Calendar: Take your family to the speedway for the sixth-annual Magic of Lights

What to do this week in and around Ormond Beach.

The popular drive-through lights extravaganza is back with more than one million lights and holiday scenes. Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights
The popular drive-through lights extravaganza is back with more than one million lights and holiday scenes. Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights
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Friday, Dec. 23

Christmas service in Ormond

When: 4:30-7 p.m.

Where: Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Celebrate Christmas with Salty Church. Bring your family and friends, chairs or blankets. There will be activities such as a petting zoo, train and an appearance from Santa at 4:30 p.m. The service will begin at 6 p.m. Visit

Christmas Under the Stars

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Riverbend Church, 2080 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Join Riverbend Church for “Christmas Under the Stars," an outdoor worship service with music, marshmallow roasting and hot chocolate. Bring chairs or blankets. Visit

Saturday, Dec. 24

Calvary Family Christmas

When: 3-6 p.m.

Where: Calvary Christian Center, 1687 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Attend Christmas Eve communion and see a live nativity with Calvary Christian. There will also be a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25.

Christmas Eve candlelight service

When: 6-7 p.m.

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

Details: Come join New Way Church for its Christmas Eve candlelight service. There will also be a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. Call 386-437-9575.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Kwanzaa Celebration

When: 2-6 p.m.

Where: African American Museum and Cultural Center, 4422 U.S. 1, Palm Coast, FL

Details: The African American Cultural Society will observe the Kwanzaa tradition of nguzo saba, learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, enjoy food from local vendors and shop for African clothing, jewelry and crafts during this event. There will also be African Drumming, spoken word and an African fashion show. Visit  

Friday, Dec. 30

New Year's Eve Bash Florida Cracker Ranch

When: 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 through 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1

Where: Florida Cracker Ranch, County Road 200, Bunnell

Details: Celebrate the New Year at over three days at the 1,200 acre Florida Cracker Ranch. Camping, hot showers, bathrooms and ATV wash stations are available, There will be three bands, live music and food, as well as fireworks at midnight on New Year's. Tickets cost $45. Visit

Saturday, Dec. 31

Hilton Daytona Beach's Studio 54 New Year's Eve Disco costume party

When: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

Details: Ring in the New Year with a Studio 54-themed disco costume party with live entertainment, poker tables, dining options and a champagne toast. Try some hors d'oeuvres, enjoy the dinner buffet and stick around for a dessert station. Four beverage tickets per person are included with the tickets. Event costs $210 for single tickets and $350 for couple tickets. A family-friendly party will also be held in the Grand Ballroom with food, drinks, dancing and more. Free admission with the purchase of Doc Bales Grill Dinner or New Year's Eve Party. Walk-in tickets cost $29 per person. Visit

Wednesday, Jan. 4

The National Ballet of Ukraine presents "Sleeping Beauty"

When: 7 p.m.

Where: FlaglerAuditorium, 5500 State Route 100, Palm Coast

Details: See the National Ballet of Ukraine perform "Sleeping Beauty," the tale of Princess Aurora who was cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse to sleep for 100 years after Aurora pricks her finger on her 16th birthday. The classical production features music by Tchaikovsky. Tickets cost $44-$54.


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

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: "Minor Masterpieces: Porcelain Painted Scenes from the Collection"  ; "Magical: The Art of Susan Zukowsky" ; "Selections from the MOAS Contemporary Art Collection" ; and "Pacific Exotics: The Woodblock Prints of Paul Jacoulet".


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