Friday, Nov. 23

•Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: The Thanksgiving gift event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet. Visitors can tour the grounds, climb the tower and visit with the "Old Lighthouse Keeper." Participants will create holiday ornaments similar to ones handmade by families more than 100 years ago. The cost is $6.95 per adults and $1.95 for children ages 2 to 11. For more information, call (386) 761-1821 or visit

•The Stage at Thank You Five: Stand Up Comedy Night will be 7:30 p.m. in Unit 2N at 4606 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange. Local comedians take the stage for a night of laughs. Admission is $10.

For more information, call (386) 295-5699 or visit

•Turkey Run: The 45th Daytona Turkey Run welcomes fans of all ages to celebrate the love of classic cars. The largest combined car show and swap meet in the U.S. is a four-day show that kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day at Daytona International Speedway. It continues through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Admission is $15 Thursday through Saturday and $10 on Sunday with free parking. Children younger than 11 are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit

•Cinematique: “Wildlife” and “Searching for Ingmar Bergman” will be shown at 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $9 general or $7 members. Matinees are $7 general or $5members. For more information, call (386) 252-3118.

•Stetson Mansion: The iconic hat makers grand 1886 Victorian mansion opens this year through Jan. 15 for the annual “Christmas Spectacular Holiday Home Tour” at 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand.

Tours will be offered at 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children 6-22 and parking is free. Ticket holders receive a free chocolate covered strawberry when they stop in at Pat and Toni’s Sweet Things in downtown DeLand. Reservations are required at

•Christmas On Canal Street: This event begins with Spark The Spirit from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. The highlight of the evening will be the tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Russ Owen at 6 p.m. at the corner of Canal and Live Oak streets along with performances by the Southeast Volusia Community Choir and The Dave Capp Project, featuring vocalist France Neil.

Shortly after 6 p.m. will be the arrival of Santa Claus and he, along with his elves, will greet children at his house in Christmas Park. Snow will fall from the top of Little Drug Company, 412 Canal St., from 5:15 to 5:45 and 6:30 until 7:30p.m.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be given out courtesy of Toxey Whitaker Insurance at the southwest corner of Canal and Live Oak streets.

For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 24

•Coastal Market: The Coastal Market will take place on Canal Street. Enjoy the 90 plus vendors showcasing a wide variety of gifts and holiday decor handcrafted by local artisans. You can even bring the kids to visit Santa from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.

Live entertainment will be on Live Oak Street, featuring vocalist Christie Beu from 10 to10:45 a.m., The Dance Factory from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and acoustic guitarist and singer Jim Mitchell from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Champion Dance Troupe will perform from 1:15 to 1:30 p.m. and Ms. Beu again from 1:45 until 3 pm.

For more information, visit

•Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village: The City of Lake Helen will host the annual Christmas Parade and Santa’s Village. Parade begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and North Summit Avenue, then head north on Summit Avenue, then east onto New York Avenue, then South onto Lakeview Drive, ending at Ohio Avenue.

After the parade, at the Equestrian Center, 321 Pleasant St., Santa’s Village will open and there will be ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Butler Express Christmas Train. There will be food trucks, market vendors, bounce houses, music, a visit with Santa and the second annual Ugly Sweater Contest.

For more information,visit

Sunday, Nov. 25

•Walk: AVA Happy Wanderers will host a 5K, 10k at 1 p.m. at Winterhaven Park, 4589 S. Atlantic Blvd. Ponce Inlet . For more information, call (386) 256-2160, (386) 214-3890 or visit

•Cinematique: Jazz Sunday will be 2 p.m. at 242 S Beach St. Daytona Beach. Local favorites Abe Alam on guitar and Ray Guiser on saxophone recently paired up on the jazz circuit and struck a chord. Tickets are $10.

For more information,call (386)252-3118.

•Peabody Auditorium: “Jersey Boys” will be performed at 7 p.m. at Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach. The story of the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi tells how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music.

Tickets start at $60. For more information, visit or call 800-982-ARTS.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

•Live Comedy: Live Interactive Improv Comedy presented by Random Acts of Insanity is at 8 p.m. at the Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $5. All ages welcome. For more information, call (386) 252-3118.

•WISE: Everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate will be discussed from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Daytona State College’s Hosseini Center, Café 101

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. The cooking team of Chef Costa Magoulas and Dr. Eve Ann Magoulas will present a sweet session of scrumptious ways to kick off your holidays with a universal guest pleaser - chocolate!

WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $25 for an individual or $45 per couple per year. For more information, visit, or contact Suzette Cameron at (386) 506-4506 or

Wednesday, Nov. 28

•Cinematique: “The House that Jack Built” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders as he views them, a towering work of art that defines his “career” as a serial killer. This event is 18 and older only.

Tickets are $9 general or $7 members. Matinees are $7 general or $5 members. For more information, call (386) 252-3118.

•Walk: AVA Happy Wanderers will host a 5K Christmas lights walk at 6 p.m. at Airport Road Park, 6751 Airport Road, Port Orange. For more information, call (386) 256-2160, (386) 214-3890 or visit

•Daytona Beach Symphony Society: Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer will perform at 7 p.m. at 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach. Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus.” The group also will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Tickets start at $47 and are at Peabody Box Office, Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or For more information or a season subscription, call (386) 253-2901.

•Holiday concert: Daytona State College’s "Our Musical Gift to the Community" will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 29, at DSC’s performing arts center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be picked up at the Box Office from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Friday. For more information, call (386) 226-1927.

•Film Discussion Series: Southeast Museum of Photography Film Discussion Series, Strikingly Original, presents “Son of Saul” at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, at 2 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Strikingly Original offers a series of films with no equal, breaking ground with their screenplays, acting, directing, set design or other cinematic elements. Discussion will be led by Eric Breitenbach, series curator and senior professor of photographic studies, and other guest speakers.

For more information, call (386) 506-4475 or visit

Upcoming Events

•Tickets on sale:

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will be performing at The Peabody in Daytona Beach at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at 600 Auditorium Blvd., for his 2019 “Beyond The Fluffy” World Tour. Tickets start at $40 and are at, 800-982-ARTS or The Peabody box office. For more information, call (386) 671-3471,

•Christmas Gala Ruby Red Christmas: The Casement Guild presents the 40th anniversary Christmas Gala Ruby Red Christmas 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. There will be holiday entertainment, tree gallery, gift shop, raffles, gourmet shot, crafts and holiday displays. Admission is fee. For more information, call (386) 673-5312.

•South Daytona Christmas Tree Lighting: This event will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at City Hall, 1672 S Ridgewood Ave. The free event will include lighting of the tree, mayor’s address, light refreshments, entertainment and a visit from Santa.

For more information, call (386) 322-3070.

•Orange City Tree Lighting: This event will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Dickinson Memorial Park, 148 Albertus Way, Orange City. The Singsations Youth Choir will perform. The Mayor will attend. Family fun for free: Movies, games, rides, and treats provided.

•Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center: Children's Musical Theatre will present "Snow Biz" And "A Little Princess, The Musical." Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 399 N. U.S. 1. Ormond Beach.

"Snow Biz" has shredders (snowboard enthusiasts), Professor Snow-It-All, the Zamboni Brothers and more in a vaudeville-style musical revue. “A Little Princess” is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Tickets are $15. For more information, call (386) 676-3375.

•Light Up DeLand: Santa will ride in on a fire engine to light the DeLand City Hall Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at 120 S. Florida Ave. He will continue on to Pioneer Park at the corner of East Rich Avenue and North Woodland Boulevard at 6 p.m. for photos. For more information, call (386) 738-0649 or visit

•Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach: “Once Upon a Mattress” with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer will be performed select days Nov. 30-Dec. 16, at 726 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Tickets are $25 for adults, $24 for seniors and $15 for students, and available at or call (386) 423-1246.

•The Stage at Thank You Five: Improv night with RAI will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Unit 2N at 4606 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange. Admission is $10. Improv comedy for adults only. For more information, call (386) 295-5699 or visit

•Holly Hill Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: This event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at City Hall, 1065 Ridgewood Ave.

•Holly Hill Parade: The 59th annual Christmas Parade will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will begin just south of Flomich Street and Ridgewood Avenue at 14th Street and proceed south to 10th Street, west on 10th Street, then ending as the parade turns north into Hollyland Park.

•Christmas in the Park: Port Orange will host this free event from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater, 2001 City Center Circle. The event will include a Christmas concert, lighting of City Center, horse and carriage rides, meeting with Santa and giveaways. For more information, call (386) 506-5851 or visit

•Parade: Daytona Beach Shores and Operation Changing Lives annual Christmas Parade will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Parade begins on South Atlantic Avenue in front of Crabby Joe’s and continues north to Publix. Christmas tree lighting and visit with Santa will follow at the Shores Pavilion, 3048 S. Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call (386) 763-5373 or 763-5364 or visit

•Light up Volusia: The Ocean Center will host the eighth annual free event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on the east plaza of the convention center. The public is invited to kick off the holiday season with this free fun-filled holiday event.

Highlights include a live performance by country music artist Kaleb Lee, the lighting of a 50-foot holiday tree at 7:15 p.m., the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday refreshments, children’s activities, holiday showcases and a gingerbread house competition.

Additional entertainment includes Linda Cole, Mike Leone, the Sunshine Mafia, a stilt walker, the Snow Sisters (Elsa and Anna), the Grinch, face painters, balloon artists, caricatures, a Frozen-themed bounce house, and a photo booth with souvenir pictures.

For more information, call (386) 254-4500 or visit

•Parade: New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 1. The parade starts at Atlantic Avenue just south of Flagler Avenue and will travel east along Flagler Avenue and the North Causeway, south on Riverside and turn west on Canal St and end at Orange Street.

•OneDaytona: Wonderland, a selection of special events and live entertainment, will be presented this holiday season. Live Jazz Muis will be from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Sunday Snowdays will be from 3-7 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Family Nights will be from 5-8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. For more information, visit

•Renaissance Dinner Theatre: Daytona State College will host Ye Olde Yuletide Feast at 6 p.m. Dec. 6-8 at DSC’s performing arts center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The show features a royal court entertaining with singing, comedy and drama in Renaissance costumes and on a set reminiscent of an ancient English castle.

Admission is $45 per person, which includes dinner and performance, and are at or call (386) 226-1927.

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