Christmas on the First Coast presents so many wonderful opportunities to see a whole new side of our beautiful community. Here are my favorite things to do with my family during the holiday season:
Gingerbread House Extravaganza (Downtown)
This sweet exhibit is hosted by the Historical Society and features creations from many Jacksonville community members. This year’s exhibit will also be viewable on Youtube! If you’re hungry after seeing the exhibit, head over to Sweet Pete’s.
This may not occur 2020, but the Zoo never looked better! It’s a magical night to enjoy and support our local zoo while seeing real snow!
This is the best place to propose during the holidays. It’s so romantic with thousands of twinkling lights illuminating St. Augustine, which is already so, so beautiful. It’s a little crazy, parking is hard, people are everywhere and the restaurants are packed. Get there early and make reservations so that you’re not overwhelmed.
Luminaria (Riverside/Avondale and San Marco)
Two of my favorite historic neighborhoods, Riverside and San Marco show off in two beautiful nights of simple luminarias lining every street. Local businesses make a point to stay open late or participate in a special way on these nights!