From kicking the new year off on the right foot during the Mayor's Fitness Challenge in January to providing a cornucopia of holiday shopping options at the Flamingo Follies Holiday Art Show in November, the city's Leisure Services Department is responsible for organizing a year-round calendar of regular programs and special events focused on improving quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors of all ages.
Leisure Services staff are also responsible for managing and booking the city's various event venues. Please see links to the left in the blue column for further details.
Special event applications are reviewed and approved during a bi-monthly meeting held in the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center at 201 N. Myrtle Ave. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m.
2022 "A Musical Christmas" Parade: Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
Ready your candy receptacles for New Smyrna Beach's 2022 Christmas Parade featuring floats decorated to the theme of "A Musical Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 3!
The parade will begin at 4 p.m. from the east end of Flagler Avenue and proceed west over North Causeway, south on Riverside Drive, west on Canal Street, and finish at Orange Street. Should North Causeway become impassable, an alternate route traveling south on Peninsula Avenue, west over South Causeway, north on Live Oak Street, east on Douglas Street, north on Riverside Drive, and west on Canal Street will be used.
Sanford Jazz Ensemble Christmas Show: Sunday, Dec. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Swing into the holiday spirit when the Sanford Jazz Ensemble brings their Christmas Show and armed forces tribute to the Brannon Center Sunday, Dec. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free.
The band will play their renditions of "White Christmas" featuring Dave Crockett on piano and the Count Basie treatment of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" featuring Eddie Marshall on flute. The trumpet section will be featured on a couple songs by Herb Alpert, "Rise," and "This Guy's in Love With You," plus more Christmas standards and surprises including two female singers.
This concert is sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach, Betty Cohn, Bruce & Kennedy Presley, Dee & Lee, and Ocean Properties Management.
Christmas Break Camp
School is almost out for Christmas Break, so we're offering two camp sessions at the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center for up to 30 kids ages Kindergarten through 8th grade!
Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Dec. 19 to 22 for Week 1 and Dec. 27 to 30 for Week 2. Cost per child is $50 for city residents, $55 for non-residents per week. Last day to register for Week 1 is Dec. 15. Kids must bring own lunch.
Would you like to know more? Stop by and register at 201 N. Myrtle Ave. in our Historic Westside neighborhood or call Leisure Services at (386) 410-2890.