Christmas tree lights up James Weldon Johnson Park during Art Walk

Christmas tree at James Weldon Johnson Park on Dec. 1, 2021. (

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A lively crowd turned out Wednesday night for the tradition that’s been the center of Jacksonville’s holiday festivities for decades.

The city’s Christmas tree lighting this year helped celebrate the city’s Art Walk -- back for the holidays -- at James Weldon Johnson Park.

The 56-foot Christmas tree boasts over 78,000 LED lights, 150 ornaments and has been a staple of Downtown Jacksonville’s holiday traditions for the last 33 years.

The tree used to bet setup at the Jacksonville Landing during the holidays but moved when the area was torn down.

Those in the crowd applauded the chance to be out and about, feeling festive and finally getting back to Art Walk.

“To have Art Walk back is great,” said Dianca Rogers. “It’s a joyous occasion each and every time and particularly within the last year or so not really being able to be out and assemble, this is the perfect time and the perfect opportunity.”

One artist, who was out selling her jewelry, said Art Walk at the holidays is about opportunity and community healing.

“It’s inspiring and exciting to be part of the artists’ lineup here,” said Zephra Williams. “And having it back for the holidays is just amazing, especially after the year we had last year.”