Calendar: Honor deceased veterans at annual Wreaths Across America event

What to do this week in Ormond Beach.

DAR members Julie Johnson, Donna Dienno and Leslie Madigan  lay wreaths on veterans' graves during last year's Wreaths Across America service at Hillside Cemetery. File photo
DAR members Julie Johnson, Donna Dienno and Leslie Madigan lay wreaths on veterans' graves during last year's Wreaths Across America service at Hillside Cemetery. File photo
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Thursday, Dec. 17

Merry and Bright on Main Street

When: Sunset to Sunrise, Dec. 12-19

Where: Granada Boulevard, from Orchard Street to A1A

Details: See the shops and streets decorated all through the night. Businesses are competing to have the best decorations. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride through the downtown. Call 676-3241.

Friday, Dec. 18

The Band Be Easy

When: 6-10 p.m.

Where: LuLu's Oceanside Grill, 30 S. Atlantic Ave.

Details: This funk, pop and soul band will be performing at Lulu's Oceanside Grill for diners. 

Saturday, Dec. 19

Fifth-annual Chuck Strasser Memorial Candy Cane 5K

When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual

Details: This year's 5K is going virtual with a secret destination finish line. It's a "pick your path race with a real life finish line," according to a press release. This format will allow runners and walkers to participate however and wherever they choose. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be clues released on the race's social media about the secret finish line in Ormond Beach. Once you find it, there will be medals, refreshments, photo-ops and a costume contest. Register at This event raises funds to support local adoption efforts. 

Wreaths Across America

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Hillside Cemetery, 143 Seton Trail; Oakridge Cemetery, 162 S. Nova Road; and Gethsemane Cemetery, 100 block of South Orchard Street

Details: The Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the National Society for Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to attend the ceremony at Hillside Cemetery, where wreaths will be placed on over 243 soldiers' graves. Ceremonies will also be held at Gethsemane Cemetery and Oakridge Cemetery. The latter is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1048. Facial coverings will be required and social distancing must be observed. Contact [email protected]

Wonderland at One Daytona

When: 2-7 p.m.

Where: Victory Circle Lane at One Daytona

Details: One Daytona presents Wonderland, a family-friendly event highlighted by Holiday Showcase Saturdays and Winter Village Sundays. Guests can snap a photo in front of the holiday tree in Victory Circle for a chance to win prizes. Families can also reserve a table at The Daytona hotel's holiday breakfast or lunch experiences, including a sing-along with. Cost for that is $25 per child and $32 per adult. Call 262-1481. On Sunday, Dec. 13, guests can enjoy an open air market from 3-6 p.m. Visit

Sunday, Jan. 3

4th-annual beach cleanup

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Tipsy Taco, 746 S. Atlantic Ave.

Details: Join Restaurant Row for its annual cleanup of the beach and Tomoka River. The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt, door prize entry, and trash pickup supplies. There will be live music 2-6 p.m. Call 846-4012.


Magic of Lights 

When: Open daily 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 2. 

Where: Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Details: Transformed for the fourth year in a row, come out to the speedway for a holiday display of over 1 million lights. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the AdventHealth Foundation in Volusia and Flagler counties. Advanced tickets start at $25. The display will open at 7 p.m. Nov. 26-29. It will be closed on De. 6-8, and 14-15. Visit

Tour the Casements

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10-11 a.m. Saturday

Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive

Details: See John D. Rockefeller’s winter residence. The Casements Guild celebrates each year by decorating the mansion inside and outside. See the decorations and buy special Christmas presents in the gift sop. Tours are free and conducted daily on the hour. Visit


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