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Stuff to Do in Jacksonville Weekend Guide

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Welcome back, Jax! We love being your weekly newspaper informing you of the best things to do in Jacksonville every weekend. It is also one of our favorite seasons in Jacksonville so there is always so much to tell you about! We are starting to add more features to the weekend guide every week so let us know if you like it via DM on Instagram or Facebook! We would love to hear your input.

Now let’s get to planning your weekend in Jacksonville together! 

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Even the animals are getting lit this year

📷 Stuff To Do in Jacksonville

Time to get a little wild this weekend because Jacksonville Zoo Lights are back! Come and experience the magic this weekend as Jacksonville 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 and so much more!

On top of all these festive activities, the Jacksonville Zoo is bringing back fun activities that include building your own snowman, plush snowball fight, and an interactive naughty and nice list! Non-member admission starts at $25. Not everything is included in your admission so be sure to check the pricing for additional festivities!

Event Details
🗓 Dec 17-19 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
📍Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Jacksonville, FL 32218
🎟 Non-members: $25 | Kids under 2: FREE

Business Spotlight

📷 Donatos Pizza

Donato’s Pizza is the best! The pizza comes out quick while still tasting amazing. They have vegetarian options and also options for meat lovers. Vegetarians can get their cheese pizza with toppings like peppers, onions and mushrooms or they can order plant based Pepperoni and Sausage! And for everyone else, we suggest the Double Bacon Pepperoni Pizza! Fun Fact: one of our City Managers, Sierra raves about their House Italian dressing so make sure to grab a salad too and try it for yourself. 

We are so excited to tell you all about their new Cookies ‘N Cream dessert. As if Donatos count get any better. This new dessert consists of pull-apart twists, served warm, drizzled with vanilla icing and topped with real OREO® Cookie pieces.

Pro Tip: If you know a pizza lover in your life, a gift card to Donatos Pizza is the perfect stocking stuffer. Hint Hint, us.

Hours & Location
🗓 Sun – Thurs |11AM – 11PM, Fri – Sat | 11AM – 12AM
📍1500 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Shopping, shopping and more shopping

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Make it a December to remember at the Winterfest Nocatee Farmers Market happening this weekend! You will enjoy local shopping, a petting zoo, and live music by local band, Who Rescued Who. There will also be a festive theme, over 70 local vendors offering items such as organic produce, herbs, spices, delicious unique foods, crafts, jewelry and more! 

Come out and enjoy a market for the whole family this Saturday. Who wouldn’t want to do some holiday gift shopping while also grabbing some groceries?!

Event Details
🗓 Dec 18 | 10:00am–1:00pm
📍 Nocatee Community Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081
🎟 FREE

It's time to light up the night this weekend

Come and enjoy this 3/4 mile light show on a hayride while sipping on some hot apple cider. Bring the whole family out to enjoy bounce pads, swings, tube slides and more! Mr and Mrs Claus will be coming to visit so plan on bringing out your kids for some photos as well. 

Event Details
🗓 Dec 17 – 18 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
📍Sykes Family Farm 5995 Brough Rd Elkton, FL 32033
🎟 $15

Want to see more holiday lights in Jacksonville?

Tis' the season for markets

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On the third Saturday morning each month, the Artisan Market “pops up” in St. Augustine at Airstream Row! You can join other shoppers in browsing local artisans wares, local produce, flowers, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more! 

Event Details
🗓 Dec 18 | 10:00am–3:00pm
📍 Airstream Row St. Augustine, FL 32084
🎟 FREE

Jacksonville Pro Tip

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Alex's Pro Tip:

Jacksonville is such a foodie heaven! Check out our amazing Hidden Gems Guide to see the most amazing little-known spots. Plus, there are so many New Restaurants opening in Jax, so there is always a new place to try!

More December Events You Can't Miss

From concerts, holiday events, football games, and even a drag show, there’s something for everyone! So, check out some of the upcoming events in Jacksonville coming this December! 

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For more exciting events to attend in Jacksonville, be sure to check out our InstagramFacebook, and TikTok! We love sharing all the fun stuff to do in Jax and hearing back from you!

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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