Come to First Friday: Holiday Lights and bask in some holiday cheer while enjoying food, drinks, and culture unique to downtown Gainesville!
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First Friday Passport
Your free First Friday passport can be picked up at the Opera House between Lillian’s Music Store and Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill between 5pm and 10pm. The passport unlocks specials at over 30 downtown bars and restaurants!
Participate in the Santa Crawl to help spread holiday cheer throughout downtown Gainesville! Our downtown Santas will receive the following perks:
- Best Holiday Costume wins a cruise for two to the Bahamas.
- Sexiest Santa (Mr. or Mrs.) wins a salon package to Sixth Street Station Salon.
- Half off First Friday VIP admission for free food, drinks, valet parking, and carriage rides.
This year’s Santa Crawl schedule will be as follows: Vellos Brickstreet Grill from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m, Tall Paul’s from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a group photo at the Hippodrome Theater at 8:45 p.m., Lillian’s Music Store at 9:00 p.m., First Friday’s Monster Energy End- of-the-Night Raffle and costume contests outside the Opera House at 10:00 p.m., Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar at 10:30 p.m., and the official First Friday: Holiday Lights After Party hosted by Tuaca at Sharab Lounge beginning at 11:30 p.m, featuring the Naughty or Nice midnight costume contest. The venues will offer exclusive specials and waive any cover charge for those participating in Santa Crawl.
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