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Whether you’re an elf or a reindeer – there’s plenty to see and lots to do in #DTJax for the holidays! Need some gifts? You’re covered. Want to see some holiday shows? Look no further. Love christmas trees and fireworks? Of course you do. So get up and get on down, but remember to be nice because…

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‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

Hemming Park Holiday Market
Nov. 30 – Dec. 11 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Enjoy festive holiday decorations and Support local small businesses with a rotation of different vendors each day. The markets and food trucks will run 11:00am – 2:00pm for guest of the park to gather and purchase gifts.

Vagabond Flea 
Dec. 12 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Every second Saturday, join Vagabond Coffee Company in Hemming Park to shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.

Riverside Arts Market: Holidazzle
Dec. 12 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Go to the Riverside Arts Market and enjoy all the festivities from lights and decor to photos with Santa and classic holiday movies on stage from 6 – 9 p.m.

Jaxsons Night Market 
Dec. 17 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

A monthly night market for Jaxsons by Jaxsons, showcasing what makes our community unique including local farmers, local beer, food trucks, fashion trucks, art and food vendors, live music and much more.

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By Tenley Ross, DVI Intern

Nick Simpson, 24, a Jimmy John's cyclist, stands by his bike that gets him around Downtown on Monday, May 11, 2015. He said he encourages people to use the opportunity of Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15, 2015, to enjoy Downtown.

Nick Simpson, 24, a Jimmy John’s cyclist, stands by his bike that gets him around Downtown. He said he encourages people to use the opportunity of Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15, to enjoy Downtown.

When you think of Downtown, you probably think lights, hustle and traffic. What if you could eliminate traffic?

Friday, May 15, is Jacksonville Bike to Work Day. It can seem a little intimidating to ride around Downtown, but we talked to a pro, and actually, he thinks you’re up for the challenge.

Nick Simpson, 24, is one of several Jimmy John’s cyclists for the company’s Laura Street location. When Simpson delivers your food, he knows exactly how to get around and cruise the city streets.

These are his tips on why you should ride your bike to work:

1. How should bike riders react to drivers?

The roads are rarely bumper-to-bumper Downtown, except for big events like Art Walk, he said.

Don’t be worried about drivers, he said. Just know the rules of the road, and follow them. He said for every car taking up the roadway, eight bikes could take its place riding along.

You’re making a difference!