Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • December 20, 2021

The holidays are in full swing!  We have some last minute plans, gifts, and more! We recommend checking out the bingo card and seeing what you have done and what you can accomplish! There are options for all ages so be sure to plan ahead! Take a look at our gift guide and find some great deals! Check out the Icemen and UNF Basketball if you are looking for a sports outing with the family. Take a look at the New Years plans and find somewhere to begin 2022.


Basilica Lights

When: 12/10-26 Thursday through Sunday

For three weekends before Christmas – December 10-26, Thursday through Sunday, an incredible Light Art & Sound Installation will take place on one of the Cathedral District’s Historic Churches! This visual marvel light installation will be projected onto the façade of a church. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the show accompanied by recorded performances of the Cathedral District Church musicians, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

Light show repeats every 15 minutes.

Brought to you by Cathedral District Jax, Inc. the Basilica Lights is presented by Sight & Sound, with thanks to the Castano Group and for generously offering this Christmas Light Art Installation as a high point for LET THERE BE LIGHT! This is the third year for this FREE EVENT is brought to you by the Cathedral District – Jax, Inc.



New Year, Miracle on The Square 

Kicking off November 23rd through the New Year, will feature a holiday oasis with over the top kitschy, festive décor and a themed cocktail menu with fan favorites such as Christmapolitan, Christmas Carol Barrel, Snowball Old-Fashioned, Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, Jingle Balls Nog, Nice Shot, and Naughty Shot. New this year is the Elfing Around cocktail as well as freshly updated and renewed recipes for the Jolly Koala, On Dasher, and SanTaRex.This year, Miracle will donate 10% of all proceeds from the sale of Santa Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel and Santa Heads signature glassware to the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign to aid the relief efforts of independent restaurants. 

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Dazzling Nights

When: 11/19-1/2/22

Where: Jacksonville Arboretum

Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will transform into a magical wonderland this holiday season featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights™”, a family friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on a three-quarter-mile interactive holiday experience taking place November 19-January 2, 2022.

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Lighthouse Illuminations

When: 11/21/21 - 1/22/22

Discover twenty-one uniquely decorated trees, each with a distinct theme during this special after hours event. Explore the Keepers’ house and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands, and enjoy a sensational view of the lighthouse’s night mark. Please reference the website for availability. Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 12 and under.


Deck the Chairs

When: opening 11/24

Jacksonville Beach Deck The Chairs (JBDTC) is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using lifeguard chairs. Marking its seventh year in community service, JBDTC gathers community to decorate and display the Beaches lifeguard chairs during the month of December to promote local business, instill public pride, and share cultural diversity through creative expression. Free and open to the public, the light display aims to provide a wholesome and festive downtown during the holidays.  

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Light up the Beach!

When: 11/27-1/1

Enjoy colorful light displays along A1A Beach Boulevard and St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park as the St. Augustine Beach LIGHTS UP THE BEACH this 2021 holiday season. The event takes place each evening through January 1, 2022.


Christmas at the Villa Zorayda Museum

When: see schedule

Join us this holiday season for a special Christmas experience at Villa Zorayda Museum The villa is decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree and more than 100 candles throughout the museum.

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Jacksonville Icemen Games

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

Hockey season is back! Check out the upcoming games at home.

Jacksonville Icemen vs Atlanta Gladiators 12/22 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs Atlanta Gladiators 12/28 7PM

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When: 11/17-12/24

Where:  Alhambra Theatre

 Based on the book written by the incomparable Charles Dickens, this Alhambra classic follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his extraordinary journey. This musical is sure to delight people of all ages.

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Night of Pints

When: 11/19/21- 1/21/22

Coinciding with St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, local St. Augustine breweries are hosting Nights of Pints with a passport for craft beer lovers and stops at local breweries.



Night of Lights St. Augustine

When:  November 20, 2021, to January 31, 2022,

The 28th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles with more than 3 million lights adorning every corner of the historic district for two months.

This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November 20, 2021, to January 31, 2022, in historic St. Augustine. During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.


Girvin Road

Blackhawk Bluff is a sight to see during the holidays. It is right off of Girvin. Neighbors come together to create a beautiful light display. Play some music and drive through to see the holiday magic.

Zoo Lights

When: select December nights

ZOOLights, a fantastical holiday light experience set to transform Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, will take guests on a magical journey of the artistry of lights, sound, and nature itself. During this nightly event, the animals settle down for their long winter’s nap, while the lights take center stage.

From our daytime magic into a winter wonderland, ZOOLights will immerse guests in a joyous multimedia light and musical experience. The season will come alive through different zones combined with twinkling replicas of zoo animals, strolling performers, carolers, hot chocolate, s'mores, and ever-warming adult beverages.

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Downtown Laura Street

Check out Laura Street, Adams, and Bay Streets and the illuminated streets of the Urban Core. You will see trees with lights of all colors. 


Candy Cane Making

When: 12/11-28

Celebrate the holidays with family, friends and Sweet Pete's Candy! Join us to make candy canes. All guests will make four to seven candy canes. Includes a scoop of ice cream. Only paid participants are allowed in the candy making room. Children under thirteen years of age must be accompanied by a paid adult. $15.00 



Venardo's Circus at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

When: 12/18-1/2

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes back the Venardos Circus! Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format that is called “the American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Shows run Wednesday through Sunday for the entire engagement, with multiple show times on weekends.


UNF Basketball

UNF Men's Basketball vs Florida National 12/30

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Christmas Eve Brunch at Wicked Barley

When: 12/24

Let's eat, drink and be merry! Join us for a Christmas Eve Brunch at Wicked Barley on Friday, December 24th from 9am 'til 4pm.

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Resurgence: Goth Night - Krampus Edition at 1904 Music Hall

When: 12/25 9PM

Creep out of your coffins and onto the dance floor- Saturday night is ours again!

Featuring the best classics and new releases in goth and industrial, vendors to satisfy the more unusual of tastes, and an upcoming roster of live entertainment, we invite you to join the Resurgence. Resist the mundane- embrace the strange.

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DJ ICEY at Myth Nightclub | Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

When: 12/26

U.S. based DJ Icey developed his passion for the beat by his steady diet of Miami Bass, 90s Hip Hop, Freestyle and Acid House back in the day. On the strength of his late 90s singles and album output, championed by DJs the world over. Icey burst onto the global scene with his award-winning Essential Mix compilation released on FFRR in 2000. This Breakbeat legend's dedication to DJ'ing and Producing has earned him high acclaim from music fans to industry professionals.

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Holiday Magic Starting Adam Trent

When: 12/26 7PM

Direct from broadway, Adam Trent, the breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to a holiday-themed spectacle perfect for the entire family.

Adam Trent is one of the most televised magicians in the world, has starred on Broadway three separate times, is one of the few magicians in the world with his own TV series (The Road Trick on RedBull TV and Netflix). His frequent TV appearances on Ellen, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Showtime, America’s Got Talent and countless others, highlight his appeal to audiences of all ages.

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Where: Daily’s Place

When: 12/28-12/29

With purchase of AEW Dynamite Finale and Rampage Daily's Place Debut on Wednesday, December 29th, get free admission to AEW Dark taping on Tuesday, December 28th.

 Witness the AEW Daily's Place debuts of CM Punk, Brian Danielson, Adam Cole, Ruby Soho plus AEW World Champion Hangman Adam Page, AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker, AEW Tag Team Champion The Lucha Brothers, Darby Allin, Sting, MJF, The Young Bucks , Chris Jericho, TNT Champion Sammy Guevara and The Inner Circle, Cody Rhodes, Jade Cargill, Jungle Boy, The Dark Order and many more live!

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2021 Holiday Gift Guide

 It is holiday season, meaning it is also gift giving season! Check out our guide featuring all sorts of places to find presents for your friends and family. We have chocolate, health services, restaurants, and more!

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Holiday Bingo

Looking for a fun way to find events this month? Look at this Bingo card that allows you to make a game out of attending events.

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Verdi's La Traviata presented by First Coast Opera

When: 12/31 7:30PM and 1/2 at 2PM

What better way to ring in the new year than with this classic Verdi masterpiece, fully staged with orchestra? First Coast Opera presents one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. 


TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

When: 12/31 at 11AM

Where: TIAA Bank

 It’s Official, Bowl’d City! Wake Forest  takes on Rutgers in the 77th @taxslayergatorbowl , December 31st at 11 AM on Bill Gay Grounds at TIAA Bank Field!

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Light Up the Night! Fireworks and Beach Blvd. Block Party

When: 12/31

Enjoy the fireworks from multiple locations at this year's Fireworks & Beach Blvd. Block Party! This community-based celebration, offers a true taste of St. Augustine Beach. Stay the weekend or enjoy a night out with the family or friends. The block party takes place at businesses along A1A Beach Blvd. The block party is happening all day with businesses along the Blvd offering discounts, live music and other specials, fireworks start at 8:30 p.m.


 Drawing Ticket Event 2021

Only 1,500 tickets will be sold and the winner will be drawn at the Florida Theatre on New Year’s Eve. The winner need not be present – the winning ticket will be pulled based on the barcode number on each ticket. No physical drawing tickets will be mailed out – all tickets will be available for print at home. The purchase of drawing tickets is not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, but the income does benefit the Florida Theatre.

Each $25 (suggested donation) drawing ticket gets the bearer a chance to win two tickets to every show produced by the Florida Theatre in 2022. In prior years, the winners of this drawing won tickets to more than 100 shows! Prize tickets located in the first six rows. 

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 New Year's Eve 2022 Black & Gold Affair at Myth Nightclub 

Myth Nightclub Presents Jacksonville's Biggest New Year's Eve Celebration!

A Black & Gold Affair Featuring a $1,000.00 Balloon Drop!

DRESS TO IMPRESS (Dress Code Enforced) 

3 Rooms of Sound | National DJ's | Dancers & Performers | Full VIP Experience 

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New Year’s Eve: Rhapsody in Blue Eyes

Where: Jacoby Hall

When: 12/31 9PM

Tony DeSare and the Symphony bring you the best songs of Sinatra, and Gershwin’s extraordinary Rhapsody in Blue. All followed by the best New Year’s party in town featuring dancing to The Chris Thomas Band, champagne and the best viewing location for the fireworks right outside the door!

New Year’s Eve After Party tickets sold separately, and only with purchase of concert tickets.

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Casa Marina’s New Years Eve Party

When: 12/31 7:30PM

Where: 228 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville

Come celebrate the end of 2021 with Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant for a night of food and libations. This year our annual New Year’s Eve Party will be hosted at Ruby Beach Brewing Co’s new downtown Jacksonville location. Casa Marina will fully cater the event, meaning all food/beverage packages will remain the same as past years. With indoor and outdoor space available; Ruby Beach Brewing Co’s new facility includes an outdoor patio, indoor taproom, and a second floor event space.

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First Day Out: RNB Music Festival

Where: Vystar Memorial Arena

When: 12/31 8PM

Calling all RNB fans! Come see First Day Out: RNB Music Festival featuring The Isley Brothers, Anthony Hamilton, Monica and Dru Hill. 

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MARVEL YEARS & MADDY O’NEAL – New Years Eve at 1904 Music Hall
12/31 8PM

Maddy O’Neal has been catching the eyes and ears of music fans around the world with her tasteful versatility and mixing style. Hailing from Denver, CO Maddy O’Neal has carved out her niche in the always changing and very diverse electronic genre. Maddy’s rock n’ roll family roots and growing appetite for old-school hip-hop, give her a sound that sets her apart from other artists in the scene. 

Cory Wythe, the producer and guitarist better known as Marvel Years, has found a welcome place for himself within the increasingly popular glitch-hop / electro-soul dance music scene. In just a short period of time, his progression has become outright impossible to ignore. Much more than your average DJ/producer, Marvel Years incorporates electric guitar in his live performances. His approach to blending electronic beats and shredding soulful guitar on his original tracks and remixes creates a sound that is a unique hybrid of EDM combing glitch, retro-funk, classic rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop. 

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Cowford Chophouse NYE Rooftop Event

When: 12/31 9PM

Celebrate the start of 2022 with Cowford Chophouse! Join us for fireworks, music, views and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration.

Included with your ticket is our select premium open bar in partnership with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Jefferson's Bourbon & Absolut Elyx along with appetizers and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. $10 from each ticket purchased will go to Jacksonville Art & Music School.

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 Texas A&M vs Wake Forest - Gator Bowl All-Inclusive Tailgate Experience

When: 12/31

Where: First and Ten Lot

Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Gator Bowl on December 31. Tailgate teams are Texas A & M vs Wake Forest.

 Enjoy Unlimited Food and a 4 Hour Open Bar with over 1,000 fans from both teams! Food, Beverages, Tented Seating Areas, Live Music & Entertainment, Celebrity Host Meet and Greets, Family Friendly Tailgating Games and Amenities, TVs, Bathrooms, and more are all included with your ticket! Tailgate with former Players and Celebrities!

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Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk

When: 1/5 5-9PM

Downtown Vision has proudly hosted the First Wednesday Art Walk since 2003 to welcome people to DTJax and celebrate the community’s deep pool of creative talent.  

Art Walk has returned after a break due to the pandemic and now takes place monthly! We invite you to bring your family, friends and coworkers for a self-guided tour of Downtown’s northbank core on the first Wednesday of every month. Explore three major hubs: James Weldon Johnson Park, The Jessie (duPont Center) and Vagabond Flea at The Breezeway at Vystar Tower, and all the businesses and public art between. Art Walk runs 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. Masks encouraged.


Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts

When: 1/9 12PM

Where: TIAA Bank Field

Come see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts. Kick off the new year with friends and family at a Jags game!

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Jacksonville vs Indianapolis All-Inclusive Tailgate Experience

When: 1/9

Where: First and Ten Lot

Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Indianapolis vs Jaguars game on January 9. Tailgate is hosted by former Jaguar’s Quarterback David Garrard and Indianapolis Superfans LuchaBlue and Colts Caveman.

Enjoy Unlimited Food and a 4 Hour Open Bar with hundreds of fans! Food, Beverages, Tented Seating Areas, Live Music & Entertainment, Celebrity Host Meet and Greets, Family Friendly Tailgating Games and Amenities, TVs, Bathrooms, and more are all included with your ticket! Tailgate with former Players and Celebrities

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