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You don’t have to be a tourist to check out these 7 #DTJax hotel restaurants that bring their A-game when serving visitors and guests alike.  There’s something for every palate, budget, and style.  BONUS: you can totally book a room in the hotel if you eat too much and need a nap.  Now that’s convenience!


Juliette’s Bistro and J-Bar

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

245 Water Street

 

 

When entering Juliette’s Bistro from the brilliantly sunlit atrium lobby of the elegant Omni Jacksonville Hotel, there is a shift in the theme: from a minimalist, tropical paradise to a delightfully comfortable, mid-century vibe.  Warm woods, parquet floors, reflective brass wall sconces, fun patterns, and pops of colors excite but do not overwhelm in this intimate, yet open dining room and bar. Oh, and their shrimp and grits are something out of this world.

Erin Goodyear, Head Hostess at Juliette’s, waxes rhapsodic about the restaurant: “we want our guests to be at home here, the Omni corporate architects design every hotel to have a familiar, cozy feel that blends with the style of the city in which they are located, and we do our best to accommodate that with our menu as well.  When people come here, it can be stressful being away from the comfort and familiarity of home; so if they get up, have a cup of coffee, some eggs, and turkey sausage, we want to offer that to them to make them feel as relaxed and at home as we possibly can.”

That at-home feeling is available 365 days a year, as well: because of Juliette’s location in the Omni, they are open on holidays with themed menus to give diners a complete sensory experience of the day.  The upcoming theme for December is “Cookie Cocktails,” with six artisan libations sure to please Santa while he’s leaving presents under the tree. Foodies may also be pleasantly surprised to learn that Juliette’s locally sources their ingredients in order to emphasize both thoughtful presentation and preparation of the meals they serve to guests, be they local or hotel patrons from afar.

Erin does caution, however, to keep an eye on the Times Union schedule: “reservations on show nights are highly encouraged, and we do stop taking them at some point, so try to plan in advance!”  The Omni Hotel is directly across the street from the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, and the staff at Juliette’s are well-versed in ensuring patrons can get dinner, make it out in time for curtain, and encourage them to return for a little after-show drink and dessert bite.  If you’re due for a theater night, check the schedule at Times-Union, book your tickets, and immediately call Juliette’s for a reservation, it will make for an incredible night on the town.


Shor Seafood Grill & Tavern

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

225 E Coastline Drive

Upon entering the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, it’s hard to miss the seating for Shor, the dining area is mostly open-air under the vaulted ceilings, with only minimal structuring separating it from the rest of the lobby.  Recently renovated after Hurricane Irma had her way in 2017, the restaurant and bar are still in a state of flux while they switch out and update furniture, but looking at it today, the style is contemporary without being too boring, and cozy without being too casual.  It’s classy here, relaxed and just a bit refined.

Open from 6 am to 10 pm daily, the main dining room closes mid-afternoon for menu and kitchen turnover, and the Shor Tavern bar behind it takes over the serving of customers between 2:30 and 5 pm and staying open until 2 am.  The full menu is available at the bar, as well as a plentiful assortment of libations to please just about everyone’s tastes. The bartender, Amie, is sweet, friendly, and more than happy to recommend some items from the menu: blackened mahi-mahi fish tacos with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado crema, served with a choice of waffle fries or coleslaw; roasted cauliflower and kale salad with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and a house ranch dressing made with Intuition Ale; assorted flatbreads, including four cheese, red grape and prosciutto with mozzarella, or bacon, clam, and burrata.

The majority of Shor’s ingredients are locally and thoughtfully sourced, and their Chef de Cuisine, Jeffery Coil has built the menu from the bottom up using his experience in Seattle to create a new urban style menu.  Not only are all offerings available at the bar, but the bar is extremely well-designed with customers in mind. There are plenty of purse hooks for one, which should be standard but somehow never are, and there are USB and standard outlets under the bar so you can quite literally stay plugged in while you sit and sip.  The solid glass pendant lights above the bar cast a warm glow and almost look like ice, a pleasing addition to the overall decor. A small but impactful detail is the bar’s use of colored paper straws, which aren’t just a fancy touch, they’re also more eco-friendly than typical plastic disposable straws. The grill and tavern are also wallet-friendly: patrons can get parking validation for the hotel garage, a great incentive to pay the hotel a visit and spend an evening along the Northbank Riverwalk, which will also have boat slips installed next year for the yachting enthusiasts, and is within walking distance of the renowned Florida Theatre.  So much thought has been put into the design, presentation, and experience of the restaurant, it’s “Shor” to please just about everyone. 


Hyatt Regency Market

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

225 E Coastline Drive

 

 

For the Downtown 9-5 crowd who are too busy to sit down and relax over a lunch meeting (shame, but understandable), those who are peckish at 3 am, and those who crave Starbucks at all hours, The Market has what you’re looking for.  A 24 hour a day, 7 days a week café in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront serves up soups, sandwiches, flatbreads, pastries, quiches, and chicken pot pies, just to name a few. They carry a multitude of beverage options including Starbucks coffee, tea, espresso, and frappuccinos; beer, wine, and cocktails; as well as a host of soft drinks and juices.  Everything is made fresh daily, making The Market a great grab-and-go option any time of the day or night.


Ruth’s Chris Steak House

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront

1201 Riverplace Boulevard

 

 

 

If you crave an upscale, date-wowing, moan-into-your-fork eating experience, you are looking for all that is Ruth’s Chris.  With stunning views of the St. Johns and John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge (pro tip: get there just before sunset in order to watch the sky become a riot of color and the Main Street Bridge light up blue!) Ruth’s Chris exhibits their world-famous, impeccable white-glove service, and sizzling, USDA Prime steaks.  Make sure you check out the vintage photos and menus on the walls as you approach the hostess station and marvel at their prices from 1965: $6.50 for a filet, ribeye, or sirloin, or $13.00 for a porterhouse for two!

Ask anyone familiar with the establishment: Ruth’s Chris is an experience.  From the time you step through the double doors and into their intimate dining room, all senses are given a luxurious treat.  Tables covered in double white linens, sparkling glass, ceramic, and silverware, candlelight and softly glowing sconces on the walls, as well as “VIP red” carpet, evoke luxury everywhere one looks, in addition to the stunning river view and impeccably dressed staff.  It’s quiet here, guests and waitstaff alike speaking in hushed murmurs as though the very space were sacred, and it is: this is the Holy Church of Steak. It’s hard not to let out a gratuitous “Hallelujah!” when the sound of perfectly seared, sizzling steak hits your ears and you realize you are the lucky recipient of a perfectly cooked cut of top-grade beef.  The smells are enough to hijack your mind: steak crackling in butter on a 500°F plate, whole-pound baked potatoes piled high with all the toppings, and even just a whiff of their signature crème brûlée is enough to make you forget your diet forever and hope you wore your “big pants.”  The clear frontrunner of the Ruth’s Chris sensory experience, however, has to be the moment the first bite crosses your lips. Perfectly prepared, presented, sourced, and seasoned flavors are a sumptuous gift to the taste buds.  The simple but rich flavors don’t overwhelm but immerse in a thoughtfully opulent, gustatory escape that compels one to close their eyes and savor each bite for as long as possible. Ruth’s Chris is truly the pinnacle of “treat yourself” culture.


St. Johns Provision Co.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront

1201 Riverplace Boulevard

 

 

Tucked away on the left end of the main lobby of the DoubleTree Hilton Riverfront Hotel, restaurant St. Johns Provision Co. elicits an air of privacy and seclusion next to an equally intimate lounge.  Together, they serve up craft cocktails, beer, and coffees from local distilleries, breweries, and roasters, as well as food from a bill of fare described as “southern staples with coastal flair.” Plenty of seafood dishes nestle alongside comfort food favorites on the menu, which has a beautiful image of Downtown and the St. Johns drawn in 1876.  Menu items that stand out include the “Mayport Martini,” a shrimp cocktail elegantly served in a large martini glass with horseradish chili sauce and a slice of lemon; “Cowford Poutine,” a callback to the original name for Jacksonville before 1822; and the “Mayport Fish,” a “‘wich” consisting of fresh catch-of-the-day, fried, blackened, or grilled on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade dressing.  House desserts like “Chef Lou’s banana puddin’,” which is made fresh every day, and a mouthwatering orange dreamsicle cake called “The Orange Grove” will round out your meal with something sweet.

The lounge also offers happy hour specials Sunday through Thursday from 4 pm— 7 pm with $2 off appetizers, $3 domestic beers, $4 craft beers, and $5 house wines and well drinks.  A weekly signature cocktail, concocted by their excellent bartenders, typically features and highlights the local spirits of Manifest, Carve, and St. Augustine distilleries.  If you’re looking for something with a few more hops, you can always grab a Bold City Brew or Intuition Ale, and if you’re a total teetotaler, the tapsters would be more than happy to craft you a latte or americano made with local Martin espresso.

On the other side of the hotel, the expansive pool terrace has stunning views of the historic location of Cow Ford Crossing on the St Johns.  If you happen to get peckish or crave a libation while you’re by the pool, St. Johns Provision Company has you covered. Saunter up to the outdoor cabana bar and order from the same delicious appetizer and drink menu found in the lounge, but with distinctly tropically-sounding new names: Slip-N-Sliders, Poolside ‘Dilla (quesadilla), and Cha Cha Chicken (wings or tenders), to name a few.  If you find yourself there from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings, check out their excellent happy hour during the weekly Riverfront Live! event. Live local artists perform for pool-loving locals and hotel guests, adding to the “tropical resort” feel of the terrace. An excellent reason to always keep a pair of flip flops and some sunscreen in your desk for some post-office, Friday-Eve relaxation.


Southbank Johnnie’s

Lexington Hotel and Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk

1515 Prudential Drive

 

 

The lobby of the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center in Southside beautifully blends “light and airy” with “functionally industrial,” a dichotomy that somehow totally works.  Light, distressed wood floors, a plethora of contemporary seating, and modern accenting decor blend with 40-foot vaulted ceilings that showcase I-beams, skylights, and exposed metal rafters.  A pair of dueling baby grands in black and white flank a shaftless, exposed elevator at the back of the space which makes for a stunning focal point. The clean lines, open feel, and slight industrial look are recent: last summer, Lexington completed a $30 million renovation of the entire interior of the hotel and conference center: Five floors.  323 guest rooms. 18 suites. 35 thousand square feet of banquet space.

To the left of the entrance is a sprawling bar accompanied by a smattering of tables tucked into two alcoves.  This is Southbank Johnnie’s, the pride of the Lexington. Open from noon to midnight during the week and until 2am Friday and Saturday nights, Johnnie’s has the longest happy hour in Downtown, from 4 pm – 9 pm.  The craft-obsessed will love the bar’s commitment to serving exclusively local beer, and the foodies will dig the full menu that reflects simplicity and attention to detail. Their “Morsels of the Sea,” fried grouper bites with a Cajun-spiced remoulade, have a reputation on their own, and their fully customizable gourmet burgers feature three protein options, three types of buns (or a lettuce wrap for the low-carb crowd), four kinds of cheese, and eight premium toppings.

With a River Taxi port in front, Kings Avenue Skyway station in the back, and the termination of Route 1 at Prudential Drive, Aaron Holley, the hotel’s Food and Beverage Manager, proclaims: “All roads lead to Lexington!  It’s so easy to get here, we would love to see the lunch crowd come in and see what we have to offer.” Not only are patrons welcome to dial in to the hotel’s guest wifi, but there are USB charging ports set straight into the bar, making it an ideal place to host a working lunch.  If you eat a little too much, walk it off on the stunning Southside Riverwalk, just steps away from the front door. Additionally, the bar will validate parking for their patrons, so there’s really no excuse not head to Southbank for a sip and a bite.


Pier 1515

Lexington Hotel and Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk

1515 Prudential Drive

 

 

The other eatery found at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center is Pier 1515 (that’s “one-five, one-five,” not “fifteen-fifteen,” FYI).  A nod to the hotel’s street address, Pier 1515 serves breakfast daily, with a simple but varied menu.  Standouts include a house corned beef hash and a carnitas (pulled pork) breakfast burrito, complete with refritos and tomatillo.  The restaurant itself is on the first floor of the hotel and will soon boast outside patio seating for the bistro dining-inclined, in addition to its spacious, casual dining room and an extra anteroom space that is typically used for expansive buffet spreads.  Aaron emphasizes that while Pier 1515 is a functional, full-service restaurant, the hotel is designed as a conference center and was made for private events large and small. The 35 thousand square feet breaks down quite nicely, from intimate spaces for a dozen or so to a 600 person ballroom, and any adjacent areas can be booked together in order to accommodate large groups with distinct, functional areas.

Pier 1515 handles all of the catering and room service for the Lexington, including their rooftop and pool deck events.  Once a month or so, Aaron books a band or a DJ to play poolside, sets up a full-service bar, and has loads of food brought out.  There’s even bottle service available for the first-floor pool suites, which come with their own private pool-adjacent patios and cabanas.  “It’s the ultimate venue for birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or just a fun weekend hanging by the pool, it’s a great space” Aaron remarks.  Those portable bars and chafing dishes will be present at the new Topsider Brunch that Aaron is starting on the fifth-floor rooftop patio along with a stunning panoramic view of the St Johns River.  Aaron encourages locals, especially the hotel’s neighbors living in The Strand, The Peninsula, and Broadstone River House (opening in 2019), to come in for a visit and make Southbank Johnnie’s and Pier 1515 their new favorite standby for after-office drinks, a quick date night, rooftop brunches on the river, and poolside parties.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

 

Photo by @ecisivekat

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, December 4
Thursday, December 6
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Friday, December 7
Monday, December 10

 

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Get Involved

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside Avenue, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted by the email address provided.

COJ City Council Meeting 

 
Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, December 11, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers
Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
 

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates. Details.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.

 

 __________________________________________________________________

 

#DTJax News

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

150 Riverside Ave. #307
211 N. Laura St.
Now Open! (through the holidays)
400 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
223 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
345 E. Bay St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

Tickets are going fast for the inaugural #DTJax Awards Breakfast!
 
Celebrate the people and projects making a difference in Downtown Jacksonville on Tuesday, December 11, from 7:30-10 a.m. at The River Club.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include breakfast and complimentary parking. Buy your tickets or table today.
VyStar Credit Union Presents: Spirit of Giving Art Walk NEXT WEEK
Give the gift of local this holiday season when you shop at #ArtWalkJax. There’s plenty to do and see with the entire family this month including:
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Hemming Park with Council President Aaron Bowman at 6 p.m.
  • Don’t miss these performances at the Hemming Park Main Stage:
    • Jacksonville Symphony Brass Quintet, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Scott Jones School of Dance, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
    • Poetry reading by local student Miracle Singleton, 7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday fun in Hemming:
    • Take a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride around Hemming Park.
    • Bring the kids to play in 15 tons of real snow North Pole Play Area.
    • Visit the Art Walk tent in Hemming Park for a $5 wristband that gives access to both.
    • Pick up Free 3-D snowflake glasses and candy canes at the Art Walk tent in Hemming Park while supplies last.
  • Dazzling sights to see:
    • Stroll down Laura Street for the annual “Lights on Laura” display featuring 80,000 LED holiday lights and nearly 100 LED-lit garlands, made possible by Downtown Vision.
    • Holiday windows return to Downtown for the first time in years with The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art featuring decorated windows in your favorite #DTJax businesses organized by Wolf & Cub.

Want to know more? Get the details here.

DVI is looking for fun, talented interns for the Spring!
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.
2016-2017 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.
2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities
 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

__________________________________________________________________________

Instagram of the Week 

 

Photo by @jaxlanding

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Sunday, December 2

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Friday, November 30
Monday, December 3

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Get Involved

 

Have an impact in Downtown Jacksonville by helping Downtown Vision, Inc. on #GivingTuesday to create a clean, safe and vibrant downtown.

With initiatives like the Clean and Safe Ambassador program, placemaking projects including the newly created Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks (LABS) fund and more, Downtown Vision is able to use donations on #GivingTuesday to continue to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest.

Thank you for your support! Donate.

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside Avenue, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted by the email address provided.

 

COJ City Council Meeting 

 
Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, November 27, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers
Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
 

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates. Details.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.

 

 __________________________________________________________________

 

#DTJax News

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

150 Riverside Ave. #307
211 N. Laura St.
Now Open! (through the holidays)
400 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
223 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
345 E. Bay St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

DVI Updates:

 

Tickets are going fast for the inaugural #DTJax Awards Breakfast!
 
Celebrate the people and projects making a difference in Downtown Jacksonville on Tuesday, December 11, from 7:30-10 a.m. at The River Club.
Celebrate the 4th Annual #DTJax Award winners and be among the first to find out the theme for the much-anticipated 2019 #DTJax Gala!
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include breakfast and complimentary parking. Buy your tickets or table today.
VyStar Credit Union Presents: Spirit of Giving Art Walk NEXT WEEK
Give the gift of local this holiday season when you shop at #ArtWalkJax. There’s plenty to do and see with the entire family this month including:
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Hemming Park with Council President Aaron Bowman at 6 p.m.
  • Don’t miss these performances at the Hemming Park Main Stage:
    • Jacksonville Symphony Brass Quintet, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Scott Jones School of Dance, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
    • Poetry reading by local student Miracle Singleton, 7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday fun in Hemming:
    • Take a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride around Hemming Park.
    • Bring the kids to play in 15 tons of real snow North Pole Play Area.
    • Visit the Art Walk tent in Hemming Park for a $5 wristband that gives access to both.
    • Pick up Free 3-D snowflake glasses and candy canes at the Art Walk tent in Hemming Park while supplies last.
  • Dazzling sights to see:
    • Stroll down Laura Street for the annual “Lights on Laura” display featuring 80,000 LED holiday lights and nearly 100 LED-lit garlands, made possible by Downtown Vision.
    • Holiday windows return to Downtown for the first time in years with The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art featuring decorated windows in your favorite #DTJax businesses organized by Wolf & Cub.

Want to know more? Get the details here.

DVI is looking for fun, talented interns for the Spring!
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.
2016-2017 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.
2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities
 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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11/26 | The Piano Guys: Christmas Together — Florida Theatre

Back by popular audience demand, The Piano Guys unite traditional Christmas, classical and pop music for their new holiday show Christmas Together.  Christmas Together, the group’s latest holiday album, debuted at #8 on the Billboard album chart, and features the songs “What Child Is This,” “Mary Did You Know,” “Ode to Joy to the World,” and more. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.”

 


11/29 | 99.1 WQIK: Jingle Jam for St. Jude — Times-Union Center

“Only 500 tickets available for sale. Last year’s Jingle Jam featured Midland, Lauren Alaina, Granger Smith, and Love & Theft, now they’re big stars! This year’s future stars at 99.1 WQIK’s Jingle Jam for St. Jude are the singer of “My Girl” and “Hooked,” Dylan Scott, American Idol winner and currently touring with Rascal Flatts, Trent Harmon, MCA Artist Clare Dunn, and from RCA Records, Rachael Wammack. 7:30 p.m.”


11/29 — 12/28 | Jacksonville Historical Society: Gingerbread Extravaganza — Old St. Andrews Church

“Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread creations built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people, and other individuals. These tasty creations are placed on display at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Old St. Andrews, immediately across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena.”

General Times
Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

* Special Times *
Dec 09, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Sunday) New
Dec 13, Gingerbread by Candlelight 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (special evening event)
Dec 17, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. New
Dec 24 & 25 Closed
Dec 26 & 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. New
Dec 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


12/1 | Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2018 — Florida Theatre

“Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns with his annual Christmas tour. Joining him to perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics, and holiday hits from their respective catalogs are Grammy-nominated Jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair, vocalists Jonathan Butler and smooth jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.”

 


12/1 | Santa Photos @ First Saturday Brews — Riverside Arts Market

Come have your picture taken with the big man himself at Riverside Arts Market from 10am-2pm Saturday, December 1st!  Photography provided by Figure 8 Studio for $5 and benefits Friends of Jacksonville Animals.

 


12/2 | Holiday Movie Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Main Library

“Throughout the month of December, join us at the Main Library for holiday movies! This week we will be showing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Rated PG-13.  Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”

 


12/5 | Holiday at St. James — City Hall at St. James

“Celebrate the holidays at the Holiday at St. James Celebration and Tree Lighting. The free event will feature live entertainment, holiday treats and more fun for the family! The celebration will culminate with the lighting of the St. James Holiday Tree at 6:45 p.m. In conjunction with First Wednesday Art Walk, residents and visitors are invited to join Mayor and Mrs. Lenny Curry for Holiday at St. James on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4-7 p.m. The event will take place in Hemming Park as well as City Hall at St. James.”


12/5 | VyStar Credit Union Presents: Spirit of Giving Art Walk — Downtown

“Bring the kids to enjoy the North Pole play area, complete with real snow. Watch the annual Tree Lighting by Council President Aaron Bowman at 6 p.m. And you don’t want to miss performances by the Jacksonville Symphony brass quintet, Scott Jones School of Dance, a poetry reading by Miracle Jones and more. Plus, pick up a pair of 3-D Snowflake glasses. While supplies last. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.”

 


12/5 | Off The Record: Special Christmas — The 5 & Dime Theater

“Off The Record presents: Special Christmas! Here we go again and this year it’s extra … um … special! Come out and enjoy Art Walk, then make your way to the 5 & Dime Theater. We’re doing TWO SHOWS, starting at 6:00 and again at 7:30. The shows are FREE, but please help support the 5 & Dime while you’re there!”

 


12/5 — 12/31 | The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art — Downtown

“Working with local property managers and business owners, artists will fill windows with festive displays throughout Downtown. This year’s theme, The Looking Glass, invites artists to create a magical holiday scene in a Downtown storefront or space that reflects a winter fantasy-scape.”

 


12/6 | Second Annual “Totally Lit” Hanukkah Party — Hemming Park

“Join Hemming Park and the Jacksonville Public Library for our annual celebration of Hanukkah and its related traditions. We’ll enjoy live music, storytelling, and crafts; dreidel games, a menorah lighting and more. This event is free and open to the public. 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.”

 


12/6 | Lauren Daigle: The Behold Christmas Tour — Times-Union Center

“Lauren Daigle brings a Christmas musical experience to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena that will share profound love, deep-rooted joy, and hope like that of a child. Like a number of Christian artists before her, Daigle is enjoying crossover appeal with secular and spiritual audiences alike. She says her music was designed to reach people in that way and that is important to her “to make music that permeates all the wall and tears all the walls down. People need love, people need hope. People need joy anywhere in life. 7:30 p.m.”


12/6 — 12/9 | Jacksonville Symphony: Holiday Pops — Times-Union Center

Jacksonville’s favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever. Get into the holiday spirit with the Symphony, a 100-voice Symphony Chorus, guest singers and dancers and an extravaganza with the area’s only guaranteed indoor snowfall. You’ll want to get your tickets early as the good seats go quickly. Featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.”

 


12/7 — 12/8 | 27th Annual Community Nutcracker — Florida Theatre

“Community Nutcracker is the only nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that offers a portion of its proceeds to local charitable agencies with each performance and has donated over $600,000 in the past 25 years! The performing company is made up of local talent with more than 200 dancers from Northeast Florida auditioning and performing in the production. Join us with your family for the 27th annual production! 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.”


12/8 | Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville — Prime Osborn Convention Center

“This one-day toy giveaway event is for Jacksonville’s children who otherwise might not receive toys for Christmas this year. Several new, unwrapped toys will be handed out to children up to 12 years old. It is run on a first come, first serve basis with no application or ID required to participate. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.”

 


12/8| Ugly Sweater Bash — Riverside Arts Market

“Get in the holiday spirit with our Ugly Sweater Bash. We encourage you to wear your ugliest of holiday sweaters and shop locally from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Enjoy live music throughout the day on the River Stage. The lineup includes Al Poindexter, Great Dames featuring Debrann, and Pine Forest School of the Arts.  Those wearing an ugly sweater, have an opportunity to receive $5 gift token to RAM. Judges will randomly select attendees throughout the day.”


12/8 | Holidays in Hemming — Hemming Park

“Hemming Park and Jax Food Truck Food Court team up for a holiday food truck rally and market sponsored by Community First Credit Union! Shop with local artisans and dine with the best of Jacksonville’s food trucks; enjoy festive music and seasonal beverages. Children’s activities; leashed pets are welcome. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.”

 


12/8 | Multicultural Holiday Textile Extravaganza — Jax Makerspace, Main Library

“Do it for the culture! Bring the family to the Jax Makerspace for the Multicultural Holiday Textile Extravaganza. Explore other cultures with hands-on-activities and demonstrations that celebrate diverse holiday traditions. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.”

 


12/8 | Santa Stops and Photo Ops — Main Library

“Santa Claus is coming to the library! You’re invited to join the fun as we share St. Nick stories and songs, followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself! Parents, remember to bring your cameras. Please be aware that although every effort will be made to ensure that attendees get a photo with Santa, the program will end promptly at the designated time. 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.”

 


12/8 | 24th Annual Tuba Christmas — Jacksonville Landing

“More than 200 tubas join together to play some of your favorite holiday music.  What is Tuba Christmas?  TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family. Read more about it here.  The entertainment starts at 2 p.m.”

 


12/9 | Yappy Hour Christmas Paw-ty — Jacksonville Landing

“Celebrate the holiday season 🎄 with us at the final Yappy Hour of the 2018 Season! The Landing Courtyard will be decorated for the holiday season with Christmas Trees and ornaments-a-plenty. Live entertainment by Party Solution Entertainment in front of the Christmas Tree.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest: 🏆
Deck your dog out in the cutest ugly sweater that you can find! The uglier, the cuter.

Santa Photos: 🎅🏼
He’s back and jollier than ever! Get your Christmas card photo taken with Santa! Donate $10 to Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc. which benefits the animal care protective services of Jacksonville.

Yappy Hour 🐾 is a FREE dog happy hour for pups, their parents and dog lovers hosted by Jacksonville Landing. Please make sure your pup is up-to-date on their shots and have the appropriate identification tags. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.”


12/9 | Home Free Country Christmas — Florida Theatre

“We’re excited to announce that we’ll be back on the road this November and December for our 3rd annual A Country Christmas Tour! We’ll be bringing the music you know and love from Full Of (Even More) Cheer, and TONS of holiday spirit!  2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.”

 


12/9 | Meachum L. Clarke & True Purpose Present #AJacksonvilleChristmas — Daily’s Place

“Meachum L. Clarke, TRUE PURPOSE is intended to be a cornucopia of uniquely anointed, skilled, and charismatic psalmists, minstrels, and worshippers partnering to create a clear atmosphere of worship, ascribing to the EXCELLENCE of God’s Glory, while blending the art of music with the anointing of ministry. 7 p.m.”


12/10 | Jacksonville Symphony JSYO Holiday Concert — Times-Union Center

“The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras perform their holiday concert, conducted by Principal JSYO Conductor Deanna Tham. 7 p.m.”

 

 


12/11 | Christmas with Michael W. Smith with Very Special Guest Melinda Doolittle — Florida Theatre

“Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith has topped the charts with his songs “Place In This World,” “Here I Am To Worship,” “Friends,” and “Heart of Worship.” He will be joined by Melinda Doolittle (Season 3 American Idol) to perform his hits and Christmas favorites like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and more. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.”


12/13 | AIGA Toy Show — Intuition Ale Works

“Do you remember your favorite childhood toy? Gone (perhaps) but not forgotten. Toys are about imagination and imagination is the first tool of all artists and designers. So sharpen up your tool, tap into your inner child and create a custom toy!  For our December C&C, AIGA Jacksonville will be hosting a Toy Show – an event in which both AIGA members and non-members are invited to build a toy from scratch that will be displayed throughout the night. Attendees can vote on their favorite toy, and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Choose an existing toy and take it to another level, paint a blank vinyl toy, sew a toy, or build one out of wood – anything that makes the toy a creation unique to you.  If you’re interested in submitting a toy, please register on our Eventbrite link. We will be accepting toy drop-offs on Friday, December 7, 2018, at CoRK Arts District from 6:00-8:00 P.M.  At this event, we will also be accepting toy donations for Daniel Kids. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.”


12/13 | Holiday Party — Manifest Distilling

“Join us on December 13th as we celebrate the upcoming year!  $35.00/pp, please bring an unwrapped toy.  Starts at 6:30pm”

 

 


12/13 | Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — Veterans Memorial Arena

“As per their annual tradition, TSO will take on an enormous concert schedule over the holiday season, which includes two separate touring outfits sometimes playing multiple shows per day in a city on certain dates. The full touring schedule can be read in full below, and details both touring parties playing to a mix of large and mid-sized U.S. markets over the month and a half run. Many die-hard TSO fans will be quick to point out that the tour is named after their 2016 studio album by the same title. 7:30 p.m.”


12/13 | Kenny G.: The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour — Florida Theatre

“In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. For this special holiday tour he will perform traditional Christmas songs like “I”ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “White Christmas,” and more. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.”


12/14 | A Soulful Noel — The Ritz Theatre and Museum

“By Ritz Voices with Special Guests Noel Freidline Quintet featuring Maria Howell.  7:30 p.m.  Introducing Ritz Voices Children’s Chorus!”

 

 


12/14 – 12/16 | Jacksonville Symphony: First Coast Nutcracker 2018 — Times-Union Center

“Presented by VyStar Credit Union, the First Coast Nutcracker has been a beloved tradition in north Florida for over 40 years. Experience Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet with Jacksonville’s only full symphony orchestra. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.”

 


12/15 | See Santa, Watch Home Alone, and Feed Jacksonville — Florida Theatre

“First A.C.T., the nonprofit Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, presents the film “Home Alone,” in a special event benefiting the Florida Theatre and Feeding Northeast Florida.  Admission is FREE for every adult and child with a gift of canned or nonperishable food.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Come early and have your picture taken with Santa, have some cookies and milk, and make an ornament at the crafting area. Home Alone begins at 2 p.m. Runtime is 103 min.”


12/16 | Holiday Movie Series: Scrooged — Main Library

“This week we will be showing Scrooged, the story of a selfish, cynical television executive who is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Rated PG-13.  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”

 

 


12/16 | Family Holiday Concert: Backtrack Vocals — Friday Musicale

“Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person vocal group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies, and world-class beatboxing. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and enhance their vocal-driven performances with guitar and vocal looping elements. Their repertoire includes covers of past and present pop music, original compositions and unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music. 3 p.m.”


12/16 – 12/31 | 6th Annual Holiday Trains — Museum of Science and History

“The Toy Train Collectors of Jacksonville are hosting a special motorized holiday train display in the Learning Lab at MOSH. The holiday train display will feature volunteer operators available to engage visitors about trains, engineering and model building. The trains will be rotated throughout the day as they travel through a winter wonderland! During normal operating hours.”

 


12/16 | Chris Isaak Holiday Tour — Florida Theatre

“Singer and songwriter Chris Isaak returns to perform hits “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing,” “Somebody’s Crying” as well as his take on traditional holiday favorites.  Chris is renowned for his signature 1950’s rock-and-roll style and crooner sound. He’s often compared to Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and Ricky Nelson. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.”

 


12/16 | For King and Country: Little Drummer Boy Christmas Tour — Veterans Memorial Arena

“After the absolute viral response from their “Little Drummer Boy (LIVE)” music video last Christmas season, the GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY will embark on their theatrical, dynamic, and moving Little Drummer Boy | The Christmas Tour featuring fellow GRAMMY-award winner, Zach Williams. The tour will feature original hits from both artists, as well as brand new songs from for KING & COUNTRY’s album ‘burn the ships’, previous holiday recordings and Christmas classics.  7 p.m.”


12/17 | A Swingin’ Little Christmas — The Ritz Theatre and Museum

“Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch returns with her holiday concert! Fresh from her iconic portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Jane will bring her comic skills and musical prowess to the theater stage. She will delight the crowd with poignant and hilarious takes on holiday favorites!  7 p.m.”

 


12/19 | A Christmas with Rockapella — Florida Theatre

“Celebrate the Christmas season with famed A Capella group Rockapella. Best known as the singing group featured in the PBS hit series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Rockapella will perform holiday classics all A Capella! 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.”

 


12/20 | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical — Florida Theatre

“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical brings the classic holiday movie to life on stage. Characters are designed to look like the stop-motion we all grew up on. This show is great for the entire family!  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.”

 


12/20 | Jazzy Night of Holiday Songs: “In the Key of Dance” Benefit Concert and Charity Auction — Breezy Jazz Club

“CooperMorgan Dance Theatre is pleased to announce “ In the Key of Dance,” a benefit concert to be held on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at downtown’s Breezy Jazz Club. The one-night-only holiday concert experience will be hosted by Damien Lamar, producer & radio presenter of the newly acclaimed radio show, Taste Test on WJCT 89.9 FM along with a jazz trio and an unforgettable, all-female line-up of jazz vocalists and performers. Enjoy a formal evening of dinner, a live concert, and drinks. The events net proceeds will benefit The CM Experience: The New School, started by founders of CooperMorgan Dance Theatre.  7 p.m.”


12/21 | Noche de Parranda — Jacksonville Landing

“Dance the night away to live Latin music in front of the 56-foot-tall Christmas Tree by Henry Zayas and more. Plus, vendors, drink specials and a lot of holiday fun! 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.”

 

 


12/21 | Horton’s Holiday Hayride — Florida Theatre

“Reverend Horton Heat, the Dallas based trio, is known for their knock-out, rockin’ shows that have been described as “transformative experiences.”  With self-created “Guit Steel,” Junior Brown stuns and amazes as he switches on-the-fly between electric and steel! Junior Brown is a one-of-a-kind American original.  The Blasters are West Coast rock ‘n’ roll legends. Blending their own brand of “American Music” that will knock your socks off!  Big Sandy serves up a killer batch of rock ‘n’ roll biscuits.  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.”


12/21 | A Christmas Carol — Times-Union Center

“This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, The Boar’s Head Carol and many more. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic. 8 p.m.”


12/21 | A Die Hard Christmas with Nick Hogan — The Volstead

“Join us at The Volstead for a Die Hard Christmas featuring Nick Hogan and Angel’s Envy! Join us for cocktail specials, music by DJ Mas Appeal, some delicious Chinese food & pins sold by Mover & Shaker benefitting a local charity. 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.”

 


12/22 | Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker — Florida Theatre

“Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.”


12/28 | Holiday Soul Jam — Times-Union Center

“The Holiday Soul Jam, featuring four of the most successful groups in popular music, with their distinct harmonies, choreography and dance styles. Witness the signature visual & vocal styles of Gerald Alston & The Manhattans, Russell Thompkins & The New Stylistics, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and Dennis Edwards’s Temptation Revue. Come join the party as we sing along to Kiss & Say Goodbye, You Are My Shining Star, Betcha By Golly Wow, Break Up to Make Up, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Wake Up Everybody, My Girl, and Papa Was A Rollin Stone. Don’t forget R&B singer-songwriter Carl Carlton, Everlasting Love and She’s a Bad Mama Jama. Don’t miss your chance to party with the best of the best. 8 p.m.”


12/28 | Improv Me: Winter Edition — Main Library

“Feeling dramatic? Kind of creative? This is the place for you! Hilarity is sure to ensue as you pitch Santa your best ‘bad’ toy suggestion or rewrite the lyrics to traditional tunes. Come play theater and drama games in this winter-themed program. For teens 12-18. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.”

 


12/30 | Holiday Movie Series: The Goonies — Main Library

“This week we will be showing The Goonies. In this classic 80s flick a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient valuable treasure in order to save their home from foreclosure. Rated PG. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”

 

 


12/31 | The Main Squeeze: New Year’s Eve — 1904 Music Hall

“After forming in 2010 at Indiana University, The Main Squeeze began selling out clubs to frenzied college students in just a few short months. Their captivating live performances have since earned them a devoted national following and even caught the interest of legendary producer, Randy Jackson, who produced their latest album Mind Your Head. The dynamic 5-piece is currently based in Los Angeles. 8 p.m.”


12/31 | Delfeayo Marsalis: New Year’s Eve — Breezy Jazz Club

“The New Year’s Eve Party of All Parties. Breezy Jazz Club is bringing you the BEST this New Year’s Eve! Ring in the New Year with Jazz Trombonist, Composer and Record Producer, Delfeayo Marsalis! He’s produced more than 120 jazz albums and released 7 albums as a leader. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets include price of entry for the live concert, dinner form our New Years menu, and Champagne! VIP seats available for $125. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call Breezy Jazz Club at 904 666-7562 for any questions. After Party from 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. featuring Mama Yo and The Bad Boys of Soul!”


12/31 | MOCA New Year’s Eve Party — MOCA Jacksonville

“Mark your calendar for downtown’s destination New Year’s Eve bash. The MOCA NYE PARTY is an event for the movers and shakers, the artists and innovators, and anyone who likes to kick off the New Year in style. The event kicks off with the VIP Catalyst Cocktail Hour and Dinner in the second floor gallery, followed by the Countdown Bash: an indoor/outdoor dance party featuring Mama Blue, DJ Catharsis, live art performances, fabulous eats by NOLA MOCA and an open bar throughout the night. Dress is creative glam. No black tie is required. Net proceeds of MOCA NYE PARTY benefit the educational programs, public events and gallery exhibitions that make our Jacksonville a regional leader in contemporary art. THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND UP. 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.”


12/31 | Jacksonville Symphony Presents: New Year’s Eve from Vienna — Times-Union Center

“The toast of the town! Join Courtney Lewis and the Jacksonville Symphony for another unforgettable New Year’s Eve. The evening begins with an elegant Viennese program, followed by the best New Year’s party in town with the Chris Thomas Band and capped by a perfect view of the fireworks on the river at midnight! 9 p.m.”


12/31 | Jacksonville Landing New Year’s Eve Celebration — Jacksonville Landing

“Ring in the New Year at The Jacksonville Landing on Monday, December 31! Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2019! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! This event is FREE! Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 with this free event featuring live music, good times, great food, drink specials and FIREWORKS!

Event schedule includes:

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. G-Vibe Trio
8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Party in a Box
12:00 a.m. (Midnight) Fireworks by the City of Jacksonville


12/31 | City of Jacksonville New Year’s Eve Fireworks — St. Johns River Downtown

“Say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the New Year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display over the St. Johns River. Make your way down to the waterfront with friends or family before midnight to snag a great seat for the festivities. Fireworks will begin exactly at midnight. This year fireworks will be launched from a barge on the St. Johns River between the Hyatt and Double Tree hotels and high above the St. Johns River from the Acosta Bridge. These locations are able to be viewed from both the North and South banks in Downtown Jacksonville in addition to viewing from Brooklyn and under the Fuller Warren Bridge where the Riverside Arts Market is held.”

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Things To Do Downtown

 

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Live Music & Nightlife

Friday, November 23
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Get Involved

 

The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art – Call to Artists and Businesses – TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
 
The Holiday Windows of Art are a festive way of highlighting an array of artists while filling empty store windows. This year, Wolf & Cub is organizing the project and is calling for artists and businesses to participate in this event.
When: the windows will be unveiled on Dec. 5 during the First Wednesday Art Walk and will remain up for the month of December.
Artists: submit a PDF sketch of your concept along with a brief description of the project. Include name, contact and project information. Details.
COJ City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, November 27, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers
Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates. Details.
When: Wednesday, December 19, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

150 Riverside Ave. #307
211 N. Laura St.
Now Open! (through the holidays)
400 N. Hogan St.
Opening Thanksgiving Weekend!
223 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
345 E. Bay St.
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120 E. Forsyth St.
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225 E. Coastline Dr.
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112 W. Adams St.
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DVI Updates:

 

 

#ShopSmall with us at Small Business Saturday!
Mark your calendars for Nov. 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and get ready to Shop Small®. Stop by 15+ participating businesses in Downtown Jacksonville and get a chance to win a giveaway with goodies from some of your favorite #DTJax spots! Details.
Tickets are going fast for the inaugural #DTJax Awards Breakfast!
Celebrate the people and projects making a difference in Downtown Jacksonville on Tuesday, December 11, from 7:30-10 a.m. at The River Club.
Celebrate the 4th Annual #DTJax Award winners and be among the first to find out the theme for the much-anticipated 2019 #DTJax Gala!
Tickets are $25 and include breakfast and complimentary parking. Buy your tickets or table today.
2018 #DTJax Awards Breakfast Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your company when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 2018 #DTJax Awards Breakfast. Download the kit here. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DVI is looking for fun, talented interns for the Spring!
2017 State of Downtown Report
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.
2016-2017 Annual Report
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.
2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here

 

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Jacksonville is home to many of us, so what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving and kick off the holiday season than by spending time in the heart of Jacksonville? Get all the juicy info on Thanksgiving meal specials and unforgettable events in #DTJax.

Thanksgiving Take-out

Want to host a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner but shudder at the thought of cooking it all yourself?  Don’t stress! These great Downtown restaurants take all the legwork out so you just have to decide who gets the drumsticks…

bb’s Restaurant & Bar — 1019 Hendricks Avenue

Got the roasting down but a little iffy on your baking?  Pick up a cake or three from bb’s and spoil your guests with a dessert course to remember.  Their current seasonal offerings are: Bananas foster cheesecake with gingersnap crust, red velvet cake with a layer of vanilla cheesecake, and pumpkin mousse with pecan crust. Details.

 

 

 

Ruth’s Chris — 1201 Riverplace Boulevard

No one can ever get enough Ruth’s Chris, so it’s only natural that you’d want to invite them to your Thanksgiving feast.  Order 24 hours in advance and bring home a tray of their creamed spinach or sweet potato casseroles, which feed 10-12 guests each, for $29.95! Details.

 

 

 

Restaurant Dining

Would you rather get out of the house for Thanksgiving and avoid the cooking altogether?  These Downtown restaurants are offering scrumptious menus to get you in the spirit!

Juliette’s Bistro — 245 Water Street

Juliette’s is located in the stunning Omni Jacksonville Hotel and serves up excellent food and drinks to hotel patrons and theatergoers heading to the Times-Union Center for a show.  Grab a reservation for their fabulous Thanksgiving brunch from 11-3 pm, which includes bottomless mimosas, three carving stations, a seafood station, traditional Thanksgiving sides, breakfast items, and a delectable dessert bar! Details.

 

 

River City Brewing Company — 835 Museum Circle

If you are a firm believer that Thanksgiving is a gustatorial challenge of personal honor, look no further than River City Brewing Co.’s Thanksgiving buffet.  It’s not just Thanksgiving dinner, they’ve also included breakfast items, seafood, hot and cold sides, and a plethora of desserts. Get your grub on from 10am – 4pm and call (904) 398-2299 to make your reservation.  Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants. Details.

 

 

Ruth’s Chris — 1201 Riverplace Boulevard

If your Thanksgiving meal preferences lean more towards opulence and the refined, Ruth’s Chris’ three-course spread has you covered.  Enjoy hot soup, crisp salad, herb stuffing, oven-roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and a sumptuous dessert duo.  The best part? They’ll even send you home with some leftovers! Details.

 

 

Special Events

After a day of eating with friends and family, check out these events going on through the long weekend. Believe us, there’s something for everyone!

Myth Nightclub — 333 East Bay Street

11/22 — Dance off dinner at Myth from 9 p.m.  to 2 a.m.! RSVP for discounts on cover fees and drinks until 11 p.m. Details.

 

 

 

 

32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting — 2 W. Independent Drive

11/23 — Kickoff the holiday season at The Jacksonville Landing from 7-9 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your family and friends as The Landing lights their 56-foot-tall Christmas tree featuring over 78,000 L.E.D. lights and more than 150 ornaments!  Synchronized lightings will be held nightly at 6pm until 12/31. Details.

 

 

 

Christmas Made in the South — 1000 Water Street

11/23-25 — As Christmas time approaches what better way to get ready for the holiday season than buying American-made treasures crafted with creativity. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, woodworking, glass, Christmas ornaments, photography, fine art, delicious gourmet delights and so much more at The Prime Osborn Convention Center. P.S. Old Saint Nick will be there so bring your gift list! SHOW HOURS: Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Details.

 

 

Downtown Dazzle Light & Music Display— 225 E. Duval Street

11/23 to 12/31 — The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) is proud to present its fourth annual downtown holiday celebration by illuminating the outside of its downtown office, located at 225 East Duval Street (First United Methodist Church) with festive lights synchronized to recorded songs of the season performed by JCC. Holiday, Christmas and Hanukkah songs will be broadcast on 94.5 FM radio for onlookers to enjoy. Each night, 15-minute presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. Details.

 

 

Small Business Saturday— Downtown Jacksonville

11/24 — This Nov. 24, celebrate Small Business Saturday® all day in Downtown Jacksonville! It’s a special holiday created so communities can show love for small businesses and it wouldn’t be a celebration without people like you joining us! Details.

 

 

 

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade— St. Johns River Downtown

11/24 — Starting at 6:30, vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. John River. The evening then culminates with one of the best fireworks show on the First Coast featuring “waterfalls” off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges at 9pm. Details.

 

 

 

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots to enjoy. If you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information.

We hope to see you and your family out and about in #DTJax this weekend. Downtown Vision wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday–they’re HUGE shopping holidays after Thanksgiving that offer large discounts and take all of our money (unfortunately)—but few know about Small Business Saturday, which isn’t surprising. To clear up any confusion, let’s break down what Small Business Saturday is and why you should care (and you should!).

A Holiday for the Underdog

Small Business Saturday has been around for eight years (eight years!?) and was born out of a need to represent small, local brick and mortar shops during the largest shopping season of the year.

With successful holidays like Black Friday—which capitalized on corporate shopping opportunities—and Cyber Monday—which focused on e-commerce—there was a gap (literally between Friday and Monday) that small businesses could fill; that’s where American Express saw an opportunity.

In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday with support from Amex and other non-profit organizations. For the last eight years, Small Business Saturday has become a nationwide event and has even become popular overseas. Now, you might be thinking, “this is all great, but why should I care?” Well, here’s why…

Investing in your Community

It’s convenient to purchase items online. We all do it! Amazon and other giants are pioneers on that front; however, this convenience has caused a domino effect in communities around the nation.

We don’t realize that every time we buy something from a corporate business, we take away the opportunity for the owners of local, small businesses to pay their bills and even realize their dreams; Downtown Jacksonville is no different. That’s why Small Business Saturday’s a big deal.

Since Small Business Saturday started,U.S. customers have reported spending
an estimated total of $85 billion, according to American Express. That’s $85 billion in 8 days! If we want to see downtown improve economically, then we have to invest our time, our money and our passion to make it happen.

If we want to shape the culture of our city, we have to support the local shops that define our character and values, which larger corporations simply can’t do. This year, we should all strive to support our local businesses and in turn, we’ll help shape a vibrant and thriving community. Here’s what you need to know to #shopsmall in #DTJax:

The Main Event

The team at DVI is proud to support Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018 (that’s only a WEEK away!). It’s an all-day event that encompasses all of Downtown, from Brooklyn to the Urban Core. There are 15 participating businesses this year including fan-favorites Chamblin’s UptownHyppo Ice Pops, Riverside Arts Market and Wolf & Cub.

To add a cherry on top, we have an AMAZING giveaway for the ultimate #DTJax fan: a swag bag including a Visit Jacksonville tote, $25 gift card to Mocha Misk’i, $10 voucher for Breezy Jazz Club, tickets to see a show at The Ritz Theatre and Museum and 5  & Dime, A Theatre Company. Do I have your attention now? Here’s how it works:

  1. Start at any of the participating businesses and receive your passport.
  2. Get a stamp from at least SIX of the locations listed below.
  3. Turn in your completed passport with at least SIX stamps at any of the participating venues.
  4. You’re DONE. It’s that simple (I wish everything was…).

The winner of the giveaway will be selected at random and notified on Monday, November 26 via email. Please make sure to provide your contact information because passports with incomplete/missing information will not be considered(sounds harsh but #SorryNotSorry).

Stop by these participating businesses in Downtown Jacksonville to show your love and try your hand at the prize:

  1. Bay Street Bar & Grill | 119 E Bay St.
  2. Bellwether | 100 N Laura St.
  3. Bold City Brewery Downtown | 109 E Bay St.
  4. Breezy Jazz Club | 119 W Adams St.
  5. Burrito Gallery Brooklyn | 100 E Adams St.
  6. Chamblin’s Uptown | 215 N Laura St.
  7. Duval Mercantile | 205 N Laura St.
  8. Hyppo Brooklyn | 90 Riverside Ave. #605
  9. Jacobs Jewelers | 205 N Laura St.
  10. Mocha Misk’i | 209 N Laura St.
  11. Riverside Arts Market | 715 Riverside Ave.
  12. The Carling | 31 Adams St.
  13. Visit Jacksonville | 208 N Laura St.
  14. Wolf & Cub | 205 N Laura St.

If you want more details (‘cause if you made it this far, you MUST be interested), make sure to visit DTJax.com/shopsmall to chart your course and discover all that downtown has to offer.

I don’t think I need to remind you to share your favorite Small Business Saturday moments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ShopSmall (let’s be honest, you were going to do it anyway).

 

We hope to see you out and about in #DTJax on Saturday, November 24 (probably in your ONE winter coat since it might be below 80 degrees). There’s so much to do and see in our city and it would be a shame if you missed out on this.

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to enjoy. And of course, if you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information (‘cause we’ve got your back!).