Thanksgiving Week: Events in Volusia County (11/23 – 11/28)

This information is evolving and will be updated as more info and events become available. Information has been provided by the city, county or by individual event pages. If you have any questions, please direct them to the organizers of the events.

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Small Business Saturday is November 27!

Small Business Saturday, an annual shopping day observed like Black Friday, is traditionally held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. It was first began by the American Express credit card company in 2010 at the height of the Great Recession as a way to pump American spending into smaller businesses by redirecting consumer holiday shopping.

After the struggles of last year with shutdowns, short staffing and cut spending, many small businesses are greatly dependent on this year’s holiday gift purchases.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide and, as always, Support Local!

Click here to view the guide!

All Week

Christmas Spectacular at Stetson Mansion

  • Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, Deland, FL 32720
  • Phone: (561) 654-6919
  • Presented By: Stetson Mansion
  • Dates: November 1, 2021 – January 22, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Stetson Mansion
  • Time: varies
  • Price: self-guided tours, group bookings and guided tours available

Christmas Spectacular tours dates are Nov. 1, 2021 through Jan. 22, 2022. The best Christmas decorations in Florida according to USA Today. Ten themed rooms of elaborate designer decorations geared to adults. Decorations change each year.

Self-guided tours will be offered three times per day in the first two weeks of November, then six times per day into January. 

Group bookings of 16 or more people get one free ticket for every 15 paid.

Group guided tours require 20-24 people and a reservation. Group guided tours will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

Find more info and book a tour here.

Gingerbread Fantasy Holiday Light Display @ Rose Villa

  • Address: 43 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Phone: (386) 615-7673
  • Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar
  • Price: Free Holiday Light Display; Gingerbread House building experience starts at $99, reservations required

This holiday season, Rose Villa Southern Table and Bar will transform into a Gingerbread Fantasy decorative light display that evokes classic storybook memories in exquisite style. From November 19, 2021, through January 9, 2022, visitors can stop to take a family photo or a fun selfie outside of in this historic setting in downtown Ormond Beach.

During Gingerbread Fantasy, the restaurant will be decorated with larger-than-life Gingerbread men, towering lollipops, unique topiary snowmen, the “dogs of Rose Villa,” stain glass windows reflecting gingerbread men, gold bells, candy canes and candied fruit, and of course hundreds of colorful lights reaching from the ground to the top of the two and a half story rooftop.

For an extra special holiday activity, Rose Villa will offer a hands-on experience building your own gingerbread house. This confection-based activity is offered daily from 10 a.m. – noon. Cost starts at $99 and reservations are required. Groups of up to 16 people can be accommodated. To book a gingerbread house buidling experience call 386-615-7673. 

While everyone is encouraged to enjoy Gingerbread Fantasy for an outdoor photo opportunity, entry inside the restaurant is for diners only with reservations. 

Magic of Lights Holiday Display 

  • Address: 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 1, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Daytona International Speedway
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: Prices vary, go to website for details

See a dazzling display of over a million holiday lights! Magic of Lights(TM) is an amazing holiday light display at Daytona International Speedway that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.

Wind your way through a display more than a mile long that uses the latest LED technology and digital animation. Along with returning traditional favorites such as Enchanging Tunnel of Lights, 200-foot Candy Cane Lane, Sports Row and Toyland, new this year will be the “Illuminating Mega Tree” which stands 40 feet tall, complete with dancing lights synchronized to favorite holiday tunes. Other new displays include the 12 Days of Christmas and Prehistoric Christmas. 

This popular drive-through, family-friendly lights extravaganza runs from November 19, 2021 through January , 2022 at Daytona International Speedway.

Magic of Lights(TM) offers, and encourages, contactless ticketing by allowing customers to purchase tickets in advance by going online in advance.  One car load, one price to enjoy more than a million lights. The experience includes a drive behind the Ticket and Tour Building, through the motorsports facility and concludes in the Midway display area.

For more information about the event, including ticket purchases, go to the website.

Daytona Turkey Run 2021

  • Address: 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Presented By: Daytona International Speedway
  • Dates: November 25, 2021 – November 28, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Daytona International Speedway
  • Time: Starting: 8 a.m. Thurs – Sat, and Sunday 10 a.m.
  • Price: $15/day Thursday – Saturday / $10 Sunday / Children 11 & under FREE

The 48th Daytona Turkey Run, the largest combined classic car show and swap meet in the United States, will be in the infield at Daytona International Speedway! Four days of family fun kicks off on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Sunday, November 28! Nightime activities will be held Wednesday-Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Speedway in 2021 featuring music, cruise & show, and “car” games like Teeter-Totter, Rod Joust and Blind Go-Kart race.

The annual Daytona Turkey Run is a car enthusiasts dream held each Thanksgiving weekend in the infield of the World Center of Racing. Held 100% outdoors on 480 acres in the infield, special features include Swap Meet vendors, Car Show with 5000+ collector cars, Car Corral with 1500+ cars available for sale or trade, and handmade art, crafts and fashion – perfect for holiday shopping! Free parking. Scooter rentals. Please visit the website for more information. 

For those planning farther ahead, the Spring Turkey Run will be March 25-27, 2022.

Visit the event’s website here for full details and schedule of events.

Mistletoe March

Nov 22 – Dec 20

Find toy soldiers hiding in shops around Downtown DeLand and enter to win prizes. Pick up a Passport at participating locations .

  1. When you spot a Soldier at any one of the businesses listed on the passport, collect a store stamp or signature.
  2. When you’ve collected at least 20 different store stamps/signatures bring your Passport to The Muse Book Shop. You will be eligible for the drawing for prizes donated by all the participating businesses.
  3. If you collect EVERY store stamps/signatures, bring your passport to The Muse Book Shop to get $2 in MainStreet Bucks which can be used at any of the participating merchants.
  4. Plan to attend the Soldier Salute grand celebration and prize drawing at 6:00 PM on December 20th.

Download the passport here to see participating locations!

Elf the Musical

Saturday, November 27 through Sunday, December 19 @ Athens Theatre, 124 North Florida Avenue, DeLand, FL, 32720 (map)

Elf the Musical is the seasonal celebration you’ve been looking for–with a lost-boy-returns- home saga that is a perfect heart warmer for kids of all ages. Santa and the elves are major characters, and belief in Santa is a crux of the plot. Will Buddy find his family? Can a modern family learn to believe in Santa Claus? Bring your family young and old to enjoy this perfect dose of true holiday spirit.

Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Wednesday, November 24

Turkey Trot Bar Crawl

The Streamline Hotel will be hosting the 1st Annual Turkey Trot Bar Crawl in conjunction with Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, Landshark Bar & Grill, Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Bar, and World’s Most Famous Brewery.
Transportation between locations will be provided by Fun Coast Tours and stand up comedian Doug Canney  will be performing for passengers while in transit between stops.

All participants should check-in between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Streamline Hotel lobby and will receive a wristband and stamp card entitling them to either a shot or a draft beer (at the discretion of each establishment) upon arrival at each location.Transportation from the Streamline Hotel to the participating establishments begins at 6 p.m and the final pick-ups to return to the Streamline Hotel will commence at 9 p.m., with continuous circuits completed in the interim. 

Thursday, November 25

New Smryna Beach Gooble Wobble Turkey Trot 5K

November 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Gobble gobble! What better way to enjoy your Turkey Day than by burning those calories before the big meal?! Bring the whole family down on Thursday, Nov. 25th, to the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk for Turkey Day Beach 5k!! Registration is $25 and it includes a race day t-shirt (limited quantities available), bib, and invitation to the after party at Flagler Tavern! 

For More information and to register please go to https://runsignup.com/5KNSBTurkey

Hope to see you at the start line!

Ormond Beach Turkey Trot 5K

Thursday from 9 – 11AM @ Granada Beach Ramp, 21 Ocean Shore Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

This is an event for families and individuals to participate in on Thanksgiving Day.

The race is being organized by UPCELTO Event Promotions. Online reservation is available at: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/OrmondBeach/TurkeyTrotOrmond5k

The cost is $45 per runner (if you have a group of 4 then you get $20 off) 

All ages and athletic abilities are welcomed.

In addition, every participant will receive a T-Shirt and a pie (from a local bakery).

Friday, November 26

Annual Gaslight Parade and Antique Car Show

  • Address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Phone: (386) 492-2938
  • Presented By: Volusia Region Antique Automobile Club of America
  • Dates: November 26, 2021 – November 27, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: East Granada Blvd. and Fortunato Park
  • Time: Parade Stars 7:00 PM Friday; Car Show 10 AM-3 PM Saturday
  • Price: Free

Celebrate the “Birthplace of Speed” in Ormond Beach with antique cars and trucks. The 63rd Annual Gaslight Parade takes place on Friday, November 26 beginning at 7 p.m. Antique vehicles (built in 1996 or older, no modified, custom or hot rods) stretching as far back as the Model T strut their stuff along East Granada Boulevard to AIA, then turn south on A1A to Harvard Drive (the parade starts at The Casements).

Pop in for a close up on Saturday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fortunato Park (northeast corner of the Granada Bridge) where antique vehicles will be on display. Admission is free.

Manheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

  • Address: 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Phone: (386) 671-3460
  • Dates: November 26, 2021
  • Location: Peabody Auditorium
  • Time: 7:30 PM 
  • Price: Tickets: $43, $53 and $63 plus applicable surcharges

Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller?  You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when  they bring their annual holiday tour to Daytona Beach. This tour will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans.  Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families:  Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert.

Thanksgiving at the Lighthouse

The National Historic Landmark Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum welcomes all to enjoy a relaxed alternative to Black Friday madness on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26. The lighthouse staff and its docents will offer workshops, programs and visiting kids will be able to handmake a special children’s take-home holiday tree ornament, crafted just like the children of the lighthouse keepers did 100 years ago. 

Keeper-docents in United States Lighthouse Service uniforms will answer questions and conduct orientation tours at the lighthouse station during the day, while other costumed docent reenactors will bring to life historic figures from the lighthouse past.

Climbing Florida’s tallest lighthouse tower with its spectacular view from the gallery is always a special treat. In addition, the station’s many historic buildings, now museums, are devoted to the chronicle of the American lighthouse service. Each building houses interesting exhibits and artifacts, and a nationally acclaimed highlight is the Ponce Inlet Lens Museum’s collection of restored Fresnel Lenses, the first modern optic.

Admission to the special programs are included in the regular Ponce Inlet Lighthouse fees. The special programs are on tap from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse at 386-761-1821, Extension 18.

Spark the Spirit

Friday from 5 – 9 PM @ Christmas Park, Canal Street, NSB

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Live Entertainment & Santa’s Grand Entrance make this family-friendly event the kick off of Christmas on Canal Street in our beautiful Downtown. Canal Street Historic District brings the spirit of the holidays to Christmas Park, Located at the corner of Live Oak & Canal Street.

Stores and Restaurants have extended hours and Canal Street will be closed to accommodate pedestrians.  Stop in and visit Santa’s Work Hub and watch the children’s eyes light up when they see sparkling decorations and Santa too!

All Weekend (Nov 27 – 28)

Winter Wonderland at ONE DAYTONA

  • Address: 1 Daytona Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Presented By: ONE DAYTONA
  • Dates: November 26, 2021 – November 27, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: ONE DAYTONA
  • Time: Varies
  • Price: FREE

Winter Wonderland at ONE DAYTONA kick-off weekend November 26-27. (Friday 12-9 p.m and Saturday 3-8 p.m.). Meet Dancer and Prancer, enjoy holiday concerts and more. For more information go to OneDaytona.com/events.

Friday, Nov. 26:

  • 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Meet Dancer & Prancer
  • Charles Dickens Carolers
  • 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Elf on the Shelf (Male and Female)
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Community Showcase

Saturday, Nov. 27:

  • 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Meet Dancer and Prancer
  • Whoville Singers
  • 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM |The Grinch, Mayor of Whoville, Cindy Lou Who Meet & Greet (limited spots)
  • 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Winter Wonderland Market5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Stilt Walkers and Balloon Sculpting

Saturday, November 27

Freestyle and Old School Extravaganza – Holiday Dance Party

Kick off the holiday season with the best in 80’s and 90’s Dance, Freestyle and House Music. Christomeli Productions presents Freestyle & Old School Extravaganza. The line-up includes: Music pumped by DJ Smiley & DJ Julian Jumpin Perez. Featuring: Mia, Rochelle, Pretty Poison,Trinere. The event will be held on the oceanfront Wave Terrace at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach November 27. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

Halifax Historical Museum Rod Show

Bring your classic, pre-war, custom, pro street, muscle car, vintage auto, and antique motorcycles to this awesome event! Located on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach (Orange Avenue north to International Speedway Boulevard).

Coastal Christmas Market 

Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM along Canal Street, NSB

Enjoy a wide variety of beautiful gifts and holiday decor handcrafted by local artisans. Our merchants will welcome you into their shops for a look at the treasures available all year long on Canal Street.

·       Shop Handcrafted Holiday Items from 90+ Local Vendors

·       Music & Demonstrations (on Live Oak)

·       Grab Lunch or a Snack: Local Restaurant or Street Fare

Flagler Avenue’s Market Days

Saturday @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm along Flagler Avenue, NSB

Put NSB Under Your Tree and come down for Flagler Avenue’s Market Days, on Small Business Saturday, November 27th from 11am – 5pm! Flagler Avenue’s Market Days is a retail experience like no other shopping where you can see Living Windows from selected retailers on the street, watch live Pop Up Sidewalk Fashion Shows, see Artisans in Action in their studios, have options for Great Gift Ideas, Sidewalk and In-Store Specials!Make sure you make a trip to New Smyrna Beach for Flagler Avenue’s Market Days.

Flagler Avenue Wine Walk

Saturday from 1 – 7 PM along Flagler Avenue, NSB

The monthly Wine Walk returns to Flagler Avenue, Saturday, November  27th from 1 pm to 7 pm. During the progressive event, taste your choice of up to 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $30 and include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may purchase an additional wine glass for $5. Flagler Avenue will NOT be closed for this event which takes place inside host locations up and down Flagler Avenue. 

How To Purchase Tickets: We offer two ways for you to purchase tickets to the Wine Walk. 

ON-LINE IN ADVANCE: Tickets can be purchased at https://nsbwinewalk2021.eventbrite.com up until 11:30 am the day of the event. For those who purchase online, they can be picked up at the center tent located at the corner of S. Cooper and Flagler Avenue on the day of the event starting at Noon. 

DAY OF EVENT FOR CASH: Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for CASH ONLY, at the “Welcome Tent” starting at Noon. This tent is located at the corner of S. Cooper Street and Flagler Avenue, at the Citgo Gas Station. Make plans to sip wine and stroll Flagler Avenue on Saturday, November  27th  starting at 1 pm!

Other things to consider this week…

‘Tis the Camping Season

Ever since Florida state parks lifted restrictions on park capacity and reopened for camping earlier this year, finding a spot to lay your head in the perfect weather for camping season can be very difficult right now without scheduling months in advance. So we decided to check out some privately owned campgrounds around the state, like Riverside Lodge Cabins!

Inside Look: Bagel Barn Cafe and Deli

If you haven’t stopped in to try Bagel Barn Cafe and Deli in Edgewater yet, we have your next meal plans right here!With an abundance of homemade bagels, juicy burgers and sandwiches, decadent salads and so much more, there’s something for everyone:

Volusia’s Most Instagrammable Street Art

Sidestepping from Volusia County’s coastal byways can get pretty artsy if you know where to look. Because our most “Instagrammable” street art is often hidden, here is a top five countdown that paints the way from north to south:

Ask a Local: Best Photographers for Family Portraits

Fall is just about here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about and planning your holiday cards! These local photographers are who the locals trust year after year for their holiday and family photos. 

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