from 6-8 p.m. Family science shows with the “Wild Wizard” (Edison’s nickname) will take place on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Jan. 2 at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

On several nights, there will be live music. The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, a group of strolling carolers who will be singing holiday songs Dec. 8-22, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers Dec. 15 and 18, and a trumpeter Dec. 18-21 and 21 respectively. On Dec. 17, a saxophone and trumpet player will play on December 17 and 20, and 20. An antique circus car (a Calliope) with a built-in pipe organ will be played several times on Dec. 16, from 5:30-8 p.m. Curators will be on hand to answer questions about the car, which is a modified 1914 Model T Ford.

The Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe will be open until 9 p.m. every night and will be stocked with unique gift items for that hard-to-buy-for loved one. Refreshments will be available for purchase on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and Dec. 20-23.

Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12) are $2 and Edison Ford members get in free. Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $30 for adults, teens are $25, children $18 and $10 for Edison Ford members. Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours are $50. Lee County residents who have identification will be eligible for $5 off their Holiday Nights entry on Mondays. To purchase tickets or view the nightly schedule, visit the website at www.edisonford.org.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers.

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