6:00: The Breadwinner, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, Downtown, various days, times. From Executive Producer Angelina Jolie Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family.
8:30: GREMLINS Rule Breakers, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, Downtown, various days, times. The tale of a cute and furry Christmas gift that multiplies into many, many, many terrifying Christmas gifts, GREMLINS is a sublimely perfect mix of comedy and horror. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
10:00: Operation Santa Delivery, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. See Santa arrive, not by sled or by reindeer, but by a helicopter. Located at Santa Fe College, North Fields Intersection of NW 39th Ave. and NW 91st St. Games, food and fun and you can have your picture taken with Santa.
7:00: Meet Me in St. Louis, Cocktails & Classics, Hipp Cinema. Discover all the music and romance of the season with a special holiday edition of Cocktails & Classics. Reception begins at 6:30 Hors d'oeuvres and a specialty cocktail included with the price of admission. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: 31st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, Veterans for Peace, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St. Featuring music from Cathy Dewitt & Mark Billman, Cherokee Peace Chant, Drums of Peace, Lauren Robinson, Janet and Maggie Rucker, Quartermoon, Other Voices, The Errelics, Jason Hedges & Sarah Darden, A Choir of Heavenly Semi-Angels, and more, along with readings from our Peace Poetry Contest winners. Bill Hutchinson will be the MC for the event. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY:
The Nutcracker, Dance Alive National Ballet, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Friday: 7:30, Saturday: 2 – 7:30 pm, Sunday: 2:00. A beautiful heroine saves the handsome Nutcracker Prince from a Wicked Mouse King and then journey together to the Kingdom of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful experience for all ages.
Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Star Center Theatre, Friday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday, 3:00 pm. After attending the 7:30pm Holiday performance of BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, stay and join us for music, cheer and desserts. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
3:00: Holiday Concert, Gainesville Flute Ensemble, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1001 NW 98th Street. The Flute Ensemble is offering its holiday program with a group of twenty flutists, including music teachers, retired university faculty members, adult amateur flutists, and talented students sharing joy of offering our special sound of flute music.