Streets of Keystone Heights, Orange Park to be filled with holiday cheer

By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com
Posted 12/7/22

CLAY COUNTY – If the Dec. 3 Christmas festival and parade in Green Cove Springs is any indication, Keystone Heights and Orange Park will celebrate the holidays with record crowds for their …

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Streets of Keystone Heights, Orange Park to be filled with holiday cheer

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CLAY COUNTY – If the Dec. 3 Christmas festival and parade in Green Cove Springs is any indication, Keystone Heights and Orange Park will celebrate the holidays with record crowds for their parades.

Keystone Heights will ring in the Christmas season with its Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 10, while Orange Park’s Firetruck Parade with Santa, Hometown Holiday and Cocoa and Carols will fill the streets with cheer on Friday, Dec. 16.

This year will mark the second Keystone Heights Holiday Extravaganza. It is Small Town USA at its best, with residents and businesses taking a break from their schedules to enjoy the season.

This year’s theme is “Christmas in the 1970s.”

The festivities start at 10 a.m. and it will include three primary locations: Keystone Beach, City Hall, Theme Park and the downtown area. All are located on Lawrence Boulevard, just south of State Road 100.

Vendors will be allowed to set up from 8-10 a.m. at the Theme Park, and they will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Live music starts at 1 p.m. with Quintessential Sax performing on the Rotary Circle, but the highlight of the day – the Kiwanis Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. The parade route starts at Keystone Heights Elementary at Pecan Street and Orchid Avenue. It will move north along Lawrence Boulevard until it turns left on Flamingo Street just short of SR 100.

Following the parade, the feature film “Arthur Christmas” will be shown for free at Keystone Beach. Hot cocoa, sugar cookies and popcorn will be served.

Six nights later on Friday, Dec. 16, Orange Park will host its annual Firetruck Parade with Santa. The truck will drive around neighborhood streets to make sure everyone in town has a chance to see St. Nick.

Also, the Orange Park Hometown Holiday will be celebrated on Dec. 9 and 10 from 5-9 p.m. at the Clarke House. There will be tours of the decorated house, classic holiday movies on the outdoor big screen, live music, shopping in the Christmas village, food vendors, a lighted trail ride and the opportunity to purchase a photo with Santa.

And Concert on the Green’s Cocoa and Carols will be on Dec. 16 from 5-8 p.m. at River Road and Kingsley Avenue. More than a dozen Clay County schools are scheduled to perform the sounds of the season, and residents can watch the Firetruck Parade from the event, and free gift wrapping will be available, along with additional entertainment and holiday vendors.

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