14 Top Arts Events during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights

Looking for ways to get into the holiday spirit? St. Augustine is a beautiful place to visit during the holidays, with more than 1 million sparkling lights that make the city glow with charm. To…

Looking for ways to get into the holiday spirit? St. Augustine is a beautiful place to visit during the holidays, with more than 1 million sparkling lights that make the city glow with charm. To explore all of the magic Florida’s Historic Coast has to offer, here is a selection of arts and culture events to help plan your visit:

1. First Friday Art Walk

Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3

From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour.

2. Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)!

Nov 22 – Dec 22

Join the Limelight Theatre as they host three actors performing every Christmas story ever told, plus Christmas traditions from all around the world. This exciting theatrical experience will be fun for the whole family.

3. Nights of Lights

Nov 23 – Jan 31

See one of the best holiday lighting displays in the world, as millions of tiny white lights create a magical atmosphere for St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. The spectacular lighting and white candle displays reflect the city’s history and create a beautiful setting for everlasting holiday memories.

4. Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Rides

Nov 23 – Jan 31

Enjoy a romantic way to see the city’s millions of holiday lights, with boutique wine and a private or group carriage tour.

5. Villa Zorayda Museum’s Annual Candlelight Tour

Nov 30 – Jan 4

See the museum beautifully decorated, with a spectacular Christmas tree and over 100 candles for the Holidays. Choose your Candlelight Tour date, and come early to enjoy Christmas cookies and punch.

6. Lighthouse Luminary Night

Dec 4

Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a family-favorite tradition during the St. Augustine Night of Lights. Stop by and get a taste of the holidays through holiday music, Santa visits, seasonal treats, and more.

7. Christmas Parade

Dec 7

Get in the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Parade! This family-friendly, two-hour parade includes floats, horses, marching bands and the arrival of Santa.

8. Holiday in the Gardens – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Dec 8

Come to Holiday in the Gardens to get the perfect family holiday photo and enjoy live entertainment, children’s arts and crafts, photos with Santa, tea with Mrs. Claus, plant sales and holiday arts and crafts vendors.

9. St. Augustine Maker’s Fest

Dec 13

Visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and join in as local artisans sell their crafts, give workshops for hands-on-learning experiences, and create make-and-take projects. Enjoy craft beer, local food vendors, music and more.

10. Castillo de San Marcos Holiday Open House

Dec 14

Come to the Castillo de San Marcos, as its doors will be open for a free, family-friendly St. Augustine holiday tradition. Explore the Castillo by lantern light, watch cannon firings, and interact with staff and volunteers, who are dressed to represent more than 300 years of Castillo history.

11. St. Augustine Community Chorus “This Christmastide”

Dec 14-15

Enjoy a holiday concert by St. Augustine Community Chorus, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.

12. St. Augustine Historic Inns Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour

Dec 14 – Dec 16

St. Augustine Historic Inns is offering a self-guided walking, holiday tour of more than 20 bed and breakfast locations. On Saturday and Sunday these locations will partner with a local restaurant, and on Monday there will be a cultural/heritage partner tour.

13. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Holiday POPS

Dec 18

Enjoy a night filled with holiday cheer while you enjoy songs of the season, from traditional carols to sing-alongs.

14. St. Augustine Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Dec 21-22

Experience the magic of this holiday classic, presented by the St. Augustine Ballet.

15. Holiday Performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Experience the live performances of “A Peter White Christmas” with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, and Lindsey Webster on Dec 10 and “Rockapella: A Rockapella Holiday” on Dec 19.

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