Celebrate the Season with Holiday Events in Gainesville and Alachua County 2022

Stroll among twinkling lights, watch special holiday performances, find unique gifts at holiday markets. Explore local shopping destinations for selfie-friendly light displays and seasonal sales. Plan your holidays with our list of festive upcoming events in Gainesville and Alachua County.

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a christmas carol and murder for two holiday edition

Ring in the Holidays with Stage Performances at the Hippodrome Theatre

A Christmas Carol
Saturday, November 26 – Friday, December 23
Bah Humbug to dashing through the snow and sleigh rides in Florida. Staying true to the weighty themes of the original novel while delivering a gripping story, cheerful holiday music, and genuine laughs for the whole family, A Christmas Carol at the Hippodrome Theatre is one of Gainesville’s favorite holiday traditions.

Murder for Two Holiday Edition
Friday, November 25 – Friday, December 23
One of Hippodrome Theatre’s most popular productions returns with a festive twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout. This ‘whodunit’ is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, murder and mistletoe.

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Cane Boil and Fiddlefest at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Be transported to bygone days by the rustic setting of Morningside’s Living History Farm. Hear enchanting sounds of old-time folk music made by talented local musicians. Make your way to the kettle to see sugar cane juice boil down to sweet rich cane syrup. Watch demonstrations of historic skills, shop vendor wares and join traditional games and crafts. Visit the log cabin and interact with historic interpreters as they go about a day in the life of 1870. Admission is free.

The O’Connell Center Craft Festival 2022 at UF O’Connell Center
Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The annual Craft Festival provides an excellent opportunity to shop indoors for unique crafts authentically made by hundreds of talented artisans and crafters. Find something special for yourself or that hard to shop for person in your life.

Holiday Mimosas Sip and Shop at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Sunday, November 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Relax with a mimosa and find a holiday gift crafted by a local artist.

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Light Up Tioga Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival at Tioga Town Center
Sunday, November 27, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Gather at Tioga Town Center for the annual tree lighting and holiday festival featuring festive fun for the whole family and live entertainment.

Songs of the Season at Santa Fe College Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Santa Fe Singers, directed by Music Professor Lynn Sandefur, present the annual “Songs of the Season” concert. Enjoy holiday favorites with new and exciting arrangements.

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City of Alachua Tree Lighting at Skinner Field
Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The annual tree lighting features kids’ photos with Santa, ornament decorating, popcorn and hot chocolate.

Self-Guided Holiday Art Tour at Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Artwalk Gainesville features a self-guided experience of local galleries and studios. Find a map and preview the venues online.

High Springs Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 3, 6 p.m.
Join the holiday magic in High Springs with a witer wonderland, hot chocolate and cookies. Shops along Main Street stay open for holiday shoppsing.

“Holiday at Santa Fe” at the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Santa Claus narrates performances representing the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Little School and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. After the performances, meet the characters in the lobby, visit with animals from the Teaching Zoo, enjoy cookies and lemonade and even do some early holiday shopping for stuffed animals and mouse ears.

A Christmas Story at High Springs Playhouse
Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 18


Christkindlmarkt at Blackadder Brewing Company
Friday, December 2 – Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

City of Alachua Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa on Main Street Alachua
Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Fall Farm and Cane Festival at Dudley Farm
Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

History and Holidays Guided Tours at Historic Haile Homestead
Saturday, December 3 – Saturday, December 31

Large-Scale Lighting Armature Blacksmithing Morning and Afternoon Workshops at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4

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Carillon Studio Holiday Recital at UF Century Tower
Sunday, December 4, 1:55 p.m.

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74th Annual UF School of Music Sounds of the Season at UF Phillips Center
Sunday, December 4, 7 p.m.

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GLAM Craft Show at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, December 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

tenThing Brass Ensemble Holiday Concert at UF Phillips Center
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.

Danscompany presents Cinderella at UF Phillips Center
Friday, December 9, 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Holiday Market and Open House at Shoppes at Thornebrook
Friday, December 9, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Holiday lights, Santa and snow decorate Thornebrook Village. Browse boutiques and stores open late, and visit over 50 artists and vendors.

Main Street Alachua Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m.
Arrive early to set up a chair for the annual tradition down Main Street Alachua.

High Springs Candy Cane Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 10, 3 p.m.

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Holiday Historic Homes Tour with Matheson History Museum
Saturday, December 10, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Add a tour of historic homes to your holiday season. Leaving from the Matheson History Museum, the walking tour lasts about 90 minutes.

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida Presents the Community Chanukah Party at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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La Balooza Hot Air Balloon Festival at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, December 16 – Saturday, December 17

The City of Alachua and Dance Alive National Ballet Present Nutcracker Under the Stars at Legacy Park
Friday, December 16, 7 p.m.

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Dance Alive National Ballet Presents The Nutcracker at UF Phillips Center
Saturday, December 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Ballet Dance Class with Clara
Saturday, December 17, 4 p.m., – Sunday, December 18, 4 p.m.

Downtown High Springs Holiday Artwalk
Saturday, December 17, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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6th Annual Christmas on the Square at CountryWay Town Square
Saturday, December 17, 6 p.m.
Bring the family for holiday fun in Newberry with bounce houses, Santa, crafts, food, hot chocolate and holiday lights.

36th Annual Veterans for Peace Winter Solstice Concert at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Saturday, December 17, 8 p.m.

Christmas with the Currys at Heartwood Soundstage
Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m.

Eat. Drink. Be Ugly. 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Contest at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, December 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(sold out) Holiday Wine Pairing and Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, December 23, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A History of Kwanzaa with Kali Blount at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Tuesday, December 27, 5:30 p.m.


Spark Wonder 2023 at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Saturday, December 31, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reflect, celebrate, and anticipate the New Year with the Cade Museum. Watch Depot Park’s spectacular firework show from the comfort of the Cade’s galleries with a drink and snacks in hand. This family-friendly event will feature games and experiments, an alternate time zone countdown, glow party, New Year’s Resolutions, a photo booth, and more.

NYE dance party at heartwood soundstage

A Gainesville Homecoming New Year’s Eve Dance Party at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, December 31, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Ring in the New Year at South Main Station and Miami’s DJ A-Train. Start your evening with dinner at Bingo Deli & Pub or Humble Woodfire, then get ready to move with dance classics from every decade. Champagne toast and countdown at midnight. General admission and VIP tickets are available online.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at UF O’Connell Center
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Light Up Celebration Point at their Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, November 18, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

31st Annual Tree Lighting at Shoppes at Thornebrook
Saturday, November 19, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.