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:
Nights of Lights
Nov 17 – Feb 3
Come 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.
Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Rides
Nov 17 – 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.
Nights of Pints
Nov 17 – Jan 31
Coinciding with St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, local St. Augustine breweries are hosting Nights of Pints for craft beer lovers to enjoy a free, seasonally brewed pint at each St. Augustine brewery with the purchase of a commemorative t-shirt.
Villa Zorayda Museum’s Annual Candlelight Tour
Nov 23 – Jan 5
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.
Castillo de San Marcos Holiday Open House
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. For more information, call 904-829-6506 or visit.
St. Augustine Maker’s Fest
Come to 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.
Holiday in the Gardens – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
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.
Posadas of Old St. Augustine
Las Posadas, a 400-year-old colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition, will include a nighttime, torch-lit procession through the oldest city. Set in 1580, reenactors will march down St. George Street, stopping at several designated locations to “ask for lodgings,” as is traditional.
St. Augustine Historic Inns Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour
Dec 8 – Dec 10
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.
Gainesville Orchestra Holiday POPS
Enjoy a night filled with classic music and pieces such as “Beloved Classic Melodies for a Winter’s Night” and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.
Holiday Performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Experience the live performances of “A Peter White Christmas” with Rick Braun and Euge Groove on Dec 11 and “A Christmas Story” on Dec 14 – 15.
For more ways to experience arts and culture in St. Augustine, visit www.historiccoastculture.com/travel-itineraries/.