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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Celebrate the Season in Jacksonville!

Riverwalk Crossing Park with Holiday Lights

Even with parades cancelled, Winterfest postponed, and ongoing COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, there are still many things to be thankful for and many ways to enjoy the season in Jacksonville. Join the community in celebrating this special time of year with activities hosted by the City of Jacksonville and its partners.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 8, 6PM, Riverwalk Crossing Park

Mayor Sammy Phillips and the City Council will light the City’s tree. There will also be seasonal trivia and a reading from Mrs. Claus. This event is virtual only with no public attendance. The ceremony, trivia and reading can be viewed online at 

Jacksonville Flotilla

December 5, 6PM, Downtown Jacksonville on the New River

Parking is available at Kerr St Park, 36 Kerr Street. The flotilla is hosted by the Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary Club.

Light up the Park

December 9-11, 6-8PM, Riverwalk Crossing Park

This is an interactive drive-through event with hot cocoa, cookies, trivia, take-home crafts, socially distanced photos with Santa, and Christmas Cheer donation drop off! More details are available at

Gingerbread Competition

Submissions: November 30-December 13

Families are invited to join the friendly competition! Decorate a gingerbread house, snap a photo, and submit it online for the chance to win a prize from American Dream Cakes Bakery. The winner will be announced December 18, 2020. More information is available at

Save the Date: Winterfest 2021

February 20, 2021

Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns, State executive orders and Federal guidelines, the Winterfest family festival at Riverwalk Park has been postponed until February 20, 2021. The Winterfest Artisan Market has been cancelled but will return in December 2021. Event details will be updated and are subject to change. Find the latest information at

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