JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here is a list of events going on around town this weekend.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 1, 2012
HOLIDAY MARKET: The Junior League of Jacksonville hosts Holiday Market, a new signature experience showcasing unique products and special holiday events at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Proceeds from the three-day event benefit the initiatives and programs of Junior League of Jacksonville. Holiday Market introduces boutique merchants from around the country in a one-stop shop with one-of-a-kind merchandise. In addition to three full days of shopping, Holiday Market offers a special ticketed event Saturday: Cookies & Cocoa with the Clauses. Family-friendly Cookies & Cocoa with the Clauses delights children with face-painting, balloon art, holiday craft stations and a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. General admission tickets to Holiday Market are $5 and are available online at jaxholidaymarket.com.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: The Riverside Arts Market is every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. off Riverside Avenue underneath the Fuller Warren Bridge. This Saturday, celebrate Small Business Saturday with RAM. 150 artists, craftsemen, and food merchants participate each week so RAM is the perfect place for holiday shoppers to find a variety of locall owned and operated small businesses in a single venue.
13TH ANNUAL WINTER CELEBRATION IN MANDARIN: The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society once again hosts a special celebration at the Walter Jones Historical Park Saturday from 11 a.m. To 4 p.m. Activities in the park include: hay rides, music, museum and farmhouse tours, crafts, historic re-enactments, train rides, old-fashioned children's games, food, and more. For more information visit Facebook.com/mandarinmuseum.
COMMUNITY FIRST SATURDAY AT THE DOWNTOWN RIVERFRONT: Community First Saturdays features family-friendly activities while showcasing vibrant Downtown Jacksonville. Guests can enjoy the beautiful and accessible St. Johns River and participate in activities with an overall emphasis on health and wellness. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to dusk on the first Saturday of each month, October through June, and offers yoga, tai chi, hula & other various fitness classes along, food trucks, and bike activities.
HOLIDAYS MEGA PET ADOPTION: We need to empty the shelters for the holidays! First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP), Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services (JACPS), the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS), and many other animal rescue groups from across Northeast Florida are joining together for this event. The event is at the Fairgrounds 10 am-6 pm Friday through Sunday with more than 1,000 shelter pets.
ST. JOHNS COUNTY FESTIVAL OF TREES: The eighth annual St. Johns County Festival of Trees will take place at the St. Johns County Convention Center at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. The event is free and open to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. To 9 p.m. showcasing trees and wreaths decorated and donated by local businesses, organizations, families and friends from the community. Registration for entering a tree or wreath begins on Sept. 4. Proceeds will benefit St. Johns County charities.
ORANGE FEST: The Arc Jacksonville's 15th annual Orange Fest takes place at one of their group homes, Grove House, which is located at 2940 Claire Lane in Mandarin. Grove House has a lush outdoor area that is home to over sixty orange trees. Every year, they invite the community to come and pick oranges, as well as enjoy food and entertainment. All of the proceeds go back to the Grove House residents. Events are set for Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arc Jacksonville is a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and quality services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
DRESSAGE ON THE FIRST COAST: Dressage on the First Coast takes place at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center both Saturday and Sunday. It's a Great American/USDF Regional Qualifying Show. It's free admission to these events and all spectators are welcome!
SPORTS CARD AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: Sports Cards and Collectibles Show at the Marriott Southpoint 4670 Salisbury Road (Near Dave & Busters, off J.Turner Butler Blvd) on Saturday December 1st from 9:00am-3:30pm. Baseball, Football, Basketball, Nascar, Hockey, Golf cards. Autographed Memorabilia, McFarlane Figures, Vintage cards, Jim Rooker Children's Books, Collector Supplies, and much more. It's Saturday from 9 a.m. To 3:30 p.m.
2012 GINGERBREAD HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA: The 11th annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza returns December 1st 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, with this Saturday being the opening.
MAYOR'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS: Celebrate the holidays in style! Join the City of Jacksonville and Florida Blue for dancing, dining and entertainment at the Mayor's Holiday Festival taking place at the Prime Osborn Convention Center Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit with Santa, enjoy a traditional holiday dinner, along with live entertainment and dancing. Only those age 60 and over will be admitted.
GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS: Presented by the Artist Series at the Wilson Center for the Arts, the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The show starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $34.50.
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. Jaxwinterfest.com.
BRITISH NIGHT WATCH ENCAMPMENT: St. Augustine is under British Rule! Experience a Colonial Market Days- 18th century musicians and performers; Period Merchants offer their wares, Military Encampment weapons & artillery demonstrations, Colorful British Ceremonies, a Native camp shows the valuable Allies. Witness the Duel scenario, woven into the afternoon schedule. This vignette follows an unlucky soldier to the end of his days at the end of a rope! The Tavern Tent will be open with hot and cold beverages for your refreshment. It's all Saturday from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. At Francis Field. Price: Admission is $3, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult.
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 begins Saturday at the Plaza de la Constitucion off Kings Street and runs through January 31st. NightsofLights.com.
BRITISH NIGHT WATCH PARADE ~ A GRANDE ILLUMINATION: Celebrate this Holiday season in a truly unique way. This holiday parade asks loyal Citizens to join in! British Troops, Native Allies and Townspeople march, candles and lanterns in hand, to the walled City. Be a part of the only Historic Parade on the eastern seaboard that encourages you join in and march! Be in the Plaza by 7:00 pm, then after the Parade, Volleys of Joy and Caroling in the Plaza de la Constitucion in St Augustine. The march is set for Saturday at 8 p.m.
THE SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: The Springfield Holiday Home tour continues Saturday, December 1, from 5 to 9pm. The Tour features seven of Springfield's beautiful homes ranging from the Victorian age to present day construction. Beginning at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on West 1st Street, the tour has been designed as a walking tour, although those who wish to drive may do so. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The price includes refreshments: homemade cookies, wassail, and soft drinks. They are available online at springfieldhometour.org.
BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE FUNDRAISING WEEKEND AT TPC SAWGRASS: On Saturday, the Birdied for the Brave fundraising weekend continues at TPC Sawgrass. Founders Phil and Amy Mickelson, along with Jim and Cathy Justice and The Greenbrier Classic are on hand for the event, which will include a two-day Pro-Am featuring 54 PGA TOUR, LPGA and Champions Tour players including Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino and Nancy Lopez, as well as a Gala Dinner. To register or for more information on the Birdies for the Brave fundraising weekend, please visit galaforb4b.org.
VINCE GILL AND DARIUS RUCKER HEADLINE CONCERT: Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and CMA and GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will support our military by hosting a concert for charity on Saturday, December 1, at the Times Union Center. Proceeds will benefit Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR dedicated to raising funds and awareness for nine military homefront charities that provide critical services to meet the specialized needs of military members, wounded veterans and their families.
THE BIG TICKET CONCERT PRE-PARTY: The pre-party to Sunday's music festival takes place at Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach Saturday starting at 6 p.m. They'll be giving out free concert tickets every 5 minutes and free VIP tickets every 10 minutes. There will also be drink specials.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 2012
THE BIG TICKET CONCERT: The music festival featuring Fun., Rise Against, Bush, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, Imagine Dragons, and more takes over Metropolitan Park Sunday starting at 12 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $165. Parking is $5.00 x1029.com/the-big-ticket/2012
2012 REINDEER RUN: The Reindeer Run is a half marathon, 5 K And a kids fun run with Santa at Main Beach Park in Fernandina Beach Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. Fun games & activities for the entire family. Christmas entertainment on route. Half Marathon Race Fees: $55.00 through December 1, 2012. 5K Race Fees: $25.00 through December 1, 2012. Kids Fun Run With Santa Free with Toys for Tot Gift Donation or $5.00 Donation. Walkers: Minimum 16 minute mile (3.5 hour limit) no exceptions Pre-Race Pasta Dinner: $10 for Adults $5 for Children Over 12 Free for Children 12 and Under. ameliaislandrunners.com.
SHANNON MILLER WALK-FIT PROGRAM: Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller's, Walk-Fit Program is now hosting FREE monthly Meet Ups. These group events provide encouragement and a social aspect of getting fitness in. The first walk is this Sunday at 3 p.m. At Huguenot Park. Walkers will meet at the corner of 16th Ave S and 1st Street S. It will be a 3-mile walk through Jacksonville Beach. The event is free and open to the public. Children, strollers and pets are welcome. Light food and drink will be provided and one lucky walker will win a $35 gift card to Seahorse Florist out at the beach. Questions? Contact Lauren Domene at (887) 344-8502 or
7TH ANNUAL JACKSONVILLE ANTIQUE RADIO CLUB RADIO SALE & SWAP-MEET: The Jacksonville Antique Radio Club " JARS " will be showing, selling, and talking about antique radios of all types, from the early 1920s battery sets to the transistor models of the 1950s and 60s. There will be radios, vacuum tubes and parts, and radio literature for sale. Verbal appraisals and identification of radios will be available during the event Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. At Avonlea Antique Mall.
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE POLAR EXPRESS: The Polar Express is a concert sponsored by the Scott-McRae Group and is part of the EverBank Family Series. Experience the magic of the holidays by taking a ride on Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express. This timeless tale of a boy who still believes makes every child always hope to hear the ringing of Santa's bells. As images from the book are projected above the stage, the words of this Caldecott Medal-winner come to life through orchestra, chorus and vocalist. We'll also ring in the season with a holiday sing-a-long!. The show is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. But join pre-concert festivities at 2. Tickets: General admission $7; Reserved $22 adult/$16 child. Jaxsymphony.org.
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.
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