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What’s Good Holiday Edition, Festive Events in Gainesville and Alachua County

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Gainesville and Alachua County

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Miracle Pop-up at Madrina’s Cocktail Bar
Now through December 31
Take a break from holiday shopping and get jolly at Miracle pop-up. Christmas decorations fill the inside of the craft cocktail bar, and skilled bartenders serve up specialty created, holiday-themed cocktails.

Christmas Express at Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center
Saturdays through December 28, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Christmas Express has arrived into the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center and will be on display the full month of December. Besides the Disney-themed Christmas train itself with colorful engine and cars, the fully mounted table display includes buildings, roads, cars and streetlights. Children of all ages are sure to find it a delightful scenario. Admission is free.

Candlelight Visits at the Historic Haile Homestead
Friday, December 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This is a rare opportunity to see the Homestead at night! See the 1856 plantation home beautifully decorated for the holidays and aglow with candlelight and soft lights. Live music and refreshments add the experience. Tickets: $10 at the door; $7 in advance; under 12 free. To purchase tickets, visit www.hailehomestead.org, click on the donate button, or purchase from any docent.

Holiday Mingle at Prairie Creek Lodge
Friday, December 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Celebrate the season with family, friends, music and good cheer by gathering at Prairie Creek Lodge for the Holiday Mingle. The Alachua Conservation Trust invites guests to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and community. This event is free and open to the public.

Merry Melrose Christmas Parade and Craft Festival: Past and Present
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gather on Main Street of old Melrose and enjoy the parade of holiday floats, colorful holiday sweaters, and music. After the parade, head over to Heritage Park to shop at the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival.

37th Annual Christmas Festival and Parade in Hawthorne
Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Hawthorne’s 37th annual Christmas Festival and Parade is fun for the whole family. A blend of arts, crafts, food, and music. The parade begins at 3 p.m. and pictures with Santa at 4 p.m.

The City of Alachua Christmas Parade on Main Street, Alachua
Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m.
Get in the spirit of the holiday season at one of the best Christmas parades in North Central Florida. The parade route will take place on Main Street in downtown Alachua. Get there early to get a good spot.

Holiday Open House at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Sunday, December 15, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tour the old Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings farmhouse at twilight to experience every bit of its holiday charm— the tree, the mistletoe, the fruits and pine boughs. All surrounded by the fully ripe orange grove.  Live seasonal music, refreshments and free admission.

Melrose Holiday House Tour
Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit 6 homes and 8 historic structures in the charming town of Melrose, FL. Homes range from 1878 Bay View to a 2018 Craftsman Revival home. Two historic churches, the newly restored Woman’s Club, the Daurer Center, Baldwin Store, the Vogelbach Drugstore/Homemakers building and a vintage Gator basketball court are also included.
Tickets on sale day of the event at the Baldwin Store and the Melrose Woman’s Club.

Annual TOP Xmas Party at The Wooly
Sunday, December 15, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.
Have a great time at the annual Top Xmas Party. Dance to the area’s best DJs all night long – DJ Wax Atom, DJ Cameron Gregory, DJ Drew Love and DJ Loqieee. There is a $10 cover with proceeds benefitting Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. Ages 21 and up.

Latkes & Vodkas Pre Chanukah Happy Hour at Leonardo’s 706
Tuesday, December 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Enjoy delicious house made latkes, vodka specials, a raffle, and live music featuring the Klezmer Katz, presented by The Jewish Council and Gainesville Chapter of Hadassah.

Elf on the Big Screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit by watching the classic movie, Elf, on the big screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company.  Bring your own chairs, or arrive early to ensure a seat.

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Contest at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, December 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
It’s that time of the year to put on your ugliest sweater and head over to Blackadder Brewing Company for the Ugly Sweater Contest. Prizes go to the ugliest. Tikka Masala food truck on site.

Beer and Carols at High Springs Brewery
Saturday, December 21, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Have a good time at High Springs Brewery during the Beer and Carols event. Communal Christmas Carol singing led by top-notch musicians, tasty desserts, games, food trucks and a gourmet hot chocolate bar. Beer and Carols is an evening of holiday cheer the whole family can enjoy. Funds raised by the event will provide low-income families in High Springs Christmas gifts, as well as the “Wish Upon a Star” holiday gift drive of Partnership for Strong Families. Suggested donation: $10. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Newberry Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Square at Country Way Town Square, Newberry
Saturday, December 21, 5:30 p.m.
Watch the Newberry Christmas Parade, then head over to Country Way Square for a fun-filled evening with Santa Claus, Christmas music, hot cocoa, carriage rides, a bounce house, and food trucks.

Traditional Holiday Night at Tioga Town Center
Saturday, December 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
For a holiday celebration that is traditional, head to Tioga Town Center on December 21. Enjoy music from DJ Perry, a community sing-along led by Keith Watson and pianist Dr. John Lowe, Danscompany of Gainesville performance, and a visit from special guests Mr. & Mrs. Clause.  Pot roast, chicken wings, mashed potatoes and more, available from local food vendors.

A Very Harry Christmas Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, December 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Test your Harry Potter Christmas knowledge during this magical evening. Themed Harry Potter prizes for winners. DB’s Rolling Dough food truck will be on site.

Harry Potter Holiday Fun at The Yule Ball at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, December 21, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
An evening of magic is brewing. Dance in the Great Hall and get discounts for anyone in formal dress or dress robes.

33rd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Saturday, December 21, 8 p.m.

Join the Veterans for Peace for the 33rd Winter Solstice Celebration and chase away the winter dark. Enjoy an evening filled with live performances from a few of this area’s most talented people: Cathy Dewitt, Mark Billman, Cherokee Peace Chant, Drums of Peace, John Chambers Lauren Robinson, Rucker & Beede, BFF, Quartermoon, Other Voices, A Choir of Heavenly Semi-Angels, and more. Readings from Peace Poetry Contest.
Tickets are $15-30 and can be purchased at McIntyre Stained Glass, Thornebrook Village. Get your ticket early as they sell out. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and your advance ticket holds your seat till 8 p.m.

Christmas Tours at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
December 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 at 1 p.m.
Two hour walking tour with a professional zoologist. See 110 rare and endangered animals and hear their individual stories. Golf carts seats, rhino feeding and lemur interaction available at extra fees. Tickets: Adults: $25; Under 12: $10.  Reservations are required, email contact@cswildlife.org

Ultimate Santa Experience at Celebration Pointe
Monday, December 23, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Santa’s Ultimate Experience at Celebration Pointe with free photos with Santa, crafts, games, snow machine, bounce houses and music. Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. Games Fun for all – corn hole, letters to Santa, Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, and much more. Adults can enjoy a “Holiday” drink at the Keys Bar & Grille.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in Gainesville collects toys to give to children in need at Christmas. If you’re feeling the spirit of Christmas Cheer you can bring brand new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots Program.

HOLIDAY SHOWS

Exit Santa at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
December 13 – 15, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
It’s Christmas Eve and Santa has abandoned Mrs. Claus and the North Pole for a Florida condo and his mistress. But all is not as it appears in this madcap adult comedy that lampoons familiar stories even as it affirms the holiday spirit in us all.

“Holiday Harmonies VII: It’s That Time Again” at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Saturday, December 14, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus and The Barbergators Chorus will perform A Capella music in this seventh annual concert. Carols will include four-part harmonies from each chorus and several quartets, with a grand eight-part harmony finale with both choruses combined. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children 12 and younger.

Polar Express at Winter Wonderland, High Springs Lions Club
December 15, 21 and 22. Show times: 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Experience the magic of the classic tale, The Polar Express. Prepare to be surrounded by enchantment and wonder with over 8,000 lights, props, displays – visit the North Pole, ginger bread house, candy cane house, and more. Free, donations are welcome.

Holiday performers, Cirque Musica presents HOLIDAY WISHES

Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Monday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Be amazed by acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism at Cirque Musica’s Holiday Wishes. A full symphony orchestra plays holiday music and talented performers keep you on the edge of your seat. This full theatrical cirque event is entertainment for all ages.

Kimball Wiles Elementary Wildcats Chorus & Orff Sounds of the Season
Tuesday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair and blankets and head over to the free concert on the Tioga Town Center stage. Enjoy the Kimball Wiles Elementary Wildcats Chorus & Orff Sounds of the Season. Visit the Town Center restaurants for dinner before the show or to grab take-out to enjoy during the concert.

Band members of The Currys

The Currys Holiday Show at The Historic Thomas Center
Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Delight in a holiday performance from the Americana trio The Currys. For more information and tickets, visit www.evansmediasource.com or (386) 385-3500.

Christmas in Ireland – A Winter Showcase
Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Audiences of all ages can celebrate the season with fiery footwork and fiddle tunes and authentic Irish music at the Gainesville Dance Academy’s Christmas in Ireland. Talented dancers perform rousing jigs and reels to Irish arrangements of traditional carols. Guest artists include pro-Irish dancers and real-life sweethearts, Elijah and Amber, direct from NYC. Entrance fee is $8 at the door.

Sally B.’S Dashing Holiday Revue Live Music Burlesque at High Dive
Friday, December 20, 9 p.m.
Jazz up your holiday with the class and sass of Sally B.’s Dashing Revue! This one of a kind show features dazzling burlesque performances by local and touring artists with live music by local jazz sensation Swing Theory. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll scream wildly… guaranteed! Tickets: $15 -$20.

Ballet dancers in costume for The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker by Dance Alive National Ballet at Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
December 21 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and December 22 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the Holiday Season with DANCE ALIVE NATIONAL BALLET’S The Nutcracker. The all-time family favorite with beautiful dancing, sets and costumes. Sheer magic! It truly wouldn’t be the holiday without the tiny soldiers, giant mice, swirling snowflakes and exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy!

A Christmas Carol at the Hippodrome Theatre
Now through December 22, Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.;
and Sundays, 6 p.m.
Experience the brand new adaption of A Christmas Carol on the Hippodrome stage. Tickets on sale now.

Scrooge in Rouge an English Music Hall Styled Christmas Carol at the Hippodrome Theatre
Now through December 22, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.
When the “Royal Music Hall Variety Players” come to perform, “A Christmas Carol”, a bad case of food poisoning leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance originally intended for a cast of twenty! This quick-witted, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic, done in the style of the British Music Hall, abounds in bad puns, bawdy humor, and witty songs. Tickets are on sale now

Scrooge Macbeth at High Springs Playhouse
Now through December 22, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.
Scrooge Macbeth takes the meaning of “the show must go on” to a whole new level. Bob, Sylvia, Victor, and Renee are the last four actors standing when a food poisoning outbreak sidelines most of the cast on the opening night of the Hartland Community Theatre’s holiday production, Shakespeare’s classic, The Winter’s Tale. Thanks to the ensuing violent collision between everything Christmas and everything Shakespeare, you will never think of Shakespeare or Christmas in quite the same way again.

Downtown Chanukah Family Festival at Bo Diddley Plaza
Sunday, December 22, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join in the lighting of the giant menorah at the Downtown Chanukah Family Festival. It will an excellent way to celebrate Chanukah with live entertainment, hot lakkes, sufganiyot, music and dancing, and lots of JOY! Free of charge and open to all.

UNIQUE SHOPPING

Holiday Moonlight Market at The AUK Market
Friday, December 13, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Experience Friday the 13th at The AUK Market’s Holiday Moonlight Market. Over 20 vendors with handmade and vintage goods for purchase. Dad’s Bar serves adult beverages, and hot chocolate served up too.

Holiday Open House at Thornebrook Gallery
Friday, December 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

An annual holiday tradition – the Holiday Open House at Thornebrook Gallery, Malgorzata’s, and McIntyre Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery! Shop for unique gifts and enjoy the seasonal decor throughout Shoppes at Thornebrook.

Merrymaking in Historic Micanopy
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
In one of the cutest small town in America, Merrymaking will be at a high with live music, arts & crafts, food trucks and holiday decoration.
In addition the festival activities, enjoy a stroll through the art galleries, museum, architectural treasures, coffee shop, baked goods, and eatery – while you await Santa’s 2 p.m. arrival!

Winter Faire + Holiday Market at Afternoon
Saturday, December 14, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Shop at over 50 local and independent makers at the Winter Faire and Holiday Market.  In addition to the vendors, Afternoon will have a brunch pop-up, and Cry Baby’s will have a bar pop-up.

Evening Holiday Market at the Backyard
Wednesday, December 18, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Shop, eat, drink and be merry during the Evening Holiday Market at The Backyard of Boca Fiesta and Palomino. New and used clothing, crafts, jewelry, knick-knacks, art, books, records, toys, and more will be waiting for you!

Hops & Shop Take 2! at High Springs Brewery
Saturday, December 21, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Enjoy craft beer at High Springs Brewing Company while you shop at 24 local vendors and eat some good food from Humble Wood Fire or Loagies food trucks. At 7 p.m. Melted Plectrum will begin playing music.

Naughty or Nice Party at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, December 21, 7 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays at Big Top Brewing with a little naughty or nice party! Clay Brooker will be playing music from 7pm – 10pm.
Fun holiday food and drinks, like boozy egg nog flights and red velvet cupcakes. Dress up and get 10% off.

TWINKLING LIGHTS

Family & Children Christmas Light Tour on the Gainesville Brew Bus
Now through January 12. Tours nightly, every 45 minutes, 5:45 p.m. – 9: 45 p.m.
Take a 45 minute tour of the best Christmas light spots in town on the Family & Children Christmas Light Tour. Enjoy the lights while sipping hot chocolate. If needed, blankets will be provided. Pick up points are Haile Village Center and N. FL Regional Hospital. Fee is $10 per person. For more information: www.gainesvillebrewbus.com or 352-353-0645.

Holiday Lights at Celebration Pointe
Now thru December 31

Enjoy festivities throughout the holiday season including the 40 foot lighted tree, twinkling lights and holiday shopping at Celebration Pointe.

Depot Park Holiday Lights
Now through December 25, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Stroll through Depot Park and enjoy the holiday lights. The park will be lit everyday now through December 25.

Holiday Decorations around the Pond at North Florida Regional
Saturday, December 7, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Experience the array of 95,000 holiday lights and displays decorating the North Florida Regional Medical Center pond.

NEW YEAR’S EVE & DAY HAPPENINGS

New Year’s Tours at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
December 31 and January 1, 1 p.m.
Two hour walking tour with a professional zoologist. See 110 rare and endangered animals and hear their individual stories. Golf carts seats, rhino feeding and lemur interaction available at extra fees. Tickets: Adults: $25; Under 12: $10.  Reservations are required, email contact@cswildlife.org

NYE at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Cypress & Grove Brewing Company will have music, food, and beer! Halo Donuts and other food trucks on site. New beer releases and champagne by the glass. Ring in 2020 with C&G! A keg drop will count down at midnight!

‘Sparks in the Park’ Firework Display at Depot Park
Tuesday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
At 5 p.m., bring blankets and chairs and find a spot in the park to enjoy the last sunset of 2019 while a DJ hosts a family-friendly dance party on The Hill.  At 6:30 p.m., the fun continues with “Sparks in the Park,” a musically choreographed fireworks show over the main pond. Following the fireworks display, guests will be guided by a glowing rainbow of lights through downtown to enjoy dinner, drinks, festivities and all that downtown has to offer. 

A New Year’s Celebration for the Entire Family at The Cade Museum
Tuesday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Spark Wonder and celebrate! All ages are invited to enjoy everything the museum has to offer including the museums exhibits, activities in the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, plus Face Painting, Glow Party, Carnival Games, Alternate Time Zone Countdown, New Year’s Resolutions, and much more! After a sparkling cider toast, watch the Depot Park fireworks from the Museum. Light dinner and beverages will be served. Advance registration is required (space is limited). Click here to purchase tickets.

New Year’s Eve All Night Skate at Skate Station Funworks
Tuesday, December 31, 7:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.
New Year’s Eve fun for the whole family. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. for all ages, at midnight the party continues for ages 15 and under with plenty of adult supervision. All night event includes unlimited play, dinner, breakfast, games and prizes, balloon drop, hats, horns and noisemakers! Admission from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. starts at $9. All night ticket is $25 pre-paid, $30 at the door.

Spark @ Embers Annual NYE Cocktail Bash  
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Ring in 2020 at Spark!  Spark’s annual Cocktail Bash includes charcuterie with house-cured meats and cheeses from around the world. Butler passed Hors d’oeuvres includes favorites from the Spark menu such as lobster croquettes, prime beef, shrimp and grits, duck wings, all freshly created by our chef. Sparks mixologists will have unlimited prosecco, 2 specialty cocktails, classic well drinks, 30 wines by the glass and our craft beers. $90 per person pre-purchased (This event has sold out the past two years).
Doors open at 8 p.m. First come first seating. Tickets are for open seating and are non-refundable. Gratuity is not included. Attendees will need proper 21 or older ID.
For the New Year’s Eve 5 course dinner at Embers Wood Grill, please call to reserve a table at 352-390-0901.

NYE Masquerade Ball at the Backyard
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Everyone’s invited to a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino. DJ Malibu, complimentary masks, balloon drop at midnight, a photobooth & more!

New Year’s Eve Gainesville Punk Night Party at High Dive
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Dance, mosh, and bounce around while the DJ play all your favorite Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Emo, Hardcore, & Ska music. If you like We The Kings, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Pierce the Veil, Reel Big Fish, Paramore, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, My Chemical Romance, A Day to Remember, Escape the Fate, New Found Glory, Sum41, Green Day, The Used, Falling in Reverse, Panic! At the Disco, State Champs, MxPX, and Good Charlotte – this dance party is for you! This show is completely different from any other punk or emo events in this area. Tickets are $7 each.

New Years Eve 2020 at MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza Company (Celebration Pointe)
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Ring in the New Year with enormous buffet, cocktails and drag queens at MidiCi.  Watch the ball drop direct from New York City on our huge projector screen! FREE Shuttle service to downtown after the show.
Level 1 tickets: $50 includes buffet and 5 drink tickets; Level 2 tickets: $75 includes buffet and open bar; Under 21 tickets: $40 includes buffet. Only 150 tickets available at https://midici.ticketspice.com/new-years-eve-at-midici

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party at Blackadder Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Ring in the New Year 20’s style! Get in your 1920’s garb and be ready to whisper the code to get in. Advanced purchase only, $50 per person. Entrance fee includes glass of special crafted NYE “hooch”, hors d’oeuvres, some swanky swag, and a toast at midnight.

Heavy Petty band in the background. Downtown Countdown with Heavy Petty, New Year's Eve December 31 2019 9 p.m.

Downtown Countdown at Bo Diddley Plaza
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
The Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration begins at 9 p.m., and continues until midnight in Bo Diddley Plaza. It features two bands and a countdown to midnight to ring in 2019 with the sounds of noisemakers provided free to the audience. Headlining this experience are Heavy Petty (the local Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band); Philip “JazzDad” Thomas and The Forever Miles Band (popular cover songs) opening the concert. Revelers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the plaza for seating.  Rock out the old and ring in the new in Downtown Gainesville!

New Year’s Eve 90’s Party at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Ring in the new year 90’s style at Big Top Brewing Company! This is a free event, no cover charge. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Live DJ will be playing throwback hits all night long. Dress in your best 90’s outfit for the chance to win a Big Top gift card!

NYE Block Party at The Top, Atlantic, Arcade Bar & The Wooly
Tuesday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Party it up in downtown Gainesville this New Year’s Eve with The Top Hub Block Party. An all-out takeover of North Main Street on New Year’s Eve. DJ’s will spin different styles of music at five different locations. Free bubbly at midnight! No cover, 21+ only.

New Year Day Hike at Paynes Prairie State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join a park ranger on a guided walk on Bolen Bluff Trail, an excellent trail for viewing wildlife and learning about the state park. The hike is an out-and-back route totaling 1.5 miles, an easy pace to allow time for wildlife viewing.
Meet in the Bolen Bluff Trail parking lot off of Highway 441 by 9 a.m. The ranger will be waiting at the trailhead by the kiosk. Check weather conditions and dress appropriately for hiking in an open environment on a natural trail with little to no shade.
Please RSVP on www.prairiefriends.org. Program is free, and day-use park entrance fees will be waived for participants on this hike.

New Year’s Day Walk at Dudley Farms State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join a bird-watching guide from the Alachua Audubon Society through the farmstead woods. Learn about, and perhaps catch a glimpse of, your favorite bird. You may hear or see a pileated woodpecker, bluebird or maybe a brown thrush!  **Free with park admission of $5.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

First Day of 2020 Hike to Hidden Springs at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Begin 2020 with an enjoyable 1-mile ranger-led hike on the Blue Trail. Explore a pristine area of the park that has just recently opened to visitors and features hidden springs. Meet a hidden treasure, “Aric the Giant,” a 350-year-old cypress tree. Learn about the history of the park and its aquifer, plants and wildlife. Whether you are a first-time visitor to the park or a regular, hopefully this First Day Hike inspires you to make Florida State Parks an important part of your routine. **Free hike with the paid park entry fee of $6 (per vehicle for up to eight people). Meet at Pavilion 1.

New Year’s Day Race at High Springs BMX
Wednesday, January 1, 2:30 p.m.
Participate, or spectate, the 5th annual New Year’s Day BMX Race at High Springs BMX Track. Registration and practice are between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The races begin at 4:30 p.m.

First Day of 2020 Hike to Hidden Springs at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Begin 2020 with an enjoyable 1-mile ranger-led hike on the Blue Trail. Explore a pristine area of the park that has just recently opened to visitors and features hidden springs. Meet a hidden treasure, “Aric the Giant,” a 350-year-old cypress tree. Learn about the history of the park and its aquifer, plants and wildlife. Whether you are a first-time visitor to the park or a regular, hopefully this First Day Hike inspires you to make Florida State Parks an important part of your routine. **Free hike with the paid park entry fee of $6 (per vehicle for up to eight people). Meet at Pavilion 1.

**Drop by the Visit Gainesville office for a one day pass for free entry into Florida State Parks, while supplies last.Visit Gainesville office is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1).

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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