6:00: Arts Market Family Holiday Show, High Dive 210, SW 2nd. Ave. featuring local artists, craftsmen, and musicians sharing their passion and love for all things artistic. Over 20 artists/vendors with live painting, 4 local musicians performing during the event
6:00: Friday Family Dance Party. Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. free and open to the pubic join Depot Park's family friendly dance party with DJ Billy Beats. Bring your friends and make new ones too. There's something for everyone to dance to.
6:00 pm: Haile Homestead Candle light Visits, 8500 SW Archer Rd. The only time the house is open at night. Live music, refreshments are available. Tickets are $10 at the door, under 12 free. Their 6,200 sq ft home was built by 56 enslaved laborers. The Historic Haile Homestead is unique in the Nation for its "Talking Walls." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: GI Holiday Jukebox, OPENING NIGHT, Gainesville Community Playhouse, 4039 Northwest 16th Blvd. Set during WWII, GI Holiday Jukebox features four fictitious Hollywood stars who have gathered a string of 1940s hits and Christmas music to entertain the troops. Filled with great standards, holiday music and comedy, musical moments include tributes to The Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Spike Jones and many more. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
Gainesville Homegrown Local playwright's Showcase, Acrosstown Repertory Theater, 619 S. Main St. the fifth anniversary of this not-to-be-missed event! For audiences, it's the opportunity to see staged readings of local authors' plays hereâ€“ firstâ€“ before they hit the big time! For local playwrights. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Stealing Away, Actors' Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St., various days, times. Five church ladies usually raise funds to send young Black women to college by holding bake sales and other fundraisers. Tracyada, has ideas that are more ambitious. She wants them all to rob a bank!
1:30 & 7:30 pm: Cinderella Ballet, Danscompany of Gainesville, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 3201 Hull Rd. Full length ballet children 10 and under Free with new unwrapped toy or book (while supplies last). Family friendly event, Free parking. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
1:30 & 4:00: Holiday Harmonies V, The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus and The Barbergators Chorus, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St. Songs of the Season from each chorus and several quartets, including the Phabulous Phlegmtones, On The Edge Quartet, The Clique, Jazzed Plus the popular combined chorus finale.
4:00: Cinema Verde Rum 138 Party, High Springs. The Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival invites you to Kayak and canoe down the Santa Fe river to celebrate the 9th year of Cinema Verde. $9 Discounts are available on canoeing and kayaking equipment From Rum 138 in High Springs. From 5-7:00 pm warm toddies and comfort food by the Rum 138 are available for the announcing of the 2018 Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival film.
1:00: Gainesville Indie Fleaa Market, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. An intentionally curated monthly showcase of the best local and regional makers, fine artists, jewelry and home good creators, food artisans, succulent growers, vintage collectors, designers, print makers, and local businesses. Stay for the day and enjoy the beautiful surrounding Depot Park.
7:30: Winter Concert, Alachua County Youth Orchestra, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Concert includes traditional holiday pieces which bring back audiences year after year. Previous Winter Concerts have featured classical compositions and holiday favorites: Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute, Highlights from Jurassic Park, Romeo and Juliet Overture, Festive Sounds of Hanukah, A Most Wonderful Christmas, Anderson's Christmas Festival, and Concert Suite from Polar Express.
8:00: Tim Fik's Birthday Blues Bash, High Dive, 219 SW 2nd Ave. Four guitar players join force: Albert Castiglia, Lil' Ed Williams, Tim Fik and David Julia. Both nominated for Blues Music Awards this year, Albert Castiglia and Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. The other top-shelf guitar players, Tim Fik of the Bridget Kelly Band and David Julia will both compete in the 2018 International Blues Challenge. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.