Thanksgiving Family Fun
From story times about the First Thanksgiving and of course, "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Turkey," to Thanksgiving themed crafts to Turkey kids paints to the classic holiday horses coming to town: the Budweiser Clydesdales, enjoy a list of more than 22 Thanksgiving events around Jax! Don't forget to try the Thanksgiving themed parent's nights out so you can shop without the kids! Click here to find the fun!
Thanksgiving Day Races and Parades
Burn some calories, maybe dress up like a turkey, but definitely enjoy a Thanksgiving Day tradition with a local Turkey Trot! Try out the Psych Ed Connections Turkey Trot in Nocatee, which is followed by a Thanksgiving Day Parade! Click here and gobble your way to the finish line!
Holiday Family Events
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Jacksonville! We might not get snow, but Santa is here and the decor is already in stores! Be sure to check here for holiday fun! From Sweet Pete's Candy Cane Classes to Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, to the Enchanted Christmas Village, we have more than 50 holiday events for you and we'll be adding more each day! Click here for Holiday fun!
Free Holiday Fun
If you're like us, you love FREE fun! You don't have to spend a ton on events over the holidays, either! From parades and festivals to Holiday related story times, to holiday crafts to Santa events, we've found all the free fun over the season! Check out our family calendar and just click FREE as a filter and you'll ONLY see the FREE fun!! So easy. Click HERE for hundreds of holiday events on our calendar!
There is nothing better than cruising to see holiday lights! Get bundled up in the car and watch your children's eyes dazzle while they point out the lights and scream out about the moving reindeer. We've started a holiday tradition visiting Jax Illuminations at Morocco Shrine Center for a drive through over a mile long with over a million lights set to music! A must see this year! We've got a whole list of places to see lights and many are FREE! Click HERE for the list of holiday lights around Jax!
From The Nutcracker to Elf, to Holiday Pops with the Jacksonville Symphony, there are tons of holiday shows in Jacksonville! Find all the fun by clicking here.
We know Jacksonville is far from the North Pole, and it can be warm in the Sunshine State, but that hasn't stopped Santa! Santa sightings begin the first weekend in November. There are some unique places to see Santa, like at the Jacksonville Zoo and in an igloo at the Enchanted Christmas Village! Be sure to plan your breakfast with Santa, Santa photos, and more events by clicking HERE!
Are you working during the busy holidays? No worries! There is plenty of camp fun for the kids around town! From museum camp to gymnastics camp to baseball and softball camp to fun center camps, your kids can have a ton of fun while you work...or drop them in camp for a day so you can shop! Find the whole list of camps by clicking HERE!
Holiday Craft Events
Holiday crafts are a great way to occupy the kids over winter break! They can also make meaningful gifts for family members and awesome ornament keepsakes! Check out all the places that have fun, and mostly FREE, holiday crafts!
For a great idea for holiday ornaments, check out our blog post HERE!
Holiday Day Trips
There is nothing like taking a family trip to create memories. There are some fun holiday events not far away! Try the Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center Festival of Lights just over an hour west on I-10 or Uncle Donald's Farm down in Lady Lake for a wonderland with exotic animals and a petting zoo. Find all the holiday day trips by clicking HERE!
Kids LOVE holiday parades!!! They are great for getting you into the Holiday spirit! Check out the Psych Ed Connections Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsored by Advanced Disposal on Thanksgiving Day. Plus there are boat parades and the brand new Enchanted Christmas Parade! Click here for all the Holiday parades!
Holiday Races and Walks
Holiday races are a great way to stay in shape over the holidays and get in the spirit of the season! Many people dress up in costume for races and many have kids fun runs. Many are also aligned with good causes where partial proceeds are donated to a charity or gifts are donated at the start. Get the whole schedule by clicking HERE!
Holiday Story Times
Our kids LOVE reading holiday stories. In fact, we read, "The 12 Days of Christmas," "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and "A Christmas Carole," OVER and OVER and OVER again! Well, you can let someone else read to them, get together with friends, and be out and about with other moms while Christmas shopping at a holiday story time! From local book stores to all the library branches, we've got the entire Holiday Story Times schedule for you HERE.
From gingerbread house villages to making gingerbread houses to making candy canes at Sweet Pete's Candy, we've got the list of all the holiday sweet events around town! Click HERE for the list!
Train rides are our favorite. Kids love riding trains, watching trains, playing with trains, and we have to admit, so do we as parents! And what better than rides through holiday lights! Be sure to check this page for the local and nearby holiday trains by clicking HERE.
Christmas Tree Lots and Tree Farms
Do you get a live tree? Have you thought about cutting down your own? Either way, we have you covered! Find all the Christmas tree lots and farms right here!
You can find all the holiday events each day on our calendar by clicking HERE! We'll be providing behind the scenes looks at various events on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM with fun holiday videos on our YouTube channel so please subscribe and follow along! We hope this blog hopes you find all the family fun in Jacksonville. Enjoy and take time to relax and be in the moment this holiday season! All the best from Terri and Susie!