Events Calendar

Dec
13
Wed
2017
22nd Annual “Trains at the Holidays” @ Dassance Fine Arts Center
Dec 13 all-day

22nd Annual “Trains at the Holidays”

Saturday, Dec. 9-30 (Closed December 24-25)

Kick off the holidays at the Webber Gallery as the Ocala Model Railroaders present “Trains at the Holidays.” Built and operated by local members, the exhibit features modular train layouts inspired by historical local area landmarks, such as the Six-Gun Territory. Join us for the 22nd year of this holiday classic, loved by the young and old alike.

Reception: Saturday, Dec. 9, Noon-2 p.m. FREE

HITS Ocala Holiday Classic @ Hits Post Time Farm
Dec 13 – Dec 17 all-day

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers exhibitors 10 consecutive weeks of shows with two additional weeks of USEF-Rated shows—the Ocala Holiday Series—in mid-December. The extensive range of classes, offering over $4 million in prize money, and abundant show opportunities makes HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, a prime winter destination. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit features USEF National and Premier-Rated Hunters, 5* and 6* Jumpers, two $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualifiers for the HITS Championship. In February, HITS Post Time Farm will also play host the 2018 FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping for the fourth consecutive year. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit culminates each March with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.

HITS moved to Post Time Farm in 2002, where exhibitors take advantage of the Horse Capital of the World. With 450 lush acres, 52 miles of four-board fencing, and 30 permanent barns, HITS Post Time Farm is an inviting home-away-from-home for you and your horse to enjoy a world-class showing experience.

Recycled Art Exhibit @ Discovery Center
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

RECYLED ART EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY THROUGH FRIDAY, JAN. 19
OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2017) – A Recycled Art exhibit is currently on display at the Discovery Center (first floor) located at 701 NE Sanchez Ave. through Friday, Jan. 19. This exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This exhibit showcases 21 pieces from local artists ranging from children to seniors. Artwork in this exhibit includes collages, kinetic sculptures and assemblage, all of which utilize a range of recycled materials such as motorcycle parts, trash, old magazines, vintage clothing and more.
This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s main exhibit, Super Kids Save the World, which teaches families how to reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Admission for this exhibit is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. This exhibit is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or artinfo@ocalafl.org.

Super Kids Save the World Art Exhibit @ Discovery Center
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A hands-on exhibit that empowers kids to reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle!

Admission is $6.00/person or $20.00/family of 4.

Saturday Programming

  1. Planetarium shows at 11:00am and 1:00pm as a $3.00/person admission ticket add-on.

  2. On September 30th, October 28th, November 25th, and December 23rd and 30th we offer our Super Saturdays program as a $2.00/person admission ticket add-on.

    • The Super Saturdays program includes story time, hands-on science, and a craft!

Line Dancing at the Forest Community Center @ Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Marion Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” @ Ocala Civic Theatre
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Marion Ballet Theatre presents
The Nutcracker
On Stage: December 8 – 17, 2017
On Sale: Monday, November 6, 2017
Adults: $25 | Children 12 years and younger: $12

Marion Ballet Theatre invites you to celebrate the 37th annual Nutcracker!  A Beloved Christmas tradition for the entire family, this will be the most magical production yet!

Performances are:

Friday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at 10:00 a.m.)
Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at 10:00 a.m.)
Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dec
14
Thu
2017
22nd Annual “Trains at the Holidays” @ Dassance Fine Arts Center
Dec 14 all-day

22nd Annual “Trains at the Holidays”

Saturday, Dec. 9-30 (Closed December 24-25)

Kick off the holidays at the Webber Gallery as the Ocala Model Railroaders present “Trains at the Holidays.” Built and operated by local members, the exhibit features modular train layouts inspired by historical local area landmarks, such as the Six-Gun Territory. Join us for the 22nd year of this holiday classic, loved by the young and old alike.

Reception: Saturday, Dec. 9, Noon-2 p.m. FREE

Recycled Art Exhibit @ Discovery Center
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

RECYLED ART EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY THROUGH FRIDAY, JAN. 19
OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2017) – A Recycled Art exhibit is currently on display at the Discovery Center (first floor) located at 701 NE Sanchez Ave. through Friday, Jan. 19. This exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This exhibit showcases 21 pieces from local artists ranging from children to seniors. Artwork in this exhibit includes collages, kinetic sculptures and assemblage, all of which utilize a range of recycled materials such as motorcycle parts, trash, old magazines, vintage clothing and more.
This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s main exhibit, Super Kids Save the World, which teaches families how to reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Admission for this exhibit is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. This exhibit is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or artinfo@ocalafl.org.

Super Kids Save the World Art Exhibit @ Discovery Center
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A hands-on exhibit that empowers kids to reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle!

Admission is $6.00/person or $20.00/family of 4.

Saturday Programming

  1. Planetarium shows at 11:00am and 1:00pm as a $3.00/person admission ticket add-on.

  2. On September 30th, October 28th, November 25th, and December 23rd and 30th we offer our Super Saturdays program as a $2.00/person admission ticket add-on.

    • The Super Saturdays program includes story time, hands-on science, and a craft!

Ice Skating at Tuscawilla Park @ Tuscawilla Park
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘LET’S SKATE OCALA’ ICE RINK OPENS SATURDAY, NOV. 11
OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2017) – The City of Ocala’s ‘Let’s Skate Ocala’ ice rink will open to the public Saturday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with the annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival. The skating rink will be located at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave., and will be open through Sunday, Dec. 31.
Admission is $5 per person for a 30 minute session. The rink will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. The rink will be closed Mondays and Wednesdays for private rentals and parties. For more information about venue rentals, please contact Bridgett Griffin, Therapeutic Recreation Programs Supervisor, City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, at bgriffin@ocalafl.org or 352-368-5517.
Theme nights will be held select Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season. Details for these theme nights are still being finalized. For more information, please follow the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department on Facebook @OcalaRecPark.
 Friday, Nov. 24 – Family Game Night
 Friday, Dec. 8 – Paradise on Ice (Hawaiian theme)
 Friday, Dec. 15 – Santa’s Workshop with a special screening of the movie “Elf”
 Friday, Dec. 22 – Superheroes
 Friday, Dec. 29 – Disco Night
Effective Monday, Oct. 23, the basketball courts at Tuscawilla Park will be closed to allow for installation of the Let’s Skate Ocala ice rink. These courts are expected to re-open to the public by late January 2018.

Santa on the Square – Downtown Ocala @ Downtown Ocala
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Santa on the Square” returns to Downtown Ocala in December.  This holiday family friendly event will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown square.

Children of all ages will enjoy music, snacks, hay rides and even a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This event is complimentary and open to the public.

Marion Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” @ Ocala Civic Theatre
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Marion Ballet Theatre presents
The Nutcracker
On Stage: December 8 – 17, 2017
On Sale: Monday, November 6, 2017
Adults: $25 | Children 12 years and younger: $12

Marion Ballet Theatre invites you to celebrate the 37th annual Nutcracker!  A Beloved Christmas tradition for the entire family, this will be the most magical production yet!

Performances are:

Friday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at 10:00 a.m.)
Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at 10:00 a.m.)
Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dec
15
Fri
2017
22nd Annual “Trains at the Holidays” @ Dassance Fine Arts Center
Dec 15 all-day

22nd Annual “Trains at the Holidays”

Saturday, Dec. 9-30 (Closed December 24-25)

Kick off the holidays at the Webber Gallery as the Ocala Model Railroaders present “Trains at the Holidays.” Built and operated by local members, the exhibit features modular train layouts inspired by historical local area landmarks, such as the Six-Gun Territory. Join us for the 22nd year of this holiday classic, loved by the young and old alike.

Reception: Saturday, Dec. 9, Noon-2 p.m. FREE

Recycled Art Exhibit @ Discovery Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

RECYLED ART EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY THROUGH FRIDAY, JAN. 19
OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2017) – A Recycled Art exhibit is currently on display at the Discovery Center (first floor) located at 701 NE Sanchez Ave. through Friday, Jan. 19. This exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This exhibit showcases 21 pieces from local artists ranging from children to seniors. Artwork in this exhibit includes collages, kinetic sculptures and assemblage, all of which utilize a range of recycled materials such as motorcycle parts, trash, old magazines, vintage clothing and more.
This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s main exhibit, Super Kids Save the World, which teaches families how to reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Admission for this exhibit is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. This exhibit is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or artinfo@ocalafl.org.

Super Kids Save the World Art Exhibit @ Discovery Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A hands-on exhibit that empowers kids to reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle!

Admission is $6.00/person or $20.00/family of 4.

Saturday Programming

  1. Planetarium shows at 11:00am and 1:00pm as a $3.00/person admission ticket add-on.

  2. On September 30th, October 28th, November 25th, and December 23rd and 30th we offer our Super Saturdays program as a $2.00/person admission ticket add-on.

    • The Super Saturdays program includes story time, hands-on science, and a craft!

Leaf Series at Sholom Park @ Sholom Park
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Santa Over the Rainbow @ Rainbow Springs State Park
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Friends of Rainbow Springs are proud to present Santa Over the Rainbow 2017. Bring the whole family to Rainbow Springs State Park for an evening extravaganza. Christmas lights will illuminate the park and welcome Santa, who arrives at 7:00pm on the river via his pontoon sleigh boat! Photos with Santa for sale. Enjoy food, music, and an array of crafts and gifts. No pets please.

Ocala Downtown Market @ Ocala Downtown Market
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Ocala Downtown Market (ODM) is the place where a diverse array of farmers, artisans, craftspeople, and food trucks come together to sell their products to customers from Ocala, Marion County, and beyond. A true destination location, ODM is set just blocks off of the Ocala Downtown Square, in a beautiful open-air Market Pavilion. Besides permanent roof cover, the facility also includes large overhead fans, restrooms, a nearby ATM, and water fountains.

Vendors have a variety of booth choices to choose from, including both indoor and outdoor, booths with water and/or electric, and more!

The Market is held on Fridays from 3pm until 7pm and Saturdays from 9am until 2pm. It is the vision of the City of Ocala (which owns the facility) and Ocala Downtown Market, Inc. to see the Market add additional days in the future. This expansion in the number of days and hours the Market is open is expected to occur gradually, over the span of a few years.

The Market Pavilion is also available for rental. More information about rental reservations can be found on our rental page here.

Prospective vendors should visit our Vendor page here.

Ice Skating at Tuscawilla Park @ Tuscawilla Park
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘LET’S SKATE OCALA’ ICE RINK OPENS SATURDAY, NOV. 11
OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2017) – The City of Ocala’s ‘Let’s Skate Ocala’ ice rink will open to the public Saturday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with the annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival. The skating rink will be located at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave., and will be open through Sunday, Dec. 31.
Admission is $5 per person for a 30 minute session. The rink will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. The rink will be closed Mondays and Wednesdays for private rentals and parties. For more information about venue rentals, please contact Bridgett Griffin, Therapeutic Recreation Programs Supervisor, City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, at bgriffin@ocalafl.org or 352-368-5517.
Theme nights will be held select Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season. Details for these theme nights are still being finalized. For more information, please follow the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department on Facebook @OcalaRecPark.
 Friday, Nov. 24 – Family Game Night
 Friday, Dec. 8 – Paradise on Ice (Hawaiian theme)
 Friday, Dec. 15 – Santa’s Workshop with a special screening of the movie “Elf”
 Friday, Dec. 22 – Superheroes
 Friday, Dec. 29 – Disco Night
Effective Monday, Oct. 23, the basketball courts at Tuscawilla Park will be closed to allow for installation of the Let’s Skate Ocala ice rink. These courts are expected to re-open to the public by late January 2018.

Kirby Family Farm’s Christmas Express @ Kirby Family Farm
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This event benefits the educational programs and development of Kirby Family Farm, a 501c3 educational facility for at-risk and special needs children 

Kirby Family Farm is open year around offering its outreach programs and educational experiences. Like many other educational facilities and museums, periodically during the year the organization invites supporters to come out for themed events as our way to say Thank you, educate, and raise awareness about the programs and mission of Kirby Family Farm.

We take the opportunity of these themed events one step further and use them as a teaching and practice tool that enables the teens and young people we work with to interact with strangers in supervised settings. They help the youth to utilize and share their knowledge of our exhibits. We witness the results greatly help to develop life skills that will benefit them in the workforce and daily communication with others in common society settings.

The youth and all the volunteers are passionate and dedicated to offering an experience you can remember!

These events benefit the programs and development of Kirby Family Farm. Kirby Family Farm is a 501c3 educational facility working with at-risk and special needs children. Last year thousands children visited the farm through various programs and events at no cost, thanks in part to great folks like you who believe in the mission of Kirby Family Farm. So come out in support with your family and having a great time!

It’s the 6th year hosting this family fun event to support our organization. Experience the #1 Christmas Train in Florida! You’ll get to see Christmas lights like you’ve never seen before as you take the 20-minute journey around the Kirby Family Farm property on our authentic, narrow-gauge historic locomotive. But The Christmas Train is so much more than a train ride! The Christmas Express is a wonderful holiday event that runs on select nights in November and December. There is lots of activities to see and do, and we recommend at least 2-3 hours for the entire Christmas Express experience.

The highlight of the evening is a featured train ride through thousands and thousands of Christmas lights pulled by our old-fashioned locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world! Enjoy more activities and amusement rides, a ride on the farm’s imported Italian carousel, live entertainment, free visit with Ol’ Saint Nick, and great food too! It’s sure to become part of your family’s Christmas tradition!

It’s more than just a train ride!
LIVE SHOW! We are excited to welcome the Elf Circus presented by Cirque Adventure, an Aerial and Acrobatic Christmas Show included FREE with your General Admission Donation. *This live Christmas show will be available all 18 dates prior to Christmas. It will not be featured for the dates following Christmas.

Florida’s Christmas Train
CHRISTMAS BUDDIES CHARACTER EXPERIENCES! Last year was our first year for our Christmas character experiences. After visiting Ol’ Saint Nick, families with Golden Tickets will be invited to meet Rudolph, a friendly Abominable Snowman, and The Christmas Princess in special settings perfect for pictures. Pictures are FREE with your camera or phone!

GIANT MOVIE SCREEN IS BACK! Back by popular demand! Bring some folding chairs. Seriously, you’re encouraged to bring a chair and watch Christmas classics on our giant movie screen! It’s GIGANTIC!

Food, Children’s Rides, Gifts, and more!

Hosted by Volunteers, the entire event helps the development and programs Kirby Family Farm offers at-risk and special needs children who need a friend, or a farm, to help them through life’s challenges. It’s all held on-site at Kirby Family Farm in Williston, FL, which is located just outside of Ocala and Gainesville, Florida, approximately twenty minutes from Interstate 75.

The Christmas Train chugs its way through the Holiday season on certain nights throughout the month of December. Gates open at 6pm, guests with Advance Registration may be allowed early entry. The first train ride is scheduled to leave at 6:30 and runs approximately every half hour. Last ride is at 9:30 if necessary and gates close promptly at 10pm each evening.

How much are tickets and who needs one?
General Admission:We ask for a $10 donation per person in advance, ages 3 and up, $15 at the gate if available. Children 2 and under are FREE, no donation is requested. Children 2 and under may be required to sit on their parent or guardians lap aboard the train.

Golden Ticket: Save in Advance! The all-inclusive Golden ticket includes everything an General ticket includes PLUS all optional activities. An all-inclusive Golden ticket combo pass is available for $20 donation in advance.

What does my ticket include?
General Admission:
Your General Admission donation includes the following:
Entrance onto the farm
Featured ride through thousands and thousands of Christmas lights aboard our old-fashioned railroad
Visit with Santa, pictures are FREE also, with your camera or cellphone
Visit vendors who may have just the right treat or gift for you or your special someone Enjoy Christmas movies on our Giant Outdoor movie screen
Giant Checkers, Corn Hole, and other fun games
The All-New Elf Circus Live Christmas
Show Presented by Cirque Adventure
Ride on the Kirby’s imported Italian carousel
Golden Ticket:
Optional activities are available by obtaining an all-inclusive Golden ticket unlimited wristband (includes ALL basic and optional activities).
Optional activities for this year are, The Christmas Buddies Experiences. Your family or group can visit with Santa, then say Hello to Rudolph, a friendly Abominable Snowman, and The Christmas Princess in special settings perfect for pictures!

The all new adventure where you are needed to ward off the evil Gingerbread Men trying to kidnap Santa and stop Christmas! You’ll load up on wagons to help Mr. Kirby and the family search for the Evil Gingerbread Men. You have three ways you can help save Christmas, the 1st is helping spot the Gingerbread Men, the 2nd, with purchase of “Frosting Shots” you can “Frost” the Gingerbread Men so they will leave Santa and Christmas alone, and 3rd, you can be a scorekeeper for your row! *For clarification: Don’t ruin it for you children, but this is a paintball experience that is safe for all ages. The “Frosting Shots” are paintballs, and the paintball guns are securely mounted on the wagon so they cannot be turned towards anyone riding, but only out away from the wagon.

There’s children’s rides too. You can expect at least 8 additional activities available to enjoy with a Golden Ticket.

Please note the live Christmas show and the Santa and the Christmas Buddies character experiences will not be available for the 5 nights following Christmas. Alternative live entertainment after Christmas may be available, but not guaranteed. Christmas Buddies will be making random stage appearances throughout the evenings.