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Christmas on Amelia Island 2020

Christmas on Amelia Island is our favorite thing. We have rounded up some of our local activities as well as a locals tip for Christmas lights.

PARADE OF PAWS

Date: December 12, 2020 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Venue: Amelia Island Welcome Center
Address: 102 Centre Street Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Animal lovers and fans of holiday cuteness won’t want to miss the Nassau Humane Society’s annual Parade of Paws where beloved pets are decked out in their holiday best for a festive stroll up Centre Street from the Welcome Center and ending at the Green Turtle Tavern. There will be a registration table set up outside the Welcome Center starting at 12:30 PM

UGLY SWEATER CONTEST & KAYAKING

Date: December 19, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Address: Amelia Island Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Cost: $55 per single. $100 per tandem.
Contact: Amber Bullington | info@ameliaislandkayak.com | 9045575307

Ugly Holiday Sweaters Wanted! In addition to a guided kayak trip, have fun with our Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize! Yes, there will be judges, and there will be 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prizes with 1st Place being a Kayak Tour! Judging will take place after the tour, so ensure you are able to maneuver wearing your ugly sweater (get in and out of your kayak and paddle). The floatation device will be worn over the Ugly Sweater. Option: you can put on your sweater just before judging however, wearing it during the tour is encouraged. (To be eligible to win a prize, one must be a guest on the kayak tour and wear an ugly sweater.) Kayaking: Experience “old Florida” on this guided kayak tour. Guests will paddle Florida’s black water known for its reflective properties that enhance the already natural beauty of the creek.

Meandering through this wooded environment, guests can enjoy seeing the various aquatic vegetation while keeping an eye out for birds and other wildlife that nature has to offer in our area. For all experience levels. As a keepsake of their time on the water, guests receive a complimentary digital photo memory album. Reservations required by Calling 904-557-5307 or by Booking Online here

THE JAZZ SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS SHOW

Date: December 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue: Story & Song Bookstore Bistro
Address: 1430 Park Ave. Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Cost: $25.00
Contact: Mark Kaufman | mkaufman@pazbookbiz.com | (904) 601-2118.

Join us upstairs at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro for “The Jazz Spirit of Christmas” Show The Dynamic Les DeMerle Trio featuring Bonnie Eisele and special guests Saturday, Dec. 19th, 2 – 90 Minute Performances: 2 pm & 7:30 pm The Dynamic Les DeMerle Trio, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, Doug Matthews on keyboards, Les DeMerle on drums/vocals and special guests will perform holiday favorites from their award-winning CD, “The Jazz Spirit of Christmas”, with jazz interpretations of holiday classics like Winter Wonderland, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to get you in the mood for the Season. Safe theatre-style seating limited to 25. Purchase $25 tickets in advance by calling (904) 601-2118. Don’t miss a beat … get your tickets now

HOW THE BIG BAND STOLE CHRISTMAS – ARTS & CULTURE CONCERT FAMILY

Date: December 20, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: Amelia Musical Playhouse
Address: 1955 Island Walk Way Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Age Range: All Ages
Cost: $35
Contact: Dennis Negrin | dennis@Crescendoamelia.com | 9048780037

Featuring 23 musicians with a variety of professional singers, entertainers & acts, this family friendly holiday show is sure to get everyone in the spirit. See our video by clicking here! Ask anyone that attended the last six years, they will tell you this show is a “must-see” event. A few notes on this year’s production: We have shortened the show to 90 minutes & removed intermission to make social distancing easier. Since we are outside, some elements will be different than in year’s past, but rest assured the level of talent & creativity remains higher than ever. The first two rows of the audience are reserved VIP seating spots in 8×8 squares, and each one includes seating for up to four guests, and extras including merch & drinks. General admission tickets are bring-your-own chairs & spots are first come, first serve. All seating is outside on grass, make yourself comfortable & bring whatever you need with you. AMP is selling drinks, we will have a food truck, and CABB merchandise for sale. We have also absorbed ticket fees for this production, so the price you see on the ticket is the price you pay. Lastly, consider a supporters ticket, buying merch, or tipping the band if you are able to- this year has been especially rough for all of us in the arts and without your support, we couldn’t do what we love & share this music with you. Gates open at 3:30pm at 6:30pm, two shows at 4pm and 7pm. For group rates, program ads & sponsorship opportunities, or for ADA accessible seating, please email dennis@crescendoamelia.com or call 904-878-003. For tickets click here

CHRISTMAS EVE SUNSET KAYAKINGClick here

NATURE & OUTDOORS OUTDOOR EXPLORATION OUTDOORS/RECREATION SPORTS & RECREATION

Date: December 24, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM – 7:07 PM
Venue: Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Address: Amelia Island Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Age Range: All Ages
Cost: $60 per single kayak. $110 per tandem kayak
Contact: Amber Bullington | info@ameliaislandkayak.com | 904-557-5307

Festive Holiday Attire Encouraged! Ugly sweater, Santa/elf hat, jingle bells, lighted necklace etc… A fun way to create special memories with family or friends. Join the AIKE team for a sunset paddle along scenic Egan’s Creek. On this guided kayak tour, guests will experience gliding through the naturally carved paths of the marsh grasses in the estuary, while having a view of the historic Amelia Island Lighthouse. They can enjoy seeing the various aquatic vegetation while keeping an eye out for birds and other wildlife that nature has to offer in our area. As a keepsake of their time on the water, guests receive a complimentary digital photo memory album. Along with traditional kayaks, inquire about the Hobie Mirage® kayaks and Pedalboards! A fun outing for all experience levels! For Reservations, Please Call 904-557-5307 or Book Online.

HOLIDAY BUFFET AT SUNRISE CAFÉ
COMMUNITY EAT & DRINK FOOD & WINE SEASONAL

Date: December 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Venue: Sunrise Café
Address: 39 Beach Lagoon Rd Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Age Range: Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors, All Ages
Cost: $69 per adult | $35 per child

Enjoy quality time with friends and family, and let Omni Amelia Island Resort take care of the rest! As part of our “Safe & Clean” programming, we are proud to offer our acclaimed buffet table-side returning for replenishments as often as you wish. $69 per adult and $35 per child. Reserve your seats by emailing AiprstSunriseRes@omnihotels.com.

FOUR-COURSE DINNER – Click Here
COMMUNITY EAT & DRINK FOOD & WINE SEASONAL

Date: December 25, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue: Seaglass
Address: 39 Beach Lagoon Rd Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Age Range: Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors, All Ages
Cost: $99 per adult and $55 per child

Indulge in a four-course meal with a prix fixe menu. $99 per adult and $55 per child. Make your reservations online at OpenTable.

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PARIS WITH THE LES DEMERLE BAND Click Here
ARTS & CULTURE MUSIC

Date: December 31, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Venue: Story & Song Bookstore Bistro
Address: 1430 Park Ave. Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Age Range: Adults
Cost: $50.00 pp
Contact: Mark Kaufman | mkaufman@pazbookbiz.com | 9046012118

Story & Song Bookstore Bistro invites you to Swing in the New Year at “New Year’s Eve in Paris” with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band featuring Bonnie Eisele and special guests Thursday, Dec. 31st, 5 -7 pm *Champagne Toast at 6 pm EST – 12 Midnight in Paris Tickets: $50 pp Livestream Tickets: $25 pp Upstairs at Story & Song will have the look and feel of a Parisian cabaret, with a limited number of bistro tables with seating for up to four – at safe distances. Seating for singles will also be available. We will greet the New Year (in Paris) with the swingin’ sounds of the Dynamic Les DeMerle Trio, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, Doug Matthews on keyboards, Les DeMerle drums/vocals and special guests. Bistro table seating at safe distance limited to 12 tables for parties of 2-4. $50 tickets include French-inspired appetizers and champagne. At the stroke of midnight in Paris (6 pm local time), we will raise our glasses and cheer in the New Year! Call (904) 601-2118 to purchase tickets while they last. If you are unable to join us in person, you can join us virtually for $25.

 ISLAND CHRISTMAS LIGHT DESTINATIONS

North Ridge Avenue – right off of Citrona. Loop through a winter wonderland of lights, characters, music and Christmas cheer! The preparations have already started so keep an eye out for the lights to start twinkling as the holiday approaches!

Amelia Park – This is a favorite for all the holidays but Christmas is adorable! Lots of lights and cute houses! Entrances off 14th Street and Citrona Avenue.

Ocean Reach – Off of Will Hardee Drive. This neighborhood is a small area that really gets into the holiday spirit as well! Lights. Decorations. And I personally have a family member in there who puts a large classic “Leg Lamp” from A Christmas Story on the porch.

Downtown Fernandina – There will be plenty of holiday hoopla happening on Centre St. but you won’t want to miss all the trees and businesses draped in lights and Christmas decor all season!

Lakewood – This neighborhood, also off Will Hardee, was THE SPOT for trick-or-treating on Halloween so I know they will be just as festive for Christmas!

Sources for information: omnihotels.com, ameliaisland.com, and mydearhart.com

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