Friday: November 25
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND TOUR OF TREES AT TPC SAWGRASS
Enjoy the ceremonial lighting of the tree at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, 110 TPC Boulevard in Ponte Vedra Beach. There will be holiday music and hot cocoa for this fun family event which takes place form 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse is open for Holiday Tree tours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through January 1, 2012. For more information, call 904.271-3235 or visithttp://www.tpc.com/
FAMILY BOATING EXCURSION
Avoid the shopping madness by taking a cruise into the waters surrounding St. Augustine for a tour you’ll be talking about in years to come. Passionate Captains explain marine wildlife behavior. Underwater microphones make for a unique experience as you listen for dolphins, snapping shrimp & more! $35/Adults, $30/Kids 3-12. (There’s also a Thanksgiving Day Eco Tour.) Call St. Augustine Eco Tours today at 904-377-7245. www.
THANKSGIVING GOES WILD
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will continue the city’s wildest Thanksgiving tradition with Thanksgiving-themed feeding sessions and special holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day and Friday for the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Goes Wild. Maximo will leap for a turkey dinner, alligators will enjoy a special poultry feast, tortoises will munch on winter squash, and much more. This year, guests will even be invited to design and create enrichment devices for the animals. Call 904.824.3337
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: November 25, 26, 27
TOUR DE CHOCOLATE
Join City Walks on the brand new Tour de Chocolate every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:00 noon for a 2-hour fantastic journey into the world of Chocolate. From the Aztecs and Mayans to Europe via the Spanish Conquistadors, explore the history and indulge yourself in the wonderful world of CHOCOLATE. The tour is 2 hours long and includes all tastes and samplings, and a VERY special take home gift of chocolates. All ages welcome, Adults are $36 and Children under 10 are $25, per person. Reservations are required and are available for online reservations/purchase, where guests will save $2 per person. Make your reservation now at http://www.
See the sparkling Nights of Lights from the beautiful deck of the Schooner Freedom on these special daily sunset sails. The Schooner Freedom departs daily from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. for 2 hours, will feature the illumination of the city. Rates are $45 per adults, kids 2-12 are $35, under 2 sails free, we provide complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water. Call 904.810.1010
Friday and Saturday: November 25, 26
46TH ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
See art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. More than 150 artists from around the USA are juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend 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 Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. For more information, call904.824.2310 or visit www.staaa.org.
WINTER WONDERLAND AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Bring the whole family to enjoy St. Augustine’s Winter Wonderland which features 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. Adults are welcome to relax and enjoy refreshments in the Igloo Lounge (21 and up only). St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A St. Augustine. Hours are November 26 through December 16, Monday through Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 10 p.m..; and December 17 through January 1 from 2 to 10 p.m. daily except Christmas Day (5 – 10 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve (noon to 5 p.m.) Admission is free with activity participation fees. For more information, call 904.209.0367 or visit www.WinterWonderlandFlorida.
Saturday: November 26
LIVING HISTORY DAYS AT FORT MOSE
Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting.The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visitwww.floridastateparks.org/
FORT MATANZAS NATURE EXPLORATIONS
Be a part of this National Parks Service Nature Series at Fort Matanzas National Monument. These ranger-led walks are part of a series of excursions, each exploring a different habitat or ecosystem at Fort Matanzas. The tours take place on the last Saturday of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.461.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma.
SALT MARSH KAYAK TRIP
Work off Thanksgiving dinner with a little exercise on a 10am-12pm kayak trip. Fascinating natural history information & great equipment make this tour a slam dunk! Professional Guides lead the way and ensure a safe & memorable kayaking experience. 10:00AM-12:00PM. $40/Adult, $35/kids 6-12. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours at 904-377-7245. www.
LOW TIDE BIKE RIDE AT ANASTASIA STATE PARK
Get a great cardio workout on one of the most awesome beaches in Florida. The ride is a 3 ½ mile loop and includes an ecology talk at the point of Conch Island. Riders should be prepared for weather conditions on the beach which could be influenced by heat, cold, wind and sand. This fun and energetic ride takes place at 2 p.m. Bring at least one pint of water, bicycle, snack, binoculars, and sunscreen. Bike rentals will be available. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle, up to 8 people, $4 for single occupant admission, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.461.2035, or visitwww.floridastateparks.org/
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to take over guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts the replacement soldiers through a rigorous drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard has taken place and the town is safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military parade travels along St. George Street from City Gates at 5:30 p.m. The changing of the guard takes place at 6 p.m. in front of St. Augustine’s Government House in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The event is free. For more information, call 904.808-1999.
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
EMMA CONCERT SERIES: WOLFGANG DAVID & DAVID GOMPPER
Enjoy a musical presentation by international violin recitalist Wolgang David and pianist/composer David Gompper at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to order tickets, visitwww.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.
HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY NIGHTS OF LIGHTS TOUR
Explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Guests of all ages delight at the festive glittering lights throughout St. Augustine’s historic area while enjoying caroling, hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Each guest will receive complimentary magical viewing glasses that will enhance the twinkle and glimmer of the lights. And, children and adults alike will get the chance to meet Santa during the tour. Tours are nightly through December 31 and take place between 6 and 8 p.m., departing from the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, located at 11 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call904.829.3800.
ST. AUGUSTINE GOLD TOURS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
Tour the dazzling display of lights in comfort and style with just 7 passengers on all electric silent shuttle bus with individual seat restraints. All tours are $7 (inclusive of 3D glasses) starting and finishing at the Old Drug Store car park on Orange Street where the kids can meet Santa.
PRIVATE NIGHTS OF LIGHTS TOUR CHARTERS
Plan a private tour of the Nights of Lights for your large group. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a special 40 minute tour for groups of 20 or more. Tours are available in advance every night except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Private tour rates are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center, located at 11 W Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.3800.
Sunday: November 27
LINCOLNVILLE FARMER’S MARKET
Get fresh produce, arts, crafts, jewelry, delicious lunch selections and family fun at downtown St. Augustine’s new Lincolnville Farmer’s Market. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — turn south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and follow it to the market behind the Galimore Center.
THE LIVES AND WIVES OF HENRY FLAGLER AT RAINTREE RESTAURANT
The Raintree Restaurant and the same production team that brought you “Murder in the Olde City”, are proud to present the public debut of “The Lives and Wives of Henry Flagler”, in a limited run just before the holidays begin. This dinner theatre experience will be staged AT Raintree Restaurant, located at 102 San Marco avenue in St. Augustine. Authored by Candace B. Fleming, a longtime St. Augustine resident and graduate of Flagler College, the play features Margaret Kaler, Dianne Jacoby, Darlene Jacobs, and Robert Gill. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 per person. For more information, call 904.824.7211 or visit http://www.raintreerestaurant.
Stop by Ripley’s Bayfront Golf at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina for a round of golf with Prancer and his friend. Bayfront Golf will be transformed into a mini-North Pole through the holidays. Bayfront Golf’s Prancer’s Putt-Putt golf is open through January 2 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Regular prices are $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children, or just $1 per person when purchased with tickets for Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train tours. Bayfront Golf is located at 11 Avenida Menendez ion St. Augustine’s Bayfront. For more information, call 904-824-1606.
SANTA’S BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN
Come ride Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train this Ho-Ho-Holiday Season! Get into the holiday spirit as our Big Red Trains transport you through our magical city to view the Nights of Lights celebration nightly through January 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 -9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults ages 12 and over and $3 for children ages 3-1. Ticket includes complimentary magical glasses that make the light displays extra amazing. December 2nd through 24th tours include stops at Santa’s Village and Prancer’s Putt-Putt for only $1 each! 904.824.1606 www.redtrains.com