This Week in St. Johns County
Monday – Sunday: November 24 – 30
Undisclosed: Photographs from the Hidden Lightner Exhibition – For the past two years, photographer Theresa Segal has explored the historic Lightner Museum’s restricted fourth floor: 44 small rooms that were the servants quarters of the Alcazar Hotel, but now make up “the best attic in the world,” says Segal. This new exhibition features a selection of 20 of her photographs that chronicle the museum’s hidden, stored collections. Regular museum admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874. More Information.
Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach – The third 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 for the best decorated palms will be awarded December 6 at the first Saturday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration. Vilano Beach Main St., St. Augustine. 904-910-8386. More Information.
The First City through the Eyes of the Masters – This 450th Commemorative exhibition features St. Augustine-themed works from perhaps the best collection of Florida painters in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This includes the work of Frank Henry Shapleigh, who wintered at Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel from 1886 to 1887 and was the hotel’s resident artist from 1889 to 1892. The exhibition is uniquely displayed in a then and now format. Each early St. Augustine painting is accompanied by a current photograph of the exact same location and perspective for visitors to explore how America’s first city has changed throughout history. The exhibition also features a walking tour brochure that provides locations, descriptions and distances to all of the St. Augustine historical sites depicted in the exhibition’s artwork. Free admission. Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr. More Information.
Interstellar: The IMAX Experience – A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations of human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. This IMAX theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123. More Information.
Oldest Wooden School House: A Traditional Menorcan Christmas – Celebrate a Traditional Menorcan Christmas at The Oldest Wooden School House. Located in what was known as the Menorcan Quarter of historic St. Augustine, the School House dates back to the 1700s. The Menorcans are the foundation of St. Augustine as a living, viable city. Stop in to see the beautiful museum and garden lit by the soft glow of the Nights of Lights as well as a traditional Christmas tree and decor. Winter hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday – Thursday & 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as the week of December 23 – January 3. Admission is $4.95 for adults; $3.95 for children ages 6 -12, under 6 free. 14 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-824-0192. More Information.
Nights of Lights – During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world. Holiday music, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and an exciting countdown add to the splendor of the lighting of this dazzling holiday light display. 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. The lights are displayed through February 1. More Information.
Ongoing Special Tours: For a complete list of Nights of Lights, eco/kayak, food, history, and other tours taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this week, visit things-to-do/sightseeing tours
Monday – Wednesday; Friday & Saturday: November 24 – 26, 27 & 28
Currents/Correntes Art Exhibition – “Currents/Correntes,” a collaboration between visual artist Cyriaco Lopes and poet Terri Witek, is on display at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. The exhibition features photos printed on fabric and acrylics with accompanying sound to document the watery link between a Brazilian island, Florida and New York. The museum is open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530. More Information.
Wednesday: November 26
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the oceanside St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007.
Thursday: November 27
12th Annual Shut Up and Run 5K – A Thanksgiving day race will begin at 8 a.m. at Treaty Park. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. All proceeds will go to the St. Francis House homeless shelter in St. Augustine. 1595 Wildwood Dr., St. Augustine. More Information.
Friday: November 28
“It’s A Wonderful Life” – As part of “A December to Remember” the St. Augustine Amphitheatre opens its doors at 4 p.m. with Santa visits, train rides, face painting and bounce house. The featured movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. 1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367. More Information.
TPC Sawgrass Tree Lighting Ceremony – Experience a holiday tree lighting at one of golf’s great locations – The Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass! The 6:30 p.m. tree lighting is a complimentary family event – music and hot cocoa included. A buffet dinner by reservation follows the lighting. Dinner is $35 for adults and $13 for children 6 – 12. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-543-5105. More Information.
Friday – Sunday: November 28 – 30
Clybourne Park at Limelight Theatre – Produced in conjunction with “Lift Up Lincolnville,” Clybourne Park is a play by Bruce Norris written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. Clybourne Park applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164. More Information.
Saturday: November 28
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733.
Nights of Lights & Holiday Traditions Plaza Stroll – Tour St. Augustine hosts a free Nights of Lights & Holiday Traditions walking tour to take in the amazing views while learning the historical significance of these ‘white lights’ and exploring how this colonial-era tradition has become a famous modern day spectacle not to be missed. Tours depart at 7 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087. More Information.
Holiday Storytime Reading & Elf Workshop – As part of “A December to Remember” the St. Augustine Amphitheatre opens its doors at 4 p.m. with Santa visits, train rides, face painting and bounce house. Children’s Storytime Reading starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. 1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367. More Information.
Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. 904-823-9263.
5th Annual Candlelight Tour of Villa Zorayda – Experience a holiday Candlelight Tour of St. Augustine’s beautiful Villa Zorayda Museum. A spectacular Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda – red and gold – is located center stage in the Court of Lions. Over 100 candles are aglow throughout the museum. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m. and the tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission of $18 for adults; Children 7 – 12 are $8. Children 4 – 6 are free. The candlelight tours are not recommended for children 3 and under. 83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887. More Information.
Saturday – Sunday: November 29 & 30
Black Raven’s Annual Christmas Show – Santa Claus returns to the Black Raven Pirate Ship to visit all the good pirate boys and girls. See what happens when Blackbeard and Captain Hook steal Santa’s bag of presents! Come aboard and help the Black Raven’s crew rescue Christmas! The Black Raven sets sail at 2:45 p.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina for this special 90-minute holiday cruise — call for reservations. Adults $34.95; children ages 3-12, $24.95. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 877-578-5050. More Information.
Local Resident Specials
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden School House, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tourand the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery and St. Augustine Distillery 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 (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.
For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website or call 1-800-653-2489.
To submit events to be included on the VCB Events caThlendar and website, please submit details to mailto:FHCeventlist@gmail.com
Barbara Golden, Communications Manager
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches
Visitors & Convention Bureau
29 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084