Riverside Avondale Preservation’s Luminaria and More Events Happening This Weekend in Jacksonville!

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We’re dashing our way through December and it’s definitely getting festive up in Jax. From holiday bar crawls to a haunted Christmas house, the events happening in Jacksonville this weekend are getting us in the holiday spirit!
Before you check out the top events for this weekend, grab your phone, head to the Instagram app and follow us @StuffToDoInJacksonville to keep up with what’s going on in our city!
Grab a peppermint mocha, some eggnog, or even some peppermint bark and let’s jump into this weekend events. It was so hard to choose the top 5 events, so we added an extra one for you guys!

📷 Riverside Avondale Preservation

1. Riverside Avondale Preservation’s Luminaria

Get ready for a night of lights, celebrations, and good cheer at Riverside Avondale Preservation’s Luminaria!
The night kicks of when the neighborhood luminaries are lit at dusk. When the festivities begin, the town comes together for a night of celebration including:

  • Live band at 7PM
  • Live nativity from 6PM–8PM
  • Cookies and hot cocoa
  • Caroling sessions at 6:30PM
  • Train rides and visits to Santa 4PM–6PM

Reserve a ride with Go Tuk’n to enjoy tours of the lights on their Tuk Tuk tours. Make sure to purchase your ticket beforehand!
It’s going to be a magical night in Riverside Avondale. Be sure to purchase a luminaria kit at the RAP office!
Event Details
DEC 15 | 6PM–9PM
Riverside and Avondale


📷 1st Place Sports Running

2. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 24th Annual Festival of Lights 5k

Wanting to join an evening run where the sun is setting and lights twinkle all throughout the night?! Then make your way to San Marco Square this Saturday for the Children’s Miracle Network Festival of Lights 5k!
Not only will running be involved, but this 5k will be happening at the same time as San Marco’s Holiday Magic, Jacksonville’s largest holiday celebration. This event will feature:

  • Pictures With Santa
  • Children’s Bounce Games
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
  • Snow Machines
  • Toy Solider Stilt Walker
  • Christmas Music and so much more!

This 5k and 1-mile run benefits Children’s Miracle Network. By supporting this event you’ll be improving the health and welfare of kids in North Florida and South Georgia by increasing funds and awareness for UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Event Details
DEC 14 | 5:30PM–8:30PM
San Marco Square


3. Holidays in Hemming-Gift Market & Food Truck Rally

Holidays in Hemming…doesn’t that just have a nice ring to it?! If you love delicious food trucks, holiday markets, and family fun, then get ready for the Holidays in Hemming-Gift Market & Food Truck Rally!
Shop with local artisans and head to Hemming Park in Downtown Jax this Saturday. If you’re like us, we are always on the lookout for food trucks around town and trust us, there will be some yummy trucks at this market! Not only will you be able to fill up with yummy food trucks and get some holiday shopping done, but you can enjoy dance performances and festive music throughout the day.
Event Details
DEC 14 | 10AM–3PM
Hemming Park


📷 13th Floor

4. Krampus at 13th Floor Jax

We all remember the 13th Floor Haunted House where Cali and I went on a little adventure through the bone-chilling maze. Now get ready for Krampus at 13th Floor where the haunted house is home to creepy holiday characters ready to wreak havoc on all the Jaxvillianians!
Whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, the Ghoul of Christmas is ready to haunt your holiday dreams. This weekend, keep your eyes peeled for scary elves and a not-so-nice Jack Frost as you experience Krampus!
Not only will there be the haunted holiday house, but you’ll be able to participate in haunted Christmas photo ops, axe throwing, and mini escape rooms!
Pro Tip: Lines tend to get pretty long during the weekend so make sure to get a fast pass!
Event Details
DEC 13–14
13th Floor Jax


📷 904 Happy Hour

5. Jax Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

Time to get a little ugly this holiday season because the Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is back!
Hosted by 904 Happy Hour, skip around Jax Beach to twelve bars for dancing, drinking, and all the fa-la-la-ling you can chant throughout the night. Did we mention there’s a silent disco party, too?!
Your ticket purchase will include:

  • Complimentary Shots and Cocktail Samples
  • Access to Drink Specials
  • Costume Contest
  • Chance to win Raffles & Prizes
  •  Santa’s Silent Disco

Want extra raffle tickets?! Bring in canned food for multiple local food banks.

  • 1-3 cans = 1 additional ticket
  • 4-6 cans = 2 additional tickets
  • 7+ cans = 3 additional tickets

It’s going to be an ELFIN’ good time!
Event Details
DEC 14 | 5PM–2AM
The Ritz Bar


6. Santa Suits on the Loose

Get ready to run along the historic streets of St. Augustine because Santa Suits on the Loose is back this weekend! If you haven’t experienced this run before, you definitely should this year. Tons of locals and people from all over dress up in Santa suits and run/walk/skip all across town.
Santa Suits on the Loose benefits St. Augustine Youth Services,  which provides residential therapeutic services to boys who have been victims of child abuse or extreme neglect.
Pro Tip: Stay close to your friends/family because you won’t want to lose them in the sea of Santas!
Event Details
DEC 14 | 8AM–10AM
St. Augustine Beach Pier


Can’t make it to the events above? There are even more events going on this weekend in Jacksonville:
Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour
12 Bars of XMAS
Mac n Cheese Cook-Off
Luminaria Bike Ride
Christmas at the Cabin
Jacksonville Cars and Coffee

More Things to Do in Jacksonville This Holiday Season

One of the best things about the holiday season is that it brings soooo many holiday events around! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Holiday Blog for all the parades, lightings, musicals, and more.
Have a great weekend Jax and we hope to see you guys at some of the events this weekend!

Kalie Krumel

Kalie Krumel

Kalie is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!