MUST-DO St. Augustine Holiday Events


St. Augustine’s sensational Nights of Lights holiday display has been illuminating the Nation’s Oldest City for 25 years. This year Nights of Lights takes place now through February 3, 2019. During Nights of Lights, white lights glow from the sidewalks to the rooftops, over the Bridge of Lions and trail through approximately 20 city blocks in St. Augustine’s Historic District.

Nights of Lights has been described as an umbrella event under which many, many other events organized by myriad of organizations take place. You could say that Nights of Lights is the Christmas tree and the many events are the ornaments.

When planning a trip to St. Augustine to view the brilliant award-winning light display, keep these popular events in mind.

Nights of Pints

November 20-January 31 

Local St. Augustine breweries are hosting Nights of Pints for craft beer lovers to enjoy a free, seasonally brewed pint at each St. Augustine brewery. 

Living History Saunter

November 24, December 15 and January 5 

Living history interpreters present a timeline of St. Augustine’s colonial history in the town’s historic district from the City Gate down St. George Street to Aviles Street, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

53rd Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival

November 24-25 
The 53rd Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival at Francis Field has more than 100 painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, glass and fiber artists, sculptors, and woodworkers displaying one-of-a-kind handmade goods. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Foxfire at Limelight Theatre

November 30-December 23

Jessica Tandy and John Denver starred in the movie version of Foxfire, a story that celebrates Appalachian culture and keeping traditions alive.

Castillo by Candlelight: Enemy at the Gates

November 30 

Begin Colonial Night Watch with this special candlelight tour of the Castillo de San Marcos. Reserve tickets in advance by calling or stop by the Castillo ticket booth.904-829-6506 Ext. 239 

Christmas Parade

December 1 

St. Augustine’s annual Christmas Parade starts at 9 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios off San Marco Avenue and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine. See the Facebook event here.

Castillo celebrates Colonial Night Watch Weekend

December 1 

In honor of the British influence in St. Augustine from 1763-1784, the Castillo de San Marcos becomes Fort St. Marks for the weekend. Step back in time to explore St. Augustine’s rich heritage with a glimpse into British and Spanish military life. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Colonial Night Watch

December 1 

The St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch activities and parade will take place from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Activities include an encampment area depicting 18th century combined Spanish, British, French, colonial militia and Native American military, Colonial Night Watch Torchlight Parade at 7 p.m. and a Colonial social gathering for the public 1-4 

Messiah Favorites and Carols of Mystery at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

December 1  

The University of North Florida Chorale and Chamber Singers present Miracles: Messiah Favorites and Carols of Mystery. 

Tree Lighting Under the Sea at the St. Augustine Aquarium

December 1 

The St. Augustine Aquarium is hosting tree lighting under the sea in the Florida reef every Friday and Saturday night in December from 5-8 p.m. 

Palm Valley Boat Parade

December 1 

The Palm Valley Boat Parade takes place in Ponte Vedra Beach through seven miles of the Intracoastal in Palm Valley beginning at 6 p.m. 

Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse

December 5 

Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a family friendly tradition from 6-9 p.m. with activities for all ages, visits with Santa, yuletide refreshments and the lighthouse’s spectacular holiday decorations and lighting 

Orchestral Sounds of the Season 2018

December 5 

St. Augustine Orchestra’s “December to Remember” features a series of performances. 

Hastings Hometown Christmas Parade

December 8 

The holiday parade, beginning at 10 a.m., will take place down Main Street in Hastings starting at the W.E. Harris Community Center, 400 E. Harris St. Continue the holiday celebration after the parade at the Hastings Library, 6195 S. Main St. 

Firefighter Chili Cook Off

December 8 

The annual Firefighter Chili Cook Off at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre takes place 2-6 p.m. Admission is free, and chili sample tickets are available for a small fee. 

Holiday Regatta of Lights

December 8 

This annual holiday parade of motorized decorated with brilliant lighted displays begins at 6 p.m. The boats will light up St. Augustine’s Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. 

Castillo Holiday Open House

December 8 

The Castillo de San Marcos opens its doors for this St. Augustine holiday tradition. Explore the Castillo by lantern light, interact with staff and volunteers dressed to represent the more than 300 years of Castillo history from 6-8 p.m.

St. Augustine Makers Fest™ at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

December 9 

Makers Fest takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with works of 40 regional artists and artisans for sale, educational workshops, authentic artisan foods, craft beers and live performances. 

Gamble Rogers Music Festival Holiday Faire

December 14 

The Gamble Roger Music Festival at the Colonial Oak Music Park features live holiday music, caroling, and holiday gifts and crafts from 7-10 

St. Augustine Community Band Holiday Concert

December 14 

The 70-member St. Augustine Community Band with members ranging in age from 16-80 will perform a holiday concert at Pacetti Bay Middle School at 7:30 

A Christmas Story by Apex Theatre Studio at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

December 14-15   

The Apex Theatre Studio will present A Christmas Story, a full-length comedy based on the beloved film at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. 

The Posadas of Old St. Augustine

December 15 

For more than 400 years, the colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition of Las Posadas has been celebrated by processions throughout the New World. Florida Living History’s volunteers will present this nighttime, candle-lit heritage event set in the year 1580 from 7-8 p.m. including a Candlelight Procession along St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine. 

North Florida Women’s Chorale Concert

December 28 

The North Florida Women’s Chorale presents its annual Christmas performance at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. 

Beach Blast Off

December 31 

This annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and entertainment at St. Johns County Pier Park features family friendly activities, including a kid’s zone, photo booth, food vendors and live music. The event is from 5-10 p.m., and the fireworks display is at 8:30 

Changing of the Guard

January 12 

Changing of the Guard ceremony performed by the St. Augustine 1740 Spanish Garrison at 6:30 p.m. 

Saint Augustine Film Festival

January 17-20 

This four-day film festival featuring works from around the world and brings in various directors, producers and actors to discuss their works with high audience interaction. 


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