The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Pull out those ugly holiday sweaters and let the egg nog pour, as we close out the end of the year in our usual cocktail fashion! Get a sneak peak at the naughty and nice list when you stop by the Santa Photo Booth. Don’t get caught under the mistletoe too long or you will miss your chance to bid in our silent auction! Eat, drink,, and be merry at December’s Holiday Lights First Friday!
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Every First Friday Features:
- First Friday Passport
Your free First Friday passport can be picked up at the Block party which is between Harry’s Seafood, Bar, and Grille and Emiliano’s Cafe between 5pm and 10pm. The passport unlocks specials at over 35 downtown bars and restaurants!
- Monthly Themes
Each First Friday has it own special theme, such as Frost Off, Dog Days of Summer, Mardi Gras, and more.
Getting your passports stamped earns you raffle tickets to be used during our huge end of the night raffle.
Experience Gainesville’s music scene at the numerous stages, street venues, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, and the Sun Center.
- VIP Wristbands
Purchase a VIP wristband for $25 to get free food, drinks, carriage rides, valet parking and more! Stop at any of the designated VIP locations and get treated like First Friday royalty.
- Block Party
South East 1st Ave, between Main and South West 1st Street, from 5pm to 8pm featuring: games, live music, and vendor booths.
Dice Roll Contest:
Don’t miss the opportunity to roll the Pledge 5 dice to win a Honda Accord! Every hour on the hour you can gamble a VIP tab or pledge 5 community service hours to us! You get 5 rolls to spell out H-O-N-D-A and if you succeed, walk away with the keys to a brand new Accord, courtesy of Honda of Gainesville. Everyone is a WINNER!
Roll the following:
H: 5 Raffle tickets for the End Of The Night Raffle presented by Monster Energy
H – O: Pair of VIP First Friday Tickets
H – O – N: Pair of tickets to The Continuum 5K-9
H – O – N – D: Cruise for Two to the Bahamas
H – O – N – D – A: New Honda Accord
Toys for Tots Drive!
Bring a toy with you for our December toy drive and receive discounted First Friday VIP Admission! All toys will benefit Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
With over 35 participating businesses, First Friday is Gainesville’s largest happy hour! Businesses include: Sarkara Sweets, The Gelato Company, Dragonfly, Sweet Mel’s, Emiliano’s Cafe, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Lillian’s Music Store, Sharab Lounge, Tall Paul’s Brew House, 101 Downtown, Vellos Historic Brickstreet Grill, Gainesville House of Beer, Relish Big Tasty Burger!, The Midnight, Mochi Frozen Yogurt, Flashbacks Lounge, Flackbacks Package, Starbucks, Misty Edge Carriage Rides, Main Street Bar & Billiards Maude’s Classic Cafe, The University Club, Ingenue Avenue, Liquid Ginger, and the Hippodrome Theater!
Pledge 5 Foundation encourages individuals to develop charitable habits by organizing manageable charity drives, meaningful volunteer opportunities and rewards for participation.
Pledge 5 Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501c3 corporation and as such, all gifts, contributions, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.