Each year, Sanibel and Captiva Islands have a pre-holiday "Luminary Night".

The bike paths along Periwinkle Way, the main drag, are lined with candle-lit paper bags, reminiscent of the decorations used in the Southwest. They light the way to merchants who stay open at night and set out refreshments and beverages for their customers. It started out as a way for island merchants to "give back" to the customers who favored them all year. It has since become an annual holiday festival, launching the season of giving.

Trolleys run up and down Periwinkle Way, carrying holiday-makers from shopping area to shopping area. One of the favorite destinations is legendary Periwinkle Place.  It is home to more than two-dozen stores and shops, all at one site, which makes browsing and gnoshing very easy. The setting is park-like and sparkles like a fairy land with lights at holiday time.

Periwinkle Place is the premiere Sanibel shopping destination in any season. On Luminary Night, it is magical.  

If you can arrange to be on Sanibel & Captiva that first weekend in December, it's a memorable holiday island experience. If you book now, you should have no trouble getting nice accommodations at good rates.

Christmas on Sanibel Island is magical.  Churches of various denominations celebrate with contemporary outdoor services under the stars and with traditional indoor services as well.  The all-denomination Christmas sevice at the lighthouse is hugely popular, with very limited parking and extra security on hand to guide the traffic.  Go early, and bring your own chairs.

New Years Eve on Sanibel has something for everyone. Naturally, you can enjoy a New Years package of dining and dancing at island restaurants.  You can also watch the Ft Myers fireworks from Sanibel's lighthouse beach.  For a family celebration, the Sanibel Recreation Center hosts a fun night with activities for every age!