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

BEACH BLAST OFF

Dec. 31: Kick off 2016 in seaside style at the St. Johns County Ocean pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Voted the Best Family New Year’s Event in Florida, Beach Blast Off features food, lots of live music, a Kids Zone, and fireworks! The event is 4 to 10 p.m. and includes a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Call 904-669-5670 or go to www.beachblastoff.com

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER AT LIMELIGHT

Dec. 31: Spend New Year’s Eve at Limelight Theatre! All tickets are $50 and include pre-show hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast with cast, and desserts during a 30-minute intermission of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Party begins at 6:30 p.m., and show starts at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org and pick your seats.

New Year’s Eve menu

  • Italian Herb and Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
  • BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
  • Beef & Bleu Crostinis
  • Salmon Crostinis
  • Fruit and Vegetable Platters
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Assorted Desserts

CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE MOVIE NIGHT

Dec. 31: Head over to The Corazon Cinema and Cafe, 36 Granada St., for a New Year‘s Eve movie package. The $15 admission will include a beverage of your choice and popcorn, along with a screening of Date Night starring Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, starting at 7:30 p.m. You’ll be out in plenty of time to watch the ball drop and see the fireworks! Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

LOCAL HEROS MASQUERADE BALL

Dec. 31: Join Local Heros, 18 Saint George St., for the 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball in downtown’s largest venue. Dance the night away under the stars to the sounds of the city’s top DJs playing all the hits of the year. Don’t have a mask? No problem! FREE masks available for those that arrive before 11 p.m. FREE Champagne toast at midnight.

  • Dress to Impress (our photographer will be there to capture the night so look your best)
  • Door open at 9pm

FLAGLER COLLEGE NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA

Dec. 31: Ring in the New Year at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon with an evening of historic elegance — dining and dancing the night away. Flagler College’s New Year’s Eve Gala takes place in the Ponce de Leon Dining Hall from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at  74 King St., St. Augustine. Black tie or Black & White Masquerade attire is encouraged. The evening will include cocktail hour, dinner and dessert buffets, open bar, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $200 per person and benefit the Flagler College Scholarship Fund. Call 904-829-6481 or go to www.flagler.edu/newyearseveball

BLACK RAVEN PIRATE SHIP ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

Dec. 31: Celebrate the New Year in grand style aboard the pirate ship Black Raven Pirate Ship. Sail along with the happy crew while enjoying high-caliber entertainment, contests, door prizes, food, and full bar. The cruise departs at 10:30 p.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. Tickets are $75 each. Call for reservations, 904-826-0000. Go to www.blackravenadventures.com


ONGOING EVENTS

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

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