Santa, photo artist to visit First Coast Cultural Center Holiday Shoppes


First Coast Cultural Center’s 32nd Annual Holiday Shoppes will feature breakfast and crafts with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 3 following the public Holiday Shoppes opening on Dec. 2.

Cost per person for the breakfast is $25 and there is no charge for children. Light holiday refreshments will be served with opportunities for guests to take their own photos with Santa and for youngsters to participate in crafts. The events will be held at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N, Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Cultural Center’s Holiday Shoppes is one of the nonprofit’s key fundraisers and features local and national vendors, merchandise for purchase and gourmet food items, among other merchandise pertaining to the holidays and year-round festivities.

Vendors this year include Charleston Shoe Company, Short Dog Jewelry, Peruvian Accent, Staci Doucett Photography, Jackie’s Jewels, Old Colony Woodworks, Cheryl’s Creations, Coastal Creations, First Coast Cultural Center Christmas Booth, Marti Rosenburgh Designs, Kona Ice, Lucie-Lou, Amanda Moon Art, Belicatessen and Callie’s Collection.

Local sponsors contributing to the events are Joe Bryant, Hyundai of St. Augustine, Historic Coast Culture and a St. John’s County Tourist Development Council grant, A Way of Life Acupuncture, Lynda Follenwieder, Pawsitive Healing, and Language Exploration Enrichment.

Additionally, there will be a world photo premiere, “The Eyes are the Window to the Soul,” and photo artist Paula Veloso from Portugal will exhibit her work 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The exhibit will move from the Concert Hall and continue to be displayed until Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at First Coast Cultural Center, 3972 3rd St. South in Jacksonville Beach.

The Shoppes event and art exhibit are open to the public. Guests can donate $10 per person to help the nonprofit with costs.

Tickets for the breakfast and crafts with Santa may be purchased at

Tickets for Holiday Shoppes and the photo exhibit may be purchased at

For more information about Holiday Shoppes, contact Callie Johnson at 904-280-0614 ext. 1202, or email at

For more information about the exhibit, contact Kimberly Weaver at 904-280-0614, ext. 1205 or email


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