Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Jacksonville

Kids Holiday Events Jacksonville

The best time for family time is the holidays, especially when there are so many local businesses that cater to kids! Get ready to make some holiday-inspired crafts, celebrate with Santa, and check out some amazing gingerbread houses!

Featured Events


Holly Jolly Jacksonville | The Markets at St. Johns Town Center
November 23, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kick-off the holidays and join us for some holiday fun at The Markets at Town Center! There will be visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, balloons, crafts and more!

Donuts with Santa | Jacksonville Mom & The Mini Bar
Various Dates and Times

Join Jacksonville Mom for Donuts with Santa! Your ticket gets you one professional pic with the big guy and a 3 pack of holiday donuts!

Nov
29
Candy Cane Classes | Sweet Pete’s Candy
Sweet Pete’s Candy
Only at Sweet Pete’s can you watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. All guests will shape canes to take home. Be sure to sign up quickly as spots are limited. This seasonal c...
Dec
6
Peppermint Land | Jekyll Island Mini Golf
Jekyll Island Mini Golf
9:00 am
A nod to the island’s original amusement park, Peppermint Land, celebrate the holiday season at Jekyll Island Mini Golf! Enjoy one or both of the 18-hole courses while surrounded by life-size gum dr...
Dec
6
WinterFest | Adventure Landing – Jax Beach
Adventure Landing – Jacksonville Beach
2:00 pm
We are open for holiday chills & thrills during the Winter.​ ​WinterFEST is open on select days during select times, so be sure to check our calendar for more details.  Also, certain activiti...
Dec
6
Hometown Holiday | Clarke House Park
Clarke House Park
5:00 pm
Join us for the 7th annual Hometown Holiday Event! Clarke House Park will be bursting with holiday cheer. You can enjoy: tours of the decorated house, live musical entertainment, pictures with Santa (...
Dec
6
Christmas and Cocoa Party | My Gym – Jax Beach
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Jacksonville Beach
5:30 pm
My Gym hosts a night of holiday festivities. There will be puppet shows, songs, dances, and themed games. There will also be an outside portion of the party with famous Florida snow and there will be ...
Dec
6
7th Annual Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show | Morocco Shrine Center
Morocco Shrine Center
6:00 pm
7th Annual Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show Nov 20, 2019 – Jan 4, 2020 Bring the family together for this fun Jacksonville Tradition. Load up the family and tune your car radio to our...
Dec
6
Holiday Fair | San Pablo Elementary
San Pablo Elementary School, 801 18th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
6:00 pm
Come join our local community at San Pablo Elementary to enjoy FREE – seasonal crafts and activities, – music and dance performances, – wonderful food, – unique and affordable ...
Dec
6
Kid’s Night Out: Holiday Dance Party! | Big Fish Yoga
Big Fish Yoga
6:00 pm
Join us for a night of kids (ages 9-14) getting together and having a fun night out! We’re getting into the holiday spirit during this Kids Night Out and will be celebrating with a dance party! ...
Dec
6
Elf on the Shelf Movie + Pajama Party | Sunshine Play + Learn
Sunshine Play + Learn
6:00 pm
Wear your favorite Christmas PJs and join us for a fun Elf on the Shelf movie night! We will watch the Elf on the Shelf movie (25 min), enjoy hot chocolate + holiday cookies. A real live Elf on the Sh...
Dec
7
Light Up The House 5k & Family Day | Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, Inc
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, Inc
8:00 am
Grab your sneakers and get ready to ‘Light Up The House’ during the festive holiday season for critically ill children staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville! Athletes of all levels ...
Dec
7
10th Annual Santa in the Courtyard | Beaches Town Center
200 1st Street Neptune Beach
9:00 am
Santa in the Courtyard is a fun and festive annual, outdoor photo event hosted by the merchants at 200 First Street and Dunlop Photography. Don your holiday attire but don’t forget to dress for ...
Dec
7
Beaches North Pole Express | Beaches Museum & History Park
Beaches Museum & History Park
9:00 am
Don’t miss the opportunity to Meet Santa and the Conductor at the Beaches North Pole Express! This two day event will take place Friday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, ...
Dec
7
Family Gingerbread School | The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
9:30 am
Enjoy a family holiday tradition together as you create your own signature gingerbread house alongside our Ritz-Carlton pastry chefs, with a portion of the proceeds from each house donated to the Boys...
Dec
7
16th Annual Jacksonville Gingerbread Extravaganza | Old St. Andrews Event Venue
Old St. Andrews Event Venue
10:00 am
The most creative art and design show in Jacksonville, the 16th Annual Jacksonville Gingerbread Extravaganza is an edible design challenge to benefit the operations of the Jacksonville Historical Soci...
Dec
7
Santa Express Train Rides | St. Mary’s Railroad
St. Marys Railroad
10:00 am
The magic of Christmas comes alive at Santa Land where Jolly Old St. Nick himself boards the train for the return ride with gifts for all the good little boys and girls. Entertainment all along the wa...
Dec
7
A December to Remember Holiday Party! | World Golf Hall of Fame
World Golf Hall of Fame
10:00 am
Jacksonville Business Connections invites you our free community event A December to Remember Holiday Party! at the Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village. Santa meet & greet Vendors Food Music Ki...
Dec
7
Toddler Time – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Sweet Pete’s Candy
Sweet Pete’s Candy
10:00 am
Toddler Time is a sweet toddler story-time outing, perfectly suited for little ones aged 2-4 years old! Enjoy a story, sweet treat and craft based on what you’ve read! November 8th-December 31st ...
Dec
7
Holly Jolly Jacksonville | The Markets at Town Center
The Markets at Town Center
10:00 am
Join us at The Markets at Town Center for FREE horse drawn carriage rides! Be sure to stop for a photo op with the many reindeer around the shopping center!
Dec
7
Oh What Fun! | Sawgrass Village
Sawgrass Village
10:00 am
Come join us for the 4th Annual OH What FUN! holday event at Sawgrass Village on Saturday December 7th from 10am -3pm. This is a FREE event and open to the public. Enjoy Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Vi...
Dec
7
Photos with Santa Paws 2019 | Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Fleming Island
11:00 am
Join us again this year for Photos with Santa Paws, a Fundraiser for Friends of Clay County Animals
Dec
7
Santa’s Storybook Tea | The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
12:00 pm
Celebrate the season with a storybook reading by Santa and afternoon tea in a magical space adorned with holiday decor and gingerbread creations. A buffet of pastries, candies, cakes, finger sandwiche...
Dec
7
Toy Drive | Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex!
Jacksonville Ice & Sports Complex
12:00 pm
During select sessions in December, when you bring a new, unwrapped toy to Jacksonville Ice, you get $2 off Public Ice Skating Admission! The toys will benefit low-income children and families in the ...
Dec
7
Catty Claws Christmas | Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
1:00 pm
Come out and see the big cats doing their thing while surrounded by the lights and twinkle of the season! For the first time ever, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is gearing up to pounce aboard ...
Dec
7
Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting | Beaches Town Center
Beaches Town Center
3:00 pm
Beaches Town Center, City of Atlantic Beach and City of Neptune Beach sponsor this free holiday event held at Beaches Town Center starting at 3pm. Join us for a bike parade, live entertainment, fac...
Dec
7
19th Annual Surf Illumination | St. Johns County Ocean Pier
St. Johns County Ocean Pier
3:00 pm
Join us at Pier Park in the promenade from 3 pm until 7 pm for the 19th annual Surf Illumination event! Holiday Music, Pictures with Santa and Mrs Claus, face painting, balloon twisting, two bounce ho...
Dec
7
Christmas In Avondale | The Shoppes of Avondale
Shoppes of Avondale
4:00 pm
Another wonderful year of our community Christmas celebration! A fun family event, offering activities for kids and adults. Saturday December 7th from 4:00pm- 8:00pm FREE
Dec
7
Festive Family Films – The Grinch | Memorial Park
Memorial Park
6:00 pm
Join Root Realty and share in holiday festivities with a free movie in Memorial Park! Snack on complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate, or buy dinner from Alma Food Truck! Bring your own lawn chair or...
Dec
7
Christmas Movie in the Park | Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park
Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park
6:00 pm
Bring the entire family out for our 6th Annual Movie in the Park on December 7th, featuring the animated film “The Grinch”! The movie will be shown in the back field of Ronnie Van Zant Par...
Dec
7
WWE LIVE – Holiday Tour | Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
Veterans Memorial Arena
7:30 pm
Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Fri, 4 Oct 2019 at 10:00 AM WWE Presale : Thu, 3 Oct 2019 at 10:00 AM Venue Presale : Thu, 3 Oct 2019 at 10:00 AM Ticketmaster Presale : Thu, 3 Oct 2019 at 10:00 ...
Dec
8
ELF-Tastic Christmas Celebration! | We Rock the Spectrum Gym
We Rock the Spectrum Gym
10:00 am
Tis’ the Season for Celebration & Friends! WRTS is taking an all-new approach to celebrations inside of the gym! Wear your favorite Christmas Jammies and get ready to play! Christmas Centers...
Dec
8
Christmas in Candyland | Sweet Pete’s Candy
Sweet Pete’s Candy
11:00 am
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re celebrating Christmas in Candyland! Join us for a sweet day, Sunday December 8th at Jacksonville’s beloved candy mansion. Time blocks are avail...
Dec
8
Sunday with Santa | Legacy Ale Works
Legacy Ale Works
11:00 am
This just in from the North Pole! Santa will be making a stop by Legacy Ale Works for a very special Sunday with Santa! Families, you won’t want to miss this unique event! Here are the details: ...
Dec
8
Santa Spectacular | Bravoz Entertainment Center
Bravoz Entertainment Center
12:00 pm
BRAVOZ invites you to enjoy an afternoon of cheerful meet-and-greets, a reindeer stop station, tasty smores, holiday music, and more! Come meet Santa Clause and share your Christmas wishlist with him ...
Dec
8
Children’s Fun Day | ARTSee & Shop
ARTSee & Shop
2:00 pm
Local artist and author, Sharon Goldman, will be reading her new children’s book, “There’s a Day Out There”. We’ll have special coloring activities from the book, and sp...
Dec
12
All Ages 3D Printed Ornament Workshop | Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy
Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy
12:30 pm
Time to decorate that Christmas Tree — and you can do it in style with your own 3D printed ornament that you design yourself. Come learn the basics of 3D design and make your own one-of-a-kind o...
Dec
12
Holiday Party & Cupcake Pairing | Legacy Ale Works
Legacy Ale Works
5:00 pm
Sugar, spice and all things nice – it’s the holidays and we’re excited to celebrate with you! Join us as we celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year”. Our holiday i...
Dec
14
DIY Mosaic Christmas Crafts- Moms Club Jacksonville Beaches
pin Hammer & Stain (Atlantic Beach)
9:00 am
Together with Beach Life Mosaics, Moms Club of Jacksonville Beach is hosting: MOSAIC CLASS IN ATLANTIC BEACH! It’s art all cracked up! $20 and up. No experience necessary. Join us at the Hammer ...
Dec
14
Christmas For Kids | Victory Lutheran Church & Preschool
Victory Lutheran Church & Preschool
11:00 am
Join us for a fun Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST at Victory Lutheran Church and Preschool. We will have crafts, snacks, singing, and other activitie...
Dec
14
Festive Family Films – Rudolph | Memorial Park
Memorial Park
6:00 pm
Join Root Realty and share in holiday festivities with a free movie in Memorial Park! Snack on complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate, or buy dinner from the Pinegrove Market and Deli food truck. Bri...
Dec
15
Caring Santa | Sensory Towne
Sensory Towne
12:00 pm
Come join us and have the opportunity to meet with Sensory Towne’s Caring Santa in a fun/safe and patient environment. Cookies and Cider and crafts. $12.00 for non-members, $6.00 for members
Dec
15
Gingerbread House Decorating | JAX Cooking Studio
JAX Cooking Studio
2:30 pm
Bring the family, come by yourself, or gather a group of friends to celebrate the season by decorating a festive gingerbread house. We’ll supply a 10″ x 6″ preassembled, freshly-baked gingerbrea...
Dec
15
Dog Park on Ice at Jacksonville Ice! | Jacksonville Ice & Sports Complex
Jacksonville Ice & Sports Complex
3:30 pm
Bring your pups to Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex for an afternoon of fun on the ice! Admission is $12 + a dog food donation for each dog and their human. Plus, get your dogs photo taken with Santa...
Dec
16
All Ages Gingerbread House Build-Off | Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy
Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy
5:30 pm
Calling all cookie & candy engineers! We’re taking the humble gingerbread house to the next level! No kits here, these houses are built from scratch using your weird and wonderful imagination. D...
Dec
17
Toddler Time: Christmas Party | Bravoz Entertainment Center
Bravoz Entertainment Center
9:30 am
Let’s rock around the trampolines and be jolly this December! Join BRAVOZ as we celebrate the season of giving by bringing in a gift to donate to local charities. During this time, our facility is r...
Dec
18
Wine & Cookies with the Grinch | Sheraton Jacksonville
Sheraton Jacksonville
5:30 pm
Calling all moms to come join us for moms’ night out with wine and cookies! Step onto the patio and restaurant of the Sheraton Jacksonville as we transform it into a winter wonderland! Tickets i...
Dec
19
Holiday Cookie Decorating | Sensory Towne
Sensory Towne
10:00 am
Come on out and help decorate some Holiday cookies. Thursday, December 19th. $12 non-members, free for members. Sign up online before event
Dec
19
All Ages Gingerbread House Build-Off | Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy
Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy
12:30 pm
Calling all cookie & candy engineers! We’re taking the humble gingerbread house to the next level! No kits here, these houses are built from scratch using your weird and wonderful imagination. D...
Dec
21
Holly Jolly Jacksonville | The Markets at Town Center
The Markets at Town Center
10:00 am
Join us at The Markets at Town Center for FREE visits with Santa! Be sure to stop for a bonus photo op with the many reindeer around the shopping center!
Dec
21
Festive Family Films – Elf | Memorial Park
Memorial Park
6:00 pm
Join Root Realty and share in holiday festivities with a free movie in Memorial Park! Take pictures with Santa and bring NEW toys to donate to the children at Sulzbacher! Snack on complimentary popcor...

Jacksonville Mom's Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events in Jacksonville

Chantel Beidleman
Born and raised in the Aloha state and a traveling gypsy at heart, Chantel left the nest fresh out of high school and headed off for college in sunny Southern California. Almost a decade later she met and fell madly in love with her hubby who whisked her off to the great Midwest. After five brutal winters in Nebraska, Chantel realized that home will always be where the ocean is (and the snow isn’t), so off to Jacksonville they went, where this Hawaiian girl now spends her days as a stay-at-home wrangler to her two baby bears. Prior to becoming a household CEO, she joyfully spent her time as the Program Assistant Director of a preschool. Painting while enjoying a nice glass of wine is her jam and spontaneous dance parties with her kiddos are what sing to her soul. Chantel is wildly passionate about advocating for her son, who lives with multiple severe food allergies, which has led her family to become (mostly) vegan. You can find her out and about on a daily basis as she is a self-proclaimed busy body and loves hitting up the beach or exploring new spots in town. If you ever see this fast-paced mama on the go, be sure to say hi because she is always up for meeting new people and making new friends!

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