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Holiday Happenings Nov. 20-Dec. 31

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SANTA’S BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN TOURS

Tours run 6-8 p.m. Sun.-Thur., until 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 24 through Jan. 6 (except Dec. 25 and 31), starting at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, tickets are $8; $4.50 for ages 2-12, 824-1606.

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Tours with caroling, hot cider, cookies and complimentary magical viewing glasses 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24-Jan. 4, at Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, tickets are $9 Sun.-Thur., $12 Fri.-Sat.; $4 for ages 6-12, 829-3800, trolleytours.com.

WINTERFEST 2013

The third annual WinterFEST at Adventure Landing transforms the waterpark into an Alpine snow village with an outdoor ice-skating rink, a 130-foot ice slide, visits from Santa, cookie decorating, carnival and crafts, Santa’s workshop (and photo op), ornament decorating, s’more roasting, reindeer games, teddy bear factory and nightly snowfalls through Jan. 12. Proceeds benefit Dreams Come True. Pricing by attraction; call for details. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 246-4386, jaxwinterfest.com.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT SHOW

The 14th annual show is on display through Dec. 24 at First Street Gallery, 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928.

THE DRESSING OF THE PALMS

Vilano Beach Main Street and North Shores Improvement Association present the second annual event celebrating the holidays and coastal living, featuring raffles and prizes, Nov. 17-Jan. 4. Palms are decorated through January. 910-8386, vilanobeachfl.com.

CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD PALMS RESORT

More than 2 million twinkling lights, Santa Claus, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, animated characters, Polar Bear Pursuit scavenger hunt, holiday displays, live entertainment, ICE! with DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar and four, two-story ice slides, are featured Nov. 23-Jan. 5 at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407-586-2000. Call for prices and schedules. gaylordpalms.com

SOUTH PACIFIC

The Rogers & Hammerstein classic, of romance on a South Pacific island during World War II, is staged through Dec. 1 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, dinner and a show $43-$49, reservations required, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com.

THE WHIPPING MAN

A Civil War drama about freedom and faith is presented through Nov. 23 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) on Players by the Sea’s main stage, 106 Sixth St. N., Jacksonville Beach, $10-$28, 249-0289, playersbythesea.org.

 

NOV. 20

MAGICAL MOZART

UNF Orchestra recital features Mozart pieces, including “The Magic Flute” overture, 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, $10, 620-2878, unf.edu.

 

NOV. 21

BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA”

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of guest conductor Robert Moody, 7:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 22-23 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, 354-5547, $16-$72, jaxsymphony.org.

RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL

Three families confront wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair in turn-of-the-century America, 7:30 p.m. today and Nov. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, $15, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org. A silent auction fundraiser precedes the Nov. 22 performance.

HOLIDAY CONCERT

UNF men's and women's choruses perform, 7:30 p.m. at Bldg. 45, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, free, 620-2863, unf.edu.

 

NOV. 22

FALL WIND SYMPHONY TRIBUTE TO JFK

The UNF Wind Symphony and Concert Band with Dr. Gordon R. Brock, Wind Symphony director and Shawn Barat, Concert Band director, perform works by Lo Presti, McAllister, Martinu and Copland, 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, $10, 620-2878, unf.edu.

RING OF FIRE THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

The production includes 35 Johnny Cash hits, including “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $35-$40, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com.

 

NOV. 23

FALL FOOD FESTIVAL

The Food Truck & Restaurant Rally, starting 11 a.m., offers fare from The Jacksonville Landing restaurants and more than a dozen Jax Truckies Food Trucks, and features raffles, live music, giveaways and more. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Northeast Florida. A Local Friday cash mob meets at Healthy Bagel after the festival.

HOLIDAY COOKIE TOUR OF INNS

The Amelia Island Bed & Breakfast Association offers its annual open house and self-guided walking tour of inns, decked out in holiday décor, noon-5 p.m. Each inn features a signature cookie, complimentary carriage and trolley rides between stops, and collect heirloom recipes. A portion of ticket and cookbook sales benefits a local charity. 277-2328, ameliaislandinns.com.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

The St. Johns County Convention Center and Renaissance World Golf Village Resort present the ninth annual festival, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at 500 Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. The display features donated trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Proceeds from a raffle benefit the St. Augustine Record’s Empty Stocking Fund and United Way of St. Johns County. 940-4015, worldgolfhalloffame.org.

FALLIDAY SHOW

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants presents its Falliday Show on how to use food and flowers to make seasonal arrangements and The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library hold a raffle, 2 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

St. Augustine’s historic district presents its 19th annual holiday event 6:30 p.m. every night at Plaza de la Constitución, downtown historic district. The thousands of lights shine nightly through Jan. 31, 825-1004.

UNF PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

The fall concert is conducted by Charlotte Mabrey, 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, free, 620-2878, unf.edu.

THE JAVION FRANCIS TRIO

The jazz trio is on 8 p.m. at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

The costumed artists perform feats in midair on wires and on stage, 7:30 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $40-$45, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

Galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open 5-9 p.m. for with book signings, live music, refreshments and other creatively inclined activities. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides free parking. 823-9263.

 

NOV. 24

JU WIND ENSEMBLE

Brass, woodwind and percussion players play 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington, free, 256-7677, ju.edu.

 

NOV. 26

D.A. WINTER JAZZ CONCERT

The jazz band plays 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org.

 

NOV. 27

SS AMELIA GINGERBREAD PIRATE SHIP

The 17-foot-long, 12-foot-tall ship returns in homage to Amelia Island’s buccaneer history at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. The ship is on display through Dec. 28. The annual Christmas tree lighting is held in the Courtyard 5:30 p.m. and Santa’s Holiday Dinner, featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer, is served 6:30 p.m. in the Talbot Ballroom. Dinners are $51; $25 for ages 5-12. 277-1100.

LATKE FRYING COMPETITION

The Great Latke Fry annual competition is held 6 p.m. on the first night of Chanukah, Nov. 27 at Chabad of Southside, 11271 Alumni Way, Southside. A panel of celebrity judges, the grand lighting of the Menorah, an olive oil press demonstration, refreshments, music, kids' activities and a latke tasting are featured. For details, call 646-4434 or go to southsidechabad.com.

NOV. 28

THANKSGIVING GRAND FEAST

The annual event includes a buffet with traditional fare and live jazz, with seatings at noon and 3 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Admission is $99; $45 for ages 5-12. Chef de Cuisine Rick Laughlin offers a menu with a contemporary and elegant twist, 4-9 p.m. in Salt; $105 for adults, $160 paired with wines; $45 children. 277-1100.

TURKEY TROT

The 5K and 1-mile youth run are held 8 a.m. at Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Racquet Park, 6800 First Coast Highway. $25 entry fee. 415-1429. vidafitness.net

PETE'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARTY

Historic Pete’s Bar holds its annual street party 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 117 First St., Neptune Beach. Pete’s granddaughter, Nancy Jensen, says folks are flying in from all over for the nearly-40-year-old homecoming, which this year includes Island Girl Cigar Bar. A huge crowd (some in costume) is expected — it’s requested that you leave your pets and bicycles at home to make room. 249-9158.

OLD TYME FARM DAYS & SWAP MEET

Thanksgiving dinner held at noon at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Crafts Village, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak. $5 per person; bring a covered dish to share. Teddy Mac Elvis performs 7 p.m. in the Music Hall. FARM DAYS are held Nov. 29-30, featuring cane grinding, syrup making, basket weaving, soap making, an antique equipment exhibit, petting zoo, kids games, food, blacksmithing, arts & crafts, homemade ice cream, jewelry and fossil exhibits. $10 admission. Justin Case Band performs Nov. 29-30. 386-364-8861.

 

NOV. 29

PAJAMA PARTY SALE & CONTEST

Shoppers dress in pajamas, slippers and other sleepwear, for discounts and refreshments during the annual Black Friday event, held 8-11 a.m. in downtown Fernandina Beach. 206-0756, downtownfernandinabeach.com. 

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

The Jacksonville Landing holds its 27th annual event 7-10 p.m. in the courtyard at 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. There are synchronized Christmas tree light shows 6 p.m.-12:15 a.m. through Jan. 1. 353-1188.

CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH

The 25th annual event offers original work by hundreds of artists and craftsmen in a variety of mediums 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Before artists and craftsmen can participate, their work is critiqued by a panel of experts. The show continues 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1; admission is $6; free for children younger than 12, 630-4000, 704-847-9480, madeinthesouthshows.com.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Omni’s Spa & Shops host the annual event, with carousel rides, train rides, live entertainment, cookies, cider and horse and carriage rides, festive stilt-walkers, photos with Santa Claus, and the lighting of a 34-foot Christmas tree, 5-8 p.m. at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-4646, omniameliaislandplantation.com. 

FRUITCAKES

Julian Wiles’ family holiday comedy about small-town alienation, understanding and reconciliation is staged 8 p.m. today and Nov. 29, Dec. 5-7 and 12-14 and matinees Dec. 1 and 8 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach, $10-$20, 261-6749, ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

Two WWII veterans, with a successful song & dance routine, follow two sisters to their Christmas show in Vermont. This production is staged 8 p.m. today and Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22 at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park, $20, 276-2599, opct.org.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA

The fourth annual event features holiday decorations, a courtyard Christmas tree, nativity scene and guided candlelit tours through the historic villa, 6:30 p.m. at Villa Zorayda, 83 King St., St. Augustine. Tours continue Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, 21, 27, 28 and 30, tickets are $17; $8 for ages 7-12, 829-9887, villazorayda.com

DRIVE IN MOVIE

"Christmas Vacation" is screened at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

NOV. 30

CAROLE FREEMAN REMEMBERS

The jazz concert features pianist Jack Pierson, upright bassist Fran Coraggio and drummer Scott Mariash 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.

ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

The association’s 48th annual festival features live music, kids' activities, food trucks and drinks, as well as the works of 150 artists in painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, fiber art, photography, mixed media and fine crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Francis Field, 11 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 824-2310, staaa.org.

HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE

Hundreds of decorated boats light up the St. Johns River for Jacksonville’s 29th annual parade, 7 p.m. along the downtown riverfront. Stevie Fingers and Sho Nuff perform 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; free, 353-1188, jacksonvillelanding.com.

FERNANDINA BEACH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

The official holiday event kicks off the season with a photo-friendly Santa Claus, 2-6:30 p.m. at the corner of Front Street and Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, ameliaisland.com.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Instead of fighting Black Friday crowds and racking up shipping costs from a Cyber Monday spree, support your local economy by shopping, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Riverside. Local and regional art, gift-wrapping, live music and a farmers market are featured. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com

SANTA’S STORYBOOK TEA

Fireside reading, photo ops, sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes are featured noon today and Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Admission is $49 for adults, $10 for ages 5 and younger. 277-1100.

THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES

The reindeer dish on the real Santa Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at Raintree Restaurant Dinner Theatre, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, $39.95, 824-7211, raintreerestaurant.com.

 

DEC. 1

THE IRISH TENORS

Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan perform with a full orchestra 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $45-$55, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com. 

A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER

A family-friendly event featuring Santa’s arrival starts at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. Train rides, a Blizzard Bounce House, Elf Village, a holiday tree, music and hourly snowfall are in the plaza. During the event, non-perishable food items are collected to distribute to those in need in St. Johns County. Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” starts at 6 p.m., free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

DEC. 2

HOLIDAY ON THE RIVER

The annual concert series features kids and adults from local schools, churches and dance groups performing by the Christmas tree in The Jacksonville Landing Courtyard, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. The performances run through Dec. 22. 620-3841, jacksonvillelanding.com. 

CHANUKAH CELEBRATION

The Jewish Community Alliance celebrates 5:45 p.m. at 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Games, crafts, entertainment and the Chanukiyah Lighting, 730-2100, jcajax.org.

HOLIDAY BRASS

Fleming Island Friends of the Library present Navy Band Southeast's Holiday Brass concert 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-3722, ccpl.lib.fl.us.

ARA GREGORIAN

The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Series presents violinist Gregorian, 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 45, Southside, free, 620-2878, unf.edu.

DR. BOYAN BONEV

University of West Florida faculty artist Bonev plays the cello for Tuesday Serenade concert series 7 p.m. at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, 630-2665, jplmusic.blogspot.com.

 

DEC. 3

CHRISTMAS CAROLE

Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story is adapted for the stage at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. The show runs through Dec. 24, with performances at 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m. Sat. and noon on Sun. Tickets are $46 for matinees, $49 Sun.-Thur. evenings, and $53 on Fri. and Sat.; $35 for ages 12 and younger, $40 for military. 641-1212.

JUNIE B. JONES – JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS

Junie B. has drawn her arch-nemesis Tattletale May for her Secret Santa Gift. The kids’ comedy is staged 10:15 a.m. at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $8, 276-6815, thcenter.org.

DECEMBER NIGHTS: MORE THAN ENOUGH LIGHTS

The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville perform this concert 7 p.m. today at First Christian Church of Mandarin, 11924 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Additional concerts are 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at City rescue Mission, Dec. 7 at The Promise Land Christian Ministry and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Arlington Congregational Church. 434-4625, heritagesingersjacksonville.com.

PIANO PLAY-OFF

Chopin edition play-off, 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 45, Southside, free, 620-2878, unf.edu.

MICHAEL W. SMITH

Musician Smith performs Christmas favorites, 8 p.m. at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $35-$85, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org.

 

DEC. 4

DANIEL KIDS FUNDRAISER

Sterling Joyce hosts this Gatsby-themed fundraiser 6-10 p.m. at Zeta, 131 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 372-0727; admission is an unwrapped toy (for ages 4-14, $10 value), sterlingjoycecharityfundraising.com.

MUSIC OF THE SEASON

The St. Johns River City Band performs 5:30 p.m. at Jacksonville’s Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, 256-7677.

LUMINARY NIGHT

Holiday music, lights, cider and Santa are on hand 6-9 p.m. at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, free, 829-0745.

UNF STUDENT JAZZ COMBO

Concert directed by Lynne Arriale, 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, $8-$20, 620-2878, unf.edu.

 

DEC. 5

MURRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL CENTER OF THE ARTS

The group offers a holiday performance 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com. 

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

UNF Choral and Orchestra perform 7 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $15-$20, 209-0399, pvconcerthall.com.

SMALL OBJECTS EXHIBIT

Handmade art by more than 30 artists is displayed Dec. 5-28 at The Cultural Center, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra. An opening reception is held 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5. 280-0614 ext. 203.

  

 

DEC. 6

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

Historic private residences are decorated and open to the public for the Amelia Island Museum of History’s seventh annual tour, held 10 a.m. today and tomorrow. Advance tickets, available at the museum, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, are $25; $30 on the day of the event, 261-7378, ameliahometours.com.

JU ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT

The Jacksonville University Orchestra performs traditional holiday music, 7:30 p.m. at Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington, free, 256-7677, ju.edu.

FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER

The traditional holiday performance with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is held 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, 354-5547, $18-$50, jaxsymphony.org.

HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performs folkloric dance and music collected from across Hungary with dance elements dating back hundreds of years, 7:30 p.m. at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $14-$44, 276-6815, thcenter.org.

HANDLE WITH CARE

The romantic comedy — the love story of a young Israeli woman and a young American man — is staged 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $20-$25, 396-4425, theatrejax.com.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s first musical – a series of songs connected by a theme, the moment of decision – staged Dec. 6-22 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $20, 249-7177, abettheatre.com. 

COLONIAL MARKET DAYS

The market and British Encampment start at noon today, 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, featuring re-enactors portraying 18th-century circus performers, magicians, puppet shows and soldiers, culminating with the 39th annual GRANDE ILLUMINATION PARADE and BRITISH NIGHT WATCH 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Plaza de la Constitución. Carry a candle and follow the torch-lit parade from the Government House, around the Old City and back to the Plaza to hear the soldiers fire their muskets to salute the season. Afterward, Christmas carols are sung in the Plaza. Participation is free; candles are available (for a donation) from re-enactors in Cathedral Basilica’s west garden. 829-5318, britishnightwatch.org.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

The annual festival is displayed nightly, dusk until 9 p.m., through Jan. 3 (except Dec. 25) at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs. The more than 4 million lights throughout the park are part of the Winter Wonderland, which includes live holiday music, a candy cane forest, gingerbread village, marshmallow roast, campfire circles, horse-drawn wagons and carriage rides. Admission is $3; 386-397-4478, floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster.

DICKENS’ “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

A Classic Theatre presents 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 7 at Fort Menendez Pioneer Barn, 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine; for tickets, call 824-8874 or go to oldfloridamuseum.com.

SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

The 27th annual tour is held 5-9 p.m. tonight and Dec. 7, featuring turn-of-the-century decorated homes, light displays and luminarias. Tours begin at the Improvement Association & Archives building, 210 W. Seventh St., Springfield, tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door. 633-9308, springfieldheritagecenter.org. 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

More than 20 St. Augustine art galleries participate during a self-guided tour held 5-9 p.m. in downtown St. Augustine. 829-0065.

 

DEC. 7

PARADE OF PAWS

Pet owners outfit furry friends for Nassau Humane Society and Redbones Dog Bakery’s 14th annual, 11 a.m. at Old Railroad Depot, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach; registration $10, 321-0020.

FORT CLINCH UNION HOLIDAY ENCAMPMENT

Living history interpreters recreate fort life during the holidays of the Civil War era 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 8 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Christmas decoration crafts are featured. 277-7274, floridastateparks.org.

ST. AUGUSTINE CHRISTMAS PARADE

The 59th annual holiday parade features floats, marching bands, cars, horses, and the arrival of Santa starting at 10 a.m. at Mission of Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave. and concluding at the Visitors Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. 824-4997. 

WINTER CELEBRATION

The 14th annual event is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Music, hayrides, visits with Santa, train rides, kids’ crafts, food and historical re-enactors are featured. 268-0784, mandarinmuseum.net. 

A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

The annual celebration is held 3 p.m. at Beaches Town Center, where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet at the sea. A bike parade, live music, dance, kids’ crafts and games and a tree lighting are featured. beachestowncenter.com

CHRISTMAS IN AVONDALE

The annual event is held 4-9 p.m. at the corner of Dancy Street and St. Johns Avenue. This pet-friendly event features live music, food, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, an ice-slide, Avondale Merchant Window Decorating Contest, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus. 240-4869, shoppesofavondale.com.

YULESLIDE CONCERT

The annual concert is performed 1 p.m. at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 620-3841, 356-6857. 

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH SURF ILLUMINATION

The annual event features a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, arts and crafts, refreshments, live music and Santa at St. Johns County Fishing Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 347-8007.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

The annual lighted boat parade begins 7 p.m. on the west side of the Julington Creek Bridge at the marina, 12807 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, and features an estimated 40 boats decorated in holiday regalia. jcpropclub.com

MAKE WE JOY: SONGS OF THE SEASON

The University Singers and the men’s and women’s choirs perform seasonal music, 7:30 p.m. at Jacksonville University’s Marks Chapel, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington, free, 256-5520, ju.edu.

CATCH THE GROOVE

Old school R&B and Motown, 8 p.m. at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., $10, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.

SENIOR HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

Mayor Alvin Brown hosts the annual event 2-5 p.m. at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Jacksonville residents age 60 years and older enjoy a traditional holiday dinner, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, dancing and door prizes. Tickets are $5, available 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Dec. 4 at Mary Singleton Senior Center, 150 E. First St., and at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., Ste. 210, Downtown. Tickets are not sold at the door. 630-7392, coj.net.

CALLAHAN CHRISTMAS PARADE & ARTS & CRAFT FAIR

The annual event is held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Thompson Mall, U.S. 1, Callahan. The parade starts at 11 a.m. 879-1441, greaternassaucountychamber.com. 

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

The 15th annual holiday concert, with First Coast Wind Ensemble and the Don Thompson Chorale, is performed 7:30 p.m. at The Bolles School’s Parker Auditorium, Bartram Campus, 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, free, fcwe.org.

 

DEC. 8

GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES

The 45th annual self-guided tour is held noon-5 p.m. at six homes dating from the 1800s in historic downtown St. Augustine. An afternoon tea and a boutique are featured 1-5 p.m. Advance tickets are $20; $25 on the day of the tour. Reservations are strongly suggested. 797-0660, christmastourofhomes.com. 

MAKE WE JOY: SONGS OF THE SEASON

The Jacksonville University Singers join the men’s and women’s choirs in, a program of choral music for Advent and Christmas, 7:30 p.m. at Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, and 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside. Admission is free. 256-7677.

TOYS FOR TOTS ROLLER DERBY

The Rollergirls junior squad, the Duval Roller Dolls, bout the Florida Junior Rollergirls followed by the First Coast Fatales vs. Lakeland Derby Dames, 5:30 p.m. at Mandarin Skate Station, 3461 Kori Road, Jacksonville. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door; bring a new, unwrapped toy worth $10 or more and get in free. 357-0102, jacksonvillerollergirls.com.

 

DEC. 9

UMC HANDBELL CHOIR

Orange Park United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-3722, ccpl.lib.fl.us.

JSYO FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT

The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra performs, 7 p.m. at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, free, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org. 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

David Benoit is featured at 7 p.m. today and Dec. 10 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

 

DEC. 10

FLASHDANCE: THE MUSICAL

Artist Series presents this Broadway musical about a dancer pursuing her dreams, Dec. 10-15 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. Part of Artist Series’ Broadway season subscription; single tickets $32-$77, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org. 

D.A. SYMPHONIC BAND WINTER CONCERT

The annual concert is held 7:30 p.m. at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org.

  

DEC. 11

STERLING’S BIRTHDAY BASH

Beaches-area fixture Sterling Joyce hosts his annual birthday party and Toys for Tots fundraiser in a masquerade-themed gala 6-11 p.m. at Historic Casa Marina Hotel, 691 N. First St., Jax Beach. Live music by Be Easy, a DJ and a fashion show are featured. Admission is a donation of one unwrapped toy (for ages 4-14, $10 value), 270-0025, sterlingjoycecharityfundraising.com.

 

DEC. 12

HOLIDAY POPS

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs with guest artist Tony DeSare, 7:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $16-$72, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org. 

COMMUNITY NUTCRACKER

The 22nd annual performances, in support of nonprofit Dreams Come True, are staged for schoolchildren 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12-13, community service night 7 p.m. Dec. 12, and general public 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 355-2787, bit.ly/TGAMUP. 

THE GAME’S AFOOT

In this comedic mystery, “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays,” set during the Christmas holiday, a Broadway star invites fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle, but when a guest is stabbed to death, festivities turn dangerous. Preview performance Dec. 12; continues Dec. 13-Jan. 5 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $10-$25, 825-1164, limelight-theatre.org.

D.A. MADRIGAL DINNER & VOCAL PERFORMANCE

Douglas Anderson vocalists perform in Renaissance regalia for a night of music and festive dining, 6 p.m. Dec. 12-13 at St. Johns Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org.

 

DEC. 13

D.A. CINEMATIC ARTS WINTER FILM SHOWCASE

Douglas Anderson School filmmakers screen student films, 7:30 p.m. at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org.

ST. AUGUSTINE ORCHESTRA

The annual performance is held 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. An encore performance is held 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $10 at the door; those 12 and younger are admitted free. staugustineorchestra.org

 

DEC. 14

SANTA SUITS ON THE LOOSE 5K

The run starts 8 a.m. at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Proceeds benefit St. Augustine Youth Services. 669-1207, racesmith.com.

SANTA CLAUS & THE POLAR EXPRESS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

The Beaches Museum & History Center holds the annual event today and Dec. 15, 21 and 22 at 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Kids meet Santa and cookies and hot chocolate are available. Admission is free. 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org.

HOLIDAZZLE

The annual event, featuring artists, crafters, farmers and gift-wrap stations, is held 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Riverside. Holiday classics are screened on River Stage. Winter brews, wine and holiday cocktails are available for adults; hot chocolate for kids. Photos with Santa, strolling carolers and gift-wrapping stations, too. 554-6865, riversideartsmarket.com.

CLAY COUNTY CHRISTMAS

The ensemble presentation of music and pageantry is performed 7 p.m. at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park. The Clay County Community Band and Orange Park United Methodist Church Inspirations, Diane Combs directing, are featured. Tickets start at $8, 276-6750, thcenter.org. 

TUBA CHRISTMAS

The 19th annual holiday concert is held 2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. Registration and rehearsal for tuba and euphonium players is 10 a.m., rain or shine, inside or out. 269-9819.

HOLIDAY REGATTA OF LIGHTS

St. Augustine hosts the annual event at 6 p.m., featuring a parade of festively decorated sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and other vessels, on Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. A post-parade reception and awards ceremony is held at St. Augustine Yacht Club for boat captains and crews. 824-9725.

HOLIDAY TOUR OF BED & BREAKFAST INNS

The 20th annual tour themed “Christmas Around the World,” presents more than 24 unique inns throughout St. Augustine. Visit half today 1-5 p.m. and the rest 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 15. The tour includes refreshments. Tickets are $25, staugustinebandbtour.com.

GALA FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity presents its annual fundraiser 6-10 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 St. George St., St. Augustine. "A Home for Christmas" features food, a silent auction and live music. Proceeds benefit Habitat programs. Tickets $50, 826-3252, habitatstjohns.org.

WHITEY’S FISH CAMP BOAT PARADE

The 11th annual event kicks off at 6 p.m. at 2032 C.R. 220, Orange Park. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. 269-4198.

PALM VALLEY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

The annual parade begins 6 p.m., south of the Palm Valley Bridge, St. Johns County, 280-2555, palmvalleylightparade.com.

DRIVE IN MOVIE

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" is screened at 6 p.m., "Elf" screens at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

DEC. 15

DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS CHRISTMAS PARTY

The annual holiday celebration is held 6-9 p.m. at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595, culhanesirishpub.com.

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

The Big Orange Chorus performs 3 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside. Max Q and vocalist Tiffany Coburn also appear. Tickets are $25; $18 for groups of six or more, 287-1896, bigorangechorus.com.

 

DEC. 16

SUNSET AND MOONRISE TOUR

The St. Augustine Lighthouse offers this tour, featuring a champagne toast, 5 p.m. at 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25. Reservations required. 829-0745.

LAKESIDE JUNIOR HIGH CHORUS

Fleming Island Friends of the Library present Lakeside Junior High Chorus concert 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-3722, ccpl.lib.fl.us.

  

DEC. 17

MICHAEL McDONALD: THIS CHRISTMAS, AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY & HITS

The vocalist performs at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. Tickets are $45 and $60, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com.

HOLIDAY POPS EMMA CONCERT SERIES

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra plays holiday favorites 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 18 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, $35, 797-2800, emmaconcerts.com. 

 

DEC. 18

A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with MINDI ABAIR and RICK BRAUN

The annual concert is presented 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. Tickets are $35 and $42. 355-2787.

  

DEC. 19

MOSH WINTER CAMPS

Camps for kids in grades K-5 are held Dec. 19-20, Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2-3 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank; fees vary per program, 396-6674 ext. 226, themosh.org.

MURRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL CENTER OF THE ARTS

The group offers a holiday performance 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

DEC. 20

JACKSONVILLE SUNS HOLIDAY BASEBALL CAMP

The annual camp, open to kids ages 7-12, is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today and Dec. 21 at the Baseball Grounds' Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Kids learn basics from the pros; included are lunch each day, a collectable camp ball cap and tickets to a Suns game. The fee is $85 for a two-day camp, $50 for one day, 358-2845 ext. 128, jaxsuns.com.

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS

The traditional Chinese acrobats fuse elements of dance, martial arts and sports with acrobatics, 7:30 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $28.50-$78.50, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Artist Series presents the beloved holiday tradition, 8 p.m. at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $26.50-$46.50; ages 12 and younger $12.75-$22.75, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org.

 

DEC. 21

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and guest artists soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, tenor Jason Ferrante and bassist Matt Boehler perform the oratorio 8 p.m. at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $25-$72, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org.

THE NUTCRACKER

The St. Augustine Ballet performs the holiday favorite at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, 824-1746, saintaugustineballet.com.

CHRISTMAS IN OLD ST. AUGUSTINE

The living history group, La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León, presents the heritage event 6 p.m. at Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine, free, 877-352-4478.

JAZZLAND ALL STARS BIG BAND ENSEMBLE

Carole Freeman’s Christmas Birthday Salute concert is held 8 p.m. at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.

THE NUTCRACKER

The St. Augustine Ballet performs at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 22 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Tickets range from $15-$30. 824-1746.

DINNER & A MOVIE

"It's a Wonderful Life" is screened at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

DEC. 22

CELTIC CHRISTMAS SINGALONG

The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and St. Augustine Community Chorus hold a singalong 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

DEC. 24

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

Chef de Cuisine Richard Laughlin offers a four-course tasting menu 6-10 p.m. in Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, $105 for adults, $150 paired with wines. The Salt Christmas Day Experience, 4:30-9:30 p.m., features a four-course dinner; $105 for adults, $150 paired with wines, $32 for children, 277-1100.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Services are held 5 p.m.; Candlelight Services at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park St., Riverside, 355-4585, rpcjax.org.

 

DEC. 28

OLD TOWN ART SHOW:

The winter show, sponsored by Folio Weekly and Arbus Magazine, includes a juried art and fine arts and craft show featuring local and international artists and craftsmen, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Dec. 29 at Francis Field in St. Augustine, free, holidayartshows.com/old-town-art-craft-show.html. 

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

Galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open 5-9 p.m. with book signings, live music, refreshments and other creatively inclined activities. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides free parking. 823-9263.

 

DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA

A free buffet and midnight champagne, 10 p.m. at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $35, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.

TOAST! TO THE NEW YEAR!

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra rings in the New Year with tenor Mike Eldred, followed by live music and dancing, 8:30 p.m. at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $75-$150, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SALT

Chef de Cuisine Rick Laughlin offers a five-course menu, seatings are 6-9 p.m., $130, $175 paired with wine; and 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $190, $245 paired with wine, in Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100.

FLAGLER COLLEGE NEW YEAR’S GALA

The gala is held 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in Ponce de Leon Dining Hall, Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $200 and include an open bar, dinner and dessert buffets, and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Black tie required. Proceeds benefit Flagler College Scholarship Fund. 819-6282, flagler.edu.

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