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November 15th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

St. Johns Town Center Tree Lighting

Who says it’s too early for holiday fun? Certainly not the thermometer.

So consider heading out to St. Johns Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for The Holiday Spectacular, featuring a well-known singer and the Jacksonville area’s first tree lighting.

Last year, about 25,000 people showed up. This year, the free event will include a performance by former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, who recently won “Dancing with the Stars.”

Santa will make an appearance; the 32-foot tree will be lit; and fireworks will erupt over the area’s premier shopping destination.

The Celtic Festival at Jacksonville Beach

At the beaches this weekend, the first Celtic Festival gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the SeaWalk Pavilion and lasts until 10 p.m., emphasizing the colorful traditions of seven Celtic nations in Europe.

The free event will include entertainment by internationally-known music groups, Irish and Scottish dancers, Scottish games, craft booths and genealogists available to research family trees.

The festival will also feature traditional Celtic food, beer and memorabilia.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals

It’s still football season,  and the Jacksonville Jaguars are on a winning streak. So why not drive over to EverBank Field on Sunday, Nov. 17 for the Jaguars game against the Arizona Cardinals? Kickoff is at 1 p.m., but get there early for a little tailgating outside the stadium and the player introductions inside.

The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

Next door to EverBank Field the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair ­continues through Sunday, Nov. 17, featuring a plethora of deep-fried goodies, as well as traditional agricultural displays, thrilling rides, carnival games and performances by some well-known entertainers.

Entry to the fairgrounds off A. Philip Randolph Boulevard is $8 for adults; and $5 for seniors over 65 and children 6-12. An unlimited ride wristband is $25 Fridays-Sunday.  On Sunday, the fair is offering buy-one-get-one-free admission, and anyone with a Jacksonville Jaguars game ticket or stub is admitted for free.

The event also includes arts and crafts, culinary contests, a LEGO train exhibit , commercial exhibitors, a country store and much more.

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