Edison Ford Holiday Nights

Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating its 42nd celebration of Holiday Nights. The winter estate homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are decorated with thousands of lights and decorations.

This event has become a tradition in Southwest Florida and a top destination for visitors around the globe. This year’s theme is “A Star Spangled Holiday” and reminisces holidays from the Victorian Era with red, white and blue lights and decorations.

The Liquid Fireworks by Waltzing Waters water fountain light show is back this year and there will be holiday carolers strolling around the site. History characters Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford will host a special Holiday Tea on December 13 at 6:30 p.m.

For children, local artist Doug MacGregor will be on site drawing cartoons on December 16 and 23; Santa will be visiting on December 15; and there will be a holiday science show on December 16 from 10-11 a.m. Children are also invited each night to make holiday postcards for military personnel. In addition, the Children’s Tree Trail includes more than 60 trees with hand-made ornaments from local school children.

The Edison Ford Museum and Botanic Research Laboratory, as well as the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe is open until 9 p.m. every night. The museum features two new exhibits, including the Smithsonian Spark!Lab and the Timeline of Innovation.

Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are offered at 6 and 7 p.m. nightly and Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12) $2, and children 5 and under are free. Edison Ford members are also admitted 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 will receive $5 off tickets on December 19, 20, 27, 28 and 29.

Visitors are able to view the lights from 5:30 – 9 p.m. nightly from November 24 to December 31, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To confirm tour times, visit or call 239-334-7419.