#DTJax Weekly Update: December 14-20, 2021

Instagram of the Week

This Saturday is your last chance to shop at @RiversideArtsMarket this holiday season! Enjoy handmade goods, local produce, live Christmas caroling and gift wrapping. Check it out, under the Fuller Warren Bridge from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Use the hashtag #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

New and Noteworthy

Sip & Stroll Presented by PNC Returns Thursday

Stroll along the St. Johns River at sunset and enjoy craft cocktails, delicious eats and live music at every stop. This month’s line-up includes live music from Dylan Gerard and HelloCelia, and food from Chancho KingDaddy O’s Portable PatioDos Vatos Tacos,  Josie’s Latin Fusion, Lazy Days HotDog Cart and Seafood in MotionLearn more.

Share Your Feedback to Improve Downtown

Each year Downtown Vision (DVI) evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. Please share your feedback with us utilizing these three surveys:

DTJax Resident Survey

DTJax Employee Survey

DTJax Visitor Survey

A Christmas Carol on Laura Street

VyStar Credit Union presents Jason Woods’ A Christmas Carol, a holiday storytelling tour de force for the Christmas season! Live, outside, and free to the public on December 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m. at VyStar Tower. BYO blankets and chairs. Learn more.

Spend New Year’s Eve in #DTJax With Dinner, Dancing and Fireworks

Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be on New Year’s Eve! From rooftop celebrations and dance parties, to formal dinners and live entertainment, there is something for everyone. Plus, the night ends with a fantastic fireworks show right at midnight on the St. Johns River. Check out what’s going on Downtown on December 31st.

This Week: Holidays in #DTJax
Featuring a Free Movie Night This Friday

Join us December 13-17th For Our Annual Holiday Celebration in Downtown Jacksonville!

We’re excited to announce the return of two of our favorite Holly Jolly happenings:

The Merry & Bright Movie Night Presented by Live Oak Contracting
Friday, December 17th at Riverfront Plaza

Enjoy two Christmas classics on the big screen! Grab dinner and drinks from local food trucks and bars, and warm up with hot cocoa from Vagabond Coffee.

5 p.m. Site opens
5-6:30 p.m. Santa + Mrs. Claus Photo Ops
6 p.m.  The Santa Clause (Rated PG)
9 p.m.  Die Hard (Rated R)

Dashing Through Downtown QR Code Scavenger Hunt
December 13-17, 2021 in Downtown Jacksonville

All week long, you’re invite to scan QR Codes and snap photos for a chance to win fun prizes while you shop and support local #DTJax businesses for the holidays! The first 100 players to complete 10 QR Code challenges will receive a $20 DTJax e- Gift Card during the week of December 20th.

How to Play:

1. Download the Eventzee App for free in the Apple and Google Play stores.
2. Create an account.
3. Enter join code: DASHINGDTJAX
4. Scan 10 or more codes at participating businesses.The first 100 players to scan 10 QR codes will receive a $20 #DTJax e-Gift Card via email from Downtown Vision during the week of December 20th.

#DTJax Awards Tickets on Sale

January 12, 2022 from 4-6 p.m.
The Lark | 229 N. Hogan St.

Celebrating the people and projects making a difference in Downtown Jacksonville!

Each year Downtown Vision, Inc. hosts the #DTJax Awards to recognize and show our appreciation for those who love and serve Downtown Jacksonville.Enjoy cocktails and light bites with us as we celebrate the best of #DTJax.

Awards include Downtown Ambassador of the Year, Downtowner of the Year, Downtown Project of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Downtown Achievement Award.

Learn More & Purchase Tickets

Upcoming #DTJax Events


Holiday Ornament Wood Burning Workshop
December 16th @ 6 p.m.
The Bread and Board

Create one-of-a-kind ornaments for you or a loved one. Your ticket buys you a drink of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. The Bread and Board will also be hosting a Festive Holiday Floral Workshop the same night.

JWJ Park Ugly Holiday Sweater Party
December 17th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
James Weldon Johnson Park

Wear your best “ugly” holiday sweater and enjoy free hot cocoa (donations are welcomed), fun and FREE kid friendly coloring activities, and take selfies with The Grinch and Santa!! Enjoy live Music courtesy of Big Papa Fish, and a bunch of your favorite food trucks serving lunch!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Party
December 17th from 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Volstead

The Volstead is throwing a party with Angel’s Envy and there’s no better way to do that than with The Griswald’s. Enjoy have themed cocktails, a photo booth, and more. And if you feel like dancing, DJ Mas Appeal will be spinning all of the holiday hits from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Riverside Arts Market

Every Saturday, under the Fuller Warren Bridge, enjoy a beautiful outdoor market. Shop local produce, handmade goods and dine at your favorite food trucks.

This Month: On December 18th Gift Wrapping will be available for RAM shoppers.

Check out this week’s line-up!

James Weldon Johnson Park

Don’t miss out on all of the events going on in the park this month, including lunchtime musical performances and weekend festivals! View the schedule.

See More Events

Get Involved

Activating Jacksonville’s Riverfront

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is helping to convene a series of conversations about how best to activate our city’s downtown waterfront for the benefit of all of our residents and visitors. Visit their page to learn more.

1st Downtown Jacksonville: The Future of the Shipyards 

1st DownTown Jacksonville is a platform created to help communicate, advocate and unite supporters who share the same passion for Downtown. Check out their website to learn about plans for The Shipyards, a path toward the Stadium of the Future and community investment by the Jaguars and Iguana Investments.

Updates from Downtown Vision

Downtown Vision’s
2020-2021 Annual Report 

We are excited to share our 2020-2021 Annual Report.

Explore the ways our organization makes a difference in Downtown Jacksonville. From our exceptional team of Downtown Ambassadors, to our signature events old and new, we are always striving to makes #DTJax the place to be.

View The Report

Visit our blog!

Stay up to date with what’s going on Downtown and learn more about what makes #DTJax an incredible place to live, work, visit and invest!

Downtown Vision’s Staff Holiday Gift Picks 2021

New Year’s Eve 2021 in #DTJax

Photos: November Sip & Stroll Presented by PNC

Florida Theatre Events Fall/Winter 2021

#DTJax’s Breakfast Guide

Photos: November First Wednesday Art Walk 2021