23 Amazingly Fun Things to Do in Jacksonville This December



Happy December! Between shopping, traveling, the holidays, New Years and so much more going on, you may find it hard to find time for a social life over the next 31 days. We put together a list of the best things to do this December so easily plan where you want to squeeze in some extra fun between everything else going on.


Sunday, December 1

Ariana Grande

Ariana’s reign on the pop world remains supreme as she brings her high energy live show to Phoenix in support of her latest album thank u, next. (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena // 7:30 p.m. // $47.50+)

Acrylic Pouring Class with Theresa Robertson

Learn the unique and creative art of acrylic pouring in this hands-on class. Materials and in-depth instructions are provided with your ticket. (Atlantic Beach Arts Market // 4-6 p.m. // $40)

Goat Yoga

This is the cutest yoga practice on Earth. Flow-through instruction as adorable baby goats hang out around (and maybe even on) you during this class. (Little Peeps Farmer for a Day // 10 a.m. // $20-$30)


Tuesday, December 3

Beer Styles: Barleywine & Strong Ales

Barleywine and strong ales are commonly misunderstood. Come demystify and try this rich, strong and historically significant ale that’s the perfect fit for colder weather. (Alewife Bottle Shop and Tasting Room // 6:30-8 p.m. // $25)


Monday, December 2

Holiday Candle Class at Wicked Barley

Make a gift for a loved one or maybe just for yourself at this DIY class with MacMaddies. Many beloved holiday scents will be available to add to your creation, and your ticket also includes one drink from the bar and access to holiday-themed games where you can win prizes. (Wicked Barley Brewing Co. // 6:30-8 p.m. // $25)


Thursday, December 5

Records on the Roof

Vinylheads, rejoice – this BYOV (bring your own vinyl) event lets you spin your favorites in a fun outdoor setting with other music lovers and record collectors. You can also purchase some new additions for your collection, and enjoy $2 Gallo Wines. (Hoptinger – Five Points // 6-10 p.m. // FREE to attend)


Saturday, December 7

December Jax Veg Fest

Whether you dabble in veganism or are a full-fledged follower, this festival highlights the best of cruelty-free food and living and is a great way to familiarize yourself with it if you’ve been thinking about making a lifestyle change or just want to get a head start on balancing out those heavy holiday meals. (753 Park St. // 10 a.m. // FREE to attend)

Fishweir is turning 1

This new local brewery is celebrating its first anniversary with a day chock full of things like yoga, music, food and SEVEN brand new releases! Come try these new brews and celebrate a local business. (Fishweir Brewing Company // 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. // FREE to attend)

First Saturday Brews

Stroll through Riverside Arts Market with a $5 brew in hand. Proceeds benefit Riverside Avondale Preservation’s charitable efforts, and each month a different, but always delicious brewery is featured. (Riverside Arts Market // 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. // FREE to attend, beer $5)

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck East – Jacksonville Appearance

This certifiably adorable truck is rolling into Jax so you can treat yourself to sweet treats and adorable merch, all emblazoned with your fave, Hello Kitty, of course! (St Johns Town Center // 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. // FREE to attend)

WWE LIVE – Holiday Tour

This isn’t a regular fight, it’s a festive fight. Deck the squared-circle and get ready for some rowdy holiday fun. (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena // 7:30 p.m. // $15-$95)


Thursday, December 12

Beer & Cheese Pairing featuring Michael Landis & Aardwolf

Enjoy five delicious cheeses paired with Aardwolf’s delicious beers. Michael Landis, a World Cheese judge, author and educator will lead you through this tasty and educational evening. (Alewife Craft Beer Bottle Shop & Tasting Room // 6:30-8 p.m. // $30)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Presented By Hallmark Channel

Join these holiday icons live in concert for the ultimate way to get into the Christmas spirit. (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena // 7:30 p.m. // $36.84 – $76.84)


Friday, December 13

David Bowie Tribute

David Bowie’s birthday was a few days before, but on Friday the 13th is the perfect day to celebrate this intergalactic superstar. Join for a playlist of the Starman’s greatest hits, other 80s favorites, and a full bar. (Eclipse Riverside // 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. // FREE before 10 p.m.)


Saturday, December 14

Barks & Brews at Engine 15

Grab your furry friends (and your human friends) for this dog-friendly brewery day complete with companionship for all species, food trucks, vendors and of course, plenty of beer. (Engine 15 Brewing Downtown Tap Room & Biergarten // 3-6 p.m. // FREE to attend)


Sunday, December 15

Meet N Grease Movie Sing-Along With Danny And Sandy

We’re willing to bet you know most – if not all – of the words to this classic, so come sing your heart out. If you’re a superfan, you’ll want to grab VIP tickets, as they allow you the incredible opportunity to meet none other than the movie’s stars, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, in the flesh! (Daily’s Place // 8 p.m. // $59-$125)


Wednesday, December 18

Speed Dating at Ruby Beach Brewing

Put down your phone and look up! The love of your life (or maybe your new BFF) could be right in front of you at Fray’s latest speed dating event. In addition to enjoying the lovely company of all your fellow speed daters, you’ll enjoy food, drinks, extended happy hour and the opportunity to win great raffle prizes. This is a 21+ event. (Ruby Beach Brewing // 7 p.m. // $25)


Friday, December 20

The Nutcracker

Enjoy this holiday classic presented by The Florida Ballet, sure to be loved by ballet enthusiasts, the Christmas obsessed, and everyone in between. This year, the dance company is joined by two principals from the Boston Ballet as an added treat. (UNF Lazzara Performance Hall // 7:30 p.m. // various ticket prices)


Saturday, December 21

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

This Tony-Award winning musical celebrating the life and times of iconic musician Carole King is a must for any fan of the artist – or just of music in general. It’s full of King’s hits, too, and is a great new way to enjoy your favorite songs of hers. (Times Union Center Performing Arts // 8 p.m. // $105+)

Force Fest 2019 at Sun-Ray

Celebrate all things Star Wars with fellow fans at this takeover of Sun-Ray Cinema and screening of Episode IX. In addition to screenings, guest performers and vendors will also be present to add to superfan’s fun. (Sun-Ray Cinema // 2-10 p.m. // FREE to attend, tickets to screening vary)


Sunday, December 22nd

Holiday Movie Night: ELF

Grab a beer and a delicious snack and cozy up for this free screening of the hilarious holiday favorite, ELF! Be sure to arrive early (and bring your blankets) to get the best seat in the house as seating is first-come, first-served. (Wicked Barley Brewing Company // 6 p.m. // FREE to attend)


Tuesday, December 31

MOCA New Year’s Eve pARTy

This arty-party will highlight surprise art performances throughout, the SouLo Lyon Band serenading you, food by the MOCA CAFE and an open bar with drinks by Manifest Distilling for the most creative bash around. (Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville // 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. // $75+)

Roaring 20’s NYE at RCBC

Enjoy the best view of the fireworks from the Southbank at this throwback themed party worthy of The Great Gatsby himself. Enjoy DJs, dancing, a costume contest and of course plenty of River City’s brews. (River City Brewing Company // 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. // $75+)


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