Dec. 10-16: Holiday events & things to do in St. Augustine, Florida

Through February 3: Nights of Lights

During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. Known as one of the best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights tiny white lights blanket the city create a magical atmosphere. 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 history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. For a complete list of special Nights of Lights tours, hotel deals and more, visit

Monday- Sunday, December 10-16   

Art Galleries and Special Museum Tours and Exhibits

Art and culture can be found on every corner of Florida’s Historic Coast. For a complete list of special museum exhibits and art galleries shows, please visit

Monday – Friday, December 10 – 14

Sip & Shop at the Holiday Market

Shop and enjoy a free happy hour at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center during the annual Artisan Market exhibitions. Visit Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. and enjoy a free glass of wine while you shop. Admission is free. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614

Tuesday, December 11

A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Euge Groove at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is at 8 p.m. Admission ranges from $100-$59.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 

Thursday, December 13

Historic Coast Culture’s Farm-to-Fork Chef Series: Holiday at the Farm

Experience an evening with Chef Joshua Smith of Catch 27 for a multicourse dinner made with local produce and paired with spirits and wine at Chandler Oaks from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $125. 9600 C.R. 13 North, St. Augustine 904-808-7330 

Evenings at Whitney

Listen to Ruth Francis-Floyd, professor and extension veterinarian of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida, share a talk titled Ecosystem Challenges in Florida: The Diadema Story (A Case Study…) at 7 p.m. at Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium. Admission is free. 9505 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine 904-461-4000 

Thursday & Friday, December 13 & 14

Meteor Showers at the Beach

Join St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the Ancient City Astronomy Club for this free event featuring astronomy at the beach at Frank B. Butler Park East from 8-10 p.m. 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0335 

Thursday – Sunday, December 13-16

Foxfire at the Limelight Theatre

Visit the Limelight Theatre for this drama/comedy with music that shares a glimpse into the lives of a family in Southern Appalachia. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26 general admission, $24 seniors and $20 students and military. Showing through December 23. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164

Friday, December 14

Gamble Rogers Music Festival Holiday Faire

Join the Gamble Roger Music Festival for this event at the Colonial Oak Music Park featuring live holiday music, caroling, fire pits, s’mores, hot cocoa and holiday gifts and crafts from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine

St. Augustine Community Band Holiday Concert

Enjoy music performed by the 70-member St. Augustine Community Band with members ranging in age from 16-80 at Pacetti Bay Middle School at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15. 245 Meadowlark Lane, St. Augustine 607-343-6441   

Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15

Tree Lighting Under the Sea at the St. Augustine Aquarium

Join the St. Augustine Aquarium for its tree lighting under the sea in the Florida reef event from 5-8 p.m. Visit the website for admission information. 2045 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-429-9777 

Santa and Mrs. Claus in the City Gate Plaza

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6-8 p.m. in the plaza near the City Gate, 246 St. George St. On Saturdays, there will be carolers. The event continues from 8-9 p.m. in the courtyard at 19 1/2 St. George St. Admission is free.   

Apex Theatre Studio Presents A Christmas Story at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Celebrate the holidays as Apex Theatre Studio presents A Christmas Story, a comedy based on the film at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $25. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach  

The Light of Christmas

Join Turning Point at Calvary for its yearly Light of Christmas event. Drive through the Christmas light display. This is a free, family friendly event from 6-9 p.m. 3500 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-829-9795 

Saturday, December 15

The Grinch Open at Slammer & Squire

Celebrate the holidays in tournament-style at The Grinch Open. This four-person scramble event will have a noon shotgun start. 2 World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-6088 

Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Join Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine Beach from 4-6 p.m. to try for a spot in the Guinness World Records for the most Santa dogs at a single event. There will be prizes, games and more. Admission is $10. 860 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-471-2555 

Villa Zorayda’s Candlelight Tour

Visit Villa Zorayda for its Candlelight Tour where the museum is beautifully decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree and more than 100 candles aglow as docents lead by candlelight for the tour. Refreshments are at 6 p.m., and the tour is at 6:30 p.m. Adult admission is $19.99, and admission for youth 7-12 is $9. Admission is free for youth 4-6. Candlelight tours are not recommended for youth 3 and under. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887 

The Posadas of Old St. Augustine

Experience this re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve by Florida Living History’s volunteers. The procession will form at 6:30 p.m. by the City Gate, march down St. George Street and conclude in the Plaza de la Constitución, where a centuries-old scene from Lope de Vega’s Cristo Nuestro Bien (A Shepherds & Angels Play), will be presented. The event is free.

Saturday & Sunday, December 15-16

St. Augustine Community Chorus Annual Holiday Performances

Join the St. Augustine Community Chorus in celebrating its 70th anniversary with two performances of Gaudete! Rejoice! on Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. General admission is $25 at the door and $20 in advance. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine 904-436-3960

Book Signing at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

On Dec 15 and 16 from 1-4 pm, at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Gift Shop, St. Augustine illustrator, Deborah L. Spiller, will be signing and selling copies of the new bilingual edition of SNOWBALL, THE BEAR WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS. With the original illustrations still in place, this larger format softcover edition tells Snowball’s story in English and Spanish and sells for $14.95. Proceeds will benefit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

Sunday, December 16

Steven Wilson at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $40 and $34.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367

RareSong Three at St. Augustine Art Association

RareSong Three will present a concert of early English Christmas carols on Sunday, December 16, at 3 p.m. at the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., downtown St. Augustine. RareSong Three is a versatile musical trio consisting of singers, harpsichord, recorders and violas da gamba. The group is part of a larger ensemble, RareSong, which brings the past to life through beautiful music, costumes and drama. Founded in 2015, the ensemble has presented concerts throughout Northeast Florida. Parking downtown on Sundays is FREE. The musical performance is open to the public.  A goodwill offering at the door is appreciated. Call 904-824-2310 for reservations.

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