Upcoming Events

December

Bestbet Poker Tournaments – Various dates and times

Thrasher-Horne Galleries – Gallery hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm weekdays

TBD –Santa's Firetruck Parade – Orange Park, time to be determined – A town tradition and resident favorite every year, the Orange Park Fire De­partment brings Santa Claus throughout neighborhoods within the town to ring in the Holiday Season and brighten everyone's spirits. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/opfd19/.

December 1 – 31 – Parade of Trees – Every December historic Spring Park is taken over by an arrangement of 150 decorated Christmas trees. The trees are first lit during Christmas on Walnut Street and are open to the public until Dec. 31. For more information, visit https://www.greencovesprings.com/departments/SpecialEvents

December 1 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

December 1 – Orange Park Farmer's and Arts Market– Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com.

December 2- Paws and Claus – Orange Park Mall, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park; 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – Want a family Christmas photo? Even if your children are the four-legged kind? This is for you and your furry family members! For more information, visit https://orangeparkmall.com/events-news/event/paws-with-claus.

December 3 – Light the Park – Orange Park Town Hall, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Join Town Council and Staff as we light the town for the holidays. Attendees will enjoy live and interactive music, cookies and hot chocolate, and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Afterwards, helps us flip the switch and turn on all the lights. (Santa does not attend this event.) For more information, visit www.TownofOrangePark.com

December 5 – The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation – Thrasher-Horne Center 10:30 am – The two-time Emmy® Award winning Saturday morning show comes to life. The Henry Ford’s INNOVATION NATION – LIVE! inspires with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators – highlighting major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice. World-changing innovations featured in the television show and preserved in The Henry Ford museum’s archives come to life in this intriguing performance. For more information, visit www.thcenter.org.

December 6- Old Towne Christmas – Middleburg Civic Center, 2102 Palmetto Street, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm – more information to come. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/389108958633342/.

December 6 – 7- The 7th Annual Hometown Holiday in the Park Clarke House Park, 1039 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park; 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm – The Town of Or­ange Park and The Historical Society of Orange Park team up to bring you an old-fashioned holiday cel­ebration! This event features a Christmas shopping vil­lage, food vendors, hayrides through our decorated trail of lights, live entertainment, Clarke House tours, classic holiday movies on the outdoor big-screen, pictures with Santa, and more! It may even snow! Admission and many activities are free! For more information, visit www.TownofOrangePark.com.

December 6 – 8 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM are a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. For more information, visit https://gorally.com/.  

December 6 – 8 – Vintage Market Days – Clay County Fairgrounds, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday - Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. The Market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communities. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues throughout the country. The Market will also provide the customer with a very special shopping experience.  We absolutely love the thought of bringing the Vintage experience to both vendors and customers throughout the country! For more information, visit http://vintagemarketdays.com/market/jacksonville/

December 7 – Christmas on Walnut Street - This day-long event rings in the holiday season starting with Green Cove Springs' annual Christmas Parade. See Walnut Street, City Hall and Spring Park decorated for Christmas, and enjoy food, craft, local business and civic organization booths as well as live entertainment and a visit from Santa at Spring Park.  For more information, visit www.greencovesprings.com/christmas-on-walnut-street

December 7- Christmas Bird Count for Kids – Camp Chowenwaw Park, 1517 Ball Road, Green Cove Springs; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm - Experience the wonder and beauty of birds and nature in their winter habitats. The sport of birding is legendary and the CBC4Kids offers a wonderful citizen science adventure. This successful annual event is modeled after Audubon's Christmas Bird Count held each December across the world. The Jacksonville Zoo’s Wild Ambassadors will present a program after the count. This event is for ages 8 and above. This is a free event, rain or shine. Please enter only children's tickets. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-bird-count-for-kids-tickets-67210696001?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

December 7 – Fleming Island Saturday Market – Village Square Shopping Center, 2245 Plantation Center Drive, Fleming Island, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm - Our market consists of many different vendor types:  arts, crafts, fresh produce, honey, sweets, jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, accessories and much more!

December 7 – Winter Festival – Middleburg Civic Center, 2102 Palmetto Street, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm- more information to come.

December 7 – Christmas Parade of Lights – Keystone Heights, 6:00 pm – more information to come.

December 7 – Military Collectors Show and Event – The Military Museum of North Florida, Green Cove Springs – Military collectors show, military vehicle shows, and Happy Trails 4x4 expo. Come see Parachutists, a military flyover, and more! For more information, visit www.themilitarymuseumofnorthflorida.com

December 7 – 8 – The Great Gold Head Expedition – Mike Roess Gold Head State Park Ranger Station Parking Area, 6239 SR 21 Keystone Heights FL 32656, 2:30 pm to 8:30 am - Discover Gold Head State Park in a brand-new light in which it’s never been seen. Join a ranger led hike through 4 different ecosystems, learning more about how all of these natural processes come into play. This hike will put minimal backpackers to the test whether they are just getting started and squaring away their gear, or they are experts just looking for a new trail. Hikers will travel along the Florida Trail around the park stumbling upon sinkhole lakes, flora and fauna along the way. Camp out under the stars, and weather permitting learn about a few of the celestial bodies in the night sky. Then set out on a morning hike off trail with a ranger. Call the ranger station for more questions about the hike and to register. 352-473-4701. $10 cash per hiker for a donation to the CSO. For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/index.php/events/great-gold-head-expedition-1

December 8 – Sensitive Santa Orange Park Mall, 191 Wells Road, Orange Park; 9:00 am - 11:00 am – Get your picture with Santa for children and adults with sensitivity concerns. The lights will be dimmed, music turned off, and families with have allotted time to visit Santa. For more information, visit https://orangeparkmall.com/events-news/event/sensitive-santa.

December 8 – Sunburst Beauty Pageant – Orange Park Mall, 1:00 pm – Sunburst Beauty Pageant arrives at the Orange Park Mall with a wide range of competitions, including babies 3 years and under to adults 27 years and younger. Winners of each age category will be entered the State Competition. For more information or to enter, visit www.sunburstbeauty.com

December 13 – 15 – A Christmas Story - The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island- Show times vary – Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective Mother, to his straight-laced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is as delightful as the biggest, shiniest present under the tree on Christmas morning. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

December 13 – 15 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM are a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. For more information, visit https://gorally.com/.  

December 14 – Wreaths Across America at Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens – Keystone Memorial Gardens, 12:00 pm – Wreaths Across America will be at the Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens to remember and honor our veterans through the layer of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. For more information, visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/15639/overview/?relatedIds=0

December 14-  Middleburg Christmas Parade 2620 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – more information to come.

December 14- Whitey’s 17th Annual Light Boat Parade Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 County Road 220, Fleming Island; 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm – The event of the holiday season returns to Whitey’s Fish Camp in Fleming Island! On December 14, 2019, Whitey’s will be hosting their 17th annual Light Boat Parade with a silent auction and contests with cash prizes. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/548465472629478/.

December 15 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

December 15 – Orange Park Farmer's and Arts Market– Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com

December 16- Paws and Claus – Orange Park Mall, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park; 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – Want a family Christmas photo? Even if your children are the four-legged kind? This is for you and your furry family members! For more information, visit https://orangeparkmall.com/events-news/event/paws-with-claus.

December 20 – 22 – A Christmas Story - The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island – Show times vary – Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective Mother, to his straight-laced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is as delightful as the biggest, shiniest present under the tree on Christmas morning. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

December 20 – 22 – Open Track Weekend The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. For more information, visit https://gorally.com/

December 21- Third Saturday Market in the Park Spring Park, Green Cove Springs – 10:00 am - 2:00 pm – Green Cove Springs Business League organizes a monthly local grocery and craft market on the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue.

December 21 – Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – The museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special tours are available other dates and times by appointment. For more information about Camp Chowenwaw, visit www.claycountygov.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/camp-chowenwaw-park/activities

December 27 – 29 –Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. For more information, visit https://gorally.com/.