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This Week in ST. AUGUSTINE

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December 9, 2013
Monday – Sunday : December 9 – 15
Nights of Lights – Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. www.NightsofLights.com

 

Nights of Lights Tours –  The City of St. Augustine shines a little brighter during Nights of Lights. There are several tours available that make the holiday experience even more brilliant during this special time of year.  Click here for a list of Nights of Lights Tours!

 

Holidays at Colonial Quarter – During the annual Nights of Lights event, the Colonial Quarter transforms into a fantastic holiday wonderland each evening beginning at 6 p.m. and the two-acre site will be open at no charge. S’more stations, hot chocolate, cider and mulled wine will be served up along with the joyous sound of carolers. You can even climb the 35 ft. watchtower for a spectacular view of the city sparkling with white lights. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-599-2113 www.colonialquarter.com

 

TPC Sawgrass Tour of Trees – Through January 1, 2014, experience the self-guided tour of the grandiose TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse to view the spectacular holiday decorations in each room! The Clubhouse is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 103 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach  904-273-3235 www.tpc.com/sawgrass 

 

Viva Florida Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association – Through December 29, Florida’s 500th Anniversary year concludes with this popular exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association celebrating the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

 

Miniature Historic St. Augustine Village Holiday Exhibit – Through December 29, a miniature village of historic St. Augustine buildings, created by woodworker Leonard Ruel, is on display at the St. Augustine Art Association. This special holiday installation features 39 small-scale replicas of iconic buildings such as the Cathedral Basilica, Villa Zorayda, Government House, the Pena Peck House and others. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibit – Through January 5, 2014, this intriguing exhibit of images of the New World and its indigenous peoples and animals provide a fascinating look at the first encounter between the peoples of the Old World and the New World -an epic event that changed the world forever. The exhibit is located in the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.StAugustine-450.com

 

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach – Through January 4, 2014, the second annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery — A Celebration of Coastal Living. The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools, and organizations. Vilano Beach Main St., St. Augustine. 904-910-8386 www.VilanoBeachFL.com

 

‘Playbook’ Art Exhibit at space:eight Gallery – Through January 30, 2014, space:eight hosts ‘Playbook,’ an exhibition of new works by Roswell, GA, artist George Long and Brooklyn artist Mario Schambon. The new series of works is pulled and pushed from a very diverse set of feelings and adventures fueled by desires, hunger, thirst. space:eight Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. After hours by appointment. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com

Monday & Tuesday:  December 9 & 10

Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit – As part of “A December to Remember,” the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with David Beniot. The 7 p.m. performance is sponsored by the Community First Credit Union and admission is free. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com

Monday – Wednesday:  December 9 – 11

The Pioneer Barn Holiday Dinner Theater – Each evening, the Pioneer Barn hosts an entertaining holiday show filled with music, dancing and fine cuisine. Beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Call for reservations and ticket prices. 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-8874 www.oldfloridamuseum.com

Monday – Friday:  December 9 – 13

Small Objects Exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach – Through December 27, the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the works of local artists selling hand-made work for the holidays. The prices range from $25 to $350. Admission is free. The gallery is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Tuesday:  December 10

Salt Air Farmer’s Market – Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Find an array of fresh, organically-grown produce and other yummy things. 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine. 904-814-9886 www.marinelandmarina.com

 

Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture – Dr. Judith Burdan presents a lecture titled “Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: Money, Power and the ‘New Woman’ in the Guided Age.” The presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel and takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, now Flagler College. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture or $15 for four lectures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community/events/community-lecture-series/index.html

 

Sailing Excursion – Comfortable seating, small groups and beautiful scenery — perfect ingredients for a wonderful time on the water.  Join the professional captains of St. Augustine Eco Tours on their 27-foot sailboat for a 2-hour tour of the Matanzas River.  Sights include the historic bayfront, beautiful salt marshes, and local wildlife.  Special rate of $45 per adult, or $250 for a private trip (up to 6 guests). Departs from the Municipal Marina.  Tour times:  1:15 and 3:45 p.m. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Tuesday & Friday:  December 10 & 13

4th Annual Candlelight Tour of Villa Zorayda – Villa Zorayda staff provide holiday Candlelight Tours of the beautiful St. Augustine villa. A spectacular Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda – red and gold – is located center stage in the Court of Lions. Over 100 candles are aglow throughout the museum. The tour starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults; Children 7 – 12 are $6. Children 4 – 6 are free. The candlelight tours are not recommended for children 3 and under. 83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com

Wednesday:  December 11

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.comPet Friendly Food Tour – Bring Fido to join City Walks for a Pet Friendly Food Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. Each Wednesday, join City Walks and explore the history and culture of St. Augustine through its rich culinary influences, visiting unique pet-friendly restaurants and eateries. Tours benefit the local St. Augustine Wild Reserve. Tickets are $49 and limited to 12 humans plus leashed pets. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St. 904-825-0087. www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

Thursday:  December 12

Evenings at Whitney; Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible – At 7 p.m., The Whitney Lab Lohman Auditorium at Marineland hosts Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD. from University of Cincinnati, who now holds the prestigious post of Investigator at the Stowers Institute of Medical Research in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Alvarado’s presentation is based on his current research efforts aimed at elucidating the molecular and cellular basis of animal regeneration using the free-living flatwork Schmidtea mediterranea. 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-461-4000 www.whitney.ufl.edu

Thursday & Saturday:  December 12 &14
Pet Friendly St. Augustine Food Tour – Bring your best friend along from 1:30 – 4 p.m. to learn some of the history of St. Augustine and taste some of the delectable offerings in the “first city.” The tour stops at five pet friendly restaurants. All pets must be leashed. The tour is limited to 10 humans with their fur babies. Tickets are $49 (receive a discount with online booking). 904-392-7137 www.StAugustineHistoricTours.com
Thursday – Saturday: December 12 – 14

Fall 2013 Senior Portfolio Exhibition – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum presents the Fall 2013 Senior Portfolio Exhibition with an opening reception on Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m. The B.F.A. exhibition will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, textiles, video, and mixed media works by Flagler College’s graduating B.F.A. and B.A. candidates. The works will be on display Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturday form 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Friday: December 13

The Lost Ships Tour at the St. Augustine Lighthouse – Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour includes a multi-media presentation with a Lighthouse marine archaeologist and access to areas of the Light Station that are off-limits for general admission visitors. See recovered artifacts that are undergoing cleaning and stabilization by conservators. Tour includes access to the museum exhibits in the Keeper’s House and the Lighthouse. Tickets are $24 and advance reservations are required. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

 

Eco- Kayak Tour – Join the Guides of St. Augustine Eco Tours for a 2-hour program that provides a unique perspective of the historic Castillo fort, gorgeous views of the bay front, wildlife sightings and explanations of local salt marsh ecology.  No experience necessary.  Stable tandem kayaks make the paddle enjoyable for all.   Discounted rate of $40 per adult, $30 per child.  Departs from the Municipal Marina at 10 a.m. returning at 12 p.m. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

 

Kathleen Madigan at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Over her 25-year career, standup comedian Kathleen Madigan has performed on virtually every late-night television show including Leno, Letterman, Conan and Ferguson. She has starred in two HBO specials, three Comedy Central specials and three CMT “Salute to the Troops” specials with Ron White. She has released four CDs and two hour-long DVDs. Tickets for Madigan’s performance are $42 and $32. There are two performances, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com

A Night in Bethlehem – The holiday season comes alive from 6:30-8:30 p.m. when Memorial Lutheran Church presents A Night in Bethlehem. The event features the ancient city of Bethlehem where visitors can explore an unforgettable marketplace, bake bread, make crafts, visit a stable with real animals and chat with Joseph and Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Throughout the evening, students will be singing some of their favorite Christmas songs. 3375 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine 904-797-8777 www.LutheranChapelSchool.com

Friday – Sunday: December 13-15
Shadows of the Past at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park – Take a nighttime guided tour of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to experience the eerie beauty of the Timucua burials, and Indian village and the Menendez settlement field by moonlight. Tours start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168 www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/nighttours.html

 

Historic Weapon Demonstrations at Castillo de San Marcos – National Parks Service volunteers and personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily. www.nps.gov/casa

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at World Golf IMAX Theater – Through December 27, The Hobbit trilogy continues at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com

 

Limelight Theatre Presents “The Game’s Afoot” – Through January 5, 2014, this glittering Christmas holiday whodunit is set in 1936 and features a Broadway star who invites his fellow cast members to a party at his Connecticut castle. When a guest is murdered, mystery and comedy take center stage. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

Friday & Sunday: December 13 &15

St. Augustine Orchestra “Sounds of the Season” – The St. Augustine Orchestra presents its spectacular “Sounds of the Season” concert in two weekend performances. The concert features selections from “Messiah” and “The Nutcracker” along with competing “Sleigh Ride” pieces — one by Mozart and the other by Leroy Anderson. The concert will also feature the southeast premier of “Concertino for Bass Drum” by Evan Tonsing. The choir of Christ Church, Ponte Vedra, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Root joins the orchestra for selections from “Messiah” and for traditional carols. The Friday concert is at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum and the Sunday performance takes place at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. 25 Granada St., St. Augustine. http://staugustineorchestra.org/calendarevents-2/

Saturday: December 14
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 

City Walks Pet Friendly Tours – Bring Fido to join City Walks for a FREE Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine’s office. Pets must be leashed, and reservations are required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com

 

GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC).   There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

 

Musket Firing Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas – Reenactors fire flintlock muskets at Fort Matanzas National Monument 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from the island. Fort Matanzas is located at 8635 A1A, 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

 

Santa Suits on the Loose 5K – Dress as Santa and walk/jog/run the beach to benefit St. Augustine Youth Services, a local therapeutic home for boys.  The race will start at the St. Augustine Beach Pier at 8 a. m.  Medals will be awarded to top finishers.  Each participant is given a full Santa Suit to wear while racing. Registration is $35. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach www.facebook.com/SantaSuitsOnTheLoose

 

Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk along the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

 

Holiday in the Gardens – From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Washington Oaks Gardens State Park comes alive with tasteful holiday decorations and activities for the entire family! Arts and crafts, face painting and games with prizes take place in the Holidays Around the World Playground. Santa will be at the Visitor Center accepting “wish lists” and posing for photos for a nominal fee. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mrs. Claus will host a tea party in the gardens including tea, reindeer sandwiches and storytelling – $5 for each party, reservations required. The event also includes arts and crafts vendors and the Second Saturday Plant Sale. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person or a toy for Toys For Tots.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

 

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

 

2nd Annual Charity Drive at Mile Marker Brewing – Mile Marker Brewing joins with First Coast Cares: Musicians Carrying it Forward for a full day of fun and music to benefit the St. Johns Ecumenical Ministries Food Pantry and S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue. From 1 to 10 p.m., local bands and performers will entertain — including Amy Hendrickson, Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards, 2/3rds, Brent Byrd, Nathaniel Good, John Dickie, Smokin’ Joe Schauer, Adam Lee, The Rio Grande Band and Matanzas. Mile Marker Brewing will introduce new beer tappings of seasonal and limited release beers.There will be a silent auction 1-8 p.m. and raffle drawings at 4 and 8:30 p.m. Pub-style food will be available for purchase from the S.O.S. Diner food truck. The public is encouraged to bring dry good donations — everyone making a donation will receive a token good for a complimentary beer or glass of wine and a raffle ticket. The Food Pantry needs non-perishable food items; S.A.F.E. needs Science Diet dry food, canned pet food, paper towels, bleach and liquid laundry soap. 3420 Agricultural Center Drive (just off SR-16. I-95 Exit 318). 904-217-4294, www.milemarkerbrewing.com

 

Regatta of Lights – Annual holiday parade of motorized vessels – sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels all-a-glitter with brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical.  Awards for the best theme, most colorful, best in class and best overall.  Beginning at 6 p.m., the boats will light up St. Augustine’s Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos.  The Regatta of Lights is hosted by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. 904-824-9725  www.sayc2000.com

Victory III and The Regatta of Lights –  Be a part of the St. Augustine Annual Light Boat parade aboard the Victory III. See the beauty of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from Matanzas Bay. Plus, impress the Regatta’s judges with cheering and carols as the Victory III glides past the reviewing stand.   Board at 5:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Tickets are $25 per person ($20 advance purchase).   111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-824-1806 ext 210 www.scenic-cruise.com

 

Chili Cook-Off & Double Feature – As part of Community First Credit Union’s “A December to Remember”, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host a chili cook-off and a movie double feature. The St. Augustine Fire Department Chili Cook starts at 2 p.m. The first movie, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ (Stop Motion) starts at 6 p.m. The second movie ‘Elf’ starts at 7 p.m. The event is free. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com

 

Glowing Sunset Guided Ecotour – Ripple Effect Ecotours lights up its kayaks from 4 – 6 p.m. for a guide nighttime exploration of the estuarine environment. Discover pristine nature using the finest kayaking equipment guided by a master naturalist. No experience required. All costs include passes to Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the finest kayaking equipment and guided service at $55 for adults and $45 for 15 years or younger. 101 Tolstoy Ln., St. Augustine. 904-347-1565 www.rippleeffectecotours.com

 

Changing of the Guard Ceremony – See an authentic re-creation of St. Augustine’s 18th century Changing of the Guard. Presented by the city’s Spanish Garrison, the event portrays the 1740 version of what was once a daily ritual. The colorful military drill begins at 4:30 p.m., with two groups of soldiers marching from the Spanish Bakery located at 42 St. George Street — one heads north to the City Gate and the other group comes south to the Governor’s House on the Plaza de la Constitucion where they will demonstrate Spanish military arts and explain the purpose of the Changing of the Guard. After greeting the public at the City Gate, the first group of soldiers will march down St. George Street and meet their comrades at the Plaza at 4:45 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Changing of the Guard, complete with a volley of musketry, will be performed. The Garrison will then march back up St. George Street to the Castillo de San Marcos. http://historic-florida-militia.org/upcoming-events/

 

John McCutcheon Concert – Folksinger John McCutcheon performs at 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. A seven-time Grammy nominee, he is the master of a dozen instruments and his songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers worldwide.   Tickets are $29 for the first three rows; $25 for all remaining rows. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com

Saturday & Sunday: December 14 & 15

20th Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour “Christmas Around the World” – Christmas Around the World is a two-day tour from 1- 5 p.m. each day featuring 24 inns throughout historic St. Augustine. Each day, 12 inns open their doors to display entertaining decorations and scenes based on the culture, history and holiday traditions of colorful places from Spain to Germany to Ireland – and perhaps some imaginative places that may surprise you. Each inn is paired with a distinguished St. Augustine restaurant or other culinary partner offering savory nibbles, sweet treats and other refreshments. The self-guided tour is easily navigated on foot, but a special tour shuttle also will offer transportation along the route. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance (partial proceeds benefit a local charity). www.staugustinebandbtour.com

 

A Celtic Christmas Celebration – The St. Augustine Community Chorus and the St. Augustine Children’s Chorus present A Celtic Christmas Celebration, including selections from Handel’s Messiah, at the Cathedral Basilica. The tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults and children and students are $5. The concert on Saturday will be at 7:45 p.m. and Sunday at 1:45 p.m. 35 Treasury St., St. Augustine. www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org

 

Santa’s Treasure Hunt – Join the crew of the Black Raven and Santa as they pursue the dastardly Blackbeard across Matanzas Bay to retrieve the stolen Christmas Treasure bag! Lots of sword fighting and an exchange of cannon fire as the Black Raven and Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, engage in seagoing fun and and excitement. The Black Raven sets sail at 2:15 p.m. (passengers check-in no later than 1:45 p.m.). Tickets are adults $29.95, child $19.95; seniors $28.95. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-826-0000 www.blackravenadventures.com

Sunday: December 15

Breakfast with Santa – Flagler College hosts a Breakfast with Santa in the Hotel Ponce de Leon dining hall from 9 – 11 a.m. All are welcome to come enjoy a buffet-style breakfast that will include a special Flagler College ornament per family, photo opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets are $20 for adults ages 13 and older and $10 for children, ages 12 – 2. Booster seats are not available for safety reasons. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu

 

Brunch with Santa at TPC Sawgrass – Bring the children to visit Santa and enjoy a wonderful Holiday Brunch in the grand TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. Stay and enjoy a tour of the Holiday trees located throughout the clubhouse. Santa’s visit and brunch take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reservations required. Cost is $42 for adults and $10.50 for children 6 – 12. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach.  904-543-5105 www.tpc.com/sawgrass

Ho-Ho Holiday Breakfast with Gumbo Clause – Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Sit on Gumbo’s lap with a baby alligator and have your picture taken then enjoy the park. The breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 for annual pass members and $25 for non-members. 999 Anastasia Boulevard. 904-824-3337.

 

St. Augustine Orchestra Holiday Concerts – The St. Augustine Orchestra presents its spectacular “Sounds of the Season” concert in two weekend performances. The concert features selections from “Messiah” and “The Nutcracker” along with competing “Sleigh Ride” pieces — one by Mozart and the other by Leroy Anderson. The concert will also feature the Southeast premier of “Concertino for Bass Drum” by Evan Tonsing. The choir of Christ Church, Ponte Vedra, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Root, joins the orchestra for selections from “Messiah” and for traditional carols. The Friday concert is at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum and the Sunday performance takes place at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. 25 Granada St., St. Augustine. http://staugustineorchestra.org/calendarevents-2/

Holiday Solarium Tea – View the newly restored Solarium at 3 p.m. in the Hotel Ponce de Leon, also known as 400 Rotunda. Guests will be offered their choice of three teas (one specially blended for the Hotel Ponce de Leon), a selection of traditional tea sandwiches and sweets and receive a special Flagler College ornament. Reservations are required. Admission is $40. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu

 

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at The Raintree Restaurant – Get an inside look at Christmas when eight reindeer spill all the details about the real Santa Claus and the elves; Rudolph’s “little secret;” the true story of Vixen and much more in this entertaining dinner and a show. Some mature content. Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com

Local Resident Specials

NOTE:

St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the 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). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.

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.

To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.

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Lifestyle

Inside WildAid

  Inside WildAid by Amy Lignor   Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

  Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever By Craig Lamb   If you are overdosing on TV fishing shows, mindlessly flipping through tackle catalogs, or feeling down and don’t know why, then you are not alone. Count yourself among most of the fishermen in the entire country. We have cabin fever. It’s common this time of year when hunting and football overtake wetting a line on the list of weekend priorities. Or, it’s just plain too … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Charity Begins at Home

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

  Forecasting Climate Change by Amy Lignor As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming. As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? … [Read More its Good for You...]