This year is definitely one for the books, and just like most of the year, everything has been canceled or delayed, including the holiday season. However, unlike Ashland, who had to cancel the annual Santa Parade and could only turn on the lights for a “no attendance” Festival of Lights, Jacksonville has found a way to bring the cheer back to this 2020 Holiday Season.
Covid-10 Safe Visits with Father Christmas
Beginning November 29th and continuing through December 20th, you and your family can take pictures with Father Christmas. Father Christmas will be at the entrance of Beekman Bank from 11 am to 4 pm daily. Just remember to wear your mask and respect social distancing guidelines. Oh, and put in a good word for me! 😉
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides for up to Six People
No horse-drawn wagon rides are not a thing of the past! In Jacksonville, you can bring a group of up to six people from no more than two households and take a ride through historic Jacksonville on 12/12, 12/13, and 12/19, 12/20 from 12 pm to 4 pm. It is first come first serve and $10 per person. Meet at the Jacksonville City Hall for a great holiday ride through town.
A Twilight Ride
For a real treat, grab your loved one(s) (up to four) and take a one-hour horse-drawn wagon ride through Jacksonville at dusk. The ride starts at 4:15 and runs from December 9th to January 2nd, weather permitting. Only one lucky group will get to take this special stroll per day, so don’t be late.
Musicians, Shopping and More
Although the parade was canceled here in Jacksonville, too and lighting went to a virtual event, you can still come out in your mask, maintain social distancing protocols, and find the perfect holiday gifts. While walking around, stop and listen because you might be lucky enough to be in town when one of the live musicians performs. You can hear live holiday music around town on December 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th.
Don’t let 2020 ruin your holiday season. Instead, head over to Jacksonville for a little cheer!
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