Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
‘Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Well, Jacksonville Beach has replaced hall with ‘beach chairs’ and the result is delightful.

The event:

Deck The Chairs, a holiday contest – where participants design beach chairs for Christmas – is held at Jacksonville Beach, every year. The iconic, tall and bright red beach chairs belong to the  The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps and the contest raises money for the charity. (I’ve seen the volunteer lifeguards sit on them to monitor and warn beach visitors.)

I attended this year’s lighted sculptural exhibition on Jacksonville Beach and absolutely loved it. There were about 40 participating entries sponsored by and representing various institutions including the Jacksonville Public Library, businesses, schools and charities. Visitors get to vote for three favorites.

The theme:

The theme of the event was ‘Uniquely Beaches,’ and artists had to reflect a coastal theme. I loved the Gingerbread House, Reindeer Sleigh and Sea Horse. The Car Wash theme appeared to be particularly challenging and was well-executed.

The venue and dates:

If you live in or near Jacksonville Beach city, you totally must visit the exhibit. The free display will be open for visitors throughout the month of December. The venue is the Seawalk Pavilion which is adjacent to Latham Plaza between First Street North and Jax beach.

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