Gainesville is home to the University of Florida and this college-town is full of nature and culture. The city offers over 30 miles of biking and hiking trails and has seven area Florida State Parks close by. Floating down the spring-fed river at Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a can't miss Gainesville tradition. Downtown Gainesville is home to some of the best local home grown restaurants and window shopping. There is lots of college town fun, inexpensive things to do and a relaxed outdoor adventures. You'll also find local breweries and local plays and events at the Hippodrome State Theatre.
Events in Gainesville
Candlelight Visits at the Historic Haile Homestead
at Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation
Friday, December 13th 6 PM to 9 PM, $10 at the door, under 12 free $7 in advance – Order on-line at www.hailehomestead.org – click on the Donate button or purchase from any docent.
at Prairie Creek Lodge
Mix and mingle, join us for cocktails and nibbles. Gather around the fire, and celebrate the season with friends, music and good cheer.
18th Annual Chili Cookoff
at Gainesville Harley Davidson
Visit gainesvilleharley.com for details....
Home For The Holidays
at World of Beer
Give a rescue a home before the holidays! In collaboration with local rescue shelter, Plenty of Pit-bulls, we are hosting an event to get an adoptable dog (or two or three) a home before the holidays!
Holiday Nights in Tioga Town Center
at Tioga Town Center
You're in luck! This year we are bringing not one, but THREE holiday nights to Tioga Town Center! Check out the line up:
Black & Gold Masquerade Ball
at Emerson Alumni Hall
Join the Gainesville Alphas for the biggest celebration of 2019, the unforgettable Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Black & Gold Masquerade Ball! Experience a decadent evening with the Gainesville Alphas that includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and special surpri
Elf on the Big Screen
at First Magnitude Brewing Company
You don't want to be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins and miss this free showing of Elf on the big screen!
3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Contest
at Blackadder Brewing Company
Things are going to get UGLY! Join us for our 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Day Contest Thursday Dec 19th. Winners will be announced at 8PM (Must be present to win).
Sounds of Christmas at The Oaks Mall
at The Pentecostals of Gainesville
Our choir will be bringing the Sounds of Christmas to The Oaks Mall on Saturday, December 20th starting at 6PM.
Florida Cracker Christmas
at Florida Cracker Kitchen
FLORIDA CRACKER CHRISTMAS: The Bellamy Brothers w/special guest Lance Carpenter
Dec 10 at 09:00 PM · Dec 11, 01:00 AM