St. Augustine Christmas Parade and More Events Happening this Weekend in Jacksonville!

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“Alexa, play Mariah Carey’s holiday soundtrack.” You guys, it’s DECEMBER! We’re ready for all the spiked eggnog you can drink, musicals, lightings all around the city, and of course, all the festive events happening in Jacksonville this season!
Are you ready to sleigh this holiday’s events?! Follow us on Instagram @StuffToDoInJacksonville and download our UNATION app to keep up to date on allll the merry events this month!
Grab that hot cocoa and let’s jump right into this weekend’s events!

📷 St. Augustine Christmas Parade

1. St. Augustine Christmas Parade

Clear your Saturday schedule and say hello to Florida’s most festive parade, the St. Augustine Christmas Parade!
Bring the family and watch as local organizations, bands, churches, businesses, and schools participate in the parade with floats, marching bands, horse and carriages, and so much more–we even heard there’s going to be an appearance by Santa.
The parade begins on San Marco Avenue at the Mission of Nombre de Dos and continues along the beautifully lit historic town of St. Augustine!
We recommend staying around for the evening and going to see the Night of Lights.
Event Details
DEC 7 | 9AM–12PM
St. Augustine Downtown


📷 Jen Morgan/Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

2. Zoo Lights

Time to get a little wild this December because the Jacksonville Zoo Lights are back! Come and experience the magic all month long as the Jax Zoo puts on a luminous winter wonderland. Bring the fam and get to experience:

  • Nightly visits from Santa
  • Local artists and performers
  • Children’s festivities
  • Carousel
  • 4-D theater
  • S’mores kit
  • Cookie decorating kits & so much more!

On top of all these festive activities, the Jax Zoo is bringing brand new activities that include building your own snowman, plush snowball fight, and an interactive naughty and nice list!
Member admission starts at $12 and non-member starts at $15. Not everything is included in your admission so be sure to check the pricing for additional festivities!
Event Details
 All month long! | 6PM–10PM
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens


📷 Vintage Market Days

3. Vintage Market Day presents “Traditions”

Wrap up your holiday shopping this season at the Vintage Market Days “Traditions”. Kicking off this Friday, you’ll be able to discover the best vintage finds from handmade home decor, antiques, and even festive treats!
Stray away from the typical chain store gift cards as gifts and shop this market to really bring your friends and family a unique present.
If you can’t attend this weekend, don’t worry! Vintage Market Days is held a few times a year, so be sure to check them out.
Event Details
 DEC 6–8 | 10AM–5PM
Clay County Fair Grounds


📷 1st Place Sports

4. ReinBeer Run 5k

Time to run off that Thanksgiving meal from last week! This weekend grab your reindeer antlers and head to Tapestry Park for the ReinBEER Run 5k.
Now that the weather is finally staying cool (thank you mother nature!), it’s a great time of the year to go for a nice run! Registration will include:

  • Finisher medal bottle opener to all finishers
  • Reindeer antlers to the first 500 who register
  • Technical shirts to all entrants
  • Overall and age-group awards
  • Post-race celebration at Aloft

Did we mention free beer will be provided by Veterans United?! If that’s not enough of an incentive we don’t know what is.
Packets will be available for pickup at any 1st Place Sports location on December 6th, 10PM–5PM.
Event Details
 DEC 7 | 2PM–4PM
Aloft @ Tapestry Park


5. Christmas in Avondale

Avondale is so magical this time of year and we love shopping at all the local shops and dining at the amazing restaurants. This Saturday be sure to swing by for Christmas in Avondale!
From family festivities to holiday decorations, Avondale is going to a night to remember. Shops will be open and we recommend going to Biscotti’s for dinner!
See you there!
Event Details
 DEC 7 | 4PM–8PM


6. GTE Jags vs Chargers Tailgate

DUUUVAL! We’re so excited for the GTE Jaguars vs Chargers Tailgate Experience this weekend! There’s only two tailgates of the year left!
Whether you’re a Jags or Chargers fan, or just looking for a tailgate with good vibes and fun times, everyone is welcome! Wondering what to expect at this tailgate?

  • All you can eat and drink! Yes, you read that correctly.
  • Tented seating and TVs with football on–of course!
  •  Live DJ and entertainment
  • Photobooth
  •  Celebrity hosts meet and greets
  •  Bathrooms and more!
Guests include:
  • Robby Hayes- Bachelorette Star
  • Leon Search- Former Jags football player

Did we mention we’ll be handing out donuts from Good Dough?! Get there early before they’re gone, or before we eat them!
This tailgate will take place four blocks from the TIAA Bank Stadium (5–10-minute walk to the stadium) and you MUST have a ticket to enter. Children under eight are free and be sure to bring your I.D. to obtain a General Admission/V.I.P. wristband for alcoholic beverages!
Pro Tip: Chairs, coolers, and weapons are not allowed at this event, but Minshew mustaches are encouraged!
Event Details
DEC 8 | 12PM–4PM
Tailgater’s Parking First and 10 Lot


HO-HO-Holyyyy moly there’s a lot more events in Jacksonville this weekend!
Harlem Globetrotters
Lee Brice and Cassadee Pope Concert at Top Golf
JHS Gingerbread Extravaganza
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Jax Arts Market: A Season of Giving
Hip Hop Nutcracker

More Things to Do in Jacksonville This Holiday Season

The month of December is bringing on some of the most holly-jolly events of the year! Mark you calendars, text your besties, and get ready for some of the best holiday events of the season coming up:

Looking for even more holiday events this season? Head over to our Holiday Blog for the 4-1-1 on all the ugly sweater bar crawls, festive parades, musicals, and more!

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!