Holiday events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

FREE SHUTTLE DURING NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 19-Dec. 24:

On select dates during Nights of Lights, there is a free Park ‘n Ride Shuttle, a free transportation service to and from downtown St. Augustine. The free Park ‘n Ride Shuttle will operate every Saturday from November 19 – December 24. The Shuttle will also operate on Friday, November 25. Running on a continuous schedule from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Park ‘n Ride Shuttle will serve each location approximately every 20 minutes, bringing passengers to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility adjacent to the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Dr., from three satellite parking locations. To download the Park ‘n Ride Shuttle map, go to www.ParkStAug.com

Park ‘n Ride satellite parking locations

  •  St. Johns County Administration Building / 500 San Sebastian View (handicap accessible)
  • St. Johns County Health Department / 200 San Sebastian View (handicap accessible)
  •  San Marco Ave. / 301 San Marco Ave.

SURF ILLUMINATION AT ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH

Nov. 18: Surf Illumination is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Live music, a visit from Santa, arts, crafts, a bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting and more FREE events. The highlight of Surf Illumination will be the lighting of the community Christmas tree at dusk, approximately at 5:45 p.m. Surf Illumination is presented each year by The St Augustine Beach Civic Association in conjunction with St Johns County Parks & Recreation and area sponsors. Go to www.sabca.org

FLORIDA TINY HOUSE FESTIVAL

Nov. 18-20: The United Tiny House Association (originally the Georgia Tiny House Association), who organized the highly successful 2016 Georgia Tiny House Festival, and tiny house owner and enthusiast, Shorty Robbins, are excited to announce the 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival, set for Nov. 18-20 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5480 State Road 207, in Elkton. There will be a large assortment of tiny houses and micro homes, workshops, presentations, vendors, entertainment, children’s activities, and more. New at the 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival will be the addition of vintage campers! On-site camping will be available during the 2016 Florida event for those with tents, RVs, and traditional campers. Friday, Nov. 18 is FREE admission, and children ages 12 and under are FREE all weekend end. For Saturday and Sunday, the admission fee for everyone age 13 and older is $20 per day and $35 for 2-day admission. Go to www.georgiatinyhouse.com/faqs.html

Friday, Nov 18: 9AM -2PM (School Day)
Friday, Nov 18: 5PM-8PM (FREE Admission)
Saturday, Nov 19: 9AM-5PM (Paid Admission)
Saturday, Nov 19: 7PM – ? Live Entertainment
Sunday, Nov 20: 9AM-5PM (Paid Admission)

VOICES OF THE DARK & CLASSIC

Nov. 18-20: A Classic Theatre will present a new theatrical experience in St. Augsutine. Savor the elegant language of some of the world’s most renowned authors: Shelley, Shakespeare, Dante, and Edgar Allan Poe. Thrill at the images their words evoke of other times and other places … real and imagined! Voices of the Dark and Classic, conceived and staged by Jean Rahner, will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue, uptown St. Augustine. Refreshments will be available at intermission. Tickets are $20, available at the door or online at www.aclassictheatre.org. Call A Classic Theatre at 904-501-5093.

THANKSGIVING SWAMP RADIO SHOW

Nov. 19The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Swamp Radio present Early Thanks, a southern-style Thanksgiving dinner and radio show event, live from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. On Saturday, Nov. 19, join the cast of Swamp Radio, Northeast Florida’s beloved (and hilarious) live radio show, for an Early Thanksgiving event at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Attendees will enjoy a down-home, three-course Southern Thanksgiving meal turned slightly on its head by notable St. Augustine chefs Ned Pollock of Ned’s Southside Kitchen, Stephen Dimare of The Hyppo Cafe and Terri Gamble of The Blue Hen Cafe while dining under the trees in the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Pavilion. Dinner will be followed by an 80-minute Swamp Radio show which will celebrate the Ancient City in all its autumnal glory. Go to http://www.swampradiojax.com

HOLLY JOLLY SHOPPING SPREE

Nov. 19: Get a head start on holiday shopping on the Holly Jolly Shopping Spree on Nov. 19 in uptown St. Augustine. This annual event offers a chance to find thoughtful gifts and seasonal clothing in uptown shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants (gift certificates!). Colonial St. Augustine Foundation organizes the unique event each year. The 7th annual Holly Jolly Shopping Spree will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 19. Go to www.colonialstaugustine.org for details and tickets.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 19-Jan. 31: The 23rd Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 19 during Light-Up Night, an event that includes live music in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. The music will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Each year, former St. Augustine mayors gather to flip the switch during Light Up Night. The City of St. Augustine’s giant tree in the Plaza is lit first, then all the lights come on surrounding the area. Many families start the holiday season with this tradition — going to dinner downtown and and then watching as the lights are turned on. Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on city buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. Go to nightsoflights.com

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Nov. 20-Jan. 2: Hope on the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley to view the Nights of Lights. The trolleys depart from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 through Jan. 2 for a 30- minute tour of the oldest city. Cost is $12.99 for adults, and $5.99 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. 20-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. Go to www.ripleys.com/redtrains for tickets.

COTTON PATCH GOSPEL

Dec. 1-31Presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs by Harry Chapin, Cotton Patch Gospel is on stage Dec. 1-31 on the Matuza Main Stage at Limelight Theare, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Herod is the governor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs — only to rise again. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and on Terrific Tuesday on Dec. 6. Sunday performance is a 2 p.m. matinee.  Tickets are $26 for all seats, with $15 tickets for the preview show on Dec. 1 and Terrific Tuesday on Dec. 6. Go to www.limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.

THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS

Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, and Dec. 16-25: A holiday spectacular is offered each Christmas season by Turning Point at Calvary Baptist Church, 3500 State Road 16. This is a drive-thru light display, choreographed to music that visitors can tune in on their radios in their own vehicles! Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Admission is FREE. Go to tpcalvary.com/events

ST. AUGUSTINE CHRISTMAS PARADE

Dec. 3: Floats, Santa, marching bands, horses, pirates and other units will travel down San Marco Avenue beginning at 10 a.m Saturday, Dec. 3 as part of the 62nd Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade. The event starts promptly at 10 a.m. on San Marco Avenue at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine, ending behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Drive. San Marco Avenue and other downtown streets will be closed during the event. Arrive early to find parking and claim your spot. Admission is FREE.

ST. AUGUSTINE WINTER SPECTACULAR

Dec. 3: The St. Augustine Winter Spectacular will help kick off the holiday season at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 following the St. Augustine Christmas parade. The performances will be held in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine Advanced ticket prices are $15 and $20. Prices at the door will be $20 and $25, if available. The show will feature different scenes that comprise a family-friendly, entertaining storyline that follows a young girl’s journey during the holidays. Audiences can expect to see a full production within a variety of genres including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, acrobatics, kick line and musical theatre numbers. The Dance Company, located in the Cultural Arts Center next to the St. Augustine Beach pier, is a nonprofit dance studio that has been providing strong technical and artistic dance training for over 20 years. Tickets are available at www.staugustinewinterspectacular.com

LUMINARY NIGHT AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE

Dec. 7: Community members and visitors are invited to enjoy live music, hot beverages and holiday cheer from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 during Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. FREE to the public, this year’s holiday open house will feature performances by the St. Augustine High School Chamber Ensemble and Guitar Club, and the Anastasia String Quartet, whose Christmas melodies will exuberate from the walls of the lighthouse tower. The festivities will also include a children’s holiday crafts and an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. The celebration takes place amidst the flickering glow of over 1,500 luminaries spread through the light station grounds. Admission is free. Go to staugustinelighthouse.com

ELF JR. THE MUSICAL

Dec. 9-11: Based on the beloved holiday film, Elf Jr. The Musical is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy that follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Show times are 5 p.m. Dec. 9; 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 10; and 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Directed by Madi Mack, students in Limelight’s KidzfACTory program will play popular characters in this holiday play. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, available at limelight-theatre.org or by calling 904-825-1164.

ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORIC INNS TOUR

Dec. 10-11: “Christmas Through the Years” is the theme of the 2016 St. Augustine Historic Inns tour, taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11 in 23 bed and breakfast inns in downtown St. Augustine, along with two historic attractions, the Ximenez-Fatio House and the Pena-Peck House.  These historic homes will be decked out in holiday finery and each inn will be paired with a local restaurant or culinary partner, with signature treats and samples at each stop. The tour can be navigated by foot or by the Old Town Trolley shuttle along the route. Tickets are $40 and include both days. Go to staugustinebandbtour.com for tickets.

ST. AUGUSTINE MAKERS FEST

Dec. 11: The St. Augustine Maker’s Fest will be an all-encompassing entertainment event where food, drink and all types of art are celebrated for one festive day. The first event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Mark Lance National Armory, 190 San Marco Ave., in uptown St. Augustine. Not only will local artisans showcase their talents and skills, but the community, as well as visitors, can enjoy and purchase these unique works of art. “Makers” are all those who create or produce something of value. Their crafts include anything from baking, jewelry or wood work, mixing essential oils to photography, videography and making music. This event is open to people of all ages. It will include plenty of hands-on activities and demonstrations as well as live musical acts and culinary delights. There will be a $1 per person entrance fee and punch cards will be available for purchase for hands-on craft making and other activities. Go to www.staugustinemakersfest.com  for more details.

NUTCRACKER BALLET

Dec. 17-18See student and professional ballet dancers on stage in this holiday classic! This spectacular holiday show features mischievous mice, dancing dolls, sparkling snowflakes, elegant costumes, custom-designed scenery, and magic that will charm the entire family. The Nutcracker is staged each year by the St. Augustine Ballet, a non-profit community ballet organization that presents professional quality ballet to St. Augustine and surrounding communities. Performances are 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are available at www.tututix.com/saintaugustineballet or 855-222-2849.

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