Calendar: Don't miss the city's annual Home for the Holidays parade

What to do this week in and around Ormond Beach.

Universal Towing's decorated vehicle won first place at the 30th-annual Home for the Holidays parade. File photo by Michele Meyers
Universal Towing's decorated vehicle won first place at the 30th-annual Home for the Holidays parade. File photo by Michele Meyers
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Thursday, Dec. 8

Ormond Beach Area Democratic Club meeting

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 56 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: The December meeting of the Ormond Beach Area Democratic Club will be held in-person and on Zoom. Social visiting will be from 6:30-7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. During the meeting, election results will be reviewed and suggested strategies, activities and plans developed from those. Campaign yard signs and wire supports can be brought to the meeting for proper recycling. Like minded non-members are welcome to attend as guests. A Zoom link request and club information is available at

Steve Solomon — Home for the Holidays

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Route 100, Palm Coast

Details: Meet Uncle Will, Stuttering Cousin Bob, Demented Cousin Kenny, Steve’s new therapist Cousin Sal — and Sal's parole officer — along with  a myriad of other characters as Steve Solomon brings them to life. Tickets cost $44-$54. Visit

Friday, Dec. 9

Movies on the Halifax

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of "The Santa Clause," rated PG. Movies are weather-sensitive. Call 386-676-3216 for rainout information.

Tree of Lights

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

Where: Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell

Details: The Green Room is presenting this musical celebration of Christ's birth. Tree of Lights is a holiday celebration that features contemporary versions of traditional carols and narration. Tickets cost $15. All proceeds will be used to support The Green Room's acquisition of its own performance space. Visit

The Sound of Christmas

When: 7 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast

Details: Attend this concert, featuring holiday music. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday in the Gardens

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm Coast

Details: Celebrate the holidays at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, where there will be a plant sale, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, a kids section and a gift shop. Event is presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. Entrance into the park costs $5 for up to eight people in a vehicle.

Starlight Festival

When: 4-9 p.m.

Where: Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast

Details: Celebrate the holidays with your friends and neighbors at the city of Palm Coast's Starlight Festival. Floats will park along Central Park, and they will be judged. Prizes will be awarded for multiple categories such as Best Marching Unit, Best Decorated Festival and Best of Festival. The newest category, Fan Favorite, is sponsored by the Palm Coast Observer. All live entertainment performances will take place in front of the Christmas tree.

31st-annual Home for the Holidays parade

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Between Ridgewood Avenue and Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Details: Attend one of the city's largest holiday events. This year's parade theme is "Christmas on the Coast. There will be live bands, performances and a tree lighting at City Hall at 6 p.m. The parade is about 1.5 miles long and will begin at Division Avenue and Ridgewood Avenue, before turning right on Granada Boulevard and proceeding until Beach Street where the parade will turn right to conclude in front of City Hall.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Tomoka Outpost hosts Santa

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Tomoka Outpost inside Tomoka State Park, 2099 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach

Details: Santa is coming to the Tomoka Outpost. Bring your wish list and take a photo with Santa. All ages and pets are welcome. For more information, call 386-673-0022.

Unto Us Christmas Special

When: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Where: New Way Church, 293 Old Moody Blvd., Palm Coast

Details: Celebrate the birth of Jesus with New Way Church's special, "Unto Us." Experience carols and dramas. 

Shave for the Brave

When: 12 p.m.

Where: Fletcher's Irish Pub, 393 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Attend this beard-shaving event benefitting children battling cancer during the holiday season. Presented by the Live Like Cameron Foundation with Fletcher's Irish Pub and Proper Barber Co. There will be a cornhole tournament first, and then a live shaving party, as well as raffle prizes and other activities. Visit


When: 1-4 p.m.

Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Poets, singers, songwriters and performers are ready to entertain you during this holiday-themed, family-friendly event cosponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute, Ormond MainStreet, Ormond Beach Arts District, Live Poets Society and Tomoka Poets. There will also be an open-mic session at the end, so bring your work to share. Free admission. For more information, or to add your name to the list of performers, call Marc Davidson at 386-846-7818.

Monday, Dec. 12

Community Christmas party

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Alfies Restaurant, 1666 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Join the Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club for a community Christmas party. Costs $25 for a prime rib dinner. There will be entertainment by the Magic of Brandon Smith. Reservations necessary. Call 386-441-4421. 

Civil Discourse/Common Ground

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Ormond Beach Regional Library auditorium, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach

Details: Join Civil Discourse/Common Ground is request any and all feedback or discussion on the reorganization of this civic-minded group. Linda Williams and Bill Denny, co-founders of Civil Discourse, are interested in a collaborative community group, which aims to include all sides of an issue through dialogue. Zoom is available. Send an email to [email protected] for an invitation. Attendees are also welcome to send feedback or suggestions by email at [email protected].

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Flagler Tiger Bay Club December 2022 meeting

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Hammock Dunes Club, 30 Avenue Royale, Palm Coast

Details: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club will feature award-winning journalist and WESH 2 Bureau Chief Claire Metz as its holiday dinner keynote speaker for its December meeting. Metz will share a bipartisan view of local, state and national politics as the headliner of the final 2022 Speaker Series event for the club. Registration costs $65 for members and $75 for guests. Visit

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Holiday open house

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Holly Hill History Museum, 1066 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill

Details: The Holly Hill Historic Society and the Holly Hill Chamber of Commerce are joining together to host a holiday open house with refreshments, beer and wine, raffles and more. Join the festivities. Call museum for more information at 386-252-2339.

Thursday, Dec. 15

FPRA's professional development luncheon

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: Dennis McGee Room, Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive, Suite 300, Daytona Beach

Details: The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is welcoming Dr. Matt Wilson as its guest speaker for its December professional development luncheon. He will discuss how bridging philanthropy and public relations can drive organizational success. Register by noon on Dec. 12. Luncheon costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $15 for students. Walk-ins are accepted on the day of the luncheon with a $5 surcharge. Visit

Community Band Holiday Performance

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast

Details: The Palm Coast Community Band, a group of over 20 musicians, and the jazz band will play holiday tunes in front of City Hall. Interested in joining the band? Email [email protected].


2022 Christmas Walkthrough Display

When: 5:30-10 p.m. daily

Where: 111 Pine Creek Court, Ormond Beach

Details: The Schoolcrafts' 2022 Christmas Display, with over 170 inflatables, is now open, wind and weather-permitting. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. A movie theater plays movies nightly at dusk. Well-behaved leashed animals are welcome. Visit

A December to Remember

When: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 7-31

Where: Riverfront Esplanade, 249 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach

Details: Start a new holiday tradition while you explore the brand-new Riverfront Esplanade overlooking the Halifax River in downtown Daytona Beach. This multi-day celebration features a variety of community events such as a a movie on the lawn, holiday basaar, Santa sightings and live music concerts. An opening ceremony with a tree lighting will take place at the News Journal Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-6:3 p.m. Visit

Exercises for the maturing body

When: 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays

Where: First Baptist Church Of Palm Coast, 6050 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast

Details: Presented by Synergy Senior Fitness, attend upbeat classes with Senior Fitness Specialist Artie Gardella. Classes are ongoing. Insurances that cover fitness accepted or a donation for those with no coverage. Visit

Sixth-annual Magic of Lights 

When: Through Jan. 1

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

Details: The popular drive-through lights extravaganza is back with more than one million lights and holiday scenes. New this year is the premiere of the Barbie holiday light display, as well as the Big Foot Monster Trucks and Prehistoric Christmas. Tickets cost $20 per vehicle in advance through Dec. 8, or $30 at the gate weekdays; or $35 on weekends. From Dec. 9 to Jan. 1, weekday entrance costs $25 in advance or $35 at the gate; or $40 on weekends. Visit

Holiday Light Fight

When: Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Where: City of Palm Coast

Details: Palm Coast residents —  break out all of your lights, garland, inflatable snowmen, and more to participate in our new Holiday Light Fight. Parks and Recreation is working with the city's GIS department to create maps showing where residents' light displays are located. Judging will take place on Dec. 17, and winners will receive lawn signs to mark their yards as award winners. Call 386-986-2360.

MOAS exhibitions

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach

Details: Want to spend a day looking at fine art? The Museum of Arts and Sciences has the following shows on display:"Epiphany! Visions of Art" (through Nov. 27) ; "Minor Masterpieces: Porcelain Painted Scenes from the Collection" ; and "Tech Savvy: Home Technology from 1890s to the 1990s".


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