Published: Dec 02, 2010 6:24 PM EST
Updated: Dec 02, 2010 2:59 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Volunteers are busy putting up Christmas lights and garland in preparation for the 35th Annual Edison and Ford Winter Estates Holiday Nights.

The event kicks off Thursday, December 9th with the lighting of nearly Christmas trees spread out around the Estates property.

Crews were busy hanging garland on the fences along McGregor Blvd. Thursday and will continue working Friday.

The historical buildings and acres of gardents will be decorated with lights, traditional period decor and Edison and Ford inventions.

Guided tours of the homes and gardens will be offered at 6:30 and 7:30 each evening.

There will be nightly holiday musical performances and the Estates museum with feature special exhibits.

The event runs through January 1, 2011. It will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students (with I.D.), and $1 for children ages 6 to 12.

Horse and wagon rides are also available. The cost for adults is $8 and $5 for children.