Dec. 5: Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Luminary Night is an annual tradition hosted by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. From 6 PM to 9 PM Wednesday, December 5, the Museum grounds will open for an evening celebration for all ages.

During the event, the Museum offers luminaries throughout the grounds, visits with Santa, children’s activities and holiday crafts, yuletide refreshments and live music.

Musicians will perform inside the Lighthouse tower and other holiday music is presented on the grounds by local choirs and music groups.

Guests will have the opportunity to view the Lighthouse’s holiday style, including decorations and lighting displays. The Christmas tree in the Keepers’ House is decorated in nautical ornaments donated by people all over the country. This tree is one of 13 other decorated trees throughout the property.

The Museum’s newest additions will be available for viewing, such as the US Coast Guard Art Exhibit in the newly restored Coastal Lookout Quarters, the WRECKED! shipwreck exhibit in the Keepers House, and the Maritime Archaeology & Education Center, which has a special viewing room of the archaeology conservation lab and a View-From-the-Top Experience.

For a special treat, guests can climb the Lighthouse tower for a spectacular view of St. Augustine’s Night of Lights from the top. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry. Holiday-themed refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All monetary proceeds go directly back to the Museum to continue the work of the Museum’s mission.

ABOUT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM:

A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest Port®. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port® as symbolized by our working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. (StAugustineLighthouse.org)

ABOUT THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS:

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections,  and reinforces the education and public service roles of museums and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. (www.aam-us.org)  

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