ARTS PICKS | Dec. 15-17

Published on December 12, 2023 at 10:09 am

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.


Beaches Fine Arts Series: The Queen’s Six 

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church | Jacksonville Beach

The UK-based Queen’s Six is not only a globally popular vocal group. The sextet is the royal’s choice – Based out of Windsor Castle, they perform often for private and state events hosted by the royal family. The group brings their catalog of Gregorian chant, jazz and pop arrangements to St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church as part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. More info.

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday

First Coast Nutcracker 

Moran Theater | Downtown Jacksonville

A tradition that dates back more than four decades, the Jax Symphony’s production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous two-act ballet, The Nutcracker, is, as always, the hottest ticket of our coldest season. The musicians of the Jax Symphony bring the wondrous world of the nutcracker to life for four performances at the Moran Theater, kicking things off on Friday (8 p.m.) and continuing with two shows on Saturday (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and another on Sunday (2 p.m.) Tickets here.


Palms Holiday Market 

Hotel Palms | Atlantic Beach 

Locally made, art-inspired and artisan-crafted gifts abound at the Palms Market, the popular annual event curated by Atlantic Beach’s artsy Hotel Palms. Of note, Cleveland-born professional skateboarder-turned-visual-artist Terry Urban will be on hand with new works created while in residence at the hotel. Plus, browse locally flavored wall hangers from Shark Tooth Prints, wearables from Barbershop Press and Couture Gems, and tasties from Makenu Chocolate. The market is a great way to both check off your holiday shopping list and support local. Open to the public from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. More info.

Saturday & Sunday 

Handel’s Messiah 

Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville

A holiday tradition, led by musical director Courtney Lewis, the Jacksonville Symphony and the company’s full chorus present two performances of George Frideric Handel’s 1741 oratorio. Saturday’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s begins at 3 p.m. Tickets and more info.

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Vagabond Flea 

Edgewood Ave S. | Murray Hill 

If you haven’t yet paid a visit to Murray Hill for the semi-regular Vagabond Flea, you’re missing one the region’s best gatherings of local makers, artists and artisans, and a truly unique shopping experience  — think a smaller, more neighborhood-y version of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Flea Market. The market has expanded its footprint to take up a portion of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, and Sunday’s event presents a fine opportunity to visit the flea, with more than 40 vendors to help with your last-minute (though thoughtful, still) holiday shopping. 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. More details on the event’s Facebook page

author image Arts & Culture Editor Matthew Shaw is a writer, editor and musician. His writing has appeared in Folio Weekly, Edible Northeast Florida, The Surfer's Journal, and SURFER Magazine, and he's reported on national stories for The New York Times. He was previously editor in chief of the Void Magazine.

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