November 28, 2022
Holidays In Clay County: Holiday Events Guide For 2022!
The holidays are here and there are plenty of festive activities on the horizon this season. Gather the family for holiday parades, meet and greets with Santa, holiday cheer and more.
Here’s a look at the joyous celebrations taking place in Clay County!
Celebrate the Season in Orange Park
The Town of Orange Park and The Historical Society of Orange Park team up to bring you an old fashioned holiday celebration – Hometown Holidays – on the evenings of December 9 and 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. Explore the shopping village, enjoy family hay rides through a decorated trail of lights, live entertainment, Clarke House tours, photo opportunities with Santa and more. It may even snow! Admission and many activities are free!
At the Orange Park Mall, visit the big man himself – Santa! Celebrate his arrival on Saturday, November 19th at 10:30 a.m. The Salvation Army Band will kick off the festivities along with reindeer pony rides from Pinto Farms and holiday goers can enjoy a cookie cake from Great American Cookies and the Grinch’s Hot Cocoa Bar.
For children with autism and related sensory sensitivities, visiting Santa can often mean crowded spaces, long lines and competing noise causing an overstimulating and upsetting environment. Sensitive Santa® provides a magical experience for guests and takes place on Sunday December 4 and Sunday December 11 from 10 am to 12 p.m. at the Orange Park Mall. Activities include crafts with Mrs. Claus, a cereal bar and a special gift from Santa. Advance registration is required.
Wrap up your holiday shopping at the Orange Park Farmer’s Market held the first and third Sunday in December at Orange Park Town Hall. With over 100 vendors featured each week, visitors can find homegrown items like fresh produce and honey, along with arts and crafts, live music and plenty of options for a bite to eat too.
At the Thrasher-Horne Center, celebrate the season as the Florida Ballet presents The Nutcracker. With numerous performances December 9-11. This enchanting classical ballet – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – continues to enthrall audiences of all ages. Tickets are available online and at the box office.
Holiday Fun in Green Cove Springs
On Saturday, December 3, get ready for the Green Cove Springs Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Green Cove Springs Business League. This year’s parade theme is all about super heroes! The parade features 80 groups and area organizations marching their way through the city streets. The parade starts at the intersection of Houston St and Highway 17 and will travel south on Highway 17. It will then do a U turn at Walnut Street and travel back North on Highway 17 giving everyone a great view from both sides of the street. The parade steps off at 6 p.m., so be sure to get there early for a great seat!
Also in Green Cove Springs, get ready for a day of shopping local at the Christmas on Walnut Street event. The fun takes place on December 3 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with local makers and businesses helping you wrap up your holiday shopping. Santa will also be there meeting children at his workshop at the Spring Park pavilion. Enjoy food and craft vendors, live entertainment and a kids zone. The day wraps up with a 1-mile Jingle Bell Fun Run and the popular Christmas Parade through town.
Take a stroll through the lights at the City of Green Cove Springs’ Parade of Trees in Spring Park. Each evening from December 3 through December 31, admire over 160 lit Christmas trees decorated by families, organizations and local businesses. The Parade of Trees is free and open to the public.
Discover more trees on display in Keystone Heights for the holiday season at the town’s inaugural Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations will have their decorated trees on display at Keystone Heights Natural Park. Have fun making memories together with your family, however you choose to celebrate this holiday season in Clay County. To learn more about the cheerful fun taking place in Clay County this December, check out the Explore Clay Calendar of Events.