light up the streets

The 25th Luminaria begins this year on Sat, Dec 19th with RAP?s inaugural Luminaria Historic Bike Tour. Tour the district by bike, learning about the lost mansions and histories of Jacksonville?s most interesting streets. Meet at 9 am at the parking lot between the Garden and Women?s Clubs. The tour is an easy 8 mile circuit with multiple stops and will end at the Riverside Arts Market, where the free Bike Valet will watch your wheels as you enjoy the final market day of RAM?s incredible debut year. Santa?s Ride will begin at 12 noon with the Jolly Old Elf and his helper making stops throughout the Riverside Avondale District ending with an appearance at the RAM?s Holiday Celebration Party. Dance to live music and merry-make with beer and food available for purchase.
On Sun, Dec 20, there will be a Historic Church Tour from 1 pm to 4 pm. Check the RAP website for the latest tour updates, including details about a wonderful musical finale on Riverside Baptist Church?s unique and extremely rare dual console organ as well as a handbell concert, Nativity scene and more., call RAP at 389-2449, to find details about what each church is offering.
The festival culminates on Sun, Dec 20th with the Luminaria Lantern Lighting throughout the Riverside Avondale Historic District. This year?s festivities mark the 25th anniversary of Luminaria, an event that helps bind the community together. As dusk begins to fall, look for a few hundred cyclists as the Riverside Avondale Luminaria Bike Ride takes cyclists through the candle lit luminaria lanterns lining the historic streets of Riverside and Avondale. For the first time at Luminaria, trolleys will also be trolling the streets to help transport revelers throughout the Historic District. Just $1 gets you a ride or pay $5 to ride all night.
Tour the neighborhood, join the merriment, light your lanterns. Sponsoring restaurants will be open for you to come in from the cold to warm your hands and toes from the brisk night air. A weekend of great events to get you in the holiday spirit!
For dates, times and luminaria kits call Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) at 389-2449 or visit