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Northeast Florida Winter Solstice Festival

Florida Solstice Festivals is launching its first Northeast Florida Winter Solstice Festival from December 16 to 18. This ticketed wellness festival will feature onsite camping, outdoor yoga, open-air gyms, live music, art, exhibitions, performances and wellness workshops over three days and 39 acres at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, in Elkton.

   “We’re really excited to bring this type of festival to the region,” says Shannon Vivar, founder of WellStylist Lab Inc. and main organizer of Florida Solstice Festivals. “With the help of our community partners, we are creating something special for the holidays. Our festival is the perfect place for friends and families to spend quality time together in nature through movement, mindfulness, entertainment and education.”

    Vivar says that festival activities and highlights include a variety of yoga classes, acro workshops, qigong, sound healing, breathwork classes, a tantra workshop, fitness classes, DJ sets, live bands, drum circles, acrobats, fire performers, ecstatic dance, outdoor art installations and demonstrations, an astrology workshop, nutrition classes, tarot card readings, tomahawk throwing, herbalism classes, alternative healing, family health, an artisan marketplace and more.

    Nike Master Trainer Jonah Kest will lead four classes throughout the weekend, says Vivar. This featured instructor will be joined by a variety of healers and teachers from the local area to include Jax Natural Healing wellness center, Vive Yoga Studio and Blue Cypress Yoga. The music lineup will be presented by Jacksonville-based Mix Theory Studios and will include local favorites (Honey Hounds, Baba Caiman, Jimmy Beats Band and the Willow Sisters), musicians, DJs and the dynamic DJ duo project Future Joy.

    “Onsite camping makes this celebration even more festive,” says Vivar. “Attendees can immerse themselves in nature and indulge in restorative camping. Our three-day Villager Experience ticket (age-restricted to 18 and over) gives campers access to special morning classes and after-hours DJ parties. Primitive campsite reservations start at $60 for the weekend with access to onsite bathrooms and showers. Premium RV and glamping options are limited. Campers have access to the fairgrounds from Friday, December 16, at 9 a.m., through Monday, December 19, at 11 a.m.”

 Times/cost: Dec. 16, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., $25 per adult/$5 per teen; Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., $85 per adult/$25 per teen; Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $60 per adult/$25 per teen. Children 12 and under are free. Three-day Villager Experience ticket (must be a registered camper), $240 per adult. All ticket prices will increase by $15 if purchased at the gates. Location: 5840 FL-207 E. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit FloridaSolsticeFestivals.com.