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Top 5 Events in Gainesville, Florida This December and January

By: Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida / 05 Dec 2023
Top 5 Events in Gainesville, Florida This December and January

Gainesville, FL, is buzzing with exceptional events and things to do on your vacation or getaway in the college town. From witnessing the magical 'Nutcracker' by Dance Alive National Ballet to Hoggetowne Medieval Faire and Craft Festival, make the most of your vacation with your family or special one. Unwind with the live jazz at Covey Kitchen + Cocktails while savoring delicious food and drinks. Discover our guide to the top things to do and experience in Gainesville.

Gainesville Craft Festival

Step into a world of creativity at Gainesville's annual Craft Festival at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Discover a kaleidoscope of handmade crafts and art made by talented artisans and crafters. From unique jewelry to bespoke home decor, it's a treasure trove for those who love to shop for them or gift a handcrafted item.

When: December 2 and 3, from 10 AM – 5 PM

Nutcracker by Dance Alive National Ballet

Experience the enchantment of "The Nutcracker," performed by Dance Alive National Ballet in Gainesville. Witness the magical evening of dance and wonder with timeless holiday classics as dancers bring Clara's journey to life with stunning grace and skill.

When: December 15 -17 at 7:30 PM

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Travel back in time to the 37th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville. Enjoy three magical weekends of the event featuring 160+ talented artisans and craftspeople from all over the country. You will also find one-of-a-kind blacksmithing, jewelry, stone and wood carvings, weaving, hand-blown glassware, leather crafts, and more.

When: January 27-28

Live Jazz at Covey Kitchen + Cocktails

Experience soulful live jazz every Sunday and Wednesday from 6 PM until 8 PM while savoring delectable cuisine paired with handcrafted cocktails. Enjoy the captivating tunes of the Oak Trio and special guest appearances by talented local bands and artists.

Cheer Your Favorite Gators

Get ready to cheer on the Florida Gators Men's and Women's Basketball teams at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. Witness the thrilling game, and don't forget to explore pre-game events and activities to make your perfect game day even more memorable.


Florida Men's Basketball Schedule
  • December 9 – Florida Gators Vs. Richmond Spiders
  • December 14 – Florida Gators Vs. East Carolina Pirates
  • December 19 – Florida Gators Vs. Michigan Wolverines
  • December 22 – Florida Gators Vs. Grambling State Tigers
  • December 30 - Florida Gators Vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats
  • January 6 – Florida Gators Vs. 16 Kentucky Wildcats
  • January 10 – Florida Gators Vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Florida Women's Basketball Schedule
  • December 10 – Florida Gators Vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
  • December 17 – Florida Gators Vs. Gardner Web Runnin' Bulldogs
  • December 20 – Florida Gators Vs. Michigan Wolverines
  • December 30 – Florida Gators Vs. Winthrop Eagles
  • January 4 – Florida Gators Vs. University of South Carolina Gamecocks
  • January 7 – Florida Gators Vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
  • January 14 – Florida Gators Vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Florida Museum of Natural History

Dive into Florida's rich biodiversity, from prehistoric fossils to vibrant butterfly gardens. Discover the natural wonders at the Florida Museum of Natural History. It's an educational and engaging experience for all ages, perfect for a day of exploration.

Relax in Style at Hotel ELEO

Location at the University of Florida, Hotel ELEO puts you within minutes of these exciting events or things to do in Gainesville. After your day out, relax in style in our contemporary rooms and suites with lake and city views. Discover and book your stay with our exclusive specials and offers.

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