City to ring in 2014 with midnight pyrotechnics
The city has scheduled a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve above the St. Johns River Downtown.
The city will present a fireworks show at midnight on Jan. 1 for visitors here for the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl football game and New Year’s Eve revelers.

The show will be choreographed to music that can be heard from loudspeakers at the Jacksonville Landing.

Fireworks will be launched from two barges on the St. Johns River. One barge will be placed in front of the Landing and Friendship Fountain Park, with the other barge anchored east of the Main Street Bridge.

The show will be similar to the display that was presented July 4. City spokeswoman Monica Landeros-Jiminez said the budget for the show is $30,500 from the Office of Special Events.

There will be no vehicle or pedestrian traffic permitted on the Main Street Bridge from 11:45 p.m. to about 12:20 a.m. River traffic also will be halted during that time.

Spectators may view the fireworks from vantage points, such as along the Southbank, Northbank, Downtown and parts of Riverside.


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Don’t cook Christmas Day, dine Downtown
If you just don’t feel like cooking a holiday meal Wednesday, Downtown has dining options for Christmas Day.

The culinary team at the Hyatt will be serving the hotel’s traditional holiday buffet.

Displayed along with ice carvings from noon-5 p.m. will be salads such as butternut squash with mushrooms, hearts of palm and spiced walnuts; red and yellow tomatoes and mozzarella with basil, cracked black pepper and olive oil; and imported domestic and imported artisan cheeses.

This year’s seafood appetizers include scallop and mussels ceviche and smoked salmon with capers, tomatoes, eggs and red onion.

Entrees are roasted duck breast with green peppercorn and shiitake mushroom demi-glace, seared grouper filet and New Zealand lamb chops with mint demi-glace and curry roasted apples.

Hyatt chefs will be carving ham with bourbon-pineapple glaze and herb and garlic crusted sirloin of beef with rosemary mustard au jus.

Bread pudding, red velvet cake and chocolate mousse parfait are among the desserts.

The Christmas buffet is $31.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 6-12, and free for children under 5 years of age.

For reservations, call (904) 634-4543 or visit opentable.com.

Juliette’s Bistro at the Omni is offering a $27 per person holiday entrée plate Wednesday with (choose two) roasted turkey with gravy, prime rib with au jus and glazed ham. The chef’s holiday entrée plate is served with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied yams and cranberry sauce.

Reservations for $27 per person are available by calling (904) 791-4995.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Southbank is accepting reservations for 2-8:30 p.m. Wednesday The regular menu will be served and reservations are “highly recommended,” said General Manager Eric Williams.

Call (904) 396-6200 for details and availability.


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Monday, Dec. 23
Jacksonville University vs. South Carolina State University: Men's Basketball
7 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Arena

Tuesday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
5 p.m.
First Baptist Church

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church

Christmas Eve Service
6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
St. John's Cathedral

Wednesday, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, Dec. 26
Downtown "Top to Bottom" Walking Tour
The Landing

Friday, Dec. 27
Friday Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Landing

$5 Friday
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Museum of Science & History

Mindless Behavior & Friends
7:30 p.m.
The Florida Theatre

River City Haunts Walking Tour
8 p.m.
The Landing

Saturday, Dec. 28
Creative Fabric Workshop
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Ritz Theatre

A Soulful Nutcracker
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Times-Union Center

Silver and Red Ball: Celebrating a Vision of Unity
8 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center

Sunday, Dec. 29
Sunday ArtFusion for Families
Noon-4 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
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