This week in SWFL

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Gina Birch stops by the WINK studio to preview some local events happening this weekend.

Festivities with the Captiva Holiday Village are officially underway. This two week event has everything from fireworks and caroling, to boat parades. This weekend’s lineup include a Sunset Aria on the beach in front of Tween Waters, that is tonight at 5 and the infamous Golf Cart Parade is Saturday with prizes for the best. There is also a luminary stroll.
INFO: Sunset Aria 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Friday at Tween Waters Beach. Golf Cart Parade Saturday at the Southseas Resort, Chadwick’s Square 3:30 p.m. -5:30pm. Visit for more information.

The 26th Annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade is Saturday. This takes place in the Estero Bay, launching from Salty Sams and heading north to the tip of the island past Pink Shell Resort. You’ll see Santa and Mrs Clause and dozens of decorated, illuminated boats of all shapes and sizes
INFO: Saturday 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Salty Sam’s Marina to the tip of Estero Island, Bowditch Beach. It costs $25 to enter your boat. Visit for more information.

Festival of the trees at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is still underway to benefit the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Stop in and see the spectacular trees, or even better, buy tickets to the Tux & Trees Gala Saturday and bid on your favorite to take home. The black-tie affair also includes a silent auction, music, food and more.
INFO: Tux & Trees Gala on Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. For more information check out

It will be snowing in Golden Gate tomorrow! Snowfest is an annual celebration at the Golden Gate Community Center, that features a man made snow hill, ice skating, carnival, pony rides, Santa’s Workshop, food and more. They make 100 tons of snow and bring in 1200 blocks of ice for this huge event
INFO: Golden Gate Community Center located at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. The event will be from 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Saturday. It costs $2, you can visit for more information.

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