Come See the Year’s Premiere Living History Event.
Saturday December 7. This day-long FREE event, starting at 10:00am, will feature Spanish, British, French and Native American historians portraying events from the years 1739 through 1784. Join hundreds of costumed re-enactors from St. Augustine’s Colonial past at the Colonial Quarter Museum on Saint George Street and the lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos. Soldiers will perform military drills and cannon and musket firing on the grounds of the Castillo and the Colonial Quarter. Click here for the full event guide.
See a working blacksmith, a leather worker and pottery maker at the Colonial Quarter. The kids will enjoy making corn husk dolls, just as our Native Americans would have done hundreds of years ago. See our interpreters dance the Virginia Reel and join in if you would like. Chat with the re-enactors, ask questions about Saint Augustine’s storied past and take some photographs that will be treasured for years to come.
The day’s activities will end with a torchlight parade through the streets of Saint Augustine. The parade will start at 7:00pm from the grounds of the Castillo and proceed through the City Gates. The public is encouraged to follow the march (if you have a lantern bring it along) to the Plaza de Constitution and the Governor’s House. From the balcony the ceremonial Spanish Governor will greet and address the crowd. A brief ceremony will be followed by a massive musket volley. Following this “Volley of Joy” all those assembled are invited to ring in the Holiday Season with the singing of Christmas Carols. This is always a highlight of the evening and again a perfect spot for photographs.
Saturday’s events at the Colonial Quarter, and on the Castillo lawns are free of charge and open to the public. Start your Holiday Season with an event that will create lasting memories for the entire family.
The events on Saturday at the Colonial Quarter and the Castillo lawn are free and open to the public.