News & Events

 December 10:

Holiday Magic in the Square

Come hear carolers, visit a petting zoo, take a sleigh ride, and even snap photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus!!! Festive games and treats will add to the magic of the evening, and many of the merchants in San Marco Square will remain open late to allow for more gift shopping! You won’t want to miss this cheery evening!


December 10:

Festival of Lights Fun Run & 5K


Sponsored and organized by 1st Place Sports, these runs will be held just before the Holiday Magic party kicks off in San Marco Square. Both a one mile fun run and a 5K will start and finish on San Marco Blvd. near Balis Park. Tickets and event information can be found at All proceed will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network – Jax to support the pediatric programs at UF Health Jax and Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital.


December 10:

Storytime in Balis Park:

The Night Before Christmas

Bring the whole family out to Balis Park on Saturday morning to hear The Night Before Christmas story! This will be a reading children and adults of all ages will not soon forget!
The story will be read in the Balis Park gazebo, weather permitting. San Marco Books and More is the alternate backup location.


December 16-17:


Luminaria kits will be for sale on both Friday and Saturday morning, 12/16 and 12/17. The kits will be sold at a SMPS table in the M Shack parking lot. Kits are $10 each and payable with cash or check.
Friday 12/16 Luminaria Kit Sales: 4PM – 7PM
Saturday 12/17 Luminaria Kit Sales: 9AM – 2PM
Saturday 12/17 Luminaria Night: 6PM
The annual Luminaria night will be held on Saturday, December 17th. Please light your luminaria around dusk, or prior to 6PM, when the luminaria night officially begins.
If you live by or along one of our area parks, please consider purchasing a few extra kits to place along the park.


December 14:

Southside Baptist Church’s Jingle Jam!

This holiday season SSBC wants to celebrate Christmas with a HUGE party, and everyone is invited. We are calling it Jingle Jam! There will be inflatables, music, games, and at the end of the night there will be an ice cream party. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 14th starting at 5:30pm in the adult sanctuary. The program will start at 6:30 pm, followed by a giant ice cream party. For more information, please visit


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