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Christmas/Holiday Events in Jacksonville - 2012

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A Christmas 2012 comes closer, much of Jacksonville will be preparing for the holidays. There are a number of Christmas/Holiday events around the First Coast that should be enjoyable for the whole family. If you have an event you'd like to add to this calendar, click here to send me an email.

Click here for our general calendar of events for December.

1. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Events

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra features a number of holiday classics, including The Nutcracker. General admission is $7, but several shows are expected to sell out quickly. Here's the full list:

  • The Polar Express - December, 2, 2012 at 3 p.m.
  • Holiday Pops "Coffee Concert" - December 7, 2012 at 11 p.m.
  • Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert - December 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. (Free)
  • First Coast Nutcracker - December 14 though 16, 2012, various times
  • Handel's Messiah - December 21, 2012 at 8 p.m.

2. Christmas Light Show at the Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Landing's 56-foot Christmas Tree comes alive. Each day from November 23 to January 1, visit the landing to watch a 10-minute synchronized light show featuring more than 70,000 lights. Shows start nightly and run on the hour between 6 and 9 p.m. (until midnight on Friday and Saturday night).

3. Gingerbread House Extravaganza

Swing by the Jacksonville Historical Society at 317 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd (across from the Veterans Memorial Arena) to see some of the most elaborate Gingerbread creations in Florida. The Gingerbread House Extravaganza is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until December 23, 2012.

4. A Christmas Carol (Artist Series Jax)

A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular holiday classics of all time. The Artist Series (Broadway in Jacksonville) presents their performance on December 21 at 8 p.m. The show is at the Times Union Center (Moran Theater). Tickets range from $26.50 to $46.50.

5. Holidazzle at The Riverside Arts Market

The popular Riverside Arts Market (RAM) gets a holiday makeover on December 8th, 2012. Not only is RAM open until 9 p.m. (it's normally open only until 4 p.m.), but the event will also feature a 32-foot movie screen on the River Stage playing holiday classics. As always, entrance and parking are free. The Riverside Arts Market is held beneath the Fuller-Warren Bridge on Riverside Ave.

6. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve

The progressive-rock outfit best known for its unique renditions of traditional holiday music comes to Jacksonville on December 8, 2012. The show is at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. It starts at 7:30 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra puts on elaborate performances which generally include lights and lasers. Their 2012 Tour is sponsored by The Hallmark Channel.

7. WinterFest 2012

Winterfest2012 at Adventure Landing features a nightly "snowfall" (they're actually bubbles), ice skating, a 150-foot ice slide, and a Winter-themed shopping village.

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