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Christmas Parade | Amelia Island

Enjoy Amelia Island’s Christmas Parade on December 15! RAD will not perform, as we have our Christmas Spectacular that day, but we will be at the Yulee Christmas Parade on Saturday December 8 th at 10.00am .


See Santa, Watch Home Alone, and Feed Jacksonville | The Florida Theatre

First A.C.T., the nonprofit Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, presents the film Home Alone, in a special event benefitting the Florida Theatre and Feeding Northeast Florida.

Admission is FREE for every adult and child with a gift of canned or nonperishable food.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Come early and have your picture taken with Santa, have some hot chocolate, a sweet treat and make an ornament at the crafting area. Home Alone begins at 2 p.m. Runtime is 103 min.

The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Movie admission is free with a donation of food.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the price of admission?
The price of admission is a donation of food. At least one item per adult and per child, please. More is welcome. This is a great family event and an opportunity to teach young children and adults about philanthropy.

How are you able to offer this movie for free?
We are able to offer this movie for free because of the support of our wonderful sponsors. First A.C.T., the Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, is volunteering their time to coordinate the event, and the Florida Theatre is absorbing the administrative overhead as a community service.

Where will the food go?
The food will be received by Feeding Northeast Florida, our community’s food bank and a partner of Feeding America.

What food should I bring?
Shelf-stable foods are best for the most people, from children over a weekend, to homeless persons with no way to prepare meals, to working families who need to prepare quick, but nourishing meals.

How should food be packaged?
Please do not bring food packaged in glass. It is not as sturdy as food packaged in cans, boxes or plastic containers.


Christmas at the Cabin | The Beaches Museum & History Park

The community is invited to experience the warmth of the holiday season at the Museum’s 1873 Oesterreicher-McCormick Cabin on Friday, December 14 from 5-8 p.m.

Please join the Beaches Museum for a festive evening under the twinkling lights as the sound of Christmas carols fills the courtyard. Entertainment in the Beaches Museum Chapel begins at 5:30pm and will include dancers from The World of Dance studio, pianist Mary Perry, St. Paul’s Catholic Church Choir, and Highlands Presbyterian Bell Choir. To further the fun, guests can enjoy egg nog and roast marshmallows amid the period decor that will adorn the Cabin. Beverages and light appetizers will be served.

Admission for Museum members is free and a donation from non-members is appreciated! For further information please visit www.beachesmuseum.org or call (904) 241-5657.

This event is generously supported by VyStar Credit Union, The World of Dance, MorganMacKenzie Design, and Rockaway, Inc.


16th Annual Lighted Boat Parade | Whitey’s Fish Camp

It’s that time of year again, folks.

Our 16 Annual Lighted Boat Parade is around the corner. Mark your calendars & grab a date for one of the best local scenic events this holiday season. 🎊

Come enjoy a wonderful event driven by a wonderful cause. 🤗 As usual, there will be cash prizes, a silent auction, & a raffle!!

*Proceeds benefit Safe Animal Shelter


Festival of Lights 5k | San Marco Square

We hope you will join us for Jacksonville’s largest holiday celebration! The Festival of Lights 5K will be held the same evening as San Marco’s Holiday Magic. The 5K and 1 Mile will both start and finish on San Marco Blvd. in the Square. This event will feature:

Finisher Medals
Pictures with Santa Clause
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Children’s Bounce Games
Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers
Food & Drinks
Christmas Tree Lighting
Lots of Christmas Music
Bell Ringers
The Little Train That Could
Jingle Bells for your Shoes
Awards for best stroller decoration

5:30pm- 1 mile start
6:00pm- 5k start
6:10pm- 5k strollers and walkers start


Beaches North Pole Express | The Beaches Museum & History Park

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Santa and the Conductor at the Beaches North Pole Express!

This two day event will take place Friday, December 7, 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to write a letter to Santa, enjoy cocoa and cookies, watch the movie “The Polar Express” in the Dickinson Gallery, make crafts, and enjoy other festivities in the History Park. In the Upper Depot visitors will find the Beaches Museum’s very own operating Beaches North Pole Express which will temporarily replace the Florida East Coast Railroad train normally found there.

Beaches North Pole Express is free to Museum Members with a suggested $5 donation from non-members. Please contact the Museum at (904) 241-5657 for further information.


Sensitive Santa | Hope at Hand

The Santa experience can be overwhelming!

Hope at Hand and Hannah Joy Photography are partnering to provide a sensory-friendly photo shoot with Santa for children in North Florida. We are prepared to make accommodations for the comfort of your child. A sofa is provided so children don’t sit on Santa. Santa can even sit on the floor or stand behind the sofa. Santa is flexible!

2 digital prints included with your 10 mini-session.

Sessions run every 10 minutes: 9-9:10, 9:10-20, 9:20-9:30, etc. Please request your preferred time and slots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Please email [email protected] to schedule your time.

Special thanks to Santa Dan, www.santasspecialkids.org. Santa Dan works hard to make kids happy all year long.

By appointment only. Email [email protected] for availability. Sorry, refunds are not available and will be considered a donation to Hope at Hand in the event you are unable to make your reservation.

About Hope at Hand, Inc.

Hope at Hand is a 501(c)(3) charity that provides poetry lessons for at-risk youth populations in North Florida. Founded by veteran educator Steffani Hendricks Fletcher in 2009, Hope at Hand combines poetry and art to help youth process life, love, and progress in a changing world. Hope at Hand partners with over 15 youth agencies in North Florida. Hope at Hand programming instills confidence and independence while improving social connections and emotional growth through poetry. All poems presented incorporate the concepts of choice and change. To make a donation or to learn more about Hope at Hand and its partners, visit www.HopeatHand.org. Hope at Hand is registered with The United Way of Northeast Florida.


2018 St. Augustine Christmas Parade | Downtown St. Augustine

The 64th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 1 in downtown St. Augustine.

Sponsored by Flagler Hospital St. Augustine and organized by Linda Abbott, the parade begins on San Marco Avenue at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine along the Bayfront, and ending behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Drive.

Local organizations, clubs, bands, businesses, churches and schools participate in this event, making it the largest, most festive, family friendly, parade in all of Florida! Holiday seasonal decorations adorn all the fantastic entries — from floats to marching bands to antique cars and horses and carriages. It’s a great start to the Christmas and Holiday Season in one of the most beautifully decorated, historic cities in America with the hundreds of thousands of white lights during Nights of Lights! Come celebrate the Holiday and Christmas Season and spend the day or weekend in historic St Augustine.! #LoveFL

or call 904-824-4997 to contact Linda Abbott, Parade Coordinator

The parade starts near the Mission of Nombre de Dios at 27 Ocean Ave., at 9 a.m. (101 San Marco Ave., uptown St. Augustine) and continues South down San Marco Avenue — along the bayfront, through the streets of historic, downtown St. Augustine; south on San Marco and Avenida Menendez; west on Cathedral Place; north on Cordova St.; and ending near the Visitors Information Center at the intersection of Orange and Cordova Streets at approximately 11:30 a.m.


Vintage Arts at Vintage Market Days Jacksonville | Clay County Fairgrounds

VINTAGE ARTS is filling the truck and bringing our vintage products and experiences to you at a live air market! Don’t expect to see what is in store at this market!

Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring orginal art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and more. The Market is a three day event held several times a year in various communities. The Market provides the customer with a very special shopping experience – great vendors, live music, food trucks, local makers, and more.

Event Information

November 30 – December 2, 2018

Clay County Fairgrounds
2493 State Rd 16 W
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

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Event Hours & Admissions

Friday, November 30, 2018
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

General Admission (Sat/Sun)
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 2, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission for children under 12 is free. Cash and credit card are accepted at the gate.

Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.