Top 12 Holiday Events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

Nights of Pints

November 17-January 31: The 2023 Nights of Pints kicks off November 17 at three craft breweries in St. Augustine, Florida! The event coincides with Nights of Lights. Shirts are available through January 31. Beer cards are honored after January 31! You will be able to purchase your $35 shirt and punch card good for one free pint at each of the three participating breweries:

🍺 Dog Rose Brewing Co.
🍺 Ancient City Brewing
🍺Bootlegger Beach Brewing Jack’s BBQ
The event benefits the following local organizations:
✨Fish Island Community Alliance
✨THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club

Nights of Lights – 30th annual

November 18-January 28: On Saturday, November 18, the City of St. Augustine will kick-off the 30th Annual Nights of Lights season beginning at 4 p.m. with a Showtime USA dance troupe performance in front of City Hall (Lightner Museum), followed by the All Star Orchestra in the Gazebo at the Plaza de la Constitución at 5:30 p.m. The lighting of the city’s holiday tree and canopy of live oak trees around the Plaza de la Constitución begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. The lights turn on every evening at dusk from Nov. 19-Jan. 28, with 3 million lights adorning the historic district of the nation’s oldest city — St. Augustine, Florida. Learn more at

The Ximenez-Fatio House: A Celebration of Art & History Holiday House Tour

November 18-January 5: View artwork by area artists who have decorated 14 fireplaces at the circa 1798 Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, 20 Aviles Street, historic St. Augustine, Florida. This art exhibition is held during the Nights of Lights holiday season, with the 225-year-old original coquina house decorated in holiday finery. This is a collaboration with the St. Augustine Art Association. TICKETS:

✨Tours Monday-Saturday from 10 AM-5 PM

✨Tickets: $15 for Adults; $12 for Seniors, Military, and Teachers; $8 for children 17 and younger. 

“This effort has been inspired by the beautiful Christmas Extravaganza at Stetson Mansion in Deland, Florida and supported by its designer, J. T. Thompson. We do not believe this has ever been done in St. Augustine, and it provides a unique opportunity to celebrate our partner relationship with the St. Augustine Art Association, which had its beginnings at the Ximenez Fatio House in 1924,” explained Payson Tilden, Executive Director at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum.   

Old Town Trolley’s Nights of Lights Tour

November 19-January 28: In its 30th year, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is well known as one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World” by National Geographic Traveler. Take an Old Town Trolley Tour, complete with 3D glasses, to view the lights throughout St. Augustine, Florida. TICKETS:

The Very Un-Merry GrinchMas Ride with The Tasting Tours

November 21-January 1: One of St. Augustine’s most popular holiday happenings! Join the Grinch on a ride through Nights of Lights on select days from November 21-January 1. Plenty of holiday loathing will abound, as the ‘mean one’ steals his way, through the historic downtown!! Ride along with Mr. Grinch (whose heart is two sizes too small), as he tries to steal Christmas away from one and all. Enjoy this family oriented, loathing filled GRINCH-mas experience! There are plenty of photo ops and wild antics. So, hold onto your holiday hats! RSVP here:

Lighthouse Illuminations (20+ themed trees) at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

November 22-January 13: Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum during Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida to see Lighthouse Illuminations: Tides, Tidings, and Trees. Discover 20+ uniquely decorated trees at this special after-hours event. Explore the Keepers’ House and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands, and enjoy a sensational view of Nights of Lights from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and the Lighthouse’s Fresnel Lens. Spots fill up quickly with limited availability so please book ahead. TICKETS:

Vilano Holiday Village – Elf on the Shelf author event

December 2-January 2: Vilano Beach will come alive and share in a one-of-a-kind Christmas VIBE with its visitors. While more than 3 million lights sparkle during Nights of Lights in downtown St. Augustine, the Vilano Holiday Village will shine with an 18-foot-tall Christmas Tree serving as the center of festive celebrations. Get your glow on every Saturday in December with holiday happenings, including a tree lighting, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, meet-the-authors event, holiday shopping with local artisans, dining at the all-new Pesca at Hyatt Place and other restaurants, Cirque Adventure’s high-flying Elf Circus Show, live music, hot chocolate and specialty coffee drinks, hotel packages, and other festive fun along Vilano Road in Vilano Beach, Florida. The biggest news of all? Elf on the Shelf author Carol Aebersold will make an appearance and read her book on Saturday, December 9. Stay updated at

A Vintage Christmas on the Farm

December 9: A Vintage Christmas on the Farm will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 9 at Wesley Wells Farms, 2680 Ada Arnold Road, St. Augustine. Enjoy Santa, farm animals, photo ops, hay ride, North Pole playground, live entertainment, vendors and so much more. Tckets:

St. Augustine Community Chorus concerts – 75th Season

December 9-10 and December 17: The St. Augustine Community Chorus will perform a concert called Christmas Joy at 7:30 p.m. December 9-10 in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. On December 17 from 3-4 p.m., the chorus will perform the annual Messiah sing-a-long at Memorial Lutheran Church, 3375 US-1 South. TICKETS:

Kidz Entrepreneur Holiday Market

December 10: The Kidz Entrepreneur Holiday Market is happening from noon-4 p.m. at The Tringali Bar, 7310 US 1, St. Augustine. More than 40 youth vendors (ages 4-17) will offer seasonal gifts. Enjoy live music by the band Chillula, Santa & Mrs. Claus, food trucks, a DJ, and other seasonal family fun. Parents can register kid vendors by emailing (limited spaces available). The Saucey Pig & Sonny’s BBQ will be there, with proceeds from The Saucey Pig supporting a local charity, and Sonny’s BBQ providing lunch to kid vendors. Admission is free.  

Nutcracker Ballet – 15th annual

December 15-17: The Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, the Mouse King all the favorite Nutcracker characters will return to the St. Augustine stage this holiday season. Saint Augustine Ballet presents the 15th Annual Nutcracker to the community — a timeless classic featuring professional ballet dancers and dance students from St. Augustine and surrounding areas. This holiday favorite will be staged December 15-17, 2023 with four performances in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine, Florida. TICKETS:

La Bohème by First Coast Opera

December 30-31: First Coast Opera’s New Year’s Eve opera — La Bohème, on stage December 30-31 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Experience the timeless passion of Puccini’s masterpiece while ringing in the New Year. Prepare to laugh, weep, and feel the full range of human emotions as Puccini’s lush and evocative music takes you on a journey of love and loss! TICKETS:




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