With Christmas less than a month away, some Jacksonville moms are putting finishing touches on the pending holiday trip. For those moms not traveling, they may be wondering what they’ll do with their little ones during winter break. If you’re looking for some fun, local ideas to enjoy the holidays at home consider planning a Christmas Staycation. Take part in some of the River City’s holiday traditions perfect for the entire family. Below are four ideas that is sure to get your family in the holiday spirit without having to travel far.
There’s nothing like ushering in the holidays than to watch a performance of the Nutcracker. And for Jacksonville families, a great option for your family is at the Florida Theatre. The 22nd Annual Community Nutcracker takes place December 13 and 14 and includes performers from more than 200 children from Northeast Florida. Attending Jacksonville’s oldest Theatre is an excellent way to support arts in our community and give your child a cultural experience they will not forget. If you’re a mom of boys, this is a great performance for them as well!
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where ice skating was something we did as an activity in gym class and every weekend. For Florida kids, it’s like having a taste of New York City at Christmas time. We take the kids each winter and they always have a great time. Wear very warm clothes and bring gloves and a scarf. The best time to go is early during Saturday Family skate which starts at 7 pm. You’ll get a discounted rate and it’s not too busy. If it will be your families first time ice skating be prepared for a few falls. Watch a few videos on ice skating before you go. It will be well worth it as everyone is sure to have fun!
December to Remember (formerly Winter Wonderland) – Saint Augustine, Florida
It may not snow in Jacksonville but it does snow less than 40 miles south in St. Augustine’s December to Remember – holiday themed winter adventure good for children of all ages. This year a few changes will be made to the wonderland eliminating the ice skating rink that was available to everyone. But you’ll family will still find hours of good fun. Besides a “real snow” fall each night, you’ll find Santa’s Village, a real horse and carriage ride, a mini-polar express train, and so much more. Although entrance is free, you do have to pay for many of the activities like the carriage rides.
Want some inspiration for decorating your gingerbread house this year? Then plan a trip to the Jacksonville Historical Society’s annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza. The event is one Jacksonville’s favorite holiday traditions and takes place down town across the street from Veterans Memorial Arena. The Extravaganza is the Historical Society’s holiday fundraiser featuring dozens of gingerbread houses made by local chefs and community members. Act fast as the Extravaganza begins December 4 and ends December 21st.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Jacksonville during the holidays?
Nadia Jones, a.k.a., Justice Jonesie to her blogging friends, is a mom to three, recovering lawyer, and blogger at JusticeJonesie.com. She enjoys blogging about work-life balance, fit and healthy living, and her journey through motherhood. She is also the founder of The Niche Parent Network & Conference, the first social media blogger network and conference devoted to celebrating diversity among digital parents. Through the network, she connects brands and marketers to social influencers to generate buzz and visibility to advertising and marketing campaigns. Connect with Nadia on Twitter @justicejonesie and @NicheParent.