Nov. 17: Holly Jolly Shopping Spree features seasonal items in St. Augustine shops

Now that summer is over and cooler winds prevail, our eyes turn to football, décor, and our favorite recipes.  At season’s end comes Thanksgiving, colder weather and the enchanting noels of Christmas.  For those savvy planners who want a head start on holiday shopping — a chance to find thoughtful gifts and seasonal clothing — Holly Jolly Shopping Spree is a unique event just for you.

The ninth annual shopping spree will be held on Saturday, November 17 between 9a. and 4p.  Gifts, holiday decorations, and other special treasures will be there for the picking. It is also an opportunity to support local Uptown businesses who generously support our community.  Do not miss Carrera’s Sparkling Soirée to kick off the spree.  The Spice and Tea Exchange will be offering cocktails and mocktails. The soirée will be held at 167 San Marco Avenue from 9 to 10a.

After mingling and sipping, catch a sightseeing trolley (Old Town Trolley Tours) for a journey designed specially for you—a whirlwind shop-a-thon that meanders along San Marco Avenue, with silent auction items and photobooth along the way.  Oh, and there is a scheduled layover at Raintree Restaurant, where you will be served a tasty lunch and have a chance to win raffle prizes. A great day of fun and camaraderie awaits.  Invite your friends, relatives and other savvy shoppers you know.

The ticket price is only $45.  The cost includes a trolley ride, lunch, special discounts and offers from Uptown retailers, and donation to the selected beneficiary.  Shoppers will vote on the beneficiary during brunch.  The selected beneficiary will be announced at 4p on the day of the spree at Carrera Wine Gallery.

Participants park and meet between 9 and 10 at Old Town Trolley Tours, 167 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, Florida.

We are limited to 300 guests, so make your reservation early at

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