This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!


November 27- December 3, 2017
Nights of Lights Runs Nightly in St. Augustine
Click here for information about the many Nights of Lights Tours and Events through January 31  
Monday – Sunday, November 27-December 3
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times Exhibition
Immerse yourself in fashion and history in this highly anticipated exhibition at the Lightner Museum. Dressing Downton™, a 13-week display of 36 authentic Victorian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey®, will be elegantly displayed in the museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for college students and seniors, $10 for 12-17-year-olds, and free for youth under age 12. The ticket cost includes entry to the museum. There will be special Upstairs/Downstairs Tours and Afternoon Teas that take place daily during the exhibition. Tickets can be purchased through the website. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874
High Tea at Cafe Alcazar
Immerse yourself with the full experience of the Dressing Downton exhibition with a special tea in the Cafe Alcazar located in the historic pool area of the Lightner Museum. The high teas will include sweet and savory items reminiscent of Gilded Age high style.  Through January 7 teas will be at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. Tickets are $55. 25 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-9948
Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar Tours
The history of the Lightner Museum as well as its former splendor as the Alcazar Hotel shows many parallels to the time period and lives of the characters of the popular television series Downton Abbey®. This is a guided tour to areas of the museum typically closed to the public where participants will learn what life was like for both guests and staff who visited and worked at the Alcazar Hotel during the Gilded Age in St. Augustine. The tour lasts one hour and is in addition to the Dressing Downton exhibition and continues through January 7. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased through the website. Reservations are required. This tour is recommended for adults only. 75 King St., St. Augustine 844-426-408
Justice League 2D
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. This film is showing at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame through December 7. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123
Monday, November 27
Secrets of Spanish Florida: A Secrets of the Dead Special Screening
WJCT and Flagler College will hold a preview of Secrets of Spanish Florida: A Secrets of the Dead Special as well as a discussion about why this history is so important for everyone to know. The event will be held in the Virginia Room at Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center. The film uncovers the story of St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the United States. Founded in 1565 by the Spanish – two generations before Jamestown and Plymouth – it became a melting pot of the people they brought with them.There will be a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the screening at 7:30 p.m. The event concludes with a discussion of the film.Admission is free. 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-829-6481
Wednesday, November 29
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Talk
As part of the Flagler College Art and Design Department Faculty Exhibition at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum through December 2, the artists of works displayed in the exhibition will give a talk on select dates throughout November. On this date, Natalie Stephenson, assistant professor of graphic design at Flagler College, will give a presentation titled Design in the Community about past and recent service learning projects in which she has collaborated at 4 p.m. Admission is free. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-826-8530

Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour

Join Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its 8th annual Candlelight Tour, which is offered on select evenings during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. The museum is beautifully decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda, red and gold. More than 100 candles are aglow throughout the museum. The tour is at 6 p.m. General admission is $16. Admission for youth ages 7-12 is $7 and admission is free for youth ages 4-6. The tour is not recommended for youth ages 3 and under. Reservations are required and can be made by phone. 83 King St., St. Augustine  904-829-9887
Laura Lee Smith’s New Novel Pre-Release Event
St. Augustine writer Laura Lee Smith’s second novel, The Ice House, will be released by Grove Press on December 5. The book, partly inspired by the iconic Riberia Street building that now houses The St. Augustine Distillery and The Ice Plant, tells the story of a man on the verge of losing his livelihood and of losing forever his relationship with his only son. At 6 p.m., Smith will host a pre-release event at The St. Augustine Distillery. The Ice House will be available for purchase nearly a week before its official release. Smith will sign copies and will speak briefly about the book’s development. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, RSVP by email or Facebook. 112 Riberia St., St. Augustine
Tidings of Jazz and Joy Tour at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Contemporary jazz pianist Keiko Matsui and saxophone journeyman Euge Groove with Lindsey Webster and Adam Hawley perform Tidings of Jazz and Joy. The performance will feature a collaboration of holiday music and the jazz hits of each artist. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance is at 8 p.m. Admission ranges from $69-$49. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Thursday, November 30
Throwback Thursday: The St. Louis Bank Robbery at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe 
A gang’s plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.This film is showing at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe at noon. The cost is $10, which includes a meal, popcorn, small drink and showing of the movie. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736
Lee Weaver Performance at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
Lee Weaver will perform Piercing the Darkness at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe. The doors open at 6 p.m. for food and drink orders from the menu, and the performance is at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Tickets are $20. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-687-8779
Flagler College’s Senior Conservatory
With this fall’s Senior Conservatory theme of “Decades,” Flagler College Theatre Arts students will showcase their talents through personal accounts from the 1980s, tackling the topic of the New Millennium or overcoming obstacles millennials face. The Senior Conservatory Plays will be performed at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission and are available through the website. Tickets are also available through the box office one hour prior to curtain. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine
Thursday – Sunday, November 30-December 3
Coney Island Christmas
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths. Coney Island Christmas introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday through December 23. There is a preview day on November 30. Tickets are $26 general admission, $24 seniors and $20 students and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164
Friday, December 1
First Friday Art Walk
From 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine features new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. Maps are available at participating galleries. 832-779-2781
First Friday Art Walk Recital
The music department of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine presents the First Friday Art Walk Recital featuring Shannon McKay, cathedral organist. The performance begins at 6 p.m. There will be a free-will offering. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine 904-824-2806
Parent’s Night Out at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Let us entertain your kids in a safe and educational environment while you and yours have a night on the town. Have a nice dinner, take in a movie, or just relax; whatever you want, we’ve got the kids. The event at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is from 6-10 p.m. for youth ages 5-12. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $30 for non-members and $25 for members. 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine 904-824-3337
Castillo by Candlelight: Enemy at the Gates
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will host special evening tours with a special look into the Siege of 1740.  St. Augustine Garrison and Colonial Nightwatch, staff and volunteers in 18th century period clothing will tell the stories of St. Augustine on the brink of its destiny. Visitors will experience the evening before the Fort Mose counterattack and learn about life in the town during the siege as the cannons fire away at the British on Anastasia Island. Cannons fire multiple times between 6:45-9 p.m. Each of the six nighttime candlelit living history tours last 45 minutes. Tours depart from the ticket both at 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 5-15 and free for youth under age 5. Tickets can be reserved by phone or at the Castillo ticket booth. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-829-6506 Ext.
Environmental Film at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
The Corazon Cinema and Cafe is showing Minimalism/Episode 13: Little Talbot Island State Park at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. The film is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, and proceeds are donated to this organization. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736
Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2
Ponte Vedra Artisan Market
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach introduces the Ponte Vedra Artisan Market, a pop-up shop exclusively dedicated to promote and sell wearable items designed and crafted by artists. The center’s curatorial committee will hand select wearable art that is original in concept, design and execution. There will be an opening reception on December 1 from 6-8 p.m. Admission into the market is free and open to the public. The Artisan Market will be open through December 12. The center is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614
Friday – Sunday, December 1-3
Enchanted Christmas Village
Come enjoy 12 days of Christmas with Santa and his elves at this fun-filled adventure taking place at Hope Pavilionevery weekend in December. Enchanted Christmas Village features holiday musical performances, bounce houses, wagon rides through the enchanted trail, pictures with Santa, yard games, photo op cut outs and plenty of food and craft venders. There is even a high tea with the Clause family under, and a family of four ticket is $50. High Tea with the Clauses is $45 for adults and $25 for youth. 899 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach 888-486-6413
Polar Express at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame
A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. This film is showing at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123
The Light of Christmas
Join Turning Point at Calvary for its yearly Light of Christmas event. Drive through the Christmas light display, and then take a stroll through the nativity tent and winter wonderland. This is a free, family friendly event from 6-9 p.m. 3500 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-829-9795
An Evening of Tennessee Williams One Acts
A Classic Theatre presents An Evening of Tennessee Williams One Acts. The play incorporates six one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. The performances are on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center. Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased through the website or by phone. 102 ML King Ave., St. Augustine 904-501-5093
Saturday, December 2
Gingerbread Man 10K/5K Dash
Get in the holiday spirit at this 10K, 5K and fun run at World Golf Village. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday attire. Pets are welcome. Participants of the 10K and 5K will receive a medal and t-shirt. Also, gingerbread cookies and food from PDQ and Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be available. The 10K begins at 8 a.m., the 5K begins at 8:05 a.m. and the fun run begins at 9:05 a.m. Registration ranges from $35-$10. 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine 904-710-2458
GTM Research Reserve Guided Exploration Hike
The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. take a guided exploration hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. This 1.5-mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The programs are free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500
Christmas Parade
St. Augustine’s annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in North Florida. The two-hour parade includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts at 9 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios off San Marco Avenue, continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine and ends near the Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at 1 Cordova St. 904-824-4779
Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose
Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children’s militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232
St. Augustine Colonial Nightwatch
Hosted by Historic Florida Militia St. Augustine Garrison, this event commemorates St. Augustine’s Colonial period from 1739-1784. The Colonial Night Watch/St. Augustine Garrison is providing free admission to the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St., on Saturday. Inside the Colonial Quarter, there will be activities throughout the day, including tours, musket firing, demonstrations and a live 18th century encampment. Across the street, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, 1 S. Castillo Dr., will be active with 18th century musket and cannon firing during the day. In the evening, the beautiful Torchlight Parade will take place at 7 p.m. The parade route begins at the Castillo, processes down St. George Street and ends at the Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum, 48 King St. A proclamation will be given by the colonial governor, a volley of joy will be fired by the troops and the evening concludes with Christmas carols. 904-829-6506
In appreciation for their service to our country, many St. Augustine area attractions offer free admission to active military and free or discounted admission for their families from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Greater Jacksonville Area USO, also features a free lunch at the St. Augustine Elks Lodge, 1420 A1A South, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. PAL Day is a proud local tradition in St. Augustine and a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation to our troops and their families. Visit for a list of participating attractions. 904-778-2821
Christmas Messiah with UNF Chamber Singers and Lawson Ensemble at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to see the University of North Florida Chamber Singers and the Lawson Ensemble perform selections from G. F. Handel’s Messiah. Doors open at 2:15 p.m., and the performance begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and veterans. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour with Refreshments
Join Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its 8th annual Candlelight Tour, which is offered on select evenings during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. The museum is beautifully decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda, red and gold. More than 100 candles are aglow throughout the museum. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments of homemade Christmas cookies, coffee and a special holiday punch. On this evening, refreshments are at 5 p.m., and the tour is at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $19.99. Admission for youth ages 7-12 is $9 and admission is free for youth ages 4-6. The tour is not recommended for youth ages 3 and under. Reservations are required and can be made by phone. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887
Castaway Canopy Christmas
ZIPStream’s Castaway Canopy Adventure is hosting Castaway Canopy Christmas. During Nights of Lights from December 2-31 on select Friday and Saturday evenings, tours will be available at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pre-booking is required through the website. Admission is $59.95 for adults and $54.95 for youth. 2045 B FL-16 St., St. Augustine 904-814-9562
The St. Augustine Glory Home Game
The St. Augustine Glory, an American Basketball Association professional team, has come to the oldest city in the United States to bring professional basketball, family fun and excitement to this region. The Glory will tip off at 7 p.m. against the Sarasota Manatees at St. Augustine High School. Visit the website for ticket information. 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine 904-437-7298
Bamboozled Starring Viktor Zenko
Showing every Saturday through December 30 at Courtyard by Marriott St. Augustine I-95, Viktor Zenko, magician and mentalist, provides a magical and memorable performance. Zenko will float an audience member above the stage and manipulate a deck of playing cards, among many other skills. Seating begins at 7 p.m., and the performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $22. Tickets for youth ages 17 and under are $18. Tickets can be purchased through the website. Each performance is limited to only 30 tickets. 2075 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-342-2550
Saturday & Sunday, December 2-3
Rails to Trails Festival
Hosted by SEA (Spuds/Elkton/Armstrong) Community Help Resource Center, this festival at Armstrong Park is a celebration of our Gullah Geechee heritage and features cultural arts and crafts, food vendors, historical films, heritage corridor discussions, live music and a bike ride. The free event is scheduled for noon-7 p.m. on Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. 4950 Harvey Ave., Elkton 904-806-3939
Santa Claus Comes to

The Pirate Ship Black Raven 
Every Saturday and Sunday through December 24, Santa Claus comes to the Black Raven on the Treasure Hunt trips or he will try, anyway! Before we leave the dock, Santa comes on board with his bag of goodies and sets it down. Right behind him is Captain Hook, who grabs that bag and runs. Join our crew as we set sail to get our bag of treasures back and with all the confusion, rescue Santa from the evil Captain Hook as well. The trip departs at 2:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina in downtown St. Augustine. The cost is $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for youth ages 3-12. Reservations can be made by phone or through the website. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine 904-826-0000
St. Augustine Winter Spectacular Presented by The Dance Company
St. Augustine Winter Spectacular is a performance by The Dance Company about a young girl’s journey home for the holidays. This family friendly performance features many dance styles, characters and holiday scenes. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets are $30-25 at the door and $20-$15 in advance. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-471-4946
Sunday, December 3
Guana 50K and 12K Trail Races
This race takes place at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. The race consists of a 50K and 12K. The 50K individual and team races begin at 8 a.m. The 12K race begins at 1 p.m. The race route is a winding loop throughout the park. Registration ranges from $120-$25. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-731-3676
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