Dec. 18-20: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

The Mouse King and the Nutcracker, in a scene from the 2014 ballet. The 2015 Nutcracker will be staged Dec. 19-20 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Photo by Julie Abella Photography

The Mouse King and the Nutcracker, in a scene from the 2014 ballet. The 2015 Nutcracker will be staged Dec. 19-20 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Photo by Julie Abella Photography

LOCAL HONEY MUSICIANS & DOCUMENTARY

Dec. 18: Local musicians and a documentary showing the The Local Honey music project will be featured on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 ticket (or free with a new toy donation). Musicians include Chelsea Saddler, Jim Johnston, Joe Schauer, Michael Jordan, Micah Gilliam and Lauren Gilliam, followed by The Local Honey Documentary from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Closing out the night will be performances from Shea Birney, Amy Hendrickson, Bob Patterson, Hunter Miller and Jon Bailey.

STAR WARS ON IMAX

Dec. 18-21:  The IMAX at World Golf Village presents the latest Hollywood film “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.”  A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983). Tickets are $13 for adults;  $12 for Seniors/Students/Military; $1o for Children 3-12. Call 904-940-4123 or go to www.WorldGolfIMAX.com

MATISYAHU FESTIVAL OF LIGHT CONCERT

Dec. 18-19: Reggae and hip hop artist Matisyahu and his “Festival of Light” Tour performs for two nights at the Ponte Vedral Concert Hall,  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse–from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live at Stubb’s to the trippy ministrations of Youth to the polished pop eclecticism of Light. Tickets are $48.50 for the first 10 rows, $38.50 all remaining rows. Call 904-209-0399 or go to www.pvconcerthall.com

COMEDY ON TAP AT ANCIENT CITY BREWING

Dec. 19: Don’t miss Comedy on Tap at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at Ancient City Brewing, 3420 Agricultural Center Drive, from State Road 16, in St. Augustine. Brian Thomas will be the host, announcing the local comedians. Low Tide Food Truck will provide a delicious menu, and Ancient City Brewing will have locally brewed craft beers available.

THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS

Dec. 18-25: A holiday spectacular is offered each Christmas season by Turning Point at Calvary Baptist Church, 3500 State Road 16. This year’s Light of Christmas schedule is Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-25. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Other highlights include hot chocolate, cookies and photos and hay rides available on the weekend dates, but not on Dec. 21-25. The yearly holiday treat is made possible through the volunteers of the church. For more information, call 904-829-9795.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Dec. 11-Jan. 3: The classic holiday story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, comes to life on stage Dec. 11 through Jan. 3 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Featuring more than 20 local actors and children, the story centers around a couple trying to produce a church Christmas pageant. They must cast the Herdman kids — the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem! Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. A Terrific Tuesday performances is Dec. 15 with two for $30 tickets. Regular ticket prices are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for students and military; and a free child ticket (12 and younger) with each full price paid adult ticket. No shows on Dec. 24-25. The New Year’s Eve performance on Dec. 31 includes champagne and desserts. The production is sponsored by Hyundai of St. Augustine. For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org

VILLA ZORAYDA HOLIDAY TOURS

Dec. 19, Dec. 27 and Dec. 30: See the historic Villa Zorayda in the glow of more than 100 calendars on this popular holiday tour of one of St. Augustine’s most iconic buildings, located at 83 King St. The Villa is beautifully decorated with a spectacular Christmas tree adorned in red and gold, the Zorayda’s colors, located center stage in the Court of Lions. Docents guide visitors on the 90-minute tours that begin at 6 p.m. Tour tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for ages 7-12; free for ages 4-6; not recommended for children 3 and under. Call 904-829-9887 or go to  www.villaZorayda.com

THE NUTCRACKER BY SAINT AUGUSTINE BALLET

Dec. 19-20: Saint Augustine Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a magical holiday show that features mischievous mice, dancing dolls, sparkling snowflakes, elegant costumes, custom-designed scenery, and skillful athletic dancing that will charm the entire family. The multi-generation cast is comprised of student and professional dancers as well as several well-known local celebrities including two past Mayors of St. Augustine. This holiday favorite will be performed at 2 and 7:03 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 to $30, with a $5 discount for seniors 65 years and older, and for students 12 years and younger. Tickets for The Nutcracker are now on sale at www.saintaugustineballet.com. They may also be purchased by calling 855-222-2849.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Dec. 18-Jan. 3: The classic holiday story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, comes to life on stage Dec. 11 through Jan. 3 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Featuring more than 20 local actors and children, the story centers around a couple trying to produce a church Christmas pageant. They must cast the Herdman kids — the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem! Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. A Terrific Tuesday performances is Dec. 15 with two for $30 tickets. Regular ticket prices are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for students and military; and a free child ticket (12 and younger) with each full price paid adult ticket. No shows on Dec. 24-25. The New Year’s Eve performance on Dec. 31 includes champagne and desserts. The production is sponsored by Hyundai of St. Augustine. For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org

FLAGLER COLLEGE HOLIDAY TOURS

Dec. 14-24, Dec. 30, Jan. 2-3: Historical tours of Flagler College’s Hotel Ponce de Leon will be expanding its tour schedule for the holidays, and will run on the hour beginning Monday, Dec. 14. The expanded schedule will last until Jan. 3, 2016. Tour times will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. and last approximately an hour. Tours depart from the main lobby (Rotunda) of the college located at 74 King Street. Tickets may be purchased at this location 20 minutes prior to each tour or at Flagler’s Legacy located at 59 St. George Street, open daily between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Pricing is $10 for adults, $1 for children under the age of 12, and free for St. Johns County residents with a valid ID. Individual reservations are not necessary. For group rates or for more information, please contact Flagler’s Legacy at (904) 823-3378. You can also visit Flagler’s Legacy Tours online here: legacy.flagler.edu/tours. Please note that at no time are the tours free of charge (except for St. Johns County residents) or is the Dining Hall open to the public.

Holiday Schedule

  • Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: last tour departs at 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 25, Christmas Day: tours cancelled
  • Dec. 31 & Jan. 1: tours cancelled

CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE

Dec. 18-20: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’s), will screen movies throughout the weekend. Movies begin at 7 and 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays.  Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com  

SUNDAY ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC

Dec. 20: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett O’Hara’s, 70 Hypolita St. Musicians are invited to perform during the weekly event. All musicians and singer-songwriters are invited to participate.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 21-Jan. 31: Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on City of St. Augustine buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. The switched was flipped on Nov. 21, and the trolleys run Nov. 22 through the first week of January (see listings below).

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Nov. 22-Jan. 3: Hope on the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley to view the Nights of Lights. The trolleys depart from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 through Jan. 3 for a 30- minute tour of the oldest city. Cost is $12 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tours leave from the Visitors Information Center, 10 Castillo Drive. Call 904-829-3800 or go to www.trolleytours.com

BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN

Nov. 22-Jan. 5: All aboard Ripley’s Red Trains for an amazing “lightseeing” tour of the Oldest City, decked out with millions of white lights. All guests get a free pair of magic glasses guaranteed to make holiday magic appear before their very eyes. New this year: no-wait VIP tickets on Friday and Saturday nights that include a FREE carousel ride and allow guests to skip the lines and hop on the train at the time they reserved, and a winter carnival every Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 19 (SEE Winter Carnival details below). Go to www.ripleys.com/redtrains for tickets.

RED TRAIN HOURS & COST
Sundays – Thursdays, 6 pm – 8 pm;
Fridays – Saturdays, 6 pm – 10 pm 
Cost – $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and older

PRANCERS PUTT-PUTT (GOLF)

Nov. 22-Jan. 5: Nights of Lights ticket holders can play a round of mini golf for just a buck! The miniature golf course is located near the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Agenda Menendez. Tickets can be purchased at www.ripleys.com/redtrains

RIPLEY’S WINTER CARNIVAL

Nov. 27-Dec. 19: On Friday and Saturday nights, the whole family can enjoy carousel rides, carnival games, and a host of free activities including, family movies, visits with Santa, stage shows, balloon art, popcorn and SNOW. For more details, go to www.ripleys.com/redtrains or call 904-824-1606.

SANTA ON THE BLACK RAVEN PIRATE SHIP

Dec. 7-24: Join Santa aboard the Black Raven and sail with the jolly pirate crew in pursuit of Blackbeard and Captain Hook — thieves who have stolen Santa’s bag of toys! Help save Christmas on this adventurous 90-minute cruise departing at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. daily from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. Tickets are $34.95 for adults; $24.95 for children (ages 3-12). Call 904-826-0000 or go to www.blackravenadventures.com


ONGOING EVENTS

OLD CITY FARMERS MARKET

Every Saturday: Find fresh produce, plants, bread, cheese, handmade products, fine art and crafts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, just south of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Go to staugustinefm.com

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Victorian spiritualism immersion. Learn to read tea leaves, master pendulum dowsing with angel cards and talking spirit board. Afternoon sessions at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday are $35 per person. Keyhole After Dark is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is priced at $40 per person. Sessions take place above the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010 or go to www.2ghouls.com

VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: VIP tours featuring more than 3 hours of carriage travel in St. Augustine with 4-5 food tasting stops, stops at 3-4 wine sampling venues and a bottle of wine to enjoy on the ride. The tours are presented by The Tasting Tours. The Vittles and Vino tour is $109. Call 904-325-3911 or go to www.thetastingtours.com 

HISTORIC WEAPONS DEMONSTRATIONS

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: National Parks Service personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in 1740′s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. The Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S., was built by the Spanish in 1672 to help protect their empire in the New World. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 15 and under are admitted free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily. For details, go to www.nps.gov/casa

ST. AUGUSTINE FLEA MARKET

Saturdays and Sundays: The St. Augustine Flea Market, 2495 State Road 207, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 vendors offer a variety of items including fresh produce, datil pepper sauce, prepared foods, antiques and collectibles, instruments, cell phones, jewelry, art and everything in between. Free admission and parking. On the third Sunday of each month, a motorcycle swap meet is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 904-824-4210 or go to staugustinefleamarket.com

FLAGLER COLLEGE TOURS

Daily: Take a tour of Flagler College that highlights the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. Built by millionaire developer, Henry Flagler, in 1888, the hotel is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and houses the largest collection of in use Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. Located at 74 King Street, tours depart from the Rotunda at the top of each hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREE to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go to legacy.flagler.edu/Tours  

SCHOONER FREEDOM SAILING

Daily: The Schooner Freedom sets sail daily from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The tour provides guests with an unforgettable two-hour sailing adventure. Daytime sails are $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 2-12, free for under age 2. Sunset sails are $45 per person and once each month there’s a full moon sail for $35 per person. All sails are weather permitting. Call for reservations and departure times. Call 904-810-1010 or go to www.schoonerfreedom.com

ST. AUGUSTINE ECO TOURS

Daily: St. Augustine Eco Tours take nature enthusiasts of all ages on guided tours of the waters and salt marshes surrounding the Oldest City. See coastal birds like ospreys and herons, marine mammals including bottlenose dolphin and an occasional manatee. Daily tours aboard a special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters — listen for dolphin conversations using the vessel’s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go to www.staugustineecotours.com

ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE

Daily: The Victory III sets sail  at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Since the 1900′s St. Augustine Scenic Cruise family have been giving visitors to St. Augustine a unique view of the city and a way to enjoy historic landmarks and natural beauty by water. Cost is $16.75 for adults; $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75 for ages 60 and older. Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go to www.scenic-cruise.com or call 904-824-1806.

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