As IF you needed more reasons to come stay at Sweetwater, we’ve added a brand new section to our website dedicated to this city we love so much, the events and fun happenings going on here, and of course, dedicated to our loyal guests! That means you!
Make sure to bookmark this link: We’ll be constantly updating this event list with new upcoming happenings in Gainesville. Be sure to check it out, and don’t forget: after your concert, your basketball game (GO GATORS!) or whatever other activities you may find, your favorite Sw: 4–10pm on weekdays and 10am–10pm on weekends at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
The ice rink will open at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. Univ. Ave., on Friday, Nov. 23 and close onSunday, Jan. 6. The skating fee for one hour on the ice is $10 per person, including skate rental, or $7 per person for patrons furnishing their own skates.
- Holiday Tree Lighting Saturday, Dec 1 6:00p to 8:00p at Thomas Center Spanish Court, Gainesville,FL
Annual Tree Lighting at The Historic Thomas Center. Featuring caroling and holiday music from local artists. The heart of the celebration is the holiday decorations on the giant tree and around the building, which are annually provided by the Thomas Center Associates. Santa will be on hand to visit with the children.
Enjoy holiday cheer with The Gainesville Brass Quintet around the fabulous Christmas tree at themThomas Center. The performers are principal players with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. Worth a drive up to Gainesville.
Friday, Dec 7 6:30p
at UF Commuter Lot, Gainesville, FL
Light Up The Night 5k Fun Run is a one of a kind 5K Run/Walk event ran on a fast, flat course. If you like running, you like awesome music beats and you like creating a moving GLOW party, plus free post race food-YOU will love the Light Up The Night 5k fun run! YOU help Light Up the Night as glow runners in LEDs and glow lights make their way through the 3.
- Bethlehem Inn Dinner Theater Friday, Dec 7 7:00p at Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL
Phone: (352) 378-2606
Age Suitability: All Ages
Enjoy a Christmas dinner theater experience at Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL on December 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m. Witness a live dramatic interpretation of the traditional Christmas story and enjoy a fine meal too!
Tickets are available at the church office. Call 378-2606 for tickets or visit our website at www.parkview-baptist-church.org for more information.
- Cinderella, a Holiday Tradition since 1993 Saturday, Dec 8 1:30p to 4:00p at Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
Cinderella is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a holiday tradition for Danscompany of Gainesville. This full length ballet will bring to life an enchanted evening and a truly magical performance. This is a timeless love story and wonderful tradition to make with your family and friends. Come and celebrate the holidays with Danscompany’s rendition of Cinderella, a full-length ballet that has been a holiday and family tradition in Gainesville since 1993.
Holiday Cruz-in and Food Drive
Saturday, Dec 8 12:00p to 4:00p
at Gainesville Open MRI – Millenium Center,Gainesville, FL
Car show featuring Gainesville Street Rods.
With food, Santa Claus, Bounce house, music, and Food Drive to benefit the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.
Please bring non-perishable food items to donate.
- Sunday Soiree with Klezmer Kats
Sunday, Dec 9 4:00p
at The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, Gainesville, FL
Museum Nights: Kwanzaa
A festive Chanukkah Party featuring the Klezmer Katz. Known for their mixture of different musical genres that move the spirit, soul, and feet of audiences in the Gainesville area. Klezmer is a Yiddish word describing the ancient Gypsy-like music played by Jews around the world. The Klezmer Katz stay true to the core Eastern-European tradition while blending Latin music and jazz into its varied repertoire.
Thursday, Dec 13 6:00p to 9:00p
at Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
To mark the Kwanzaa holiday season, the Harn will present a program that introduces the evening with an invocation by elders of the Gainesville community. Enjoy musical performances and tours of African American
and African works in the Harn’s collection.
- Nutcracker Saturday, Dec 15 2:00p at University of Florida: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
- Sweetwater is happy to announce we have 50% off ticket coupons for Sweetwater guests!
Dance Alive National Ballet presents its 47th year of Nutcracker! Entrancing, enchanting and exciting, The Nutcracker is a ballet for the young at heart of all ages. With swirling snowflakes, tiny toy soldiers, mean mice, the exquisite ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, a handsome Prince and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker will bring a smile to your face and a lift to your spirit.
- Chocolate & Champagne Holiday Gala
Saturday, Dec 15 8:00p
at University of Florida: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
Dance Alive National Ballet presents Chocolate & Champagne Holiday Gala! Dining, dancing, and shopping – all rolled into one great party! With the Nutcracker Winter Wonderland as your backdrop, dance onstage to the fabulous sounds of Gosia and Ali, dine on gourmet delights, sip on complimentary champagne and wine, indulge in decadent desserts, and enjoy exclusive HOLIDAY SHOPPING at our silent auction.
The Gainesville Pops 5th annual Christmas concert – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Saturday, Dec 15 3:00p
at First United Methodist Church, Gainesville,FL
The Gainesville Pops presents music for the whole family in their 5th annual Christmas concert, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, on December 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. Selections include music from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the classic carol Good King Wenceslas in a jazzy style, and Leroy Anderson’s wintry holiday song, Sleigh Ride.
Cupcakes and Urban Ecotour
Sunday, Dec 16 1:00p to 4:00p
at Hippodrome Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Join us for a 2.5 mile hike in the great outdoors – in downtown Gainesville! Leave the Prius behind as we head out into the urban jungle. This expedition is an easy hike from the Hippodrome, through Sweetwater Park, north through the Duckpond, and through the Thomas Center Gardens. We will explore landmarks and learn the city’s history and architecture.