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Matt About Jax: Things to Do/Where to Eat

The holiday season is officially here! When I’m out and about taking care of my shopping list, I’m always looking for fun and unique ideas. I’m also looking for fun things to do to take care of some of that holiday stress! Here are my Top Holiday Picks for Things to Do and Where to Eat!

St. Augustine Distillery

112 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 www.staugustinedistillery.com

While you’re hitting the outlets in St. Augustine, stop by and get the gift that never disappoints, alcohol! Locally owned and operated, the artisanal spirits distillery is located within a beautifully restored ice plant from the turn-of-the-century. In their gift shop you can find everything for the spirit lover in your family. On the tours, you can learn about their about their handcrafted, award-winning rum, bourbon whiskey, gin, and vodka.

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Rebounderz

14985 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258 www.rebounderzjacksonville.com

Talk about fun for the entire family! Rebounderz is redefining what is fun on the First Coast! Thier 40,000 square foot facility includes over 12,000 Square Feet of trampoline jumping space. There is laser tag, mini bowling, and a full arcade, and a ninja warrior course!

Thrasher-Horne Center

283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 www.thcenter.org

See a great show with the family at the Thrasher Horne Center in Orange Park. Shows this season include A Garfield Christmas, 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule-ar, and Christmas in Clay County. And coming up in January, Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall brings his “Here’s Your Sign” tour to Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville Symphony

300 Water St #200, Jacksonville, FL 32202 www.jaxsymphony.org

Get yourself in the holiday spirit with the Jacksonville Symphony! Music Director Courtney Lewis has put together great holiday shows like their Holiday Pops series, as well as the First Coast Nutcracker, and Handel’s Messiah. The symphony is something you have to see in person!

Sonny’s BBQ

Multiple locations in Jacksonville www.sonnysbbq.com

What brings a family together more than great food?! From slow-smoked favorites like pulled pork, ribs, brisket and more, to homemade sauces and service that defines Southern hospitality, Sonny’s is Southern BBQ at its finest, and has been since 1968. Stop by any Sonny’s and load up on gift cards, with every $25 gift card you purchase, receive a $5 bonus card. Gift cards are perfect…you know, because you can’t put pulled pork in a stocking.

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Bestbet

201 Monument Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225, 455 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073, www.bestbetjax.com

Why drive to Vegas and you have Bestbet right here in Jacksonville?! This is the perfect way to take care of that holiday stress. Grab your friends and head to Bestbet where you can enjoy poker action and all your other favorite card games. They have great drinks and an amazing sushi bar.

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Tommy’s Pizza

4160 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 www.tbopizza.com

Locally owned and operated. Tommy’s Brick Oven Pizza is bringing the flavors of New York to the First Coast. New York Style, hand tossed, thin crusted pizza made fresh in brick ovens. Tommy’s has 24 craft beers on tap, and they’ll fill your tailgate and party growlers. Perfect place to watch the Jags make their way to the playoffs!

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Omni Hotels

245 Water St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/jacksonville

To me, the Omni is more than a great place to stay for guests coming in to Jacksonville, they also have an amazing restaurant and bar! Fine dining, rooftop pool and convenience to popular downtown attractions. Okay, the pool might be cold, but it’s Florida! Enjoy their signature drinks as well.