Holidays

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET-THE MUSICAL

St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre presents a Christmas musical, “” on the Matuza Main Stage. While most Christmas shows close by December 24, this one, which opened on December 5, will play until January 5, 2015. If you have visitors in town for the holidays, it will be a good time to take a trip to St. Augustine, see the city’s famous display of downtown lighting, and see Limelight’s show. Call 904 825-1164 or visit limelight-theatre.org for reservations. The movie version of “34th Street” has been around since 1947 and can be seen on TV screens annually during December. The musical, …

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23rd Annual Community Nutcracker

23rd Annual Community Nutcracker, by Fran Ruchalski

  Every year the Community Nutcracker delights audiences of all ages with this holiday classic. More than 200 children from Northeast Florida audition and perform in the production.  Additionally, The  issues 2,000 free tickets to various Jacksonville agencies and organizations to attend a Community Service Night performance. Residents and clients from area nursing homes and nonprofit agencies are also able to attend the ballet. Friday, Dec 12 8pm;  tickets are $30/$25.50/$19.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 2pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 8pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 photos by Fran Ruchalski  

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ABET “Twas The Night Before Christmas” Review

ABET opened its final show of 2014 with a very family-friendly Christmas play on stage at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on-stage through December 21, 2014. Call 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for reservations. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Before we tell you about this delightful yuletide treat, let us say that a good reason for going to see it is because it was written by Ken Ludwig, one of the most popular playwrights in the North Florida area. How many of his locally produced plays have you seen? The list includes “,” “,” …

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Riverside Avondale Luminaria + Poster Design by Karen Kurycki

Mark your calendars: Riverside Avondale’s beloved Luminaria celebration will be here soon! The traditional lighting of the lanterns at sundown will occur Sunday, December 21st. Luminaria is one of our biggest fundraisers and is a wonderful community-building event that celebrates the season. The history of  all began with a devoted community member and RAP supporter, . Mr. Spinks was merely looking for a way to help fund raise for  during this magical time of year. He thought that he would sell a bundle of luminaries to his neighbors. But to his surprise, he sold out quickly. In fact, he had …

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Photo Gallery: Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs

   is an annual, lighted, sculptural exhibit at  in , using the iconic red chairs of the . More than 36 decorated lifeguard chairs including six large metal light sculptures are on display. The creatively adorned chairs are sponsored through public and private efforts. New this year is a whimsical 24-foot tall Tree adorned with 80 custom ornaments. The Tree sits atop a fabricated beach shorebreak with four large sand buckets that will serve as food collection points for . Free and open to the public, the light display aims to build community pride, foster private and public relationships, and …

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MOCA Jacksonville – Downtown for the Holidays

MOCA Jacksonville has been through many changes over the last few decades, and has been in its current (and seemingly permanent) location across from  since 1999. The former Western Union Telegraph Building was built in the early 1930s, and its gorgeous Art Deco architecture was restored when the museum moved in. Together with the , the institution is a must-see downtown destination. There are still many in Jacksonville who haven’t made it to  yet, and those on the other side of the spectrum who are frequent visitors, but there’s something for everyone this holiday season. The current controversy abuzz (see …

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Buy Local, Buy Downtown #ShopDTJax

Buy Local, Buy Downtown The Downtown Marketing Collaborative, the originator of the “” campaign, has launched its campaign for the holiday season. This social media campaign will highlight sales, promotions, and unique holiday gifts available from downtown retailers and organizations through December 24. Retro and rockabilly clothes for men and women from , books from , tasty dips and rubs from , a bangle that sparkles from , sports apparel and memorabilia from , and unique candles and lamps from represent only a small sample of the gifts available from Downtown’s retailers. Additionally, gift cards to restaurants, tickets for cultural events, …

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St. Augustine Holiday Events

  Through Jan 4 TRADITIONAL MENORCAN CHRISTMAS Celebrate a Traditional Menorcan Christmas at The Oldest Wooden School House. Located in what was known as the Menorcan Quarter of historic St. Augustine, the School House dates back to the 1700s. The Menorcans are the foundation of St. Augustine as a living, viable city. Stop in to see the beautiful museum and garden lit by the soft glow of the Nights of Lights as well as a traditional Christmas tree and decor. Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse 824-0192, www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com Through Jan 4 HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY Enjoy onboard caroling through the streets of St. …

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CHANUKAH EVENTS

Dec 14 MENORAH-BUILDING WORKSHOP Chabad of St. Johns is partnering with Lowe’s for a Pre-Chanukah Menorah-Building Workshop. Wearing mini Lowe’s aprons and goggles, kids will craft their very own unique Menorahs with a host of supplies available from Lowe’s. Chabad will provide hot latkes and fresh doughnuts. Reservations are appreciated to ensure enough supplies. RSVP to [email protected] Chabad St. Johns, 701-4422, www.jewishsjohnscounty.com Dec 15 CHANUKAH HOLIDAY BAKING Get ready for Chanukah, by making and enjoying traditional Israeli jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) with Morah Karen. Ages 3-6 yrs. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Jewish Community Alliance, 730-2100, www.jcajax.org …

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