Free Downtown events kick off holiday season in Jacksonville

The Holiday Art Walk starts at 5:00 p.m. with the Christmas tree lighting at 6:15 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The holiday season lights up Wednesday night in Downtown Jacksonville with free events planned through this week and next at James Weldon Johnson Park.

The final Art Walk of the year, the Holiday Art Walk, starts at 5:00 p.m. and will have a holiday program along with live music, food and visual arts. The holiday program will feature performances from multiple music and dance schools.

“It’s fun for the kids to get to showcase their skills, their talent, what they’ve been working so hard on,” said Melanie Hammer with Cathedral Arts Project. “At Cathedral Arts Project, our mission is to empower every kid’s creative spirit. So I think it’s important to showcase in the community what we’re doing for kids.”

The Christmas tree lighting at the park happens at 6:15 p.m. The Art Walk extends to the Jessie Ball duPont Center and the Breezeway at Vystar Tower. 

On Friday there will be the hip hop event Friday Night Vibes. This will also have performances and vendors. On Sunday check out a holiday market Pop Up in the Park. Tuesday is a Hannukah celebration with music, food, storytelling, crafts and games. The Menorah lighting will be at 6:30 p.m.

The executive director of Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park calls this park the “heart of the city” and says starting Wednesday, hearts will come together to share community.

“There’s been some tough things happening in the news,” said Liz McCoy. “However, this week let’s just get together and celebrate and have a good time, celebrate each other, maybe have a cup of good cheer and just celebrate life a little bit. That’s what the holidays are all about, enjoying each other.”

Find more details about the Holiday Art Walk here.

Find details for the other events here.

You May Also Like

Jail Booking Log, January 28

AL-HUSSEINI, NOORDOB: 04/18/2002Charge(s): SIMPLE BATTERY (DATING VIOLENCE) AUPLANT, BRIANDOB: 09/22/1988Charge(s): RESIST OFFICER:…

Family of Tyre Nichols to attend State of the Union

() — The family of Tyre Nichols accepted an invitation to attend…

Asian shares mixed after last week’s gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK – Shares were trading mixed in Asia on Monday after Wall…

New Zealand city to get more dangerous rainfall after flood

WELLINGTON – A dangerous amount of rain is forecast Tuesday for New…

US urges donors to give far more as Somalia faces famine

MOGADISHU – The first U.S. Cabinet member to visit Somalia since 2015…

Law&Crime Releases New Podcast Series: ‘Devil in the Dorm’

Host and Actress Elisabeth Rohm Takes Listeners Inside the Case of Convicted…

2 injured in Hernando County deputy-involved shooting

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Two people were shot by Hernando County deputies…

Sixth Memphis Police Officer Disciplined After Tyre Nichols Arrest

An officer who was recorded using a stun gun on Tyre Nichols,…

US Marine Travels From Louisiana to Florida for Sex With 14-Year-Old Girl: Cops

An active duty US Marine is accused of flying from Louisiana to…

Pope Francis Decries ‘Spiral of Death’ Between Jews and Palestinians

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis has condemned the “spiral” of violence occurring…

Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds makes big impression in FA Cup tie against Sheffield United

The Hollywood movie star was at the Racecourse Ground to see his…

Russian embassy says North Korea lifted lockdown in capital

SEOUL – Russia’s embassy in North Korea says the country has eased…