Weekend Guide 15+ Things To Do in Jax This Weekend

  • by Charles Wagoner
  • December 8, 2020

We hope this little bit of Florida winter has got you in the mood for a weekend full of festive fun! Grab your coziest sweater and a hot cocoa while you knock out that holiday shopping, explore Christmas light displays, drive in movies, and more. While you're out, be sure to mask up and stay socially distant.

Watch the Movie Elf in the Park

This Saturday, join us at Memorial Park in Riverside for a FREE SHOWING of Elf presented by @RootRealtyJax! The event kicks off at 6:30pm and the first 50 people to arrive get a free snack from Mr. Potato Spread. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for a socially distanced evening. A special thanks to Root Realty for helping organize this awesome, free event! 

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Get Spooked at the Krampus Christmas Haunted House

13th Floor is having a special Krampus themed Christmas Haunted House on December 11th & 12th! Horrifying Christmas characters will haunt all those who enter. Tickets will sell out so get yours today!

Save 20% with code "904HH"

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Run Santa Run 5k Run / Walk

This Saturday, join us in Springfield for the annual Run Santa Run 5k and one mile fun run. There will be a candy cane and Hershey Kiss station on the race course plus all participants get a custom Santa medal, hot chocolate and Santa suit shirt for participating.

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Explore Losco Regional Park

Losco Regional Park is among one of the top places to bike and hike in Jacksonville. The 210-acre park is located off of Hood Road South, north of Losco Road near Julington Creek. There's a total of 3.1 miles of trails in the park, making it perfect for running a 5k. Most of the trail is shaded by beautiful oaks and pine trees.

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Ride Through Nights of Lights in a Slingshot

Looking for a thrilling way to see the lights? Then listen up! Rent a Seaside Slingshot and explore the Old City the best way possible, with no roof!

COUPON: For 10% OFF, use promo code "904" when booking online or over the phone

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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!

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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

Watch A Sunset at Riverfront Park

The .1-acre park park (one of the smallest parks in Jax) is located on a  fifteen-foot, one-block strip of land in the sprawling San Marco neighborhood. For decades the park’s bulkhead has been a favorite spot for afternoon sunsets, picnics, fishing, and manatees have been seen surfacing near the shore.

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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!

Shop for Sparkling Gifts 25% Off*

Looking for that prefect last minute gift for your love? Diamond earrings are always a good idea! Our friends at Diamonds Direct are having their annual Earring Event in store and online this Friday through Sunday! Take advantage of 25% Off* ALL earrings like diamond studs, hoops, colored gemstones, pearl earrings and more.

​PS - Check out our giveaway on Instagram and Facebook for the chance to win $1,000 diamond earrings!  

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Watch the Nutcracker presented by the Florida Ballet

Whether you’re seeing it again or for the first time, The Florida Ballet’s Nutcracker will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and sweet angels. From the captivating dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the iconic snow scene, this enchanting classical ballet – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – continues to enthrall audiences of all ages. Tickets are extremely limited and showings will sell out.

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Enjoy Brunch at River & Post 

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.

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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Zip through the Canyons

The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park is an adventure for everyone, find your way hundreds of feet above the water in Ocala, Florida.

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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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Enjoy a Night Cruise Through Downtown Jax

Experience JAX from the St. Johns River and enjoy a night cruise on Kraken Cycle Boats pedal-powered party on the water

​Coupon: All December, save 20% off Private Cruises or Individual Tickets when you use promo code “Holiday904” at checkout. Valid for new bookings only.

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Take a Break From The Holiday Craziness & Enjoy Some Self Care @ Thrive

Thrive is Jacksonville’s premier IV hydration & medical spa with locations in Durbin Park & the St. Johns Town Center! This month they have several specials including:

  • Holiday Happy Hour: Every day from 1-4pm, take advantage of 20% off any IV bag of $100 or greater
  • Emscuplt: Buy a package of 4, get 2 sessions free
  • Latisse: 20% off all month
  • Facials: Free add on with any facial including red light therapy, blue light therapy, dermaplaning, eye perk, or lip perk
  • Freebie: Spend $250 or more and get a special gift such as ZO Skin Care, Free B12 Booster, $40 off IV's + more
  • Plus ALL MONTH, Bring 5 canned food items and get a free B12 Booster

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Shipley Do-Nuts is Now Open

Jacksonville’s first Shipley Do-Nuts will be opening on December 9th at 12667 Beach Blvd. in the new Tamaya Market shopping center adjacent to Kernan Blvd.

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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.

Start Eating Healthier for Bikini Season Next Year

Try fully customizable, fresh, healthy and local meals available throughout North Florida from our friends at Superfit Foods. Pick up or have it delivered from the many convenient locations around town.

COUPON: Get 25% OFF your first order with promo code “904”

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For more ways to stay active & healthy this December, check out our Keep Jax Moving page in partnership with Baptist Health.

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


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