Published: Dec 06, 2012 6:40 AM EST
Updated: Dec 06, 2012 7:36 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The 37th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates opens December 1 – December 30 and is a holiday tradition in Southwest Florida. Holiday Nights received two awards from the American Bus Association and the Southeast Tourism Society as one the Top 100 Events in the nation and a Top 20 Event for the month of December.

During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated and visitors have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour with an Edison Ford site historian (at 6 and 7 p.m.). For the month long event, the site remains open until 9 p.m. with beautifully decorated historic buildingsand gardens and millions of colored lights.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights includes nightly entertainment by school and community groups, book signings and appearances by artists, and the “Children’s Tree Trail” a forest of trees decorated by Lee County Students. The Edison Ford Museum and Edison Botanic Research Lab will be open during the event.

Tickets for a self-guided tour are $15 for adults and $1 for children (6 -12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $11 for children (6 -12). Groups may schedule guided or unguided tours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and receive a discounted group rate with advance reservations.

New this year is Holiday Behind the Scene Tours with Curators on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. Visitors will go inside the historic homes with staff and learn holiday traditions of the Edison and Ford families.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site.

For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at