10:00: Operation Santa Delivery, Santa Fe College, North Fields, 3000 NW 83rd St. The holiday tradition continues Dec. 8 with the annual Operation Santa Delivery at Santa Fe College. The highlight is Santa's arrival by helicopter at Santa Fe's north field at the corner of NW 39th Avenue and NW 91st Street. Nearly three dozen community organizations will be offering games and fun activities for kids. There will also be opportunities for photos with Santa.
SATURDAY – SUNDAY:
10:00: Gathering of Artists, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, Thelma Bolton Center, Downtown. This holiday art show features the work of 30 award-winning artists. Designed as a small show to draw a crowd of art enthusiasts and collectors not typical of outdoor festivals. Outstanding musicians give an air of a festival reminiscent of New Orleans with its jazz and upbeat feeling. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
FRIDAY – SATURDAY:
Blackadder's Christkindlmarkt, Blackadder Brewing, 618 NW 60th St Suite A, The 2nd Annual Christkindlmarkt: An outdoor holiday market with craft, food vendors, music & holiday fun! Do some holiday shopping and enjoy a nice hot mug of Gluhwein! Santa will be stopping by!
5:00: First Friday Downtown High Springs, Downtown High Springs, 20 NW 9th St. Features art, crafts, pop up street vendors, sales galore and the High Springs Giving Tree in support of St. Madeleine's Community Outreach which is feeding 400 families Christmas dinner this year. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:00: December Art Walk Gainesville, Downtown. Artwalk Gainesville is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville. Held the last Friday of each month with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating.
7:00: 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville. Get out and hang out with friends we have made throughout the year and meet new friends. AIGA Gainesville, Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Digital Marketing Group, WordPress Group, Functional Programmers Group, and the Frontend Developers Group are all coming together to make this a great event. With food, entertainment, and drinks, you will not want to miss this event.
7:30: Sister Act, OPENING NIGHT, Various days - times, Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd. Ave. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken.
8:00: Sorry Wrong Chimney, High Springs Playhouse, 130 NE 1st Ave., various days – times. Directed by Julie Tucker David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. He tells her he's working late at the office, but she finds out he isn't at the office.
8:00: Sam Pacetti with Gabe Valla, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St., Downtown. A finger style guitar wizard and deft songwriter. Pacetti represents a culmination of the best of the American and British traditions. His 1997 Waterbug debut, Solitary Travel, garnered critical raves.
11:00: Native Wildlife at Devils Millhopper State Park, 4732 Millhopper Rd. Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation and the wildlife ambassadors present native Owls and Mammals interpretive program. SWR is a all volunteer 501c3 non profit serving the community thru wildlife rehabilitation and education. This event is free: donations are appreciated and go towards wildlife undergoing rehabilitation at the facility and the wildlife ambassadors care and feeding.
11:30: Free Capoeira Class, Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown. The Capoeira Academy of Gainesville hosts a free class of Capoeira kids, teens and adults love. Capoeira is a type of Brazilian Martial Arts that is combination dance and acrobatics. These classes will be fun and educational plus kids, teens and adults love it.
12:00: Harley-Davidson's 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Gainesville Harley Davidson, 4125 NW 97th Blvd. This Chili Cook-off, raises funds and awareness for the Alachua County Humane Society. First place winner receives $500 from Crafty B'astards Restaurant & Pub and a spot on their menu. Live music from The Detours, and cold beverages from Crafty B'astards Restaurant & Pub.
1:30: CINDRELLA, Danscompany of Gainesville, UF Center for the Performing Arts, UF Cultural Plaza Saturday: 1:30 - 7:00 pm, The Danscompany presents their annual performance of Cinderella, a full-length ballet. See if the two ugly step sisters, Skinny and Dumpy, are able to capture the heart of the prince.
2:30: The Genealogy Guys, ACLIB Headquarters Branch, Alachua County Library, 401 E. University Ave., Downtown. George Morgan & Drew Smith, the Genealogy Guys, will be discussing two important genealogy :
- George will discuss Dissect Obituaries for New Clues. Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased.Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues.
- Drew will discuss Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls. Online genealogy forums provide an opportunity to ask others questions about brick wall problems. Learn how to find and search through relevant mailing lists, message boards, and social networking groups, and how to craft the perfect online research query.
7:00: Jazz on the Green, Celebration Pointe, NW Corner of I-75 and Archer Rd. Monthly jazz night features talented jazz musicians on the Promenade's main stage, Live jazz, food, and drinks, lawn games and more.
3:00: Sound Bath and Mandala Journey, MindSpace Collective, 834 E University Ave. Immerse yourself in the healing sound of live acoustic music with crystal bowls among many other instruments. Bring your body and mind back into a balance. Travel inner scapes while drawing an expression of that experience in the form of a mandala. Evelyn Gretchen with Mandalas For All, Sound Healer and therapist Alejandro Boullon have come together to facilitate this one of its kind event. Recommended for adults and older children only. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted to support the facilitators.
8:00: Pearl & The Oysters, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St., Downtown. Originally from Paris, Juliette Davis and Joachim Polack met as teenagers and studied musicology at university together, where they fell in love with the bossa nova music of Brazil in the 1960s. Polack relocated to Florida for more school, and Davis soon followed. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:30: Kids Yoga at Depot Park, Depot Park main parking lot, 874 SE 4th St., Downtown. Join certified yoga instructor Jillian Goldstein Yoga with Jillian on Sundays at 9:30 am on The Hill at Depot Park for Kids Yoga.
2:00: ACLIB Author Visit: Sandra Gail Lambert, Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch, 401 E. University Ave., Downtown. At this event, author Sandra Gail Lambert, will be reading from her newly published memoir, A Certain Loneliness. Ms. Lambert is a 2018 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and her work has been widely anthologized and published in journals such as The Southern Review, DIAGRAM, and Hippocampus."
5:00: Blues Birthday Bash, North Central Florida Blues Society, High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave, Ste A. North Central Florida Blues Society is throwing a birthday party for guitarist extraordinaire Tim Fik of the Bridget Kelly Band featuring Danielle Nicole Band, Anthony Gomes.
7:30: Christmas Jazz Saxophone Concert, Cypress & Grove Brewing Company, 1001 NW 4th St. Musicians Mike Summers, Rob Hyatt Alto sax, Bill Elliot Tenor sax Christina Vaughn Baritone sax. Musical arrangements are by Paul Hillis and Al Bednarek.