Here are some ideas on how to spend your 12 days of Christmas. A partridge in a pear tree not required.

Saturday 12/13

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Brio. There will be music, crafts, face-painting and photo opportunities. 9 a.m. Tickets are $11.95 per adult; $5.95 per child.

Celebrate the holidays at this extended Riverside Arts Market experience. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free

Spend an afternoon with Santa. There will be chances for meet and greets in addition to holiday crafts and a showing of the Christmas play, “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. 9 a.m. Tickets are first-come, first-serve.

Sunday 12/14

Join in the holiday cheer at The Candy Apple’s first annual Jingle Bell Brunch. Dining options feature a buffet, chocolate bar, mimosas and candy apples. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $48 per adult $25 per child.

The last Yappy Hour of the year features free dog photos with Santa, drink specials, and holiday fun. 2 to 5 p.m. Free

Monday 12/15

  • Candy Making Classes (repeats every day until Dec. 31)

Learn how to make traditional candy canes at Sweet Pete’s! 9 a.m. $15, book online at


Listen to holiday music by Lakeside Junior High Chorus at the Clay County Headquarters Library. 6:30 p.m, 1895 Town Center Blvd. Free

Tuesday 12/16

This classic Christmas play repeats daily at the Alhambra Dinner theater until Dec 24.


Wednesday 12/17

A holiday tradition hosted by the folks at the Jax History Society. Experience a tasty display of unique gingerbread houses created by local chefs, artists, and architects.


Thursday 12/18

See thousands of dazzling lights as they transform the zoo into a winter wonderland!

Friday 12/19

An annual Christmas party featuring music acts from The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier, and Squeedlepuss. 8 p.m, 1904 Music Hall. $12 advance / $15 door.

Saturday 12/20

This classic ballet has been performed by the graceful dancers of the Florida Ballet for 32 years. Join in the tradition and experience this holiday favorite in person.

Sunday 12/21


Chanuka festivities at the Landing. The celebrations feature live music, food, games, and the lighting of the menorah. 1 p.m. Free.

Monday 12/22

The nation’s oldest city is also host to a dazzling light display.

The Florida Theater invites you to come celebrate this beloved tale come to life on stage. 7 p.m.

 Tuesday 12/23

Because Christmas isn’t complete without this classic tale.


 Wednesday 12/24

Spend Christmas eve at the One Ocean Resort. There will be warm cider and freshly baked cookies offered in the lobby. And for dinner? A scrumptious holiday inspired dinner at Azurea.

 Thursday 12/25

  • Blackhawk Christmas Lights

Because this is, by far, one of the best local Christmas light displays. Ever.