Weekend Guide 15+ Things To Do in Jax This Weekend

  • by Sali Salameh
  • December 23, 2020

Happy Holidays from all of us at 904 Happy Hour, we hope you have a jolly time with your loved ones! Enjoy this list of lights and holiday themed fun all weekend long! 

Now through the 27th of December, come experience something historic in the heart of downtown Jacksonville! The Cathedral District has partnered with the Castano Group and The Balance King to bring you a music and light spectacular on the façade of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, for the Grand Finale of Let There Be Light!

Along with the projection mapping show, the entire district is lit up with lights and pageantry, which you can safely enjoy, socially distanced in your car, as a driving tour.

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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

Christmas Lights Contest Sponsored by Daily’s 

Tis the season to decorate! Home Registration is now open for our annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest presented by Daily’s! We will be giving away over $1,000 in cash, prizes and trophies to the top decorated homes around the 904! To enter your home, please send 3-8 photos and include your address by email to [email protected]!

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Where to see the best Christmas Lights?

It's officially that time of year! We all want to see the best Christmas Lights, but where do you go? We've compiled a list of the best spots to bring the family to see the ultimate Christmas Light displays.

List of Best Spots

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

Miracle Pop Up Christmas Bars

Happening now 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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Adam Trent

This Saturday 7 pm Adam Trent is coming directly from Broadway to the Florida Theatre for his Holiday Illusions show. One of the best magic shows with a Holiday-themed spectacle perfect for the entire family.

The Band Be Easy at Grape & Grain

Catch The Band Be Easy at Grape & Grain this Saturday night! 

First Annual Beaches Community Treasure Hunt 

This Saturday at Sunshine Park Jax Beaches join the first annual Beaches Community Treasure Hunt! RSVP for your virtual treasure map that will be on site for anyone small or big that wants to take part. There will be a large grander treasure hunt where moms and their kids can visit local businesses on the treasure map and pick up their special raffle tickets and every child gets a prize! Meet at the park again for a grand prize raffle drawing!! 

Clay County Cruzers’ Tom and Betty’s Cruise In 

Clay County Cruzers cruise into Tom & Betty's in Orange Park the 4th Saturday of every month. Bring your beautiful ride and hang for a few hours and enjoy some great food and drinks in this car themed restaurant. Open to all makes and models. Bring your beautiful ride and receive a 10% discount on your food.

Cosmic Concerts at Mosh Museum 

Experience total sensory entertainment as laser lights, high-def images and digital sound collide to create a Cosmic Concert in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium! Cosmic Concerts begin promptly on the hour. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of show times.

Riverside Arts Market 

A perfect way to spend your Saturday! Shop from local farms for produce on Farmers Row. Find local handmade items from the many vendors. Dine around the world from various food trucks. All under the bridge.

GTM Research Reserve Beach Clean – Up

Join the beach cleanup open to the public with no registration needed. Assist in removing marine debris and microplastics off our beautiful beach! GTM rangers will be at the North Beach Parking Lot from 9 to 10 a.m. to hand out gloves and trash bags. Please remember to wear masks, keep six feet of social distancing, and bring hand sanitizer.

Order Holiday Cupcakes from Sweet by Holly

It’s pure holiday magic when you serve cupcakes baked in festive flavors like Peppermint Red Velvet, White Chocolate Mocha and Ginger Bread. The Hollyday Collection of Hand decorated cupcakes features 12 unique seasonal designs, that can be picked up or delivered straight to your door. Sweet by Holly offers a variety of cupcakes, cakes, and more delicious desserts and are a 3x Cupcake Wars Award Winner!

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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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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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Last Minute Gift Guide 

If you're still searching for the perfect gift, then fear not! Explore our Last Minute Gift Guide for a list of our local favorite businesses that have the perfect gifts in stock and ready to wrap. 

Check out the Gift Guide

Watch the Jacksonville Jaguars 

The Jacksonville Jaguars play the Chicago bears here at TIAA Bank Field at 1 pm. Come to the week 16 game and support. GO JAGS! 

Looking for New Years Eve Plans..?

Kick Out 2020 NYE Bash 

River City Brewing Co. is hosting NYE Bash to kick 2020 out the door! Grab your tickets soon before they sell out! River City Brewing Co. is right on the river with good view of the fireworks downtown. 

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