Weekend Guide 15+ Things To Do in Jax This Weekend

  • by Sali Salameh
  • December 30, 2020

From fireworks & events to the Tax Slayer Bowl Game @ TIAA Bank Field & the Lat weekend of Christmas lights - make sure to check out this weekends guide of all the best things to do this weekend in Jax!

A note from the 904 Fam:

We hope you and your families have a safe, healthy & happy New Year’s Eve! Better days are coming. A special thank you to the community & our followers for supporting us and our partners over the last few months! You’ve helped keep our doors open. Warm wishes &  HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Fireworks photo credit: Mark Krancer

Need NYE Plans?

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and we are all ready to say goodbye to 2020 forever and start fresh in 2021. Here are some of the best New Years festivities happening on the 31st.

NYE Events Guide

Jacksonville Icemen Hockey on Saturday

This Saturday, The Jacksonville Icemen take on the South Carolina Stingrays at the Arena!Tickets to the game are only $20.21 & include FREE BEER from Wicked Barley Brewing from 6-7pm! Game starts at 7pm!

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Stay Safe and Healthy this NYE

2021 is almost here and we spoke with infection preventionists at Baptist Health, to learn how to stay safe while ringing in the new year. Even when around friends and family, it’s important to not let your guard down. Learn more at the link below,

NYE Safety Tips

Last Weekend to See the Lights 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]!

Check Out All The Homes

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

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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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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Don't miss a college football bowl game in Jacksonville! This year, NC State Football and Kentucky Football in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on January 2, 2021 at Noon.

Tickets & Info

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

Learn 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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Virtual NYE Early Celebration

Ready to ring in the new year before bedtime? Join from the comfort of your home for a virtual Noon Year’s Eve party! Countdown to 12:00 Noon and celebrate the coming year along with your friends from the Jacksonville Public Library during this special New Year’s Eve program! We know that many families are looking for safe and creative ways to celebrate this year.  

NYE Symphony 

The Jacksonville Symphony and guest vocalists straight from Broadway step into the roles of Davis, Sinatra and Martin to celebrate the best of “the Rat Pack” for a very special New Year’s Eve concert! So spend an hour with the music that defined an era and hear the music they made famous. Show starts at 7:30 pm 

New Year Picnic 

Spend the first day of the new year with a relaxing picnic in the beautiful riverfront garden at Cummer Museum. This weekly event starts at 5:30 pm. Picnics can be created for one ($25) or two guests ($40) and must be ordered in advance. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required to ensure capacity limits and social distancing.

Canine Field Day

This Sunday Join for a field day for Fidos! It's an off leash outdoor adventure at Congaree and Penn's back field and oak hammocks. Arrive whenever you'd like during 2 pm – 5 pm time frame. Space is limited. Please register in advance.

Music on Main St.

This Friday join the free event held in Sesquicentennial Park Springfield to celebrate Taxslayer Gator Bowl. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy some favorite local food vendors. Food and drink purchases start at 5:30pm and Mama Blue will start at 6pm.

Cooking Party for Kids 

Noon New Year’s Eve fun! Bring your kids to the Jax Cooking Studio to ring in 2021 with a fun cooking party, to help cook a celebratory meal and count-down to noon and ring in the New Year with a sparkling cider toast!

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl 5K 

Ring in the new years with a 5K hosted by 1st Place Sports Running. The 5K will be started in waves of 160 participants every 2 minutes. You must choose your start wave and time during registration.

Old Town Cycle Cruise 

Ring in 2021 with the top NYE boat party in St. Augustine with Old Town Cycle Cruise under the Nights of Lights! Let the countdown begin right in the Old Town bayfront as they celebrate 2021 with a 2-hour party on the water filled with music, dancing, singing, cycling, and laughter.

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