Jan. 1-3: St. Augustine New Year WEEKEND events

The Old Town Art

The Old Town Art Show is set for Jan. 2-3 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. Fine art, photography, handcrafted glass, home decor, lawn items, sculpture, paintings, and more can be found at this event. Photo by Renee Unsworth


Jan 1: Art Galleries of St. Augustine, an organization of area galleries, sponsors the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Galleries offer new exhibits and meet-the-artist receptions during this event. Start your free self-guided tours at any gallery and hop on the free trolleys to get to locations that are just a short ride away. Ripley’s Red trains and Old Town Trolleys provide complimentary transportation during the art walk. Shuttles run every 20-30 minutes on a continuous loop. See the art walk map here. Call 1-832-779-2781 or go to www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org for more details.


Jan 2-3: Greet 2016 at this juried art show featuring artists and craftsmen from St. Augustine and around the country. The event takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Admission is free.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3. The show features the very best from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wood carvings – and much more. Call 904-794-0084 or go to www.OldTownArtShow.com


Through 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).


Through 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


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. 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.

Sundays – Thursdays, 6 pm – 8 pm;
Fridays – Saturdays, 6 pm – 10 pm 
Cost – $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and older


Through 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


Through Jan. 3: (**A 2 p.m. matinee has been added for Saturday, Jan. 2.) 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 — the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem! Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. A 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. The production is sponsored by Hyundai of St. Augustine. For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org


Jan. 2:Get a unique perspective on the Nights of Lights on this special Saturday night cruise aboard the Victory III scenic cruise boat, departing at 6:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina,  111 Avenida Menendez, downtown St. Augustine. The cruise departs the St. Augustine City Marina at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 904-824-1806, ext 210 or go to www.scenic-cruise.com


Jan. 2-3: Enjoy demonstrations by Cherokee Native Historians at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., listen and learn about how the Southeastern Cherokee nation interacted with the Timucua tribes in the area for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Admission is $15 for dults, $14 for seniors, $9 for children 6-12, and free for 5 and younger. St. Augustine and St. Johns County residents get 1/2 price admission. Call 904-829-3168 or go to www.fountainofyouthflorida.com


Jan. 2-3: Historical tours of Flagler College’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 until Jan. 3, 2016. Tour times will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. and last approximately an hour. Tours depart from the main lobby (Rotunda) of the college located at 74 King Street. Tickets may be purchased at this location 20 minutes prior to each tour or at Flagler’s Legacy located at 59 St. George Street, open daily between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  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 contact Flagler’s Legacy at (904) 823-3378. You can also visit Flagler’s Legacy Tours online here: legacy.flagler.edu/tours. 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. **No tours on Jan. 1.


Jan. 1-3:  The IMAX at World Golf Village presents the latest Hollywood film “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.”  A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983). Tickets are $13 for adults;  $12 for Seniors/Students/Military; $1o for Children 3-12. Call 904-940-4123 or go to www.WorldGolfIMAX.com


Jan. 1-3: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’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.  Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com


Jan. 2: See the historic Villa Zorayda in the glow of more than 100 calendars on this popular holiday tour of one of St. Augustine’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 Zorayda’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 904-829-9887 or go to  www.villaZorayda.com



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 to staugustinefm.com


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 to www.2ghouls.com


Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 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. Call 904-325-3911 or go to www.thetastingtours.com 


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 1740′s. 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 to www.nps.gov/casa


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 to staugustinefleamarket.com


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 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREE to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go to legacy.flagler.edu/Tours  


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 there’s a full moon sail for $35 per person. All sails are weather permitting. Call for reservations and departure times. Call 904-810-1010 or go to www.schoonerfreedom.com


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. Daily tours aboard a special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters — listen for dolphin conversations using the vessel’s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go to www.staugustineecotours.com


Daily: The Victory III sets sail  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 1900′s 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 $16.75 for adults; $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75 for ages 60 and older. Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go to www.scenic-cruise.com or call 904-824-1806.




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