Annual Christmas Parade tops list of fun events to come in Ocala


Take 6: Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), billed by Quincy Jones as the “Baddest Vocal Cats on the Planet,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. on December 7 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets and details on reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.

Christmas worship at the Marion Theater: Presented by Christopher Dolan Music, everyone is invited to an evening of praise and prayer from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 8 at the Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. Free entry, free popcorn and free soft drinks. Visit reillyartscenter.com for more details.

The Polar Express: At 6:00 pm on December 8, enjoy a magical read of Chris Van Allsburg’s “Polar Express” performed under the night sky at the Jenkins Open Air Theater in Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of stories, musical entertainment by Shana Banana and more. Call 671-8551 for more information.

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“Puffs”: From December 9 to 18, “Puffs or an increasingly eventful seven years in a certain school of magic and wizardry,” by Matt Cox, will be performing at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. The Magic Comedy is presented by Insomniac Theater, Inc. Visit reillyartscenter.com or call 351-1606 for tickets and details.

“The man who invented Christmas”: This holiday movie begins at 7 p.m. on December 10 at Tuscawilla Park Oak Grove, 500 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala. To free. Bring blankets and chairs to sit on.

The Funk Allstars and the Pyramid Horns: Reilly Noir will present The Funk Allstars and The Pyramid Horns at 7:30 p.m. on December 10 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. This energetic group infuses jazz and bebop with horns, soloists, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass keyboard and drums, celebrating the music of Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chicago and more. Visit reillyartscenter.com or call 351-1606 for tickets and details.

These Nutcrackers are part of "A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition," an annual must-see at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala.

The community day of the urban family: Enjoy free entry Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, on this annual community day celebrating “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition “. Visit appletonmuseum.org or call 291-4455 for details. The exhibition itself takes place from November 16 to January 16. 9.

Ocala Christmas Parade: The parade will depart at 5:30 p.m. on December 11. The theme is “Christmas for heroes” and the Grand Marshal will be Ben Marciano. The parade begins on 25th Avenue Southeast, then heads west on Silver Springs Boulevard to Eighth Avenue Northeast.

Pure heart: This group will take you back in time performing Heart’s best classics at 7 p.m. on December 11 at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. For more details, visit windfm.com/2020/11/pureheart.

The incredible steel drums: This group will be in concert at the Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala, at 3 p.m. on December 12. 55 gallon steel drums, locally handcrafted by Tom Reynolds (www.tropicalhammer.com), originally from St. Croix and now residing in Sanford, ”said organizers. More information on www.goodspiritfoundation.com. A love offering will be taken. For more information, call 352-237-4633.

Scenes from the Mommy and Me dress rehearsal of the Dance Alive National Ballet performance "Nutcracker" at the Phillips Center in Gainesville on December 13, 2017.

“Nutcracker:” Presented by Dance Alive National Ballet, this all-time family favorite with gorgeous dances, sets and costumes will return to the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 14 . Tickets and details on reillyartscenter.com and 351-1606.

Lee Ann Womack: Country music superstar Lee Ann Womack will perform at 7:30 p.m. on January 21 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Visit reillyartscenter.com or call 351-1606 for tickets and details.


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