Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Christmas Parade and other December events
The Wood Brothers: Live music with The Wood Brothers will be coming to the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala on December 2nd. Timetables and tickets on reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.
Artistic walk on the first Friday: The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 3. Hands-on art activities and demonstrations, local artists selling works, plus sidewalk buskers and live musical performances in the downtown plaza.
Symphony under the lights: Enjoy the sounds of the season, for free, at 7 p.m. on December 3 with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Youth Symphony at Tuscawilla Park on the Reilly Outdoor Stage, Jenkins Open Air Theater, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala . Bring chairs and blankets to sit on. Details on reillyartscenter.com.
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First Saturday free: Admission to the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will be free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 4. Details on appletonmuseum.org or call 291-4455.
Light up Lillian Lake: The annual event will be held at Lillian Lake from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 4. Crafts, food, music and a visit with Santa Claus (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), followed by a double feature film with two free 30-minute films. Citizens who wish to enjoy the cinema should bring a chair or blankets for their families, ”the organizers said in a statement.
Pops! Let’s go for the holidays! : The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will present one of its most popular flagship events at 7:30 p.m. on December 4 and 3 p.m. on December 5 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. The event will bring Howard Blake’s score for the animated film “The Snowman” to life and more. Tickets and details on reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.
Kingdom of the Sun Orchestra: The “A Christmas Prelude” concert will be presented at 2 pm December 4 and 3 pm December 5 at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala. Free, but donations are accepted. Call 390-0491 or visit http://kingdomofthesunband.org.
The community day of the urban family: Enjoy free entry Dec. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, on this annual community day celebrating “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition “. Visit appletonmuseum.org or call 291-4455 for details. The exhibition itself takes place from November 16 to January 16. 9.
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Ocala Christmas Parade: The parade will depart at 5:30 p.m. on December 11. The theme is “Christmas for heroes” and the Grand Marshal will be Ben Marciano. The parade begins on 25th Avenue Southeast, then heads west on Silver Springs Boulevard to Eighth Avenue Northeast.
Pure heart: This group will take you back in time performing Heart’s best classics at 7 p.m. on December 11 at Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. For more details, visit windfm.com/2020/11/pureheart.
The incredible steel drums: This group will be in concert at the Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala, at 3 p.m. on December 12. 55 gallon steel drums, locally handcrafted by Tom Reynolds (www.tropicalhammer.com), originally from St. Croix and now residing in Sanford, ”organizers said. More information on www.goodspiritfoundation.com. A love offering will be taken. For more information call 352-237-4633