The Best Winter Events in St. Augustine, Florida!

EVERY  CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD AND THEN SOME

Nov. 22-Dec. 22Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! This fast-paced farce is on stage through December 22 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. matinee every Sunday. Tickets: limelight-theatre.org

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 23-Jan. 31: The 25th Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 17 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. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. 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, 2020. Go to nightsoflights.com

FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

Nov. 30-Dec.1: The 54th Annual Fall Art & Craft Festival, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association, features more than 150 artists offering painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, fiber art, photography and mixed media. The even takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Go to staugustineartfestival.com for more details.

LUMINARY NIGHT AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE

Dec. 4: The 22nd Annual Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a family-friendly tradition during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. On the evening of Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the Museum grounds will open for an evening celebration that will delight both young and old.  This popular event is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a taste of the holidays, St. Augustine style. The event takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry. Holiday music, Santa visits, seasonal treats, and other activities are planned. Stay updated in this Facebook event.

ST. AUGUSTINE CHRISTMAS PARADE

Dec. 7: The 65th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 7 in downtown St. Augustine. Florida’s Most Festive Christmas Parade! Sponsored by Flagler Hospital St. Augustine and organized by Linda Abbott, the parade begins on San Marco Avenue at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine along the Bayfront, and ending behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Drive. Local organizations, clubs, bands, businesses, churches and schools participate in this event, making it the largest, most festive, family friendly, parade in all of Florida! Holiday seasonal decorations adorn all the fantastic entries — from floats to marching bands to antique cars and horses and carriages. It’s a great start to the Christmas and Holiday Season in one of the most beautifully decorated, historic cities in America with the hundreds of thousands of white lights during Nights of Lights! Come celebrate the Holiday and Christmas Season and spend the day or weekend in historic St Augustine.!

TO PARTICIPATE
staugustinesocial.com/christmas-parade
or call 904-824-4997 to contact Linda Abbott, Parade Coordinator

WINTER CROC FEST AT THE ALLIGATOR FARM

Dec. 7: Winter CrocFest 2019 will take place from 1-9 p.m. December 7, 2019 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Funds raised will support research and conservation projects for the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Belize, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica. All of the projects aim to preserve in-country C. acutus, and propose various means by which to minimize or avoid human-crocodile conflict. Join the rest of the Florida-based crocodile, reptile and conservation community as we gather together to enjoy visiting the sensational exhibits at The Farm. Take advantage of special up-close opportunities and marvel at the abilities of the crocodile (and other) inhabitants there. After dinner, you won’t want to miss the evening finale – a rousing live auction. Whether you bid or just look on, you will be amazed at how our croc-centric attendees come together to support crocodile conservation. Go to alligatorfarm.com

SURF ILLUMINATION AT ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH

Dec. 7: The annual Surf Illumination will take place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, December 7 at the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Free pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, free children’s activities including Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Temporary Tattoos, Bounce Houses, DJ playing holiday music, and more than a dozen vendors selling unique holiday gift items will be part of the event. Local food trucks will offer food and drinks! Commissioner Dylan Rumrell and his family will light the City of St. Augustine Beach Christmas Tree at 5:15 p.m. Admission is FREE.

THE VENARDOS CIRCUS AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE 

Dec. 18-Jan. 5: Venardos Circus and its namesake ringmaster Kevin Venardos (veh-NARR-dos) will debut a new cast, show and music in a return Dec. 18 through Jan. 5 to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a third season. There will be 32 shows over three weeks in the intimate red-and-white striped tent, set up in the Amphitheatre parking lot.  Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. With an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, hand-balancing/contortion, comedy, daredevilry, magic, musical production and much more, with no animals, this amazing circus experience will truly delight adults and kids of all ages. Tickets free for babes in arms (24 months and younger), $25 for adults and $15 for youth under age 12. Premium Reserved seating is priced from $35 to $45. Tickets are available at www.VenardosCircus.com 

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET 

Dec. 21-22: Saint Augustine Ballet Artistic Director Luis Abella is excited to present the 11th Annual Nutcracker to the community. This holiday favorite will be staged on Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22— at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. both days — in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 to $30 with discounts for ages 65 and older, and 12 and younger. Tickets are available at saintaugustineballet.com or by calling 855-222-2849.  

HMS PINAFORE BY FIRST COAST OPERA

Jan. 4-5: First Coast Opera stages H.M.S. Pinafore on January 4 & 5, 2020 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Fully-staged with orchestra. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5. Cost is $40 for adults and children are admitted free with paid adult ticket. Get tickets at firstcoastopera.com or 904-417-5555. In this nautical satire, the Captain’s daughter has captured the attentions of two men: a lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw and the pompous Sir Joseph Porter. Only the mysterious Little Buttercup can unravel the ensuing mess of class rivalries and mistaken identities. Infectious tunes and clever wit make this G&S comedy at its best!

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