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Close-up view of a red lifeguard chair on a sunny beach with blue waves in the background



Here in Jacksonville, we have our own way of doing things. When it comes to beaches, we expect the best. And when it comes to holiday light shows, we expect the best – on a beach! This year, don’t miss out on one of the coolest and quirkiest holiday displays around. Here are four interesting sights waiting for you at Jacksonville’s Deck the Chairs.

A Festive Light Show in JAX Beach

There’s nothing quite like Jacksonville’s Deck the Chairs holiday event. Set in Latham Plaza and Seawalk Pavilion, and running Nov. 20 through Jan. 1, this free sculpture exhibit aims “to promote the arts and foster community pride and involvement through a creative display of public art featuring lighted iconic lifeguard chairs.” Now in its ninth season, Deck the Chairs expects to welcome about 90,000 attendees during the 42-day run of the show, with the help of about 600 volunteers who design, build, and decorate the chairs. Proceeds from the event go directly to supporting the arts and arts education in our community. Beach views. Community support. Festive lights. What’s not to love?

A Lifeguard Chair as Santa’s Sleigh

Deck the Chairs pairs local artists with sponsors to create unique designs representing their organizations, and the unique nature of the event truly brings out the creativity in the Jacksonville artist community. Strolling the exhibit, you’ll discover all kinds of new uses for a lifeguard chair you’ve never imagined. Santa’s sleigh? Why not! A time machine? Sure! Find your favorite among the 40 cheery chairs on display.

A Giant Octopus Made of Recycled Materials

Love the holidays and the environment? Check out the Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden at Deck the Chairs, featuring a massive octopus whose head – which is composed of recycled plastic materials – measures 20 feet tall by 30 feet deep and 15 feet wide. Save some time to admire its intricate tentacles, lined with more than 15,000 single-use plastic bottles. This eco-friendly installation aims to spread awareness about everyday waste with specific attention to single-use plastic.

A Nautical Musical Interactive Exhibit

Have a hand – and a foot – in the holiday fun at the SeaSongs Light & Music Spectacle at Deck the Chairs, with showings every weekend evening at 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM, and 9 PM. Hop your way through this 140-foot custom exhibit that relies on visitor interaction to play musical chords. Can you dance to your favorite carol?

Looking for more ways to enjoy Jacksonville during the holidays? Check out our Wimberly at Deerwood blog for fun ideas on local spots to eat, drink, and play.