On November 24, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will kick off its 42nd celebration of Holiday Nights. The winter estate homes 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. The Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks light show will return and there will be holiday carolers. History characters Mr. and Mrs. Edison and Mr. 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 onsite drawing cartoons on November 24, December 9, 16 and 23 and Santa will be visiting on select nights. Children are invited to make holiday postcards that will be sent to military personnel. The Children’s Tree Trail opens on November 20 and 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 will be open until 9 p.m. every night and refreshments will be available for purchase. The museum features two new exhibits, including the Smithsonian Spark!Lab exhibit and the Timeline of Innovation. The Smithsonian Spark!Lab is a hands-on, interactive exhibit for families and children. A series of rotating stations with themes from vehicle construction to understanding sound waves will challenge visitors to place themselves in the mindset of an inventor. The Timeline of Innovation is a chronological exhibit of both Edison's and Ford's major innovations. The timeline highlights achievements in dozens of fields and will showcase some of the most interesting artifacts. It will also provide visitors with a narrative on how Edison, Ford, and others built on earlier innovations to create their own inventions. Guided Holiday Tradition Tours will be offered at 6 and 7 p.m. nightly and Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours on Tuesday nights, starting November 28 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) $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. 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 EdisonFordWinterEstates.org or call 239-334-7419.
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.