It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Sanibel community has a calendar full of events to help celebrate! The year-round warm climate here in the Sanibel area affords us the opportunity to enjoy charming holiday traditions – without having to worry about frostbite! Below are just some of the December festivities the Sanibel community offers – so leave your hat and gloves behind, grab your family, and come enjoy a Sanibel winter! We hope to see you here!

CROW Birthday Party Event

December 2, 1PM – 4PM

In 2018, the CROW clinic celebrated 50 years of wildlife rehabilitation and public education! The celebration culminates on December 2, as CROW hosts a family-friendly, admission-free open house at the Visitor Education Center. Join the CROW crew for crafts, games, prizes, and of course CAKE! Bring the kids to meet CROW’s Animal Ambassadors and furry-costumed friends. Click here to learn more about the event and RSVP!

CROW 50th Anniversary

34th Annual Sanibel & Captiva Luminary Festival

December 7 & December 8

In need of a shot of holiday spirit? The Sanibel and Captiva Luminary Festivals are a MUST! Perhaps Sanibel and Captiva’s most beloved annual holiday tradition, the Luminary Festivals bring businesses, residents, and visitors together for a lovely holiday stroll to promote local business while creating a cheer-filled evening for friends and family to celebrate the season. Along with Santa visits, there will be a live nativity scene, as well as music and other activities.  Click HERE to learn more about the Sanibel event or HERE to learn more about the Captiva event.

Sanibel & Captiva Luminary Festival

Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise to Picnic Island

December 24

The only thing that could make a dolphin sighting more special to a child is a dolphin sighting followed by a visit with Santa! On their Christmas Eve trip to Picnic Island, Adventures in Paradise takes the family out on a dolphin cruise landing at Picnic Island, where kiddos will get to visit Santa and receive gifts from the Big Man himself! Click HERE to buy tickets.

Santa's Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise to Picnic Island

Christmas Eve Sunset Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise

December 24

Make your Christmas Eve extra special with the Adventures in Paradise Christmas Eve Dolphin Cruise! Watch the sun set on Christmas Eve while you listen tropical music and enjoy cookies and eggnog as you cruise along the beautiful San Carlos Bay! Click HERE to learn more and purchase tickets.

Christmas Eve Sunset Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise

Walk Through Bethlehem

December 6 & December 7

Remember the reason for the season! Lest we should forget, the Sanibel Community Church is here to remind us with an interactive “Walk Through Bethlehem.” Experience the world as it was when Jesus was born, with Roman guards, shopkeepers, and beggars. Finally, visit the stable of Jesus’s birth and learn the story of the nativity.  Click HERE for more about this event.

Walk Through Bethlehem

Holly & Ivy Bazaar

December 7

Need to get a little shopping in? Make sure the Holly & Ivy Bazaar is on your list! The Sanibel Community Church hosts the event, where you can find a variety of crafts, goodies, and household items for the holidays! The Bazaar features holiday gifts like decorated wreaths, holiday kitchen items, jewelry, fudge, and lots of other unique finds. Lunch is available from noon to 3 PM. Click HERE to learn more!

Sanibel Christmas Market

New Years Eve Bash at Sundial

December 31

Looking for an awesome place to ring in the New Year? Sundial Resort throws the best bash around! From great family festivities to fantastic food and drinks, Sundial has it covered. The night’s entertainment includes fire dancers, karaoke, corn hole, ping pong, and bonfires on the beach! Not convinced yet? Your admission also includes an island style buffet that includes pit-roasted pig, gruyere macaroni & cheese, burgers, crispy chicken tenders, and so much more. Click HERE to find out more!

New Year's Eve - The mOObs at The New Sundial

Want the chance to make memories year-round on Sanibel Island? The Gee Family Team has lived, work, and played for a combined 40 years on Sanibel Island! Let us help you find your home for the holidays – and the rest of the year! Download our free Guide to Moving to Sanibel or call Ann Gee at  239-850-0979.