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With New Year’s Eve and the Taxslayer Bowl fast approaching, there’s plenty to do downtown between now and the end of the year. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars, Publix, PepsiCo, Pajcic and Pajcic and more than 20 First Coast area nonprofits are joining together to make the holidays brighter.

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79 First Coast children will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the kindness of others.

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Santa is making the rounds across the First Coast.

Beaches Museum

The Beaches Museum & History Park is going all out for the holidays.



There is much to do and enjoy during the week of Thanksgiving. Jacksonville and the surrounding areas will host events for everyone to partake in during the holiday weekend.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

We've noticed Christmas displays are already popping up around town, including this one at the St. Johns Town Center. What do you think? Is it too soon?

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With the holidays around the corner, Amazon customers can take advantage of Amazon Locker service available to ensure protection against package theft.

If you envision having the best lighted holiday display on the planet this year, Duke Energy can tell you how much you’ll likely spend on electricity.

The utility’s Holiday Lighting Calculator lets you enter the kind of lights you have and how many strings you plan to use and then tells you what all that light’s probably gonna cost you.

Say you want to outline your house in lights, and you want to turn them on 7 hours a night for a month.

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The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year, and 2015 is no exception. The Avenues Mall and the St. Johns Town Center kicked things off with Santa's Arrival and the Holiday Spectacular, and St. Augustine Night of Lights and Jax Illuminations begin this weekend. Here is WJCT’s list of holiday events happening in Northeast Florida.

Tree Lightings & Light Displays

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

Nov. 21 - Jan. 31

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Most Jacksonville city offices and buildings are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Those include

  • City Hall,
  • Duval County Tax Collector's office 
  • Duval County Property Appraiser’s office
  • County courthouses
  • Duval County Supervisor of Elections office

Also closed are all community and senior centers managed by the city, all library branches, the Ritz Theatre and the Tillie Fowler Park Nature Center.

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Looking for somewhere to be this New Year's Eve? Look no further because we've got some options for having a good time and getting home safely.

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Saturday night, a beloved holiday tradition will take place on the First Coast.

Escaped convicts, downtown Jacksonville, and The Satanic Temple are in the headlines today.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials overseeing holiday displays at the Florida Capitol have allowed a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole and even a chair holding fake pasta with eyeballs and an accompanying "provHerb" from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

But they are drawing the line with Satan.

The Department of Management Services emailed The Satanic Temple on Wednesday, telling the group its proposed display of an angel falling from heaven into an open fire was "grossly offensive."