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Winter Festival – a Celebration of Lights, Music and the Arts

Celebrate the holiday season with the community from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, as the 36th annual Winter Festival fills downtown Tallahassee with festivities including food vendors, arts and crafts, holiday displays and Candy Cane Lane in McCarty Park. There will be a children’s activity area on Kleman Plaza that will show family-friendly holiday movies from 6-10 pm. Four stages of live entertainment will dot downtown and highlight local actors, dancers, musicians and more. The Lighting Ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on the parade announcers’ platform, located on South Monroe Street at Bloxham Park. The Capital Health Plan Jingle Bell Run begins at 6:15 p.m. Register in advance. The Nighttime Holiday Parade begins at 7:15 p.m. Visit talgov.com.

‘Almost Christmas Concert’

Pierce Pettis and Del Suggs present the 37th Annual “Almost Christmas Concert”at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Theatre Tallahassee, 1861 Thomasville Road. This holiday tradition features the long-time friends, together with Pete Winter on bass, Danica Winter on vocals, Mimi Hearn on vocals, David Murphy on guitar, bass and vocals, and Jerry Thigpen on electric guitar. Special guest Michael Sautter will be performing on harmonica. Very special guest Warren Sutton will perform jazz guitar arrangements. Advanced tickets are $22 and will be $27 at the door day of show or theatretallahassee.org. Bring a nonperishable food item as a holiday donation to ECHO.

Holiday shopping at Market Days

The Tallahassee Museum’s Market Days: Holiday shopping from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russell Road. One of the Southeast’s largest and best-juried arts and crafts shows, featuring handmade creations of over 300 artists and top-quality artisans and craftspeople. Tickets, $10, are available at the gate and are only good for one-day admission. Early tickets are $30 and get you in from 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Visit marketdays.org.

33rd Annual Camellia Christmas

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, hosts the 33rd Annual Camellia Christmas from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Traditional evening of holiday music, fresh holiday décor, hot cider and cookies while strolling the candlelit brick walkway. There will be a collection of festive wreaths and other holiday gifts donated by local businesses at the silent auction tent. Santa will make his annual appearance at the Visitors Center from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with donations welcomed. The historic Maclay House will be open for the weekend from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. House tour is free with park admission on Dec. 3-4.

The Lee Boys and Melody Trucks fire up the Bradfordville Blues Club

The hard-driving sacred steel of The Lee Boys with special guest Melody Trucks will smoke the Bradfordville Blues Club like only they can at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. This five-piece ensemble will get you movin’ and groovin’, shakin’ and quakin’, and sweatin’ and swingin’. High energy, great music, cryin’ peddle steel guitar and fabulous vocal harmonies that won’t let you sit still. Sacred steel is a unique form of Gospel music with an inspired, blues-based groove. Melody Trucks, daughter of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, brings her powerful, soulful vocals.

Alternative Christmas Market

The 34th Annual Alternative Christmas Market: There will be more than 20 nonprofit charitable agencies with booths sharing how they help our communities here and around the world, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1689 Old St. Augustine Road.


Oyster City Brewery: The Rhythm Remedy with the FZB Horns, a veritable Tallahassee supergroup, featuring members of Acme Rhythm & Blues, Crooked Shooz, Tallahassee Swing, CPR, Deja Blu, Roadhouse and more brings its old-school soul revue to Oyster City Brewery on Gaines for a First Friday throw down on Dec. 2.  The band includes Michael Brawer on bass, Mark Blair on vocals, Greg Moore on drums, Steve Vangorder on keys, Kent Rodriguez on guitar, and Bill Landing and Tom Buchanan ad the FZB Horns.

Fish Camp: Deja Blu takes the showcase stage at Fish Camp at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. There’s nothing better than some California style classic acoustic rock with the harmonies. Enjoy CSN, America, Eagles, Beatles and more by the shores of Lake Iamonia.

House of Music: Two Foot Level with Rachel Hillman performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at House of Music, 2011 S. Monroe St. The bands’ instrumentation is clawhammer banjo, acoustic and electric mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals. Singer/songwriter Rachel Hillman opens the evening. Tickets are $15-$20. Visit houseofmusictally.com. At 8 p.m. Saturday: Benefit for Keal Franklin, who lost his son recently. A $20 suggested donation will be accepted and music will be provided by The Georgia Honeys, David Paul Zimmer, Maurice Mangum, and Keal will also perform.

Great Oaks Pub at Southwood: “Low Flying Planes” lands at the Great Oaks Pub at Southwood from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. LFP features the best of the ’60s through the ’80s with good harmony and a dancing beat. Full restaurant and Bar, no cover charge. Call 850-942-4653 for reservations.