Dec. 22-31: Top 10 Things To Do during the holiday break in St. Augustine

THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS

Dec. 16-25: A holiday spectacular is offered each Christmas season by Turning Point at Calvary Baptist Church, 3500 State Road 16. This is a drive-thru light display, choreographed to music that visitors can tune in on their radios in their own vehicles! Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Admission is FREE. Go to tpcalvary.com/events


COTTON PATCH GOSPEL

Dec. 22-31Presented in a setting of rural Georgia with songs by Harry Chapin, Cotton Patch Gospel is on stage Dec. 22-31 on the Matuza Main Stage at Limelight Theare, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Herod is the governor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs — only to rise again. Holiday shows are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-24 and Dec. 29-31. Limelight Theatre is conveniently located behind Raintree Restaurant in uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side. Tickets are $26 for all seats. Go to www.limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.

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FREE SHUTTLES DURING NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 19-Dec. 24: On SATURDAYS during Nights of Lights, there are free Park ‘n Ride Shuttles, a free transportation service to and from downtown St. Augustine. Running on a continuous schedule from 1  to 11 p.m., the Park ‘n Ride Shuttle will serve each location approximately every 20 minutes, bringing passengers to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility adjacent to the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Dr., from three satellite parking locations (see locations below). To download the Park ‘n Ride Shuttle map, go to www.ParkStAug.com

Park ‘n Ride satellite parking locations

  •  St. Johns County Administration Building / 500 San Sebastian View (handicap accessible)
  • St. Johns County Health Department / 200 San Sebastian View (handicap accessible)
  •  San Marco Ave. / 301 San Marco Ave.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 19-Jan. 31: The 23rd Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 19 during Light-Up Night, an event that includes live music in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. The music will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Each year, former St. Augustine mayors gather to flip the switch during Light Up Night. The City of St. Augustine’s giant tree in the Plaza is lit first, then all the lights come on surrounding the area. Many families start the holiday season with this tradition — going to dinner downtown and and then watching as the lights are turned on. Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on city buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. Go to nightsoflights.com

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Nov. 20-Jan. 2: Hope on the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley to view the Nights of Lights. The trolleys depart from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 through Jan. 2 for a 30- minute tour of the oldest city. Cost is $12.99 for adults, and $5.99 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. 20-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. Go to www.ripleys.com/redtrains for tickets.

PROHIBITION KITCHEN LIVE MUSICIANS

Dec. 22-31: Amy Hendrickson and The Voodoo Review performs Dec. 22 at the Prohibition Kitchen, 119 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Swing Theory plays on Dec. 23, The Ramone Quimby Christmas Eve Cabaret Spectacular will take place on Dec. 24, and the Copper Tones play Dec. 30. Call 904-825-4100 or stay updated at www.facebook.com/prohibitionkitchenstaugustine/

COLONIAL QUARTER LIVE MUSIC

Dec. 28: Hear live music by local musicians under the stars on the Colonial Oak Music Park at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. On Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m., a music benefit will help the Fish Tank Recording Studios, which was flooded during Hurricane Matthew. See the music lineup below. See more details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1702324970085265/

MUSIC LINEUP

  • In The Round set 1- Joe Schauer, Amy Hendrickson, Mike Cook, Zach Lively
  • In The Round Set 2- Shea Birney, Lucio Rubino, Michael Jordan, Rob Langston
  • Flagship Romance
  • Open Jam

VILLA ZORAYDA HOLIDAY TOURS

Dec. 27, Dec. 30 and Jan. 1: The Villa Zorayda offers Candlelight Tours of the Museum on select dates during the holidays. Over 100 candles illuminate the tours throughout this unusual former home. Lavish Christmas decorations in Zorayda colors of red and gold are everywhere, with a spectacular Christmas tree taking center stage in the interior Court of Lions. The 90-minute tours begin at 6:30 p.m. each night.  Tours that include refreshments are $18 for adults; $8 for kids ages 7-12, and free for children ages 4-6. Tours that do NOT include refreshments are $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 7-12. The Candlelight Tours are not recommended for children 3 and younger. The Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King St., downtown St. Augustine, across from Flagler College. Call 904-829-9887 or go to www.villazorayda.com

DONNA THE BUFFALO CONCERT

Dec. 29: Donna the Buffalo, and Butch Trucks & The Freight Train will perform on Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in Ponte Vedra Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable. Go to pvconcerthall.com for more details

BEACH BLAST OFF

Dec. 31: Fireworks, live music, a huge kids zone and other activities are part of Beach Blast Off 2017, from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

The fireworks display is set for 8:30 p.m. near the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Those in attendance can gather on the sand or in the festival area to watch the display.

Local bands provide the music — with an 80s theme this year! The Prom Kings will play from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Papercutt will headline from 9 to 10 p.m.

The Kids Zone will feature inflatables — slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses. Other kids activities include face painting, human hamster balls, balloon twisting, a pirate magician, and a dunk tank.

The event also will include 30 food vendors, and a beer and wine tent.

Admission is FREE. Wristbands are available for the Kids Zone. Stay updated at www.facebook.com/SABBeachBlastOff/

 

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