This Week: Events in Volusia (11/13 – 11/19)

Become a part of the holiday magic in Volusia County! Start your week with The Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular Holiday Home Tour in Deland! Bring on your beats and moves for the 11th Annual New Smyrna Beach Rock & Roll Music Festival. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy the 200-foot-long Enchanting Tunnel of Lights in Daytona Beach!


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Monday, November 13

Christmas Spectacular at Stetson Mansion

  • Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
  • Phone: (386) 873-0167
  • Presented By: Stetson Mansion
  • Dates: November 1, 2023 – January 20, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Stetson Mansion
  • Price: Reservations required; self-guided tours, group bookings and guided tours available

The Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular Holiday Home Tour, the best Christmas decorations in Florida according to USA Today, takes place at “Florida’s first luxury estate,” the famed Victorian Gilded Age residence built in 1886. Its original, rich architectural details make the perfect backdrop for elaborate holiday decorations, which are different each year. Designer decorations from around the world will adorn the mansion and each of the ten rooms. Come and experience how Stetson Mansion has decked the halls on one of these enchanting self-guided and guided tours.

Christmas Spectacular tours dates are Nov. 1, 2023 through Jan. 20, 2024. Reservations are required. Group guided tours are available. For more information and complete schedule of tours and pricing, visit their website. 

Legal Abuse Awareness Day

Nov 13, 2023·Mon, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lakeside Community Center, 1999 City Center Cir, Port Orange, FL

What is Legal Abuse? Learn more about this growing issue that may be affecting you or someone you know and how our organization can help.

Tuesday, November 14

News-Journal Center Flute Choir Concert

Join in a mesmerizing evening of musical magic as Daytona State College presents their Fall Flute Concert. Prepare to be swept away by the ethereal melodies, expertly crafted compositions, and the enchanting sounds of the flute.

Random Acts of Insanity Improv Comedy

  • Address: 242 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Phone: (386) 252-3118
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Location: Cinematique Theater
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: $8.50 General admission

The Random Acts of Insanity Comedy Improv Troupe specializes in performing fast-paced improvised comedy every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and on the first Saturday of every month at 8 p.m. Every third Saturday hosts Live Standup Comedy with comics from all over Central Florida.

Women Of Ormond, Eileen Hubbard Butts

Come see the Women of Ormond Exhibit: Eileen Hubbard Butts at the MacDonald House on Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 3p
Oct 20, 2023 thru Jan 25, 2024.

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is the only private, nonprofit organization working to preserve and share the rich history of Ormond Beach.

Once Upon A Storytime

Tuesday, November 14 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

25 Riverside Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 

Wednesday, November 15

Lilian Place History Wind-down Wednesday

  • Address: 1000 S Peninsula Dr, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Phone: (386) 256-4810
  • Dates: August 16, 2023 – December 20, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Wednesday
  • Location: Lilian Place Heritage Center – Hotchkiss
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Price: Welcome back – FREE admission Dining available for $$ Menu TBD (Please RSVP to dine with us.)

Wind-down Wednesdays are back! (originally Winedown)

Join in on Wind-down Wednesday the third Wednesday of each month at the Historic Hotchkiss House.

Time to wind down and do a midweek rest at the Historic Hotchkiss House with an interesting guest speaker each month.

Starting August 16th from 5:30-7:30pm (Rescheduled from June 21st)

Middle of the week stress? Come wind down at Hotchkiss House! Join us for a relaxing evening and start winding down to the weekend.

Welcome back – FREE admission. Social Hour from 5:30-6:30pm 

Dining available for $$. Menu TBD (Please RSVP to dine with us.)

 Built in 1905 and original Winter home of Eli Hotchkiss “the Stapler King”.   Come view all the wonderful historic Hotchkiss family photos decorating the first floor.  And learn about the Hotchkiss family circa 1905.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

  • Address: 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Phone: (386) 671-3462
  • Dates: November 15, 2023
  • Location: Peabody Auditorium
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Price: Tickets start at $45 plus applicable surcharges

Mannheim Steamroller is bringing its Christmas tour to Peabody Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. 

This year’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour is set to feature classic Christmas songs from the Mannheim Steamroller holiday albums along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Chip Davis, founder, and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate over 35 years of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running concert tour in the entertainment industry.

Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 41 million albums, with over 31.5 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.

Wine & Tapas Tasting

Get ready for an extraordinary culinary journey at the eagerly awaited event, Wine and Tapas Tasting. Hosted by the renowned store Oil & Vinegar, this exceptional experience will take you on a flavorful adventure, featuring samples of four different wines expertly paired with four exquisite courses, all showcasing the exceptional products from Oil & Vinegar.

Indulge your taste buds as you explore the diverse world of wine during this event. Sample four carefully selected wines, each offering a unique and delightful experience. From crisp whites to rich reds, uncover the nuances of flavors, aromas, and textures that make each wine so special. Expand your wine knowledge and discover new favorites along the way.

The Lyonia Environmental Center- Wildlife Wednesday Walk

  • Address: 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL
  • Phone: (386) 789-7207
  • Presented By: The Lyonia Environmental Center
  • Dates: September 6, 2023 – December 27, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Price: Admission is always free!

Volunteers will lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on sugar sand.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.

Scavenger Hunt @ the Park

  • Address: 4550 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
  • Phone: (386) 761-2408
  • Presented By: Ponce Inlet Historical Museum
  • Dates: November 15, 2023
  • Location: Timucuan Oaks Garden
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Price: Free; RSVP by 11/8 required

Come look for treasure and make a memory with your little one on a tiny tot park adventure craft project! Parents and children 2 and up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

Timucuan Oaks Garden
4550 S. Peninsula Dr., outside on the lawn.

Eat NSB Walking Food Tour Fall 2023

Nov 15, 2023, Wed, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Discover Foodie Paradise on this walking food tour! Meet chefs & sample delicious food! Find the local favorites. Let us show you why New Smyrna Beach is Foodie Paradise. Discover some of the best dishes at locally owned restaurants along Historic Canal Street. Find out a little history and learn about the best places to eat, shop and play in this quaint coastal town.

Locals love finding new dishes; and visitors want to find the places the locals love! Stops are about 25 minutes each, allowing plenty of time to enjoy a generous sample and chat with chefs and owners.

Food and beverages provided at up to 4 stops. Each stop provides samples that will leave you full when we’re done!

Tour lasts about 3 hours. Wear comfortable shoes. Rain or shine.Stops can include Riverpark Terrace, Yellow Dog Eats, CorkScrew Bar & Grill, Cafe Del Soul, General Public House, The Galley, Panheads, City Market Bistro, Sugar Works Distillery and more.

Scheduled stops subject to last minute changes based on availability.Online ticket sales end 48 hours prior to the event start time, but space might still be available.

Starry Night Open House

Nov 15, 2023·Wed, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

721 Palmetto Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Come take a rare peek of The Grand 721 under the cloak of night with the twinkles and stars. Join us for an evening of tours & treats

Veterans Creative Expression Workshop: Clay Pumpkin Pie Slice Part 2

Wed Nov 15th 11:00am – 12:00pm

Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, 78 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL

Participants will paint their faux pie slice and add a dollop of “whipped cream” during this Veterans Creative Expression Workshop led by Diamond Johnson! All supplies will be provided, and no experience is needed. The group will also get a guided tour of the Museum’s current exhibit. This FREE program is open to all veterans and current service members. A spouse or other family member (age 16 or older) may take the workshop with their military member, but all participants must register in advance. Registration is only open to those who attended Part 1 of this workshop (October 25th).

Thursday, November 16

News-Journal Center Jazz Ensemble Concert

Get ready for a night of soul-stirring melodies and improvisational brilliance! Join Daytona State College for an extraordinary jazz concert that will transport you to the heart of this iconic musical genre.

Florida Vistas Book Club: A Tropical Frontier: Tales of Old Florida

Join us for our next Florida history book club meeting at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art where we will be discussing A Tropical Frontier: Tales of Old Florida.

The Southern Frontier: A roadless, watery wilderness, uninviting to all but the most stouthearted and adventurous. As great cities were springing up in places like St. Louis, Denver, and San Francisco, the lower peninsula of Florida endured. Here, the panther, the alligator, and the bald eagle remained safe from the restless, meddlesome hands of civilization, continuing as they had for eons past. Renegade Indians, pirates, hurricanes, and man-eating animals – not to mention venomous snakes and bloodthirsty hordes of mosquitoes – reigned supreme. It took a certain kind of person to boldly venture into such an inhospitable environment where a man had only himself and his family upon which to depend. It took men and women with not only vision, but backbone and grit, people like the MacLeods, Dawsons, and Hackensaws, true pioneers who confronted whatever came their way, together, as a family. From shipwrecks to Indian uprisings to buried treasure, blockade runners to murderous beach tramps, and the sad, lonely life of the solitary beachcomber, Tales of Old Florida takes the reader back to a singular time and place that will never be seen again. Above all, Tales of Old Florida is an epic saga of survival and prosperity, love and love lost, and most important, the power of the human spirit to prevail.

RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285 or register online. 

Free for members, $5.00 for future members.

Patti LaBelle In Concert

  • Address: 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Phone: (386) 671-3462
  • Presented By: Peabody Auditorium
  • Dates: November 16, 2023
  • Location: Peabody Auditorium
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Prices range from $49.50 to $124.50 plus applicable surcharges.

Patti LaBelle will perform on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Auditorium.

Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for.

It’s a small wonder that LaBelle has time for anything else in between recording and touring, but she makes time, and the world is oh so happy that she does! She has written six books, “Don’t Block the Blessings,” “LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About,” “Patti’s Pearls,” “Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine,” “Recipes for the Good Life” and “Desserts LaBelle.” Recently, Patti released a 20th anniversary edition of her New York Times bestselling cookbook, “LaBelle Cuisine,” featuring three new recipes.

Additionally, LaBelle has been featured in popular films and television programs including “A Soldier’s Story,” “A Different World,” “American Horror Story,” “Empire,” “Star” and “The Kominsky Method,” and starred in her own television series, “Out All Night.” She’s also wowed television audiences with unforgettable performances on hit shows including “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Masked Singer,” and starred in Broadway productions of “Your Arms are Too Short to Box with God,” “Fela” and “After Midnight.”

In 2007, she introduced “Patti’s Good Life,” a successful food and lifestyle brand that offers a variety of frozen comfort foods, breakfast items and desserts, including her world-famous sweet potato pie. The “Patti’s Good Life” brand is available at retailers across the U.S. including Walmart and Target. Always a person to take on new challenges, in 2017 LaBelle launched a record label, GPE Records, and released her first jazz album, “Bel Hommage.”

Although she is an award-winning entertainer, author and entrepreneur, LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as noteworthy. She remains an advocate for adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV / AIDS and many other causes and non-profit initiatives. While she has reached the heights of success throughout her more than 60-year career, LaBelle has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

PPA Hertz Gold Cup at Pictona

The Professional Pickleball Association Tour will be hosting the Hertz Gold Cup at Pictona at Holly Hill.

Come watch the world’s best pickleball players compete at the PPA Hertz Gold Cup.

A grounds pass, courtside seat, or VIP pass gets you entry to this amazing facility that will be outfitted as the center of pickleball nationwide. The PPA features the best pickleball players in the world along with food, live music, sponsor tents, organized playing events, and more. You won’t want to miss out on the biggest pickleball festival in the world!

The pro schedule is as follows:

Thursday: Mens/Womens Singles
Friday: Mixed Doubles
Saturday: Gender Doubles
Sunday: Pro Championships

In order to sit on championship court, a courtside or VIP ticket is required. All registered players are given a weeklong grounds pass; however, a courtside or VIP upgrade is required for each day to sit on championship court.

All guests over 8-years-old, coaches, and fans need to purchase a ticket for entry each day.

Players, use code: PPA25 for $25 off registration!

The Lyonia Environmental Center- Galapagos Islands

  • Address: 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL
  • Phone: (386) 789-7207
  • Presented By: The Lyonia Environmental Center
  • Dates: November 16, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Admission is always free!

The Galapagos Islands are known for their unique animal species and for being a location of Charles Darwin’s research. Enjoy photographs taken by Christie Miller during her explorations. Fascinating information about the islands’ formation and the animals that live there will be revealed. Blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and marine iguanas will be featured. The program concludes with a look at how these islands and animals compare to our very own Lyonia Preserve. After the discussion, we’ll enjoy pizza and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. All ages welcome.

11th Annual New Smyrna Beach Rock & Roll Music Festival

November 16 – November 18

November 16th-18th, 2023 along Flagler Avenue. The Rock and Roll music festival celebrates all aspects of Rock & Roll Music from multiple decades and several music cross-over entertainment options. The festival includes over 30 free shows over three days at various locations along Flagler Avenue. Food and drink specials. Some locations are age 21 and up. All shows are free admission.

Plants Walks

Nov 16, 2023 @ Thu, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM

7611 Atlantic Ave S, New Smyrna Beach, FL

THURSDAY 2nd, 9th, 16th AND 30th – 10:00 AM – “PLANT WALKS” – Join us every Thursday for a walk to identify the plants of Canaveral National Seashore and find out how they have been utilized over the years. Each walk is led by an experienced volunteer and covers a different part of the park. Please bring water for hydration and wear shoes for trail walking. (2 hours). The walks in November will be as follows:
1. Oct. 2nd – Turtle Mound. Meet at 9:45am. Use the Turtle Mound parking area or boat ramp parking lot and walk down.
2. Oct. 9th – Eldora. Meet at 9:45am at parking lot number 8.
3. Oct. 16th – The loop trail on Eldora Rd. Meet at 9:45 AM at parking lot #9.
4. Oct. 30th – Castle Windy. Meet at 9:45am at parking lot #3 (ocean side).

OUTREACH: The Timucua of Northeast Florida @ The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library

Nov 16, 2023·Thu, 2:00 PM

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S Dixie Fwy, New Smyrna Beach

“The Timucua of Volusia County”
Consisting of various tribes that shared a common language, the Timucua inhabited most of what is today Central and North Florida. What is a shell midden? How do you pronounce Timucua? How did they live? Where are they now? These questions and many more will be answered in this in-depth presentation about some of our state’s earliest residents.

No registration required. We hope to see you there!

Public Lecture: Rebuilding Our Beaches

Nov 16, 2023·Thu, 6:30 PM 

Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach

What happens when hurricanes wash away sand dunes and the plants that hold the dunes together? How do the plants get restored in highly dynamic areas? And does displaced sand always return to the beaches in time for sea turtle nesting season?

Jennifer Winters of the Volusia County Environmental Management office will answer these questions in her presentation, “Beach Recovery and Rebuilding: What Can Residents Do to Help?”

Winters will explain what the county’s environmental office does or can do to help restore the beach. She will also discuss and can answer basic questions about the benefits of replanting dune plants and permits required for replanting. In addition, she will discuss how this year’s sea turtle nesting program logged record numbers in spite of massive storm damage to Volusia County beaches in 2022.

Winters is a Volusia County native who has been working with the Volusia County Environmental Management Division since 2002. She has worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection — all in different positions as an environmental specialist.

She has worked with the county’s sea turtle conservation program in various roles and now also oversees the county’s Manatee Protection Plan program in the role of Protected Species Specialist (PSS).

Winters has more than 20 years of experience along Volusia County beaches and is familiar with the seasonal and long-term changes in the dynamic beach environment. A Coastal Master Naturalist and Natural Resource Leadership Institute alum, she is a former part owner in a native plant nursery and has overseen multiple habitat restoration efforts throughout her career.

MDC’s Public Lecture Series is free, but donations to the center are always appreciated. Pre-registration is requested – visit or click the ticket link on this FB event page.
The Marine Discovery Center is located off the North Causeway at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Guests attending the lecture should plan to use Quay Assisi to access MDC due to bridge construction on Barracuda Boulevard.

Canal Street Nights

November 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a fun evening with street vendors.  Extended hours for shops and available dining. Bring the whole family for a lovely evening in Downtown New Smyrna! During our November event we will have a petting zoo!

10th Annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial Race

  • Thursday, November 16, 20236:00 PM – Saturday, November 18, 202310:00 PM
  • Volusia Speedway Park1500 E State Road 40De Leon Springs, FL

For the 10th year in a row, Volusia Speedway Park will host the Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial race. The event will feature top DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers from across the country, competing in a 50-lap race with a $10,000 prize for the winner.

Thursday, 11/16 – Open Practice, All Divisions

Friday, 11/17 – DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, 602 Late Models, Thunder Stocks, PYP Street Stocks

Saturday, 11/18 – DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, 604 Late Models, 3/4 Modifieds

Get your tickets at

Friday, November 17

24th Annual Golf Tournament Weekend

  • Address: 100 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
  • Dates: 11/17/2023, 11/19/2023
  • Location: Plantation Bay
  • Time: 8:00 AM

Join the Daytona Beach Gator Club’s 24th Annual Golf Tournament on November 17, 2023 at Plantation Bay. This year’s golf tournament will feature a full weekend ending with the first Gator Day at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Join fellow Gator Alumni as the Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m. at EverBank Stadium.

A portion of every ticket purchased will benefit the Daytona Beach Gator Club in our annual scholarships. The deadline to purchase is Friday, July 28 at 11:59pm EST.

Tickets HERE.

Interested in tailgating inside the stadium for up to three hours prior to kickoff? The Sky Patio Tailgate Cabana experience includes food, beer, wine, water, and soft drinks under a covered cabana in the south end zone overlooking the field for only $70 per person. This is an add-on and would accompany a valid game ticket. You can add the Sky Patio Tailgate Cabana on at the checkout page.

Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth

  • Address: 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Phone: (386) 671-3462
  • Presented By: Peabody Auditorium
  • Dates: November 17, 2023
  • Location: Peabody Auditorium
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Price: Ticket prices start at $39 plus surcharges and are subject to change without notice.

Peabody Auditorium will host Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth, a live, in-person event that will explore questions as old as the planet itself: Have extraterrestrials visited Earth? Are they here now, and when will they reveal themselves?

The 90-minute live experience taking place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, celebrates the long-running program Ancient Aliens on The HISTORY Channel and features Ancient Astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, investigative mythologist William Henry, aerospace engineer and intelligence expert Dr. Travis Taylor, UK government UFO investigator Nick Pope, and real-life Indiana Jones, David Childress, as they discuss thought-provoking extraterrestrial theories on fan-favorite topics from Ancient Egypt to the moon, and paves for us the long road to Disclosure.  

Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth is an experiential extension of Ancient Aliens that explores the theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years.  Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth will bring the same curiosity and in-depth examination to the questions, speculations, provocative controversies, first-hand accounts, and grounded theories surrounding this age-old debate. 

In addition to engaging panel discussions and an audience Q&A, the event will also offer attendees the opportunity for VIP meet and greets with the stars, and exclusive Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth merchandise. 

For more information, visit

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Address: 1100 Cornerstone Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
  • Phone: (386) 843-7459
  • Dates: November 17, 2023
  • Location: Tanger Outlets
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Price: Free

Help us kick off the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Halifax Health. Friday, November 17, from 6 pm-8:30 pm! This highly anticipated event will include:

-Live Snow fall
-Kids craft stations
-Musical entertainment featuring Mr. Harley
-Plus, a special visit from Santa Claus, who will help us light the big tree! 

The event will take place near Polo Ralph Lauren, come join the fun! The event stage is sponsored by Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and Rue & Ziffra.

DeLand Artisan Alley Farmers Market

The DeLand Artisan Alley Farmers Market is a vibrant marketplace with over 40 vendors that takes place every Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. (rain or shine) in historic downtown DeLand.

Don’t forget your face mask!

Gingerbread Fantasy Holiday Light Display

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 17, 2023, through January 5, 2024, 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.

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

  • Address: 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Presented By: Daytona International Speedway
  • Dates: November 17, 2023 – December 31, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Daytona International Speedway
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: Standard vehicle gate prices Nov. 17-Dec. 7: Monday-Thursday $30; Friday-Sunday $35; Dec. 8-Dec. 31: Monday-Thursday $35; Friday-Sunday $40

This holiday season will be even brighter, merrier and more colorful as Magic of Lights returns and transforms Daytona International Speedway into a vibrant drive-through holiday-themed light display. Magic of Lights” features dozens of displays, festive favorites, and digital animation, all constructed with millions of individual LED lights to create a memorable holiday experience for the whole family.

Inside the comfort of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy Magic of Lights’ classic holiday favorites including Winter Wonderland, the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland, festive Elves and Reindeer Road. In addition to the 200 foot long Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, there will also be other new light tunnels to delight and amaze.

Other illuminated displays include the 32-foot-tall animated Mattel’s Waving Christmas Barbie®, Prehistoric Christmas featuring life sized dinosaurs celebrating the season, and the legendary BIGFOOT® Monster Truck. Created with over two million sparkling lights, Magic of Lights is a nostalgic and festive event everyone will enjoy.

Guests can also stop and take Santa photos for a magical experience.

Opens nightly from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. with exception of Nov. 23-26 & Dec. 1 (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

MOAS Night Sky Festival

Join with MOAS and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as we celebrate the wonders of astronomy and the night sky for Florida’s most exciting star party.

Stop by MOAS for their Night Sky Festival and peer through a wide variety of telescopes set up outside on the front entrance courtyard. The autumnal equinox sky is in full view as we observe the half Moon, Saturn, The Summer Triangle, and much more. Throughout the evening, they will be performing live outdoor sky tours with green laser pointers, presenting astronomy programs in the Lohman Planetarium, and conducting hands-on activities around the Museum.

Make sure to also include a trip to the nearby ERAU campus for their Astronomy Open House where you will find telescope tours, astronomy presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and have an opportunity to look through one of the largest publicly accessible telescopes in the southeastern United States. Check ERAU’s website for more information about this event:

The outdoor portion of the MOAS Night Sky Festival is free and is weather permitting. 

Parking is limited. Planetarium shows have limited seating and are first-come, first-served. 

This program partnership brings together the primary astronomy and space education facilities in the Daytona Beach area, highlighting the ERAU Observatory and MOAS Lohman Planetarium. 

The outdoor portion of the event is free. Planetarium shows are free for members, $5.00 for non-members and free for children 5 and under. 


7:00pm Live “The Sky Tonight” Show 

8:00pm Live “Flight Through the Solar System” Show

9:00pm Live “The Sky Tonight” Show

Golden Magnolia Americana Music

  • Address: 444 S. Beach St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Phone: (386) 238-9492
  • Presented By: Golden Magnolia Marine Resort
  • Dates: November 17, 2023
  • Location: Golden Magnolia Marine Resort
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $35

Discover Americana’s roots, its musical nuances, artists’ stories, and inspirations. 

Join in for a global musical celebration. 

Tickets include sangria, champagne, appetizers and horsd’oeuvres. 

Cash bar with wine and beer is also available.

Step into the Golden Magnolia Marine Resort, and you’ll immediately find yourself enveloped in a sense of warmth and familiarity. Our elegant and inviting resort opens its doors to guests from around the world, offering them the opportunity to experience the comfort and timeless charm of a historic 1800 Daytona Beach home.

Giving Thanks Bingo

Friday, November 17, 2023 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Port Orange, FL 32129

Come out and enjoy an afternoon of Bingo, with a giving twist. Doors open at 3 pm, and we’ll enjoy many rounds of bingo and Thanksgiving snacks until 5 pm. All food donations will be given to the Volusia Basket Brigade. Here is their suggested shopping list. For each non-perishable, non-expired food item you donate, you will receive an entry into our raffle. So give thanks, give food and get 2 hours of entertainment, refreshments and community!

Blood Drive

Friday, November 17, 2023 – 9:00am to 3:00pm

The City of Deltona is excited to announce that we will be hosting a blood drive in partnership with OneBlood!

The drive will be located at Deltona’s City Hall, November 17 from 9AM to 3PM. Donors will receive an e-giftcard, a blanket, and free wellness exam for donating a pint. Appointments are encouraged, so schedule today before the slots fill.

To schedule your appointment please visit here.

Wreaths on Woodland

Friday, November 17, 2023 10:00 AM – Friday, December 22, 2023 5:00 PM

Come view the beautifully decorated wreaths the Downtown DeLand businesses have created and vote for your favorite!

Saturday, November 18

Indigenous Peoples Heritage Day

Nov 18, 2023·Sat, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, 4931 S Peninsula Dr, Ponce Inlet

A collaborative celebration of Florida’s rich Native American culture. Join us for special activities on site included with general admission.

A Great, Rosy, Glow: The Story of Bulow Plantation Ruins

The Bulow Plantation Ruins stand as a monument to the rise and fall of sugar plantations in East Florida. Take a step back in time and learn more about the events that culminated in the destruction of one of the largest plantations in East Florida during the Second Seminole War. Participants will meet at the large pavilion. The program will include a half mile round trip hike to view the ruins. Please bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and wear sturdy shoes, as the trail includes uneven terrain.
Program is free with park entry of $4 per vehicle. Purchase a single-use day pass online prior to your arrival or use the honor box to pay entrance fees. Cash and check only; correct change is required.

Fall Festival of the Arts DeLand

  • Address: DeLand, FL
  • Presented By: Museum of Art – DeLand
  • Dates: November 18, 2023 – November 19, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Downtown DeLand along Woodland Blvd.

Woodland Blvd. in DeLand will transform into an artist’s garden of color with the 30th annual Fall Festival of the Arts. The event will feature works from 170 national artists, who will display and sell artwork in a wide variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics and fiber.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 am – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19: 10 am – 4 pm

Food Truck Fest at Riverwalk Park

  • Address: 3459 South Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32129
  • Phone: (386) 643-0090
  • Presented By: Touch of Magic Events, LLC
  • Dates: November 18, 2023
  • Location: Riverwalk Park
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Join in at the next Food Truck Fest at Riverwalk Park in Port Orange on Saturday, November 18th from 12:00-6:00 pm! Enjoy a variety of food trucks, meet local businesses, and shop with vendors. Kids can enjoy the fun playground, splash pad, grab a balloon animal and a fun temp tattoo.

Holiday Artisan Market

  • Address: 1100 Cornerstone Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
  • Phone: (386) 843-7459
  • Dates: November 18, 2023
  • Location: Tanger Outlets
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Tanger Outlets Daytona presents the Holiday Artisan Market sponsored by For the Love of Shopping. The event will feature amazing crafters, vendors and local artisans, plus free photos with Santa! Join us Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 5 pm at Tanger Outlets.

Painting at the Museum- Beach Resin on canvas board

  • Address: 143 Beach Street, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
  • Phone: (386) 761-2408
  • Presented By: Ponce Inlet Historical Museum
  • Dates: November 18, 2023
  • Location: Ponce Inlet Historical Museum, outside on the lawn.
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Price: $15. per person, all supplies included Space is limited. Pre-payment required at Town Hall by 11/9. 386-236-2150

Acrylic Canvas Painting Class for ages 7 and up. No experience necessary, instructor will guide you step by step.

Saturday, November 18, 2023 @ 9:30 AM

Ponce Inlet Historical Museum
143 Beach Street, outside on the lawn.

$15. per person, all supplies included.

Space is limited to 12 people. Pre-payment required at Town Hall by 11/9. 386-236-2150 

Riverfest Seafood Festival

  • Address: Rockefeller Gardens, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Presented By: The Casements
  • Dates: November 18, 2023 – November 19, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Casements
  • Price: Free

The third weekend in November is when we celebrate the coastal lifestyle and all things water at the 14th annual Riverfest Seafood Festival. Take a bite out of freshly caught fried fish; let the little ones participate in the annual kid fish clinic; sip on a craft beer as you sit and listen to live music, and more. There will be good food, great memories and riverfront fun.

This Ormond Beach tradition is about so much more than food. Held right along Ormond’s sparkling riverfront, the event features all-day activities including paddleboard adventures led by Waters Edge, local artisans, and endless kid’s activities. Kiddos can join in on the community build with blocks project. Stay awhile for the coloring & crafts, balloon art, bouncy houses, and appearances with a local children’s book author. Still have more energy to burn? Put on a knockerball and play a bubble game or join the giant foam party!

Of course, our popular Kid Fish fishing clinic will be back this year – sponsored by Hull’s Seafood. Kids ages 4-12 can go through our learning stations to find out more about casting, knot tying and ethical angling.  When they are finished, they can take home one of our 300 free fishing poles while supplies last. 

Turkey Day Crafts

Come enjoy hands on craft making with a Turkey Day feel.  

The City of Ormond Beach’s Environmental Discovery Center (EDC) provides visitors with a glimpse into the diverse ecosystems of Ormond Beach, specifically Central Park. This 2,000-square-foot facility is designed to be self-guided. The building serves as a hub for programming and special events that will immerse visitors in these ecosystems and provide hands-on education.

Turkey Drive-Thru

Saturday, November 18, 2023 – 8:00am

Dewey O. Boster, 1200 Saxon Blvd, Deltona, FL

The City of Deltona will host a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive-Thru on Saturday, November 18, 8 AM at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex! This Drive-Thru is open to Deltona Residents with proof of identification. Each vehicle will receive one free turkey while supplies last.

The Lyonia Environmental Center- L.I.F.E.

  • Address: 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL
  • Phone: (386) 789-7207
  • Presented By: The Lyonia Environmental Center
  • Dates: November 18, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Price: Admission is always free!

Join in a new monthly series L.I.F.E. (Learning Information on Fighting Extinction) where we will be traveling around the globe to learn about threatened and endangered species and the conservation efforts to help them survive. Each program will consist of a lesson and a craft or art project. This month we will be learning more about the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List and how it has been used for 50+ years to guide conservation. The White’s Seahorse will be the featured species. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Epiphany Knights of Columbus Jeep, Bike, Truck & Car Show

Nov 18, 2023·Sat, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Church of the Epiphany, 201 Lafayette St, Port Orange, FL

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting Our Fifth Annual Jeep, Truck, Bike & Car Show, which is open to all years, makes, and models. All proceeds go toward the various charities the Council supports. Unique custom trophies will be awarded. Bring your appetite as we will be serving a hot breakfast, and a tasty BBQ lunch fresh off the grill! We will be offering a 50/50 raffle, music, door prizes, and much more. Make sure to mark your calendars for November 18 at Epiphany Catholic Church in Port Orange. Come out for a great time with fellow car enthusiasts, and for a great cause! 

The Fourth Annual Spirit of Christmas – Holiday Gallery of Gifts and The Giving Tree

Nov 18, 2023·Sat, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach

The Fourth Annual Spirit of Christmas arrives at The Hub on Canal:

Holiday Gallery of Gifts, The Giving Tree and Christmas Music Special

Saturday, November 18 through Saturday, December 23

Hub Members Preview Night, Friday, November 17, 5:30-7pm

Add sparkle to your holidays and celebrate the holiday spirit at The Hub on Canal!

Members-only Preview Night, Friday, November 17, 5:30-7pm

Hub Members will enjoy champagne and nibbles during the Members-only preview of the Holiday Gallery of Gifts. Live Christmas music by James Hall.

Holiday Gallery of Gifts

Our Gallery of Gifts is back to help deck your halls with unique holiday décor and an array of gifts handcrafted and created by local artists: fine art, apparel, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass works, and home décor and ornaments. Gift certificates are available. Live Christmas music noon-2pm in the lobby by Northern Sounds Band Duo.

The Giving Tree

Your donations, large or small, help us decorate the tree. Every dollar donated goes towards The Hub’s Summer or Winter Art Camp scholarships for students whose families wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend our award-winning Winter and Summer Art Camps.

Location: The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, visit or phone 386.957.3924.

BBQ & Bluegrass Fest

Nov 18, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Reed Canal Park, 919 Reed Canal Rd, South Daytona

Slider Challenge on Flagler Avenue

Nov 18, 2023·Sat, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach

From burgers to chicken and everything in between! Join us for The New Smyrna Beach Slider Challenge Saturday November 18th, 2023 from 1pm to 5pm along Flagler Avenue! Patrons stroll the street to sample multiple styles of tasty sliders from host locations on Flagler Avenue. During the event, tasters can vote for their favorite slider and the winning creators will receive the “Best at the Beach” awards!

Pre-registration tasting passports are $15 and can be picked up at the “Welcome Porch” located at S.Cooper Street and Flagler Avenue on the day of the event. A LIMITED NUMBER of Slider Passports will be for purchase starting at NOON with CASH ONLY on the day of the event. We strongly suggest pre-ordering your passport now on Eventbrite as WE WILL SELL OUT!

Parking is plentiful throughout the Flagler Avenue arts-entertainment-shopping district on pocket parking lots, side streets and lots behind many of the businesses.

VA Home Loan Event

Nov 18, 2023·Sat, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

VFW Post 3282 James W Dearborn Memorial Post, 5810 S Williamson Blvd, Port Orange, FL

This event is your gateway to understanding the advantages and opportunities provided by VA loans.

Introduction to VA Home Loans: Learn about the key features and eligibility requirements of VA home loans.

The Homebuying Process: Understand the step-by-step process of using a VA loan to purchase a home.

Benefits and Advantages: Discover the unique advantages of VA loans, including no down payment and competitive interest rates.

Financial Preparedness: Get tips on how to prepare your finances for homeownership and the VA loan application process.

Q&A Session: Get your specific questions answered by our experts.

Sunday, November 19

Daytona State College Orchestra Concert

Experience the harmonious fusion of classical mastery as the Daytona State College orchestra takes center stage, delivering a captivating symphony of sounds.

Candlelight: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More

  • Address: 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Presented By: Fever
  • Dates: November 19, 2023
  • Location: Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
  • Price: Prices range from $61 to $37

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations such as the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. The Listeso String Quartet will perform music by Vivaldi and more under the gentle glow of candlelight.

For ages 8 years and older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Two shows on Sunday, Nov. 19 are scheduled at 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm.

No Worries Music Fest

  • Address: 1105 North US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
  • Phone: (386) 506-9185
  • Presented By: Beaver Bar
  • Dates: November 19, 2023
  • Location: Beaver bar
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: Free

The Daytona Beach Musicians Guild, which was formed to promote Daytona Beach’s local musicians is pleased to present the No Worries Music Fest.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and show their love for local musicians, and enjoy a music-filled Sunday afternoon.

The No Worries Music Fest will showcase three great bands, starting with Diego & Co., then Reuben Morgan & Cool Jams Rhythm Section, and wrapping up the concert with Dakota Hurley.

The Chase Academy’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off

Sunday, November 19 · 11am – 3pm

3459 South Ridgewood Avenue Port Orange

The Chase Academy’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off, featuring a chili contest with specialty categories, craft beer tasting, live music, cornbread contest, and silent auction!

Monthly Cruise In

Nov 19, 2023 – Feb 18, 2024

Elliott’s Roadside Grill, 4170 US-1, Edgewater, FL

3rd Sunday of the month 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 386-210-4091 This event is free for all! Don’t miss some family fun! Music by DJ Frank Roberts 50/50 Draw (A new charity is chosen each month) Participants: 1 FREE RAFFLE TICKET: Prizes Gift Cards, Koozies, t-shirts etc. 10% OFF 1 ENTREE Ticket (Make sure to present your ticket to your server after ordering) Don’t forget to bring your Monthly Cruise In card to get stamped. Attend all 11 monthly cruise in’s and be entered in a Grand Prize at our 2023 Annual Car Show. Happy Hour Menu Available for all guests $3.00 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas $3.00 Wells $3.00 House Wines $2.50 Domestic Drafts $12.00 Domestic Buckets $14.00 Import Buckets

Annual Veterans Day Car Show & Celebration at Magnolia Village

Nov 19, 2023·Sun, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Magnolia Village, 1830 Old Mission Rd, Edgewater, FL

This is our Annual Veterans Day Car Show & Celebration at Magnolia Village in Edgewater on November 19th. Beautiful setting, food, drinks and music. This year will be changed up a bit with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. Always a very fun time.

Fashion on Flagler Fashion Show!

Nov 19, 2023·Sun, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Flagler Avenue, New Smryna Beach, FL

New Smyrna Beach’s Fashion Show! Sunday, November 19th, located at The Colony Shoppes Courtyard on Flagler Avenue. 3:30 doors open, 4:00pm show begins. Our Summer Fashion Show includes 100+ of What’s new, Winter, Travel, outfits and accessories from multiple Flagler Avenue Boutique’s! Enjoy the day seeing Flagler Avenues latest fashion and must haves for the season. Enjoy a beverage, shop, watch the show, enter for your chance to win multiple raffle giveaways from featured boutiques! Reserved Admission: $20 with preferred seating, 1 Beverage Ticket, 1 Raffle Ticket. VIP Experience: $30 with preferred priority seating, 1 Beverage Ticket, 2 Raffle Tickets, Show swag bag with items from each featured boutique. Prizes for Raffles valued at $50+ Additional Raffle Tickets $5 or 3 for $10

Central Florida Legends Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k

  • Sunday, November 19, 2023 @ 7:00 AM  2:00 PM
  • Gemini Springs Park37 Dirksen DriveDeBary, FL

The Central Florida Legends is celebrating its 5th year and will take place on the beautiful Spring-to-Spring and East Central Regional paved trails of West Volusia. The races will start and end at Gemini Springs in DeBary. These routes will take you through paved trails, roads, and parks that showcase the old Florida flora, fauna, and charm.

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Monday, November 20

Sunshine Slam College Basketball Tournament

  • Address: 101 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Presented By: The Gazelle Group
  • Dates: November 20, 2023 – November 21, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Ocean Center

The Sunshine Slam men’s college basketball tournament returns to the Ocean Center for the third straight year. The field for the event scheduled Nov. 20-21 consists of Siena, Central Michigan, Milwaukee and Stetson in the Ocean Bracket and Florida State, UNLV, Colorado and Richmond in the Beach Bracket.

The format for the Sunshine Slam will consist of a pair of semifinal round games in each bracket on Nov. 21 and a championship and consolation game in each bracket on Nov. 22. Champions will be crowned for both the Beach and Ocean brackets.


Monday, Nov. 20 – Semifinals
Ocean Bracket

11:30 a.m.: Siena vs. Central Michigan
1:30 p.m.:  Milwaukee vs. Stetson

Beach Bracket
5:30 p.m.: Florida State vs. UNLV
8 p.m.: Colorado vs. Richmond

Tuesday, Nov. 21 – Finals
Ocean Bracket
Noon – Championship
8:30 p.m. – Third-place game

Beach Bracket
4 p.m.: Championship game
6:30 p.m. Third-place game

Thursday, November 23

Daytona Turkey Run 2023

The 50th 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 26!

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 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. 

Friday, November 24

Christmas on Canal Street

WHEN: November 24, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

WHERE: Christmas Park, Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL

COST: Free

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.

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