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Don’t Sit Around – Do Something This Weekend

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 26, 27 & 28

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

St. Augustine, Florida’s annual Nights of Lights provides one of the Southeast’s most memorable holiday events. In a manner befitting the Nation’s Oldest City, this inspiring display of light is based on the tradition of the town’s original Spanish colonists who placed a white candle in their windows to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays. This 17th edition of the festival features more than two million tiny white lights adorning the palm trees and buildings of the city’s historic district. Reflected in the waters of Matanzas Bay, outlining the colonial city, and including the nearby beaches and lighthouse, this light display creates a holiday wonderland in a place with real history on every street corner. For a complete list of activities and events during Nights of Lights, visit www.NightsofLights.com.

WINTER WONDERLAND AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATER

Slide on in to Winter Wonderland and experience a real ice skating rink, ice slide, Elf Express train rides, The Elf Village, sleigh rides and SNOW! There are even scheduled visits from Santa. New this year – a ski chalet with a bar and closed circuit television! St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A St. Augustine. Hours are November 26 through December 17, Monday through Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays noon to 10 p.m.; and December 18 through January 2, Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. Admission is free with activity participation fees. For more information, call 904.209.0367 or visit www.WinterWonderlandFlorida.com.

SANTA’S BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN

Enjoy St Augustine’s beautiful Nights of Lights Celebration from Santa’s Big Red Christmas train! Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train operates 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 for Adults and $3 for children 2-12, children under 2, free. For more information, call 904.829.6545.

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Explore St. Augustine’s famous Night of Lights in the cozy comfort aboard the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Caroling, hot cider, homemade cookies and complimentary magical viewing glasses, handcrafted by Santa’s elves add to the magic of your evening. Tours depart from the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center located at 10 Castillo Drive. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 – 12. For more information call 904.829.3800.

Harry Potter at the imax

See Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the latest and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, on the giant screen at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre located at One World Golf Place in St. Augustine’s World Golf Village.. For show times through December 31 and advance ticket information, visit www.WorldGolfIMAX.com or call 904.940.IMAX.

Friday and Saturday: November 26 & 27

CANDLE LIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA

Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a live Christmas tree in the “Court of Lions”, decorated in the Villa’s traditional Red and Gold Colors and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930s. Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. Then the guided candlelight tour begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 7-12, children 4-6 are free (not recommended for children under 3). Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. For more information, visit www.VillaZoryada.com or call 904.829.9887.

Saturday & Sunday: November 27 & 28

FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

See art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. Enjoy unplugged entertainment, plein air artists at work, and the Kids Art Zone. This juried art festival takes place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visit www.staaa.org.

Saturday: November 27

LOS PRESIDIALES DE SAN AGUSTÍN AT FORT MOSE

Experience an 18th-century historical interpretation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Mose Historic State Park, the site of the first legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S. Fort Mose State Park is located just north of St. Augustine off U.S. 1 at 15 Fort Mose Trail. Admission is $4 for vehicles up to 8 people, $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information call 904.823.232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.

BEACH PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Get a great holiday photo and help support the St. Augustine Lifesaving Association. From 9 a.m. to noon, Santa will be posing for photos on the beach just north of the county pier in St. Augustine Beach. For more information, call 904.540.4255.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

A favorite end-of-the-month event, Uptown Saturday Night takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the last Saturday of every month in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet the artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

Sunday: November 28

EMMA CONCERT: ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET

Enjoy the spontaneous, passionate and dynamic performance of this renowned world-class ensemble. The performance begins at 2 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information call 904.797.2800 or visit www.EmmaConcerts.com.

NOTE:
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to Government House Museum, the Lightner Museum, the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

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