Edison Ford Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Holiday Nights



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, PR & Marketing Director


Edison & Ford Winter Estates Celebrates its 40th Anniversary of Holiday Nights
A Florida Tradition Running Nov. 27 -- Jan. 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 23, 2015) -- On November 27, Edison Ford Winter Estates will kickoff its 40th anniversary celebration of Holiday Nights. The winter homes, gardens and historic buildings 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. 

USA Today named Edison Ford as one of the 10 best historic homes for the Holidays, and The American Bus Association (ABA) designated Edison Ford's Holiday Nights as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2016. "The attractiveness of Edison Ford's Holiday Nights as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Edison & Ford Winter Estates," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO.

Opening Night festivities will start officially at 6:00 p.m. when the Edison and Ford family officiate the Annual Tree Lighting at the Edison Caretaker's House. Thomas Edison created the first Christmas lights about a century ago and Christmas was Henry Ford's favorite holiday, so Holiday Nights is very appropriate at their Winter homes. 

For opening night there will be other activities, such as carolers, food and beverages at the Ford Cottage Shoppe along with some of the artists and authors who work and hold classes year-round at Edison Ford. They'll be set up under tents near the Ford Cottage Shoppe with a variety of paintings, photographs and books for purchase. Additional gift ideas are available in the Ford Cottage Shoppe.  

For children, Doug MacGregor, is returning as Santa and will be cartooning with kids of all ages. Santa also will be visiting on December 18. Adults and children alike can enjoy the Children's Tree Trail -- a collection of trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County School children.  

The Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory, as well as the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe will be open every night. Nightly guided Holiday Tradition Tours are offered at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., along with Inside the Homes Holiday Tours on December 1, 8, and 15 at 6:30 p.m. A sightseeing river cruise and sunset cruise are offered through Pure Florida at the Marina at Edison Ford. 

Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20 and children (6-12) are $2. Lee County residents will receive $5 off an adult ticket on select nights and students with college identification will receive a discounted rate. Guided tours are available for an additional fee. Refreshments will be available. Call for information 239-334-7419