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.Â Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 ticketÂ (or free with a new toy donation).Â Musicians includeÂ Chelsea Saddler, Jim Johnston, Joe Schauer, Michael Jordan, Micah Gilliam and Lauren Gilliam, followed by The Local Honey Documentary from 7:30Â toÂ 8:45Â p.m.Â 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: Â The IMAX at World Golf Village presents the latest Hollywood film “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.”Â A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30Â years after Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983). Tickets are $13 for adults; Â $12 for Seniors/Students/Military; $1o forÂ Children 3-12.Â CallÂ 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, Â 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Show starts at 8 p.m. andÂ 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 toÂ 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 atÂ Ancient City Brewing,Â 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, 3500Â State Road 16. This yearâ€™s Light of Christmas schedule is Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-25. Hours are 6Â to 9 p.m. each night. Other highlights include hot chocolate, cookies and photos and hay rides available on theÂ weekend dates, but not on Dec. 21-25. The yearly holiday treat is made possible through the volunteers ofÂ 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 â€” the most inventively awful kids in history. You wonâ€™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 Yearâ€™s Eve performance on Dec. 31 includes champagne and desserts. The production is sponsored byÂ Hyundai of St. Augustine.Â For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or go toÂ limelight-theatre.org
VILLA ZORAYDA HOLIDAY TOURS
Dec. 19, Dec. 27 and Dec. 30:Â See the historic Villa Zorayda in the glow of more than 100 calendars on this popular holiday tour of one of St. Augustineâ€™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 Zoraydaâ€™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 904-829-9887Â or go toÂ Â www.villaZorayda.com
THE NUTCRACKER BY SAINT AUGUSTINE BALLET
Dec. 19-20: Saint Augustine Balletâ€™s production ofÂ The NutcrackerÂ 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.Â Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20Â 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 forÂ The NutcrackerÂ are now on sale atÂ www.saintaugustineballet.com. They may also be purchased by callingÂ 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 â€” the most inventively awful kids in history. You wonâ€™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 Yearâ€™s Eve performance on Dec. 31 includes champagne and desserts. The production is sponsored byÂ Hyundai of St. Augustine.Â For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or go toÂ limelight-theatre.org
FLAGLER COLLEGE HOLIDAY TOURS
Dec. 14-24, Dec. 30, Jan. 2-3: Historical tours ofÂ FlaglerÂ Collegeâ€™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 untilÂ Jan. 3, 2016.Â Tour times will be atÂ 10 a.m.,Â 11 a.m.,Â 12 p.m.,Â 1 p.m.,Â 2 p.m., andÂ 3 p.m.Â and last approximately an hour.Â Tours depart from the main lobby (Rotunda) of theÂ collegeÂ located at 74 King Street. Tickets may be purchased at this location 20 minutes prior to each tour or atÂ Flaglerâ€™s Legacy located at 59 St. George Street, open daily betweenÂ 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.Â Â 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 contactÂ Flaglerâ€™s Legacy atÂ (904) 823-3378. You can also visitÂ Flaglerâ€™s Legacy Tours online here:Â legacy.flagler.edu/tours.Â 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.
- Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: last tour departs atÂ 1 p.m.
- Dec. 25, Christmas Day: tours cancelled
- Dec. 31Â &Â Jan. 1: tours cancelled
CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE
Dec. 18-20: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Bellyâ€™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.Â Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go toÂ www.corazoncinemaandcafe.comÂ Â
SUNDAY ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC
Dec. 20: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett Oâ€™Haraâ€™s,Â 70 Hypolita St.Â 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:Â 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 runÂ Nov. 22 through the first week of January (see listings below).
HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY
Nov. 22-Jan. 3: Hope on theÂ 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-Â minute tour of the oldest city. Cost is $12 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tours leave fromÂ the Visitors Information Center, 10 Castillo Drive. Call 904-829-3800 or go toÂ www.trolleytours.com
BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN
Nov. 22-Jan. 5:Â All aboardÂ Ripleyâ€™s Red Trains for an amazing â€œlightseeingâ€ 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 throughÂ Dec.Â 19 (SEE Winter Carnival details below). Go toÂ www.ripleys.com/redtrainsÂ for tickets.
Cost â€“ $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and older
PRANCERS PUTT-PUTT (GOLF)
Nov. 22-Jan.Â 5:Â 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.Â Tickets can be purchased atÂ www.ripleys.com/redtrains
RIPLEYâ€™S WINTER CARNIVAL
Nov. 27-Dec. 19: On Friday and Saturday nights,Â the whole family can enjoyÂ 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 toÂ www.ripleys.com/redtrainsÂ or call 904-824-1606.
SANTA ON THE BLACK RAVEN PIRATE SHIP
Dec. 7-24:Â Join Santa aboard the Black Raven and sail with the jolly pirate crew in pursuit of Blackbeard and Captain Hook â€”Â thieves who have stolen Santaâ€™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 toÂ www.blackravenadventures.com
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 toÂ 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 toÂ www.2ghouls.com
VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS
Friday, Saturday and Sunday:Â 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. CallÂ 904-325-3911Â or go toÂ www.thetastingtours.comÂ
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 1740â€²s. 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 toÂ 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 toÂ 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 10Â a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREEÂ to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go toÂ legacy.flagler.edu/Tours Â
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 thereâ€™s a full moon sail for $35 per person. All sails are weather permitting. Call for reservations and departure times. CallÂ 904-810-1010 or go toÂ 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.Â Daily tours aboard aÂ special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters â€” listen for dolphin conversations using the vesselâ€™s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go toÂ www.staugustineecotours.com
ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE
Daily: The Victory III sets sail Â 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 1900â€²s 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 $16.75Â for adults;Â $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75Â for ages 60 and older.Â Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go toÂ www.scenic-cruise.comÂ or call 904-824-1806.