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Christmas in Jacksonville | Event Calendar

Here's a list of a few things you and your family can do in Jacksonville to celebrate this holiday season. 

1. November 16 - December 30 | Jax Illuminations 6th Annual Drive Thru Holiday Light Show
Enjoy this family fun Jacksonville tradition, drive through a one mile stretch of millions of twinkling lights. Tune your car radio to the special station provided by Jax Illuminations to listen to your favorite holiday tunes during the drive. Free hot chocolate and candy canes too!

Pricing: $20 per car Sunday - Thursday (up to 7 people)
$25 per car Friday and Saturday (up to 7 peeople)
$35 for passenger vans

Address: 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32224


2. November 23 - January 1 | Deck the Chairs 
Over twnety American Red Cross life guard stands are decked out in coastel themed Christmas decor. Find them in downtown Jacksonville beach until the first of the new year!


3. November 24 - December 24 | Elf the Musical at The Alhambra Theatre 
Enjoy the holiday favorite Elf! Watch the musical while enjoying a three course meal that includes some of Buddy the Elf's favorites like "Buddy's Spaghetti with with maple syrup-infused marinara.

"Buddy, is a young orphan who sneaks into the present bag of Santa and is taken back to the North Pole. There the would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, he journeys to New York to find his real father. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas." via


4. December 8 - January 5 | Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ZOOLights 
The Jacksonville Zoo has been transforned into a winter wonderland with lights, s'mores, carousel rides, train rides and more! Check the website for the theme of the night

Pricing: $12 members & $15 non-members
Sunday - Thursday 6PM - 9:30 PM
Friday & Saturday 6PM - 10 PM


5. December 16 / 7:30 PM | For King & Country Little Drummer Boy
Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of for KING & COUNTRY. The Australian duo, comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, brings their headlining Christmas tour to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Read more about the show here

. December 19 / 8:00 PM | A Christmas with Rockapella 
At the Florida theatre, Acapella superstars Rockapella will perform holiday favorites like "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas". Read more about the event and purchase tickets here

Pricing: $35 - $45

7. December 20 / 7:00 PM | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical
"First airing in 1964, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer has become a beloved Christmas classic – capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. Now, more than 50 years later, the beloved classic soars off the screen and onto the stage in this family Broadway musical.

All of your favorite characters from the original TV special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, come to life in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical." via

Pricing: $29.50 - $49.50


8. December 22 / 3:00 PM | Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
A Christmas classic, enjoy the art of World class Russian artists, stunning hand painted sets bringing Christmas to life. Read more here

Pricing: $31.50 - $178.50


9. December 31| New Year's Eve Celebration
Join Jacksonville in lighting up downtown to celebrate the end of 2018! Welcome the new year with live music, food trucks and more!


10. December 31 7:30 PM | TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
An annual football game played at TIAA Bank Field in Downtown Jacksonville! Enjoy a concert from Cole Swindell after watching NC State and Texas A&M play to celebrate the new year.


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