Jax Holiday To-Do List

From Christmas concerts & delicious eats to photos with Santa & gingerbread house extravaganzas, December offers a host of seasonal events sure to fill you with cheer.

Winterfest
Nov. 20-Jan. 11, Adventure Landing
Enjoy a variety of winter activities during the Fourth Annual Winterfest, including the Alpine River—a 130-foot ice slide, nightly “snowfalls,” an outdoor skating rink (with ice skates available for rent), s’mores roasting, apple cider, hot soups, cookie making, holiday carnival games and a light display. Free. jaxwinterfest.com

Christmas Tree in the PlazaNights of Lights
Nov. 21-Jan. 31, St. Augustine
Downtown St. Augustine sparkles in the glow of more than two million Christmas lights. The annual spectacle traces its roots to the Spanish tradition of placing a white candle in the window during Christmas holidays, reflecting the city’s 450-year history. Visitors can enjoy the sights by foot, horse-drawn carriage, the Old Town Trolley or the Ripley’s Red Train. nightsoflights.com

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach
Nov. 22-Dec. 31, Vilano Beach
The fourth annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery. The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools and organizations. Prizes for the best decorated palms will be awarded Dec. 5 at the first Sunday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration. Sponsorship amounts vary from $50-$500. vilanobeachfl.com

Christmas Carole
Nov. 24-Dec. 24, Alhambra Theatre and Dining
This Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Featuring a full cast, live musician, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic. $47-$55. alhambrajax.com

Deck the Chairs
Nov. 27-Jan. 2, Jacksonville Beach
The Beaches Winter Lights Festival returns to Jacksonville Beach and includes hand-painted lifeguard chairs, decorated by local artists and paid for by businesses and non-profit organizations. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of December. Free. deckthechairs.org

A December to Remember
Nov. 28-Dec. 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
A month-long series of family-friendly, community-based holiday festivities held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This year’s events features two free concerts: The Blind Boys of Alabama on Nov. 29 and Clint Black on Dec. 5, family movie nights, Santa appearances, train rides, nightly snowfall and many other special engagements. Free. staugustineamphitheatre.com

Hemming Park Holiday Market
Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 11 AM-2 PM, Hemming Park
Located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, Hemming Park will feature local vendors for a mix of holiday shopping for any gift list. Monday-Friday. Free. hemmingpark.org

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec. 1-6, T-U Center
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes along with the Grinch’s when they experience the magic of the beloved tale on stage. Ticketholders can arrive on Dec. 1, 2015 from 6:30–7:30 PM in the lobby for the 14th annual Family Night on Broadway. Families will enjoy fun-filled activities in the Times-Union Center’s lobby before the show, sponsored by Chase. There is a special price for families on opening night; buy two tickets for half price. $70+. Dec. 1-4, 7:30 PM; Dec. 3, 11 AM; Dec. 5-6, 1 PM and 7 PM. fscjartistseries.org

Champagne & Shopping
Dec. 2, 10 AM-7PM, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Shop at the Cummer Museum’s expanded store inventory and trunk shows from artisans’ merchandise, with a glass of bubbly in hand. Seasonal collections will be available, along with complimentary champagne, appetizers, holiday music and more. Additional discounts available each day. Free.  cummermuseum.org

8Jax Historical Society Gingerbread House Extravaganza
Dec. 2-23, Old St. Andrews Church
The 14th annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza returns to Downtown Jacksonville. Stroll through the aisles and admire the gingerbread creations, all designed to benefit the children’s programs of the Jacksonville Historical Society. Mon-Fri, 11 AM- 5PM; Sat, 10 AM-5 PM. Adults, $5; Children, $3. gingerbreadjax.org

Luminary Night at St. Augustine Lighthouse
Dec. 2, St. Augustine Lighthouse
The highlight of the holiday season at the lighthouse is Luminary Night. Visitors are invited to enter the lighthouse grounds for a free evening of children’s holiday crafts, warm refreshments, live music performances, visit with Santa and an up-close look at the museum’s Christmas décor. Free. staugustinelighthouse.com

First Wednesday Art Walk & Lighting of the Tree with City of Jacksonville
Dec. 2, Hemming Park
Join the Riverside natives as you wander among local vendors selling a variety of clothing, accessories, art and more this holiday season. Come out and share in the cheer as the day concludes with the lighting of the tree. Free.

Holiday at St. James
Dec. 2, 6 PM, St. James Building and Hemming Park
The fourth annual Holiday at St. James event takes place during Art Walk and features the lighting of Christmas tree Downtown, music and a visit from Santa. Free.

A Coney Island Christmas
Dec. 4-5, 11-13, 18-20
Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM. Sunday 2 PM. abettheatre.com

Snow on Snow
Dec. 4, 8, 11, various locations
Drawing on lively selections from the vast literature of Jacksonville’s musical heritage, Michael Dell conducts The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville in three celebratory concerts this December. The Dec. 4 performance is at City Rescue Mission, Dec. 8 is at First Christian Church, Dec. 11 is at the South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. The Dec. 11 concert presents a four-course dinner plate for $20 at 5:30 PM. Dec. 4 and 11, 7 PM; Dec. 8, 7:30 PM. Free, with a good will offering. heritagesingersjacksonville.com

Polar Express
Dec. 4-5, Beaches Museum & History Park
The Beaches Museum and History Park welcomes the arrival of Santa and the Polar Express at Pablo Station. Fri. 2 PM-6PM; Sat. 10 AM-5 PM. Free. beachesmuseum.org Mandarin Museum Winter Celebration Dec. 5, Walter Jones Park Kick off the holiday season with a plethora of educational activities including hay rides, live music, nature crafts and more. Santa will also be there for photos. Free, with select activities requiring a small fee. mandarinmuseum.net

St. Augustine Winter Spectacular
Dec. 5, Flagler College Auditorium
The Dance Company of St. Augustine presents its Winter Spectacular every year in the Lewis Auditorium of Flagler College. Filled with a variety of dance styles, characters, and holiday scenes, the Winter Spectacular kicks off the holiday season. The Dance Company’s holiday production features its elite Performance Ensemble of high-kick dancers, ballerinas, and acrobats, as well as other dancers and performers from the area. Sat, 2 PM and 7 PM. $15-$25.  flagler.edu

Christmas Messiah Evening Performance
Dec. 5, 3 PM and 7:30 PM, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
This concert features a performance of George Frideric Handel's famous 1741 composition, The Messiah, by the UNF Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra and Student Soloists under the direction of Dr. Cara Tasher. $20. pvconcerthall.com

61st St. Augustine Christmas Parade
Dec. 5, 10 AM, Mission of Nombre de Dios
St. Augustine’s 61st Annual Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with floats, festive decorations and plenty of fun. Holiday season decorations adorn all the entries, from floats to marching bands to antique cars and horses and carriages. Even Santa joins in the spectacle, as visitors and locals alike come down to the Historic District to watch the procession. After the parade, everyone is welcome to stop by the Plaza de la Constitución to have pictures taken with Santa. Free. augustine.com

St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch
Dec. 5, 9 AM-7 PM, Government House Museum
Visitors will see re-enactors bring to life the time period from 1739-1785 at the historic Castillo de San Marcos. Florida was hotly contested among the colonial powers in this period. The day will culminate in a torchlight parade starting at 7 PM. The public is invited to follow along starting at the City Gates. The procession will march to the Government House for a welcome speech, followed by singing of Christmas Carols to ring in the holiday season. Most events are free. hfm.club/nightwatch

Storybook Tea with Santa
Dec. 5, 12, 19, Noon, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
A Ritz-Carlton treasured tradition with a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa, plus an afternoon tea with a selection of finder sandwiches, pastries, candy and cake. The event is held in the Lobby Lounge at noon. $50 per adult and children ages six and up, $10 per child ages five and under, includes service charge. ritz-carlton.com/ameliaisland

A December to Remember with Clint Black
Dec. 5, 8 PM, St. Augustine Amphitheater
Community First Credit Union's A December to Remember proudly presents Clint Black live in concert. Tickets for the event will be distributed at the ticket gates on a first-come, first-seated basis when doors open at 6 PM. The donation of at least one non-perishable canned food item per entry will be collected at the ticket gates by the United Way of St. Johns County. Free. staugamphitheatre.com

MOSH Science with Santa
Dec. 5, 10 AM, Museum of Science and History
Don’t shoot your eye out! Practice science safety with Santa at the Extreme Science Shows taking place in the JEA Science Theater at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Kids will have an opportunity to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and enjoy holiday-themed educational games and activities from 10 AM to 2 PM. Doors will open at 9:30 AM for MOSH Members to see Santa first. $5. themosh.org

Holidays in Hemming
Dec. 5, 11 AM-3 PM, Hemming Park
Fun4firstcoastkids will partner with 20 vendors during the event, which includes a snow zone, tractor train, gingerbread station, and build-up-on imagination foam block competition. MOCA will also present a craft and there will be a performance by the Crescendo kids. Free. hemmingpark.org

Yappy Hour Christmas Pawty
Dec. 6, 2 PM, Jacksonville Landing
Receive a free pooch photo with Santa with any dog food donation or $10 contribution, benefiting local humane societies. Free. jacksonvillelanding.com

Beaches Town Center Holiday Celebration
Dec. 6, 3 PM, Beaches Town Center
This event includes a bike parade, musical and dance performances, face painting and “Make your own and take it home” craft tables for all ages. Jump on the hayride or trackless train join in the activities set up throughout Beaches Town Center. The Mayors of both cities will light the community tree & Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by sleigh at 6 PM. Prizes awarded for bikes and scooters decorated in a holiday theme, and many other consolation prizes. Free. beachestowncenter.com

47th Annual Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes
Dec. 6, Noon, St. Augustine
Visit three private homes and three historic landmarks in historic St. Augustine, each representing a century of the great town’s history. The structures will be decorated with natural materials, designed and hand-crafted by the members of the Garden Club to support the décor of the home they grace. $25. christmastourofhomes.com

Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dec. 7, 7 PM, T-U Center
Since its founding in 1993, The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra has enrolled more than 250 young musicians between ages of seven and 22, and is considered one of the best youth orchestra programs in the southeast. Free. jaxsymphony.org

Holiday Open House
Dec. 10, 5:30-8:30 PM, Beaches Museum and History Park
Members, volunteers and the community are invited to visit the Museum and Park to share festive cheer and to light up the park. Free. beachesmuseum.org

holiday pops - wreath - chorus (2)Holiday Pops Concert
Dec. 10-13, T-U Center
Conductor Michael Butterman leads the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, tenor Benjamin Brecher and soprano Christiane Noll in this holiday tradition. Enjoy the most popular holiday favorites plus an indoor snowfall. $25-$74. jaxsymphony.org

Zoolights
Dec. 11-13, Dec. 18-Jan. 3, Jacksonville Zoo
Thousands of LED lights make up moving sculptures and animal silhouettes all across the Jacksonville Zoo. A lighted train takes visitors on a tour of the displays throughout the park. $8-$10. Monday-Thursday, 6-9:30 PM, Friday-Sunday, 6-10 PM. jacksonvillezoo.org

Zoobilee
Dec. 12, 4-6:30 PM, Jacksonville Zoo
The third annual ZOOLights ZOObilee is a family fundraiser for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, crafts, animal encounters, pictures with Santa and special entertainment plus priority admission into ZOOLights. $25 for children, $50 for adults. jacksonvillezoo.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 11, 8 PM, Veterans Memorial Arena
Rock out Christmas-style with the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s powerful holiday-themed ensembles. $45+.  memorialarena.com

St. Augustine Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dec. 11, 8 PM, Lightner Museum
SAO teams with the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale to perform a number of seasonal favorites. Expect a sing-a-long with the chorus and orchestra. $20. staugustineorchestra.org

Drive-In Movie Featuring A Christmas Story
Dec. 11, 7 PM, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
This classic holiday comedy tells the story of Ralphie's Christmas wish for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Along with watching the free movie, attendees can enjoy visits with Santa, train rides, face painting, and a bounce house starting at 5:30 PM. Free. staugamphitheatre.com

St. Augustine Fire Department Chili Cook-off and Double Film Feature
Dec. 12, 2 PM, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The St. Augustine Fire Department hosts its Chili Cook-Off as part of Community First Credit Union’s A December to Remember festivities. Guests can sample an array of locally-made chilis. The Amphitheatre's holiday play area will host visits from Santa as well as face-painting, train rides, a bounce house and other seasonal activities. The Muppet Christmas Carol will be shown at 6 PM. Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, will begin at 7:45 PM. Free.  staugamphitheatre.com

Community Nutcracker
Dec. 11-12, 8 PM, Florida Theatre
Celebrate the holidays with this local production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Each year, more than 200 children from Northeast Florida audition for parts in the holiday spectacle, and perform, dazzling audiences as they bring the holiday classic to life. $19.50-$53.50. floridatheatre.com

Holidazzle!
At Riverside Arts Market Dec. 12, 10 AM-9 PM, Riverside Arts Market
Holidazzle is Northeast Florida’s holiday experience for the entire family. With extended holiday shopping hours until 9 PM, this experience with holiday decorations and short format Christmas classics on a big screen on the River Stage, is a truly unique event on the river. Featuring 150 artists and artisans with unique holiday gift ideas, you're sure to find something for everyone. Free. riversideartsmarket.com

The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville
Dec. 12, 9 AM, Prime Osborn Convention Center
The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville, a non-profit organization, was founded in December 1999 by Travis and Margaret Storey to provide toys for Jacksonville children who otherwise might not receive toys during the holiday season. ccpoj.org

Vagabond Flea Market 
Dec. 12, 6 PM-9 PM, Hemming Park
Last-minute Christmas gifters can find a slew of vintage and artisanal foods in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville at this monthly market. Local vendors, such as Stitch Craft Vintage, are featured every second Saturday of the month. Free.  hemmingpark.org

The Nutcracker Suite Dance
Dec. 12, 6 PM, University of North Florida
Miss Felicia’s Dance at Christ Church is a dance ministry dedicated to teaching students the dance in a positive, inspiring environment that highlights the importance of giving to other children in need. Every year, the children perform the Nutcracker at the Lazarra Theater at UNF and donate the profits from their show to sponsor children in the Dreams Come True Foundation and donate to both the Pediatric hospice and Amistad Orphanage in Bolivia. $21. missfeliciasdance.com

Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour
Dec. 12, noon-5 PM, Amelia Island
Experience an afternoon of delicious sweets as six of Amelia Island’s classic inns and charming bed and breakfasts dress up in festive holiday finery. Stroll through the historic district and sample a signature cookie at each Inn. Guests will take home a recipe card and gather decorating ideas just in time for the holidays. $25. ameliaislandinns.com

Regatta of Lights
Dec. 12, 6 PM, St. Augustine Bayfront
Annual holiday parade of motorized vessels-sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels all-a-glitter with brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical. Awards will be made for the best theme, most colorful, best in class and best overall. Free. floridashistoriccoast.com

Christmas Tableaux 
Dec. 12-13, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
The St. Augustine Community Chorus presents "Christmas Tableaux" in its annual holiday performance. This performance is featured in four sections, aptly titled Faith, Hope, Joy and Awe. The St. Augustine Youth Chorus and the Jax Chamber Orchestra will join the Community Chorus, who will sing pieces from Handels Messiah, as well as other selections. The concert will be directed by Michael Sanslippo. $20. floridashistoriccoast.com 

22nd Annual Bed and Breakfast Inn Tour
Dec. 12-13, 1 PM, St. Augustine
Tour a slew of B&B’s in the nation's oldest city. This year's theme for holiday decorations is "Christmas in Toyland." Along with showing off their best Christmas presentations, bed and breakfasts partner with area restaurants in the area to provide food and drink throughout the tour. $30. staugustinebandbtour.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec. 13, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
Watch the television classic come to life and learn that our differences make us special. It’s the holiday tradition complete with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, and of course, Rudolph. $33. 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. thcenter.org

Fun 4 First Coast Kids Picnic in the Park 
Dec. 16, Hemming Park
Fun 4 First Coast Kids has partnered with Hemming Park to bring you a free Picnic in the Park every third Wednes-day. Each month includes different activities such as singing, dancing, gymnastics, games, puppet shows, bubbles and more. After playing with the other kids and Imagination Playground in Hemming Park, check out free kids programs at the Jacksonville Main Library. Free. hemmingpark.org

Southwest Florida Symphony Holiday Pops
Dec. 16 -17, 7:30 PM, Flagler College
The Southwest Florida Symphony is Fort Myer’s only professional orchestra and one of the oldest on Florida’s gulf coast. They travel to Flagler’s Lewis Auditorium this month to perform a selection of holiday classics. $35. swflso.org

Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Holiday Party
Dec. 18, 7:30 PM, Florida Theatre
Bowzer is best known as the gangly, slender armed greaser from the band Sha Na Na, who played Woodstock. He’ll perform rock ‘n’ roll classics with holiday influences alongside Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. $40-$75. floridatheatre.com

Jaxsons Night Market
Dec. 17, 5:30-9 PM, Hemming Park
Jaxsons Night Market is held every third Thursday in Hemming Park showcasing what makes the local community unique. The market features local vendors, food trucks, arts & entertainment and local produce to purchase. Free. hemmingpark.org

First Coast Nutcracker
Dec. 18-20, T-U Center
Enter the magical world of childlike imagination. The First Coast Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition in North Florida for 40 years. Dazzling costumes, brilliant sets, and renowned dancers bring Tchaikovsky's masterpiece to life. Fri, Sat, Sun, 2 PM and 8 PM. $18-$50. jaxsymphony.org

Michael McDonald: This Christmas-An Evening of Holiday and Hits
Dec. 19, 8 PM, Thrasher-Horne Center
This concert features some of Michael McDonald’s greatest hits as well as holiday favorites. $43-$297. thcenter.com 

The Cool Side of Yuletide
Dec. 19, 2:30 PM, Hendricks Avenue Baptists Church
The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus presents a youthful take on beloved holiday classics in this seasonal performance. Proceeds from the concert will go towards benefitting the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus’s ongoing programming and scholarship funds. $18. jacksonvillechildrenschorus.org

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Dec. 19, 6 PM, Riverside Park
Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by helping others. Wear a holiday themed costume, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Participants can run or walk the five kilometer route. Registration starts at $20. jbr.org

Handel’s Messiah 
Dec. 19, 8 PM, T-U Center
The greatest story ever told; the most majestic music ever conceived. The Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus present music's most powerful message of faith in The Messiah of the season. $24-$79. my.jaxsymphony.org

St. Augustine Ballet Performs the Nutcracker
Dec. 19-20, Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium
The St. Augustine Ballet presents their seventh annual production of the holiday favorite. The production is a magical show that features mischievous mice, dancing dolls, sparking snowflakes, elegant costumes, custom-designed scenery and skillful athletic dancing that will charm the entire family. Sat, Sun, Mon, 2 PM and 7:30 PM. $30. saintaugustineballet.com

Riverside-Avondale Luminaria
Dec. 20, 3 PM, Riverside
The Riverside Avondale Preservation presents one of the biggest fundraisers and community-building events of the season. Lanterns will be lit at sundown and various light parades, block parties, and church festivities will take place at this annual holiday tradition. Free. riversideavondale.org

Celtic Christmas Concert
Dec. 21, 5-7 PM, Beaches Chapel
Three troubadours join forces again for their Annual Celtic Christmas Concert Tour of the Gulf States, finishing up this year in Jacksonville Beach for a concert at the Beaches Chapel. This event is part of the Museum’s ongoing Chapel Concert series and is generously supported by the Gasper and Irene Lazzara Charitable Foundation. $20 in advance, $25 day of the show. beachesmuseum.org

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 22, 7:30 PM, T-U Center
An adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, this performance is full of music, movement, and a family friendly tale everyone will enjoy. Twenty-three performers and live musicians grace the stage in Broadway-style scenery and costumes, performing renditions of Greensleevesand God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. $13. artistseriesjax.org

Winter Camp
Dec. 28-30, Jacksonville Zoo
Winter Camp is available to children ages five to 12. Regular camp hours are 9 AM-3 PM with extended care available from 8 AM-9 AM and 3 PM-5 PM Each day at camp includes trips inside the Zoo, behind-the-scenes excursions, hands-on animal encounters, activities and a craft to take home. Prices vary. jacksonvillezoo.com

Beach Blast Off
Dec. 31, 5-10 PM, St. Augustine Beach Pier
Watch a firework display to music in this annual event. Greet the New Year at this event complete with a mechanical bull, thirty food vendors, photo booths, and much more. Free. sabevents.com

Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31, 10 AM-1 PM, Jacksonville Zoo
Join us on the Great Lawn, Play Park and the Gardens at Trout River Plaza for live entertainment, party favors, contests and prizes! Don’t forget the apple juice toast at the stroke of noon. Free with zoo admission. jacksonvillezoo.com

Toast! To the New Year
Dec. 31, 9 PM, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
A fun-filled celebration with family and friends. Drink champagne, dance around, and watch fireworks—a picture perfect New Years’ celebration. Tickets start at $45. jaxsymphony.org

Ritz NYE 2Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala
Dec. 31, 8 PM-1 AM, Ponce de Leon Dining Hall
Celebrate the grand finale of the Nation’s Oldest City’s 450th year at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. Start with cocktails and view portraits, followed by a dinner and dessert. Bay Kings Band will play live music until the ceremonial midnight celebration and dancing. Benefits go to the Flagler College scholarship fund, helping students with financial need. $200.  flagler.edu

333NYE
Dec. 31, 10 PM-2 AM, Museum of Contemporary Art
Dance the night away, get lucky on the gambling floor, and take part in the ball drop countdown at this celebration. Ring in the New Year with entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and open bar. $90 for members, $120 for nonmembers. mocajacksonville.org

New Year’s Eve Black & White Masquerade Gala
Dec. 31, 9 PM-2 AM, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Indulge in luxurious food buffets of seafood, sushi, appetizers, charcuterie and pates. Roasted pork belly and prime rib will be served at cooking stations and a display of desserts ends the meal. Don’t forget the open bar, fireworks and champagne toast, and dance music by international tour group Papa Sol. Black and white attire is encouraged. Bring a mask or be provided with one. $225.  ritzcarlton.com