Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve events in St. Augustine

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/

COTTON PATCH GOSPEL

Dec. 30-31Presented 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.

UPTOWN SATURDAY DAYTIME EVENT

Dec. 31The monthly traditional evening event, Uptown Saturday Night, will take place throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve shopping in shops along San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine. Uptown St. Augustine is a unique 5-block area of locally-owned boutiques, antique shops, galleries and restaurants along San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine, between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Many participating shops also serve refreshments. The event is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. Parking is FREE, street-side and in the Mission parking lot. Admission is free. Keep updated here: https://www.facebook.com/UptownStAugustine/?fref=ts

PROHIBITION KITCHEN LIVE BANDS

Dec. 30-31:  The Copper Tones will perform Friday, Dec. 30 at the Prohibition Kitchen, 119 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. The Hot Club of SRQ Quartet will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at Prohibition Kitchen. The group’s sound can best be described as a 21st century hybrid of the famous “Quintette du Hot Club de France.” Prohibition Kitchen is excited to bring the community some of the most talented and refined jazz virtuosos in the southern United States to bring in the New Year! Call 904-825-4100 or stay updated at www.facebook.com/prohibitionkitchenstaugustine/

ANCIENT CITY BREWING NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Dec. 31: Ring in the new year at Ancient City Brewing, 3420 Agricultural Center Drive, Ste 8, in St. Augustine. The band 2nd Hand will be playing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Complimentary champagne at midnight! Admission is FREE. Stay updated at https://www.facebook.com/ancientcitybrewing/

 

CHILLULA AT COLONIAL QUARTER

Dec. 31: 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. Local band Chillula will headline on New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with other live entertainment also on the schedule. Admission is FREE.

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FREE SHUTTLES DURING NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 30-31: 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

Nights through 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

Nightly through 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.

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