This Week: Events in Volusia (11/20 – 11/26)

As we gear up for a week of gratitude and feasting, let’s dive into the exciting events happening here in Volusia County. From heartwarming gatherings to thrilling activities, this Thanksgiving week promises to be a rollercoaster of joy.


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Monday, November 20

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.)

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

Fall Break

NSB invites public to weigh in on proposed Washington Street improvements

Washington Street plays an important role in New Smyrna Beach as the most direct connection between U.S. 1 and North Causeway.

All are invited to learn about and weigh in on a proposed streetscape project that includes undergrounding power lines, removing unsightly poles and other utility components, beautifying street lights and landscaping, enhancing sidewalks and crosswalks, and upgrading water main and stormwater infrastructure when city engineers host a public forum at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in the James W. Hathaway Commission Chambers at 214 Sams Ave.

Public input received during the forum will be incorporated into a request for contractor bids that will ultimately be considered for approval or denial by the City Commission during a future meeting.

Movie Night @ The Museum

Mon Nov 20th 5:30pm – 8:00pm

78 East Granada Boulevard

$25 members, $28 future members

Information and registration here.

Ages 7 to 12 are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a sleeping bag for a fun night at OMAM! Activities include Shrinky Dink art projects, pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and a screening of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

2-Day Thanksgiving Break School Holiday Camp

Nov 20 – 21, 2023·Mon, 8:30 AM – Tue, 3:00 PM

Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach

Visit here to learn more and register.

Holiday break spent exploring and engaging with the Indian River Lagoon is one that is not easy to forget! There is no better way to break up the school year than taking our learning outside and having hands-on, feet-wet experiences along with knowledgeable instructors and other enthusiastic campers.

These camps are for ages 5-12 and occur during Volusia County school holidays.

Camp Hours are 8:30am – 3:00 pm each day.

During our multi-day holiday camps, we will be cruising to islands on our pontoon boat, Discovery, as well as fishing, kayaking, and taking time to learn what makes the Indian River Lagoon so special. When we are at our Main Campus, we will be doing arts and crafts, nature walks, salt marsh explorations, and scientific investigations that follow Florida Science Standards.

Payment is required at the time of the reservation. Cancellations must be made two weeks in advance to receive a refund. For single day holiday camps, a minimum of 8 campers booked is necessary for the boat to be utilized during camp.

Tuesday, November 21

News-Journal Center Student Recital / Concert

Enjoy an afternoon recital featuring Daytona State College music students in an array of solo and ensemble offerings. 

Tuesday at the Tower – Walk and Talk

Tuesday at the Tower

Walk and Talk: Building the Lighthouse

Included with regular paid admission

November 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM*

You may have visited the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse before, but never like this!

Come join this fascinating walking tour of the Lighthouse & Museum, accompanied by a Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Tour Guide.

The tour will last for approximately two hours, including a welcome at the onset in the Education Building.

Participants should dress for the outdoors and wear closed toed shoes, as there will be a lot of walking involved.

*Registration is required, as there will be limited space for attendees.

Free Distillery Tours

Visit Daytona Beach’s first distillery, Copper Bottom Craft Distillery, for Free tours & tastings of award-winning spirits! Experience this family-owned and operated business to learn about the history, science, and art behind distilling. Sample bourbon barrel aged rums, limited edition spirits, vodka, gin, and more!

Tours are rolling Wednesday through Saturday starting at noon. No reservation necessary, just hop on the next tour when you arrive! The distillery also features food trucks and live music on select nights.

This is a must-see destination in Daytona Beach! One that you’ll come back to over and over again!

Wednesday, November 22

Main Street Rock the Block-Pre Turkey Day Bash

Get ready to kick off the Thanksgiving weekend with the Pre-Turkey Day Bash on Main Street in Daytona Beach! This is a free event that includes food trucks, drink specials, and live music by the popular band BIG ENGINE, who will play on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Dirty Harry’s Pub, located at 705 Main Street, on Wednesday, November 22, from 7 PM to Midnight.
BIG ENGINE: Originally from Jacksonville, BIG ENGINE is well-known for its roaring performances at biker rallies from Daytona to Sturgis, as well as clubs and NASCAR events, attracting a large following of gearheads, bikers, and race fans. Their high-energy, fun, old-school style rock shows have even seen them share the stage with international acts such as Buckcherry, Motorhead, Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Charlie Daniels, 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Jackyl, Great White, and Black Stone Cherry.
Don’t miss out on the fun! Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Pre-Turkey Day Bash!

Thanksgiving Eve Party at Big Tunas

Join in for a rocking Thanksgiving Eve parking lot party! Bring your friends & family out to share thanks, eat great food & dance the night away! Musical performance by Are Friends Electric. Come for dinner & stay for the show. Feel free to bring your own chair for a relaxing concert experience.

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.

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. 

Thanksgiving Day Champagne Buffet

Join in the annual Thanksgiving Day Champagne Buffet. The Hard Rock Hotel will be serving all of the traditional favorites – along with some of Chef’s special features. And of course, a Thanksgiving celebration at Hard Rock includes live entertainment — this year they are happy to announce a live performance by Rusty Wilmot. Reserve your seating inside or outside on the oceanfront Avalon Terrace.

Thanksgiving Day 5K!

Nov 23, 2023·Thu, 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Attention Runners! Flagler Avenues Gobble Wobble Beach 5K is Thanksgiving Day! Thursday, November 23rd. Run your way here to SIGN UP!

When: Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 at 8:00am.

Where: Flagler Ave Boardwalk – Beach 101 Buenos Aires St New Smyrna Beach, FL

Schedule of Events: Wednesday: 4-6pm Packet Pickup optional, at Flagler Ave Beach Approach. Thursday: 7 am Packet Pickup Open at tent 8:00 am 5K Run/Walk begins. Course: This is a BEACH run/walk in the sand. The race will Start and Finish on the beach; in front of the Flagler Ave Boardwalk in New Smyrna Beach. Entry Fees – 5K Run/Walk Present- Nov 22nd by 1pm – $25.00 Online Registration OnlyAt Race Start – $30.00 Cash or Check only

Online Registration will close Wednesday, November 22nd @ 1pm **Registration is non-refundable.

Plant Walks

Nov 23, 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).

Friday, November 24

Birthplace of Speed Antique Gaslight Car Parade

  • Address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Presented By: Antique Automobile Club of America
  • Dates: November 24, 2023 – November 25, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Casements
  • Price: Free

The Gaslight Parade will take place on Friday, Nov. 24 beginning at 7 p.m. The cars will travel from The Casements and run East on East Granada Blvd, then South on South Atlantic Ave. to Harvard Drive. They will turn west on Harvard and return to The Casements on Halifax.

The Antique Car Show is set for Saturday, Nov. 25 beginning at 8 a.m. at Fortunato Park, Northeast corner of the Granada Bridge.

Black Friday at Copper Bottom Craft Distillery

Enjoy live music and Southern State of Mind food truck from 4-8pm. Shop big at our small business this holiday season!

You’ll find award-winning spirits and great merchandise on Black Friday at Copper Bottom Craft Distillery! Perfect gifts for your friends & family, including limited edition rums, apparel, candles, jewelry, charcuterie boards, glassware, and more!

Free cocktail with every $50 purchase.

Daytona Beach Classic

  • Address: 101 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Dates: 11/24/2023, 11/25/2023
  • Location: Ocean Center

The Ocean Center will host a two-day women’s basketball invitational featuring college teams from all over the country.

Friday, Nov. 24
11 a.m.: Akron vs. Witchita State
1:15 p.m.: Dayton vs. Stetson
3:30 p.m.: Northern Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh
5:45 p.m.: Kent State vs. Missouri
8 p.m.: Tennessee Tech vs. Missouri

Saturday, Nov. 25
11 a.m.: Witchita State vs. Dayton
1:15 p.m.: Pittsburgh vs. Akron
3:30 p.m.: Stetson vs. Tennessee Tech
5:45 p.m.: Missouri vs. Kent State
8 p.m.: Chattanooga vs. North Kentucky

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!

Thanksgiving Gifts at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Admission to the special programs will be included in the regular Ponce Inlet Lighthouse fees. The special programs are on tap from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

The lighthouse staff and its docents will offer workshops, programs and visiting kids will be able to hand make a special children’s take-home 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 re-enactors 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 and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse story.  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.

Animal Migrations

Nov 24, 2023·Fri, 10:00 AM

Friends of Canaveral

FRIDAY 24th – 1 PM – “ANIMAL MIGRATIONS” – Join us to discover why some animals migrate and some do not. We’ll focus on species that are starting to migrate to and from our shores. Meet at the Visitor Center. (1 hour)

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.

Holiday Cocktail Tour on Flagler Avenue

The Holiday Cocktail Tour has come to Flagler Avenue! The 2023 Holiday Cocktail Tour runs from November 24th-December 31st 2023 with multiple tasty takes on Holiday inspired Cocktails. 
Grab your Tour Map from any participating location, OR scroll below for the tour map, save, print your TOUR MAP from home 

Purchase your full-sized Cocktail during the tour dates, collect your stamps with each purchase, once all 10 stamps are collected from host locations, drop your Tour Map in the mailbox by 401 Flagler Avenue.
We expect 10 giveaways and swag items to tour finishers. 

Saturday, November 25

Small Business Saturday at Copper Bottom Craft Distillery

Shop BIG at our SMALL business this holiday season! Enjoy Small Business Saturday at Copper Bottom Craft Distillery! Shop award-winning spirits, merchandise, apparel, glassware, charcuterie boards, jewelry, candles, and more! Perfect gifts for your friends & family!

589 Slammin’ BBQ will be on site at 1:00 p.m. ready to serve!

FREE craft cocktail with every $50 purchase on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24-25).

Small Business Saturday in DeLand

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 @ 9:00 AM5:00 PM
  • Downtown DeLand101 FL-15DeLand, FL

Taking part in Small Business Saturday on November 25 is not just an act of supporting local entrepreneurs; it’s a powerful way to nurture the heartbeat of our communities. By patronizing small businesses, you contribute to job creation, economic resilience, and the preservation of unique, diverse offerings that often define the character of your neighborhood. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and this day serves as a reminder of their importance. When you shop, dine, or engage with local merchants on Small Business Saturday, you not only access one-of-a-kind products and personalized services but also invest in the growth and vitality of your community, creating a thriving ecosystem that benefits us all. 

3rd Annual Holiday Market

  • Address: 150 Sawgrass Rd, Bunnell, FL 32110
  • Phone: (386) 872-4007
  • Presented By: Charming Sisters Events
  • Dates: November 25, 2023
  • Location: Flagler County Fairground
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Come out and shop from over 100 different vendors set up selling all their products. This is a fun event for all family members!
Food trucks will be on site! Santa will be making an appearance as well!
Free admission to come and shop! Get there early!!

A December to Remember

  • Address: Magnolia Avenue & Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Dates: November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Riverfront Esplanade
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Start a new holiday tradition with the family this year while you explore the brand-new Riverfront Esplanade overlooking the Halifax River in Downtown Daytona Beach! A December to Remember at the Riverfront Esplanade is a multi-day extravaganza filled with a holiday walk/run, a movie on the lawn, holiday bazaar, Santa sightings, and so much more!

Photos with Santa will be available on Nov. 25th and every Friday leading up to Christmas Day (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

Small Business Saturday in Ormond Beach

  • Address: Granada Blvd. between A1A and Orchard Street, Ormond Beach, FL
  • Dates: November 25, 2023
  • Location: Granada Blvd
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Come out to historic Ormond Beach on Small Business Saturday for a celebration of small businesses. Your favorite restaurants, shops & galleries in the heart of Ormond Beach are coming together for one day only to offer special deals, tastings, live music, activities, giveaways and more. Traditionally held on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend just in time for holiday shopping.

Pick up a map at one up at any of the participating businesses along Granada Blvd between A1A and Orchard St. Don’t forget to look for the blue & white balloons.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be touring the businesses.

The Lyonia Environmental Center- Grapevine Ornaments

  • Address: 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL
  • Phone: (386) 789-7207
  • Presented By: The Lyonia Environmental Center
  • Dates: November 25, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: Admission is always free!

Get into the holiday spirit sipping on hot cocoa, listening to some festive tunes, and learning to make ornaments from grapevines, perfect for the tree or to adorn a package. All materials will be provided. Class size is limited, so be sure to register early. This program is recommended for ages 6 and up and is sponsored by The Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Address: 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast
  • Dates: November 25, 2023
  • Location: Town Center
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Kick off the holiday season at the City of Palm Coast’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – which is also the first night of Fantasy Lights around the lake at Central Park in Town Center. The event is free. Join Santa Claus, the Palm Coast City Council, and the Rotary Club of Flagler County in the countdown to the lighting of a beautiful tree. Santa will arrive on a Palm Coast Fire Engine.

Children can visit Santa – parents should bring a camera for photos. Kids can do fun and festive crafts as well as write Letters to Santa at the Parks & Rec booth.

This will also be the opening night of the Rotary Club’s 18th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival. The 55 animated light displays around Central Park Lake will continue from 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30. Admission to Fantasy Lights is free. Donations to support Rotary’s service work are accepted.

Fantasy Lights is a self-guided walking tour that includes festive live and broadcast music, Santa’s Village, and holiday refreshments available for purchase. Check for more details.

Wine Walk on Flagler Avenue

Stroll the street with friends and family on Flagler Avenue for our Monthly Wine Walk Event!

Coastal Christmas Market 2023

WHEN: November 25, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Canal St. New Smyrna Beach, FL

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 80+ Local Vendors
  • Grab Lunch or a Snack at one of our downtown restaurants

Market Days

November 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! Flagler Avenue’s Market Days is a retail experience like no other! Stroll Flagler Avenue where you can shop alongside Living Windows from selected retailers on the street, watch live Pop-Up Sidewalk Fashion Shows, see Artisans in Action in their studios, have great gift ideas from merchants and In-Store Specials! Make sure you make a trip to Flagler Avenue’s Market Days 11am -4 pm!

Sunday, November 26

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

  • Address: 124 North Florida Avenue, DeLand, FL 32721
  • Phone: (386) 736-1500
  • Presented By: Athens Theatre
  • Dates: 11/26/2023, 11/30/2023, 12/1/2023, 12/2/2023, 12/3/2023, 12/7/2023, 12/8/2023, 12/9/2023, 12/10/2023, 12/14/2023, 12/15/2023, 12/16/2023, 12/17/2023
  • Location: Athens Theatre
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM
  • Price: Preferred $35 Adult $30 Senior $28 Student $12 Group 8+ $25

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the Musical
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the . . . .” Few songs are as iconic as Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas.” In fact, the song is so iconic that it’s been covered by everyone from Willie Nelson to Lady Gaga. Based on the classic 1954 film, this exuberant musical showcases many of Berlin’s other legendary songs including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies,” and of course, the iconic “Sisters” song! With love on their minds, a pair of suave singing and dancing WWII veterans team up with a duo of lovely singing sisters on the way to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. When they arrive, they’re surprised to discover that the lodge is owned by their retired General and it is in danger of closing. When there’s no snow for the holidays and the lodge’s guest register remains empty, they pull out all the stops to save the business! And, although “Christmas” is in the title, the show’s underlying theme is also heavy on nostalgia and American pride. The Athens Theatre invites you to unlock the door to the magical holiday season with this spectacular performance which is overflowing with dancing, romance, and laughter! It’s time to get merry and bright and enjoy this delightful experience with the entire family!

Annual Fantasy Lights Festival

  • Address: 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast
  • Dates: November 26, 2023 – December 30, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Town Center
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Light up your life at the Rotary Club’s 18th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival. The 55 animated light displays around Central Park Lake will continue nightly through Dec. 30. Admission to Fantasy Lights is free. Donations to support Rotary’s service work are accepted.

Fantasy Lights is a self-guided walking tour that includes festive live and broadcast music, Santa’s Village, and holiday refreshments available for purchase. Check for more details.

The Lyonia Environmental Center- Popcorn & a Movie: Christmas in Yellowstone

  • Address: 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL
  • Phone: (386) 789-7207
  • Presented By: The Lyonia Environmental Center
  • Dates: November 26, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: Admission is always free!

Your family can journey deep into the snowy solitude and beauty of Yellowstone at Christmas, following in the footprints of red foxes, and spying on the predatory warfare of wolves and elk. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other. Popcorn, holiday cookies, and hot cider will be provided free by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. All ages are welcome.

Christmas In The Park Choir – Port Orange, Fl

Sunday, November 26th, 5:30-7:30PM Dress Rehearsal 

 Lakeside Community Center 1999 City Center Circle Port Orange, FL

Participants receive a free event T-shirt, worn as concert attire. It is FREE to register and sing with the choir.

Thankful for Trails Ride, Walk, Roll

  • Sunday, November 26, 2023 @ 12:00 PM  3:30 PM
  • Green Springs Park994 Enterprise Osteen Road Enterprise, FL

Trails are for everyone! Join this ride, walk, roll event to experience beautiful trails in West Volusia with the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance.

There are options for park exploration, 1.3 or 4-mile walk/roll trails, 4 or 16-mile ride trails, as well as an ice cream social and trail talk. This event is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Register online by November 24th to participate in a great day in the great outdoors!

Coming Soon . . .

Thursday, November 30

A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the holidays with the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge! This classic Dickens’ tale tells the story of the ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s redemption. Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

Adapted by Peter DeLaurier

All shows times are 7:30 p.m. with exception of Sunday shows which are 2 p.m.

Friday, December 1

A Holly Jolly Christmas Gala at The Casements

  • Address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Phone: (386) 252-6743
  • Presented By: The Casements
  • Dates: December 1, 2023 – December 3, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Casements
  • Price: Free

The 45th Annual Casements Guild Christmas Gala begins with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00pm in Rockefeller Gardens. Fun for the whole family with train rides, cooking decorating, ice cream, live music and the arrival of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Snow Queen! The Casements will be decorated in holiday splendor with a 15′ Christmas Tree in the Atrium and over 16 trees in the Tree Gallery. Visit the Gourmet Shop, The Gift Shoppe and Crafters. See all the rooms decked out in the “Holly Jolly” theme!

Friday hours 5pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Free Entry all weekend.

An Afternoon of Holiday Carols

  • Address: 4790 S Ridgewood Ave, Port Orange, FL 32127, FL 32127
  • Phone: (386) 506-5867
  • Presented By: Port Orange Adult Activity Center
  • Dates: December 1, 2023
  • Location: Port Orange Adult Activity Center
  • Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Price: FREE

Join in at the Adult Activity Center in Port Orange for an afternoon of singing along to your favorite holiday tunes, and good company!

Downtown Daytona Nights

Dec 01, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Daytona Beach, Magnolia Ave, Daytona Beach, FL

Come be part of the excitement at Downtown Daytona Nights on Magnolia Avenue in the heart of Downtown Daytona Beach, where you’ll find an incredible fusion of flavors from food trucks, the soulful beats of live music, a showcase of local artistry, a strong sense of community, and so much more. A fun, free, family night out!

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