Happy first day of December! Get in the Christmas spirit with these Holiday themed events happening in the Greater Gainesville area this week. 

Sycamore Lane Vintage Christmas Market

Experience a small town Hallmark Christmas in Historic Downtown Newberry! Come enjoy shopping from over 30 vendors with vintage goods, crafts, gifts, soaps, candles, plants, baked goods, clothing and so much more! We'll have delicious food options, Christmas music, a photo booth and family fun. Come anytime Saturday, or plan to come for the evening and enjoy the City of Newberry Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00pm, complete with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, then walk one block to the market! We'll see you in Historic Downtown Newberry!

Location: Downtown Newberry, FL

Time: December 3, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Cost: Free Admission

Mama’s Sweet Blessings: Christmas Cookie Decorating Class

Join me in decorating a fun set of Christmas themed cookies! You'll go home with a half dozen of beautiful decorated-by-YOU cookies to share! This class is on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00am-11:30 am, so we can have enough time to decorate and ask questions along the way. Come by yourself, bring your best friend, or bring the family - there will be seating for up to 10 people! It's a blast no matter who you are coming with or if you are flying solo! This class is good for ages 8+, but if you'd like to leave the kiddos at home, purchase an add-on kit! The kits are great for kids at home, plus - we'll send you the class PowerPoint so you can teach them yourself! Sign up here.

Location: 6658 NW 36th Terrace, Gainesville FL, 32653

Time: December 3, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost: $50

Christmas Cookies | Photo by Valentina Dominguez on Unsplash

Local Provisions Brunch with Santa

SANTA! We know him! And he’s coming to town for brunch! Mark your calendars and put those finishing touches on your Christmas wish lists! Brunch with Santa Brunch Buffet; Star of “The Christmas Spectacular,” with the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Build your own pancakes and donuts!

Location: 13005 SW 1st Rd, Suite 129, Newberry FL, 32669

Time: December 4, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Cost: $16.95 for kids (12 & under) $28.95 for adults

Corks and Colors: All Ages Grinch Ornament

Perfect for kids (ages 5+) or adults with any level of experience! Arrive at 12:15 to choose your seat and colors! $20 covers all materials and instruction for a 12x16” painting. You can upgrade to a larger size canvas in the studio the day of for $10 more. Only 10 spots available, you must pre-register!

Location: 3415 W University Ave, Gainesville FL, 32607

Time: December 4, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Cost: $20-30

A Night in Bethlehem at Trinity UMC

This year’s event will be unlike any other year: a reimagined interactive worship experience! For this Wednesday night service, we’re asking everyone - young and old - to come dressed as their favorite Bible Nativity character! Enjoy a special performance from Trinity’s handbell choir. The optional dinner will take place at 5:30pm and the service will begin at 6:35pm. 

Location: 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville FL, 32653

Time: December 7, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Cost: Free, Optional dinner ($5/per person)

Light the Village at Haile Village Center

It's that time of year again! Time to light up the Haile Village Center once more. Enjoy Holiday music, train rides, face painting, and Santa! Snack on hot cocoa and cookies or some delicious food from our village restaurants and other local food trucks. Rabell Realty Group is taking part in Light the Village, so make sure to stop by and grab a glass of wine!

Location: 5100 SW 91st Terrace, Gainesville FL, 32608

Time: December 9, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost:  Free

Rabell 2021 Light the Village

Cover photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash