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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here is a list of this weekend's events.


SANTAS ON THE LOOSE: Santas on the Loose is a 5K walk/run to benefit St. Augustine Youth Services, a truly deserving group who assist boys and help them achieve by providing full care for them. The event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the County pier at St Augustine Beach. The first 300 get a Santa Suit to wear and to keep for all the holiday activities. You can register for $35 at

TO THE ARCTIC WITH SANTA: Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will return to enjoy cookies and the thrilling IMAX documentary, "To The Arctic 3D" at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater. Santa will be available for photos with children at this family friendly event. The event is free for children (12 and under) signed up for the IMAX Annual Pass program. Tickets for adult Annual Pass members are $5, and non-member ticket prices are $7 for children and $10 for adults and must be purchased in advance. The fun starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

GREEN REVOLUTION FAMILY DAY AT MOSH: Join MOSH for special activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in MOSH's newest exhibit, Green Revolution! This eco-exhibit builds awareness of our fragile earth and demonstrates solutions to more effectively protect our air, water, soil, and wildlife.

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: The Cassina Garden Club on St. Simons Island is having their 28th annual Christmas tour of homes Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour this year is exclusively on Sea Island with the Cloister being an additional stop. Tickets are $50 the day of the tour.

FARRAGUT FEST: Farragut Fest is a celebration of science fiction, Trek and All Things Farragut. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Farragut Films' Studio, 516 W. William Ave. in Kingsland, Georgia. Farragut Fest starts out with an open house at the studio. Visitors can see a full-scale starship bridge built to exacting detail on site by volunteer crew from Jacksonville, Southeast Georgia, North Carolina and the Washington D.C. area over the past year. A full curving starship corridor with turbolift at one end and a fully-detailed transporter room at the other end has been built and used in four separate film productions this year alone for Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues. This, the largest display of free-standing classic Trek film sets, also includes a shuttlecraft interior, Romulan bridge, captain's cabin and other sets. Cast, production and construction crew will be on hand with the full sets lit and looking like the real ones done in Hollywood in 1966. The open house will be followed at 6 p.m. that night with the premiere of Starship Farragut's latest episode, "The Price of Anything," at Camden County High School, 6300 Laurel Island Parkway in Kingsland, Ga.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: The Riverside Arts Market is every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. off Riverside Avenue underneath the Fuller Warren Bridge. This Saturday, Riverside Arts Market brings you HOLIDAZZLE! - a festive holiday event & shopping opportunity for the entire family! RAM is extending its hours until 9pm to provide an all-new nighttime experience. More than 100 RAM vendors will be onsite with thousands of gift ideas in their tents adorned with holiday lights and decor. After sunset, a 32' movie screen will show holiday classics. Hot chocolate, winter brews, wine and holiday cocktails, gift-wrapping stations and Santa round out the festivities!

TRIBUTE TO JORDAN DAVIS: Celebrate the life of killed teenager Jordan Davis with family and friends at a cookout Saturday. Food, drinks, and music will be available at Drew Park off Barnes Road starting at noon. His father, Ron Davis, will be there along with some of his friends. They are inviting the entire community to come out and participate in the celebration.

THE LANDING'S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA: Join Landing shops and local vendors Saturday from 12 p.m. To 7 p.m. for a day of holiday shopping and family fun, including savings and holiday specials, food samples, lunch and dinner specials, sweet treats, stocking stuffers, gift wrapping, giveaways, face painting, a Holiday Window Decorating Contest and enter to win a $500 Landing shopping spree.

BLUES & BBQ: Blues & BBQ is a three state Triple Crown BBQ Competition and Back yard BBQ Competition. You be the Judge in the People's Choice portion of the weekend! Lots of fun, food and great music! All the BBQ you can stand from over 30 competitors! 3,000 attendees expected. It starts Saturday at 10 a.m. at Forest Capital Museum State Park.

2012 GINGERBREAD HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA: The 11th annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza returns to historic Old St. Andrews in downtown Jacksonville. This beloved holiday tradition showcases gigantic gingerbread confections, and benefits the children's programs of the Jacksonville Historical Society. Strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit! The suggested donation for Adults is $5. For children aged 3 -16, the suggested donation is $3. Infants are free. Enjoy the exhibit from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

18TH ANNUAL TUBA CHRISTMAS: More than 100 Tubas join together to play some of your favorite holiday classics at the Jacksonville Landing Saturday at 2 p.m.

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Santa makes his first of two stops at The Jacksonville Landing for FREE photos Saturday from 5p.m. To 8 p.m.. Three options make photos with Santa easy: Option 1: Receive one free 4 x 6 photo with a receipt from a purchase of $10 or more from any Landing business. Pictures will be printed on-site and personalizes with a Landing Christmas message Option 2: Bring your own camera for free photos with Santa Option 3: Purchase a single print of one of several photo packages starting at only $10.

4TH ANNUAL BIG GEORGE TRIBUTE CAR AND BIKE SHOW: It's time to get together and celebrate the life and memory of George Wolfe, an awesome guy who left us too early. He loved old hot rods, bikes, loud music and being surrounded by folks having a good time. So let's do just that! Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast FL. George loved kids and they do wonderful things for the children in our community..It's at Adamec Harley Davidson Saturday from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Price: $15 Registration for Cars and Bikes

ADVENTURE LANDING'S WINTERFEST: The second annual WinterFEST is underway at Adventure Landing. Shipwreck Island Waterpark is now a whimsical, alpine snow village with a large, outdoor ice skating rink (with real ice!), a 130-foot ice slide dubbed the "Alpine Racer", nightly snowfalls, s'more roasting, light displays, a chance to meet Santa in his "house", Blizzard Bluff Village offering Christmas cookie decorating, a crafts area, a free holiday carnival, a teddy bear-making factory and Mistletoe Marketplace. Patrons will also get the chance to enjoy Crystal Creek Lodge for an array of winter eats, treats and sweets from hot soups to hot chocolate. The First Coast's longest special event will continue through January 13, 2013.

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PUB CRAWL: Waka kickball is having an ugly Christmas sweater pub crawl at Jacksonville Beach starting at 8p.m. At Dicks Wings. It will then head to the Pier at 9 p.m. And wrap up at Big Kahunas at 10 p.m. All the money raised benefits Best Buddies of Jacksonville.

REGATTA OF LIGHTS: The Regatta of Lights is an annual holiday parade of boats decorated for the holidays. The boats will line up on Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

ST. AUGUSTINE NIGHT OF LIGHTS: Nights of Lights is a 2-month long celebration of the Holiday Season. Millions of white lights create a magical holiday atmosphere in the Nation's oldest city during the 18th Annual Nights of Lights Celebration in St. Augustine, Florida. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city's 446-year history while creating a beautiful setting for special memories. It's at the Plaza de la Constitucion off Kings Street and runs through January 31st.

21ST ANNUAL COMMUNITY NUTCRACKER: Every year, The Community Nutcracker delights audiences of all ages with its holiday classic, The Nutcracker Ballet. The Community Nutcracker is the only nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that offers a portion of its proceeds to local charitable agencies with each performance. The Community Nutcracker has raised nearly $390,000 for local charities, with Dreams Come True of Jacksonville being the primary charity. 2012 performances: Friday, Dec. 7th at 8pm, Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2pm and 8pm at the Florida Theatre. Ticket price is based on seating. Prices range from $19.50 to $30.


JACKSONVILE JAGUARD VS. NEW YORK JETS: The Jags take on the Jets at Everbank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - HOLIDAY POPS: Michael Butterman leads the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and special guests in one of the First Coast's most beloved holiday traditions. Enjoy all of your favorite songs and carols of the season, plus an appearance by Santa Claus. Featuring guest soprano Ashley Brown, who charmed audiences last season in "Broadway to Hollywood". The show is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. At the Times Union Center. Tickets range from $25 to $72. Don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for their Salvation Army Toy Drive.

CHANUKAH AT THE LANDING: Celebrate Chanukah with live music, food, games and the lighting of the menorah. The event is located on Hogan Street near the gazebo Sunday at 3 p.m. Kicking off the event is the annual Chanukah Car Parade.

CHRISTMAS MUSICAL SHOWCASE: Enjoy a free Christmas musical showcase on the Riverfront Courtyard stage at the Jacksonville Landing from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

SYNCHRONIZED NIGHTLY TREE LIGHT SHOW: The Jacksonville Landing's 56-foot-tree comes alive each evening, performing a 10-minute synchronized light show with more than 78,000 twinkling lights. The light shows take place every hour, on the hour Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. - midnight.

NITE OF GLAMOUR: Nite of GLAMOUR presents Fasiontainment - a mixture of Fashion and Entertainment Featuring the Art of Female Impersonation  You do not want to miss the crowd cheering dance moves, the fashions, the sheer grace, elegance and sophistication of some of the best up and coming female impersonators around. Admission: $20 in Advance or $25 at the Door if seats are still available. Entertainment, fashion, partying, contests, a lot of fun, prizes and surprises. A portion of the proceeds will be used to help two local organizations this holiday season (Toys 4 Tots and the City Rescue Mission). Must be 21 and up to attend. It's Sunday at 7 p.m. At the Marriott-Jacksonville.

JOE BONAMASSA: Blues artist Joe Bonamassa will be performing at the Florida Theatre Sunday at 8 p.m.

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