Save the Date: Luminaria!


Mark your calendars: Riverside Avondale’s beloved Luminaria celebration will be here soon! The traditional lighting of the lanterns at sundown is Sunday, December 17th. Luminaria is one of RAP’s biggest fundraisers and is a wonderful community-building event that celebrates the holiday season.

***Support RAP by purchasing your Luminaria Kits from us. Every sale of a Luminaria kit helps our organization continue its mission of preserving history, community, and quality of life.***

Kit and Kit Voucher Sales!

This year, we will again be selling kit vouchers at the Riverside Arts Market, so that you can make sure your kits are reserved and you don’t have to tote your bags of sand around. You can then pick up the kits at your convenience at the RAP office during any of the times below.

You can also purchase kits during any of the hours below.

– Tues 12/5-Fri 12/8 – 10am-2pm at RAP Office

– Saturday, 12/9 at RAM (vouchers) AND
RAP Office (kits)
– Sunday, 12/10 – 12-4 at RAP Office

– Tues 12/12-Fri 12/15 – 10am-2pm at RAP Office

– Saturday, 12/16 at RAM (vouchers) AND RAP office (kits)
– Sunday, 12/17 10am-6pm at RAP Office

Volunteers Needed!
If you have helped us in the past, or would like to start this year, we would love your support! Please send your information to or call (904) 389-2449.

If you are interested in sponsoring a park, median, or other green spaces, please contact

**Please note the Luminaria parade is not officially sponsored or hosted by Riverside Avondale Preservation.**

The history of Riverside Avondale’s Luminaria all began with a devoted community member and RAP supporter, Jerry Spinks. Mr. Spinks was merely looking for a way to help fund raise for Riverside Avondale Preservation during this magical time of year. He thought that he would sell a bundle of luminaries to his neighbors. But to his surprise, he sold out quickly. In fact, he had to go around town gathering more supplies to keep up with the demand. Decades later, the community organically turned this event into a Winter Wonderland. The closing of the streets, light parades, block parties, bike rides, and church festivities have now become a part of this great neighborhood as its annual holiday tradition.

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  • Barbara and Ray Cochran

    God Bless RAP. You saved our Historical and Beautiful Neighborhoods. We cannot imagine how things would be here had it not been for your Magic Touch. Thank you.

  • Barbara and Ray Cochran

    God Bless RAP. We are all so proud of our neighborhood and we appreciate what you have done. Thank you.