Weekend Guide 15+ Things To Do in Jax This Weekend

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  • December 1, 2020

It is looking like sweater weather outside and boy are we excited for December’s first weekend of holly jolly joy! All things festive, lights, and sweater activities curated in this list for you! Don’t forget to shout us out on your posts @904HappyHour and #904HappyHour

This weeks featured photo taken by @Clare1117

Celebrate Black Restaurant Week

Now through Sunday, Dec. 6, residents are encouraged to enjoy a meal at one or more of Jacksonville’s 200-plus black-owned eateries. Black Restaurant Week is a national celebration of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine.

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Festival of Lights 5k

This Saturday, Throw on your ugly sweaters, jingle bells & running shoes and get ready for the Festival of Lights 5K & Fun Run benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! The event will take place in historic San Marco with the race route completely lit with luminaries!

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Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

This Saturday, join the fun of the Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade jingling across the island on its new beachfront route, presented by the Beach Village Merchants. Click here for more information on how to view the parade.

Explore Betty Steflik Memorial Park 

Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve is located in Flagler Beach, about an hour south of Jacksonville. The Preserve with its 320 acres offers visitors a unique and beautiful view of the salt marsh, maritime hammock and black mangrove thru its trails and boardwalk. Click here for more information on the preserve.

Sun-Ray Cinema Pop-Up Drive In

All month long Sun-Ray Cinema will be showing Holiday Movies at Tailgaters Parking in downtown Jax! A collaboration toy drive for United Way of Northeast Florida will be going on throughout December. Enjoy a movie and help a good cause!

Movie Showing + Times 

Vintage Market Days 

This weekend from 10 am – 4 pm enjoy a special shopping experience. This vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more will be coming to the Clay County Fairgrounds.

Barbie Truck Total Throwback Tour 

Barbie is hitting the road with the Barbie Truck Totally Throwback Tour, celebrating over 60-years of Barbie’s iconic heritage and the fans who love her. Check out limited edition retro-inspired Barbie merch only available at the truck. Everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing! We will be parked at St. Johns Town Center this Saturday from 10 am - 7 pm.

MiniSwells Christmas Fest

Celebrate Christmas fest with The Mini Bar Donuts and Southern Swells! Come hungry because there will be good eats, shop small with local vendors, craft with Board and Brush, and enjoy Christmas Carols. Bring Unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots Toy Drive! 

San Marco Christmas Tree Lighting 

This Friday at 5:30 pm, bring your family and friends to the Annual Christmas Tree lighting in Balis Park. Seating will be set up for social distancing and there will be a solo singer from Broadway!

Nights of Lights: Holly Jolly Yachty

Old Cycle Tours takes on Nights of Lights. See the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic through boat. Book your spot today!

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Celebrate on Jekyll Island 

The holidays are here, and Jekyll Island is one of our top holiday road trip destinations to visit! Jekyll Island is just a little over an hour away from Jacksonville and is transforming into a winter wonderland with over a half-million lights, holiday events and so much more! Enjoy the Holly Jolly Jekyll season from November 27- January 3!

All of the Events on the Island 

Girvin Lights 

Black Hawk Bluff’s neighborhood’s immersive Christmas light display is now lit every night off Girvin Rd! Make plans to drive through the neighborhood this December and be dazzled and amazed by over a million lights!

Featured Coffee & Happy Hour Spot: Round Bird Coffee

Round Bird Coffee Shop in Jax Beach now serves South African wines & craft beer! The South-African inspired coffee shop serves up delicious teas, coffees, light bites, authentic meat pies & rolls, fresh biltong & dry wors + more! They also offer red espresso is made from a special South-African tea high in antioxidants so you can be health conscious while you get your caffeine fix!

HAPPY HOUR is Monday - Saturday from 4pm - close! Specials include $1 off wine & craft beer. They also have craft mimosas on Saturday & Sundays.

Knock Out Holiday Shopping Early

Want to splurge on your someone special this Christmas? For the first time ever, Diamonds Direct is offering 0% interest financing for 48 months* during December! Visit their showroom in Town Center or shop online to take advantage of this limited time special. 

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Flannel Festival

Kanine Social is PAWtying this Friday from 4 – 6 pm with flannels, music and doggy fun! Food truck, snow machine and beer contest all for you to enjoy, and a raffle for a chance to win an annual membership with Kanine Social!

Event Details 

Virtual Venice Art & Antique Show 

Starting this Friday, the 2020 Virtual Venice Art & Antique show benefitting Wolfson Children’s Hospital will be like no other. Join the virtual trip to Venice and all of the adventures possible with such an amazing expedition. Available from Jacksonville to Venice and all places in between on your computer or mobile device. No prior registration required. This event is open to the public.

Hello Celia Duo at River & Post 

Returning for some rooftop jams with Eric Charlton looping and electric guitar! Get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air, amazing views, food and booze, and jam the night away. This Friday from 7 – 11 pm.

Also - Dont Miss Brunch @ River & Post! It's available Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm + they have live music and bottomless mimosas on the rooftop til 3pm both days! PS: Their roof top has fire pits, heaters & a retractable roof to keep you covered if it rains.

Illuminating Nature

The Cummer Museum & Gardens hosts a free event this Friday 5 – 9 pm turning the Historic Gardens into an illuminating nature. Play witness to the transformative power of light and color after the sun goes down.

Tailgaters Truck Show & Contest 

This Saturday from 3 – 6 pm Tailgaters Parking will be having their first annual Merry Truckmas show open to all trucks. There will be a DJ, food trucks, beer garden and door prizes. This event benefits the US Marines Toys for Tots program, so bring an unwrapped toy to help benefit those in need.

A Very Shrimpy Christmas 

Jacksonville’s Jumbo Shrimp is kicking off the holiday season with their 3rd annual Christmas even on Saturday from 3 -7 pm. Fans can enjoy free socially distanced pictures with Santa Claus & Christmas crafts as the HD videoboard in left field screens Christmas movie & cartoon classics. Concessions, Christmas treats, and refreshments will be available for cashless purchase. Admission is only $5 a person.

Miracle Pop Up Christmas Bars

Starting this weekend until Christmas, Miracle Pop-Ups coming to two locations: Miracle on the Square at Grape & Grain Exchange in Jacksonville, and Miracle at Forgotten Tonic in St. Augustine. Miracle pop-up bars are festive, fun and whimsical destinations for gathering with friends to enjoy delicious seasonal drinks, and 2020 will bring the same holiday magic along with a few twists to keep the health and safety of guests a top priority.  

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Jax Beach Annual Deck the Chairs 

The annual Jax Beach Deck the Chairs 2020 is starting this Saturday! Happening in the Seawalk Pavilion and Latham Plaza park space there will be lights and more lights! Come out and enjoy this free six-week event that lights up our beaches nightly.

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Illuminations Drive-Thru Light Show 

Bring the family together for this fun Jacksonville Tradition. Load up the family and tune your car radio to the special radio station. Listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through a million lights that dance, twinkle and sparkle to the music. The Drive-thru features two mega trees, a 300 ft tunnel of lights, custom Christmas scenes and much more.

A peek into next week’s weekend guide!

The Florida Ballet Presents the Nutcracker! Get Tickets

Shipley Donuts opens December 9th! Get More Info

Krampus Christmas Haunted House!

Save 20% with code "904HH"

Limited Tickets Available, Get yours NOW


... and thats a wrap! Have a GREAT weekend Duuuval!


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