Edison & Ford Winter Estates Celebrates 41 Years of Holiday Nights

11/15/2016

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Public Relations Coordinator
239-334-7419

 Edison & Ford Winter Estates Celebrates 41 Years of Holiday Nights - A Florida Tradition Running Nov. 25 -- Jan. 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 15, 2016) -- On November 25, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will kick off its 41st celebration of Holiday Nights. The winter estate homes, gardens and historic buildings of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford will be 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. Opening Night festivities will start at 6 p.m. with the annual tree lighting ceremony.

New this year, will be a nightly Waltzing Waters lighted water fountain display and a special Holiday Tea with the Edisons and Fords on December 14. For children, artist Doug MacGregor will be onsite drawing cartoons on November 25, December 3 and 10, and Santa will be visiting on November 29 and December 6 and 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Adults and children alike can enjoy the Children's Tree Trail -- a collection of more than 60 live Cedar trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County school children.

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. 

Thomas Edison created the first strand of Christmas lights about a century ago. Interestingly, the light bulbs where red, white and blue in honor of Edison's favorite holiday -- Independence Day.

The Edison Ford Museum and BotanicResearch Laboratory, as well as the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe will be open until 9 p.m. every night. There will also be nightly entertainment and refreshments available for purchase.

Guided Holiday Tradition Tours will be offered at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. nightly and Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours on November 29, and December 6, 13, 20 and 27 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, 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 will receive $5 off an adult ticket on November 25, 26 and 27, December 30 and 31 and January 1. 

For additional information, call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.

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 Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.