Santa Claus officially kicked off the 2018 holiday season at Bell Tower Shops on Dec. 7 by personally flipping the switch that lit up an elegantly decorated, 25-foot tree.

Bell Tower Shops’ annual tree lighting ceremony has quickly become one of Southwest Florida’s favorite pre-Christmas traditions for area families. In addition to a bounce house, face painting, holiday horses from Endless Trails Stables and other holiday-themed activities, appearance by Anna, Elsa and Olaf from the movie “Frozen” delighted children.

Attendees enjoyed entertainment by DJ Robert McDonald, caroling from the choir at Three Oaks Middle School and hot-mulled cider provided by World of Beer.

About Bell Tower Shops

Bell Tower Shops is a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination centrally located in Fort Myers, Florida. The open-air center offers fine retail shops including eclectic boutiques and shopping favorites Williams-Sonoma, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Talbots. Exceptional shopping is complemented by distinctive restaurants: Bistro 41, Cru, DaRuMa Japanese Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, Mimi’s Café, T.G.I. Friday’s and Society. In addition to The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex, Bell Tower Shops is home to exceptional specialty retailers and restaurants including Society, World of Beer, Francesca’s Collection and Ulta. A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette merged operations with PMRG in June 2018 to create a new leader in commercial real estate. The firm offers PMRG’s leasing, property management, investment management and development services, combined with Madison Marquette’s specialized development, investment and marketing expertise. Madison Marquette’s strength in retail and mixed-use assets joins PMRG’s office, medical, industrial and multi-family capabilities to provide national leadership across asset classes. PMRG’s dominance in the southern US combines with Madison Marquette’s presence in primary gateway markets on both coasts to serve the top institutional owners and investors in the industry. The company provides leasing and management services to a diverse portfolio of 330 assets in 24 states and manages an investment portfolio valued at over $6 billion. The combined company is headquartered in Washington, DC with a major presence in Houston, TX, and will be transitioning to the Madison Marquette brand in the fourth quarter of 2018. With 600 professionals in 13 regional markets, the merged firm is a member of the Capital Guidance group of companies. For additional information about Madison Marquette, visit www.madisonmarquette.com.