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Holiday entertainment in the historic city

December 2, 2013 | By More

400-CHRISTMAS-ELVIS-SMARTIEBarbara Golden, Communications Manager for the St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, informed local Historic City News reporters about the following entertaining events for our St Johns County readers.

Local Resident Specials

St Johns County residents with valid identification are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St Johns County residents with valid identification.

Monday – Sunday : December 2 – 8
Nights of Lights – Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. http://www.NightsofLights.com

“Watercolors of the World by Brad Bennett” – Through January 23, 2014, the St. Johns Cultural Council presents the Fine Art of Brad Bennett on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building. Bennett has painted scenes for a number of books, calendars, stationery card sets, posters and prints. His artwork is regularly sought out by Hollywood for set decorations. Admission is free. Exhibit hours Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Rotunda Gallery, St. Johns County Administration Building. 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. 904-808-7330 http://www.stjohnsculture.com

TPC Sawgrass Tour of Trees – Through January 1, 2014, come experience the self-guided tour of the grandiose TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse to view the spectacular holiday decorations in each room! The Clubhouse is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 103 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-273-3235 http://www.tpc.com/sawgrass

Viva Florida Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association – Through December 29, Florida’s 500th Anniversary year concludes with this popular exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association celebrating the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 http://www.staaa.org

Miniature Historic St. Augustine Village Holiday Exhibit – Through December 29, a miniature village of historic St. Augustine buildings, created by woodworker Leonard Ruel, is on display at the St. Augustine Art Association. This special holiday installation features 39 small-scale replicas of iconic buildings such as the Cathedral Basilica, Villa Zorayda, Government House, the Pena Peck House and others. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 http://www.staaa.org

New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibit – Through January 5, 2014, this intriguing exhibit of images of the New World and its indigenous peoples and animals provide a fascinating look at the first encounter between the peoples of the Old World and the New World -an epic event that changed the world forever. The exhibit is located in the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. http://www.StAugustine-450.com

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach – Beginning December 5 through January 4, 2014, The second annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery — A Celebration of Coastal Living. The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools, and organizations. Prizes will be awarded at the first Saturday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration on Dec. 7. Vilano Beach Main St., St. Augustine. 904-910-8386 http://www.VilanoBeachFL.com

Small Objects Exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach – Beginning December 5 through December 27, the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the works of local artists selling hand-made work for the holidays. The prices range from $25 to $350. Admission to the gallery is free and open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 http://www.ccpvb.org

Wednesday: December 4
Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc. – The grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse will be lined with luminaries from 6 – 9 p.m. Climb to the top of the Lighthouse to see the acclaimed Nights of Lights, enjoy holiday music, cider and visit with Santa! 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 http://www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

Pet Friendly Food Tour – Bring Fido to join City Walks for a Pet Friendly Food Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. Each Wednesday, join City Walks and explore the history and culture of St. Augustine through its rich culinary influences, visiting unique pet-friendly restaurants and eateries. Tours benefit the local St. Augustine Wild Reserve. Tickets are $49 and limited to 12 humans plus leashed pets. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St. 904-825-0087. http://www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
Thursday: December 5
Discover First America Program – “Calling All Tories and Patriots, Too! Towne Meeting!” – The Brits will take over Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the beginning of British rule in Florida and the eve of St. Augustine’s annual British Nightwatch. Jesse Fish, a British Colonial entrepreneur and opportunist, will keep the audience on its toes with his unique mannerisms and wit. Also, Daniel Schafer, British Colonial scholar and professor emeritus at the University of North Florida, will recount life and politics in British St. Augustine. The evening will conclude with colonial dance and demonstrations. This program is sponsored by Tour St. Augustine and City Walks. Admission is free. St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine http://www.Staugustine-450.com

Friday: December 6
First Friday Art Walk – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery with a complimentary shuttle service to most galleries provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-0065

Tis the Season to Sparkle Featured at Amiro Art & Found – Amiro Art & Found Gallery celebrates the holiday season with a spectacular showcase of original wearable art created by ten different designers. Their designs use a variety of techniques and materials ranging from traditional metals and gemstones to recycle materials. Stop by during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 – 9 p.m. 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 904-824-8460 http://www.amiroartandfound.com

Treasure Appraisal – The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Marc Anthony – noted treasure diver – who will appraise artifacts brought to the event by local residents. To have an item appraised, send a photo of it along with a brief description to tracy@thepiratementmuseum.com in advance. 6 – 8 p.m. The event is free. 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 877-467-5863 http://www.thepiratemuseum.com
Friday & Saturday: December 6-7
“Unaffected Vision: Free to See Beautiful” – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College hosts an exhibition of photographs by men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The exhibition will be on view Friday and Saturday at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College, with an opening reception during the Holiday Art Walk from 5 – 9 p..m. on Friday. The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m.48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530

39th Annual British Night Watch – Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Florida’s designation as a British colony. This year’s British Night Watch features two days of immersion into the Sunshine State’s British past with tours of an army camp, demonstrations and the ever-popular Night Watch parade through the streets of St. Augustine. The British Colonial Encampment at Francis Field on West Castillo Drive is open to the public 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday. The colorful Grande Illumination Parade begins at 8 p.m. at the Plaza de la Constitucion and the public is encouraged to join in and march behind the Redcoats as they circle the historic district before returning to the Plaza where they will fire musket Volleys of Joy — followed by Christmas caroling. 26 Cathedral Pl., St. Augustine. http://www.britishnightwatch.org

‘Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – The Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. by A Classic Theatre Company at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez. This is a fundraising event and all tickets are $25. 259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine. 904-829-5807 http://www.aclassictheatre.org

Saturday: December 7
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

PAL Day – Sponsored by the Greater Jacksonville USO, St. Augustine area attractions provide free admission for active duty servicemen and their families. This year’s participants include Old Town Trolley Tours, Oldest Store Museum, Authentic Old Jail, St. Augustine History Museum, Pirate and Treasure Museum, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Colonial Quarter, Government House, Ripley’s Red Train Tour, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Spanish Military Hospital, Oldest Wooden School House, Lightner Museum, Alligator Farm Zoological Park (admission only), City Walks Tours (50% discount), Fort Menendez, Dow Museum of Historic Houses and World Golf Hall of Fame. A free lunch is provided by the St. Augustine Elks Lodge, 1420 A1A S. (free shuttle service provided from downtown). 904-778-2821

59th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade – St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in North Florida and includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. by the Mission of Nombre De Dios, continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine and ends behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Drive. Pictures with Santa will follow in the Plaza de la Constitucion. 904-824-4997

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. Activities are from 2 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402 http://www.vilanobeachfl.com

Surf Illumination at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park – This colorful and exciting event complements the seasonal lighting of A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. The event, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the pier, includes the ceremonial lighting of the seasonal tree by the mayor, food and beverages offered by local restaurants and many local arts and crafts vendors providing convenient shopping for the holiday season. Santa, musical performers and traditional carolers make it fun for all! 350 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 http://www.thecivicassociation.org

Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park – Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. Times vary throughout year. 1340-A A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Sunday: December 8
Discover the Birds of Anastasia – Led by an Anastasia State Park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. From 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill pavilion. The program is included in the regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle, and $2/bicyclist or walker.. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

45th Annual Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes – This annual tour showcases holiday decorations at a selection of St. Augustine’s most outstanding private homes. In celebration the 500th anniversary of the founding of Florida by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, this year’s theme will be La Navidad en la Florida. Enjoy a taste of nostalgia in the colorful and natural floral decorations and arrangements designed and hand crafted by members of The Garden Club of St. Augustine. In addition, a delightful tea is included in the ticket price. The tour takes place from noon – 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and should be purchased in advance because of limited availability; $25 the day of the tour. 904-797-0660 http://www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html

St. Augustine Beach Sculpture Garden Concert – Have a picnic in the park and enjoy live music and the Sculpture Garden from 4 – 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Admission is free. 2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach. 904-824-4493 http://www.st-augustine-sculpture-garden.org

Love Lights at Lightner – From 5 – 8 p.m., the Parque de Menendez in front of St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum will glow with luminaries lit in honor of loved ones. This is the 22nd year for this Pilot Club event and fundraiser. The cost of luminaries is $3 each or two for $5. They can be ordered in advance by calling 904-692-2663 or can be purchased at the event. 75 King St., St. Augustine

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