Category Archives: Holidays

Thrilling St. Patrick’s Day Events Near Gainesville

It might seem like the holiday season has come and gone—most people have already put up the stockings and tinsel—but don’t give up on the holiday spirit just yet. There’s a particularly shamrock-studded festivity coming up soon: St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you are a sports fanatic, theater buff, music aficionado, or plain old fun-lover, there’s something going on for everyone in the Gainesville area when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around. Take a look at these fun St. Patrick’s Day Events happening near Gainesville.


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Fantastic Holiday Events in Gainesville, Florida

Are you guys ready for the magic of the holiday season? With Halloween in the rear-view, the most wonderful time of the year is officially in full swing. There are only 35 days separating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and with all of the family parties and friend gatherings going on in between, that time frame can seem much shorter.

We have a lot of celebrating to fit in, and this year we here at Honda of Gainesville, your hometown Honda dealer near the University of Florida, are going to make it the best holiday season ever. That means taking advantage of all of the events and activities that our amazing Gainesville community has to offer.

If you are looking for some unique activities that are great for bringing the whole family together, then we have just the list for you. Read on to discover just a few of the holiday events going on in your area that family members of all ages are sure to love and remember for a long time to come.


The Nutcracker – December 18 – 20

The Nutcracker is a staple of the Christmas season, as the ballet centers around a young girl and her adventures with her Christmas themed friends like the Nutcracker Prince, Sugar Plum Fairies and her dancing dolls. This quintessential Christmas show will be performed for three days straight at the Phillips Center on the campus of the University of Florida, and is a must-see for people who love traditional Christmas fare. Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Feast That the Family Will Love


Let us be the first to welcome you to the holiday season! Sure, we are a little early, but can you blame us for wanting to get a head start? Between the highly coveted family time, refreshing holiday breaks, and pumpkin spiced everything, we have a lot to look forward to.

Just look at the holidays coming up, Halloween: October 31st, Thanksgiving: November 24th, Black Friday: November 25th, Christmas: December 25th, New Year’s Eve: December 31st, National Recommit to the Gym Day: January 2nd.

Here at Honda of Gainesville, your local Honda dealer near Alachua, we’ve got a full schedule to prepare for, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. To help the rest of our Gainesville community get into the holiday spirit, we have decided to offer you some flavorful Thanksgiving alternatives to the tried and true classics.

We know your great aunt Ethel makes the best stuffing in the world and your mom’s green bean casserole is basically world famous, so we won’t try to one-up them. Instead, we thought we could offer some delicious Thanksgiving options that may be a bit off the beaten path.

So slide on your Ugg slippers, cozy up in your Snuggie, and get ready for the most appetizing blog you’ve read all day. Continue reading

7 Unbeatable 2016 Halloween Costume Ideas

*WARNING, This post includes Game of Thrones spoilers, if you are not caught up and don’t want anything ruined for you, turn back now!

If you are like us, then you know the struggle. All year you are hilarious, witty, and full of good ideas, but once October 31st approaches your mind goes blank. Thinking of Halloween costumes is never easy, especially when you know that the quality of your costume directly correlates to how much fun you will have on the big night.

It seems like the days are long gone when Halloween used to be full of scary costumes like witches, zombies, and scary clowns. Nowadays, things have shifted to include more pop culture references and social satire costumes, and Halloween has become much funnier because of it, almost to the point where it’s like a competition for who can come up with the cleverest idea.

We here at your home for New Honda models near West Hills, Florida, Honda of Gainesville, simply cannot wait for Halloween festivities to begin. That is why we’ve created this short list of costume ideas that are guaranteed to make you the life of the party. Use them, adopt them, make them your own, just have a good time and be safe out there!


  1. Blow-Up T-Rex

If you have an internet connection, then there is no way you haven’t seen the infamous T-Rex costume taking over weight rooms, riding horses, or living like a human. This easy, one piece costume is perfect for impressing your friends and stealing the show at your yearly costume party. It may be difficult to keep on for an entire evening, but if you can take the heat, then the reward will be grand. Continue reading

Gainesville Fourth of July Events from Honda of Gainesville FL

What a time to be alive! Summer has finally arrived, our gorgeous Florida beaches are once again buzzing with locals and tourists alike, and America’s favorite holiday is right around the corner. A certain spirit of happiness seems to sweep the nation around this time every year as we get ready to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence.

For 240 consecutive years, Americans of every background conceivable have come together on the 4th of July and shared a wealth of smiles, laughs, hot dogs, and fireworks. It a beautiful thing, and we here at Honda of Gainesville, one of the leading new Honda dealers near Ocala, Florida, could not be more excited for this year’s festivities. That is why we have put together this small list of some of our favorite 4th of July events near our hometown of Gainesville! Pick your favorite!


The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America- Alachua County

One of our favorite parts about Gainesville is that genuine, small-town atmosphere that brings us together as a community. Everywhere you go, you are greeted with a smile and a wave, or a simple “How’s it going?” It’s the small things throughout the day that remind you how great of a town we are a part of. Continue reading

Why The New Accord Is The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

It’s hard to beat your dad. He’s the consummate Fixer Of Broken Stuff, Reader of Bedtime Stories, Griller Of Great Renown, and Killer Of Yucky Bugs. He’s always been there to tie your shoelaces, play catch in the backyard, or help you with your homework. Although your dad may have some weaknesses, they are nothing compared to his strengths. In other words, your dad is about the most perfect person you know.

You know, dad’s been driving that car of his for a long time; years in fact. And it’s getting to be a bit rough around the edges. The seats are worn, the paint is fading, it leaks oil, and is generally falling into disrepair.

Sounds to us like your dad needs a new car. And we can’t think of a more perfect Father’s Day present than to surprise Pop with a brand-new 2016 Honda Accord sedan from your favorite Gainesville Honda new car dealership, Honda of Gainesville.

There are many reasons why the newly redesigned 2016 Honda Accord is the perfect fit for your dad. First of all, let’s talk about style. Your dad is a handsome guy who gets admiring looks wherever he goes. Well, what better car for your fashion-forward father than the fantastic-looking new Accord?


Handsome New Exterior

Like your dad, the Accord’s handsome new exterior design looks sensational from any angle. The Accord’s wide stance, sweeping “coupe-like” roofline, and elegant lines are fresh and contemporary. A string of brilliant new available LED headlights frames the Accord’s wide chrome grille. The muscular lower fascia help improves aerodynamics. Large new taillights, an integrated rear deck lid spoiler, and available twin exhausts give the Accord’s rear a sporty, purposeful look. Continue reading

2016 Gainesville Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Love is in the air in Gainesville. And what better time to plan your romantic Valentine’s Day rendezvous with your sweetheart than right now? Here at your hometown Gainesville new and used car Honda dealership, Honda Of Gainesville, we’re feeling the love during this special time of year and would like to help you decide where to take your husband, wife, or significant other out for a romantic night on the town.

The Gainesville dining scene continues to evolve and mature, so there are plenty of great spots for a romantic evening. We’ve selected some of the best nightspots in town for inclusion in our 2016 Gainesville Valentine’s Day Dining Guide.


Manuel’s Vintage Room, 6 S. Main St.

This cozy Italian restaurant offers a delightful menu of Italian specialties, a private cellar stocked with exceptional wines, and an elegant, intimate atmosphere. Continue reading

10 Great Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Honda Lovers


Is there a Honda lover on your holiday gift list? If so, then let your friends here at Honda of Gainesville, your hometown Gainesville Honda dealership, offer you some suggestions for terrific Honda-themed stocking stuffers. We put together this handy 2015 Honda Gift-Giving Guide that lets the Honda enthusiast in your family show off their Honda pride in style. Continue reading

Gainesville Florida 2015 Labor Day Activity Guide

The lazy days of summer are quickly receding in our rearview mirrors. The upcoming change of seasons means cooler temperatures, kids going back to school, and the return of some of our favorite fall TV shows. However, all is not lost. We still have one glorious three-day Labor Day holiday to celebrate before we all settle into the regular routines of the fall.

So what, exactly, should we do with this last chance to have some fun? Fortunately, we live in an area filled with lots of possibilities. Gainesville has an abundance of natural wonders, interesting attractions, and things to do. Best of all, we’re not far away from many other nearby attractions. Of course, whether it’s just down the street or across the state, you’ll get there in style in a beautiful, well-equipped, and award-winning new 2015 Honda from Honda of Gainesville.


To help you sort out your Labor Day Weekend activity plans, we here at Honda of Gainesville, your hometown Honda dealership in Gainesville, Florida, some suggestions for spending your Labor Day holiday right here at home. Or, if you have a desire to get out of town, we also have you covered.

So here’s our list of some of the great nearby Labor Day Weekend getaways you can experience in and around Gainesville and the surrounding area: Continue reading

New Year Resolutions for Your Honda

After the rush of the Holiday season comes yet more planning for a new year. Chances are you’re still working on your New Year’s resolution action plan. If you are stumped for ideas we’ve got a few resolutions you can add to your list. We might not be lifestyle experts but we know the ins and out of cars. If there’s one thing that will make 2015 a smooth ride for you, it’s a reliable and safe car. Here’s a list of resolutions for your Honda from our car experts at Honda of Gainesville:


  1. Cleanliness Is Key

Make an effort to clean both the interior and exterior of your Honda. Make a plan to clean your Honda at least one a month. This will ensure dirt and depress don’t build up on your vehicle’s carpet. A full service clean-up including a carpet vacuum from your local car wash will leave your car looking and smelling new.

  1. Schedule Maintenance Checks

Routine service appointments are a great way to maintain the longevity and functionality of your car, truck or SUV. Also, this will come in handy when it comes to trading in your vehicle for a new one. From oil changes to brake checks, you can rely on our auto service experts at Honda of Gainesville to help you reach your goals.

  1. Accessorize Your Honda

Make your Honda more personal by adorning it with our genuine Honda accessories. Have you always wanted to add interior illumination for your Honda Accord? Or perhaps roof rails for your Honda CR-V? Get started on personalizing your ride by browsing our wide selection of Honda accessories for your car, truck or SUV.

  1. Reassess Your Insurance Coverage

Re-evaluating your insurance coverage will help make sure that you are properly ensured. Saving money is great; however, minimum coverage does not fully protect you. You might find yourself stuck in a rut if you are at fault in an accident. Be sure to do some research before settling on any insurance coverage.

  1. Practice Safe Driving Habits

Nobody likes to be stuck in traffic for a long period of time, but that is no excuse for aggressive driving. Speeding and cutting off people will only put you in danger of colliding with other drivers. Keep in mind speeding and texting while driving can also lead to hefty fines. Be sure to practice safe driving to keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the road.

Whether you started off 2015 with a new or used Honda, it’s always a plus to start your year off right with a well maintained car. Visit us at Honda of Gainesville in Florida to get your car, truck or SUV checked out. This will ensure you enjoy a safe and reliable ride in 2015. Visit Honda of Gainesville at 3801 N Main St or give us a call at (352) 261-5545 today!