November 15, 2019 – Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice get a jump-start with “Holiday at Santa Fe,” a fast-paced, entertaining set of songs, dances and more in two performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College (SF), 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville.
Children 12 and under are admitted free and there must be at least one adult for every three children. Tickets are $15 for adults; $9 for seniors, University of Florida students with UF identification cards, and children 13 and older; $5 for SF students with SF ID; and free to SF faculty and staff members with SF ID. Tickets may be purchased at sfcollege.edu/finearts. Call the SF Box Office at 352-395-4181 to reserve free tickets for children.
“In the years that we’ve been producing ‘Holiday at Santa Fe,’ it’s become one of our traditions that mark the start of the holiday season,” explained Alora Haynes, chairperson of the Fine Arts and Entertainment Media Department. “We offer this gift of a joyful celebration to our community by spotlighting our talented performing arts students in dance, music and theatre. This year, a new character will make magic in the theatre—Mother Ginger will sing! The audience will love our frolicking elves, the adorable Frostettes and Santa Claus. There are even rumors of some very special winter wonderland enchantment.”
Members of the Dance Theatre of Santa Fe portray sweets throughout the world from the second act of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Kingdom of Sweets includes chocolate from Spain, tea from China, coffee from Arabia, and candy canes from Russia. Members of the Santa Fe Singers perform traditional Christmas carols and other holiday songs. Theatre students play lively elves who keep the action moving.
After the program, children will gather in the lobby to create winter holiday crafts, including ornaments and dreidels and to enjoy cookies and beverages with Santa, the elves and other characters in the show.