5:30: Certain Women--Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days, times. Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths in the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand.
8:00 THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED, Hippodrome Theater, various days, times. Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. But there’s a problem: none of the acts have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves.
9 am-3 pm: Fall Farm and Cane Festival, Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Celebrate the region’s by visiting its pioneering past. The Park Service commemorates Ms. Myrtle Dudley’s birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling it into cane syrup. Farm tours, domestic crafts, children’s activities, music and vendors are featured on this living history day. Demonstrators will be showcasing Florida’s traditions of yesteryear.
1:30 & 7 pm: Cinderella, Danscompany of Ganesville, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In this full-length ballet, see if two mean step sisters, Skinny and Dumpy, can capture the heart of the prince. Cheer on Cinderella as she dances the night away at the ball. Sigh as she rides away in her beautiful carriage. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
3 pm: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Gainesville Pops, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st St.T he Gainesville Pops is a N. Florida wind ensemble. Music includes holiday music, light classical, Broadway and Hollywood pop hits, marches, and jazz.
4-9 pm: Green Gift Fair, Repurpose Project Fundraiser, 1920 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. A festive evening of hot apple cider, local artisans with handmade crafts, photos with Green Sustainable Santa, live music on outdoor stage and x-mas karaoke, kids crafts, Satchel’s Pizza, Swamphead beer and holiday cheer. Visit our Green Gift Fair Crafter’s Village of local artists featuring handmade and repurposed gifts and browse our shop for reclaimed guilt-free gift shopping. There will be crafting stations to create your own unique repurposed gifts for loved ones! Come celebrate the season and the art of repurposed crafts with us! RSVP on our Facebook event page.
6-8 pm: City of Gainesville Tree Lighting, Thomas Center. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the historic Thomas Center. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be on hand to welcome citizens, and call for the giant tree to be lit. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5: Gathering of Artists, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, Gainesville Women’s Club, 2809 W. University Ave. Featuring the work of 40 award-winning artists with live music and food trucks. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
10 am: GLAM Craft Show, Historic GRU Operations Center, 625 SE 5th Ave. Unique gifts made by local artists from Florida and throughout the southeast. This year is bigger than ever with over 70 vendors. Food trucks and beer from local breweries plus a bike valet and a kids' activity area. Free admission. Follow the signs from South Main Street/Depot Road
3 pm: Winter Holiday Concert, Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College. A holiday performance by about 80 musicians whose day jobs are teacher, professor, scientist, business professional, student, physician, contractor, realtor, trades-person, and retiree.
7 pm: Sounds of the Season, An American Holiday, UF Concert Choir, UF Women’s Chorale and UF Symphony Orchestra, Phillips Center or the Performing Arts. Community members including the Gainesville Master Chorale present an array of holiday favorites such as The Little Drummer Boy and White Christmas and two wonderful stories of American Christmases past. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information