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This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

St. Augustine, Nights of Lights, IMAX 3D, Dressing of the Palms, Exhibits, Cotton Patch Gospel, New Year's Eve, Flagler College, First Day

December 27, 2016 

Ongoing: December 27 – January 2

 

Nights of Lights

St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops.  Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the 10 best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights features 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 451-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories For more information on Nights of Lights and for a list of special tours visit www.NightsofLights.com

IMAX 3D Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. All dates are subject to change if additional films are added or removed. Visit the website for show times and the most up-to-date schedule. Showing through January 19, admission is $13 adults; $12 students/seniors/military; $10 children ages 3-12; free for children under 3.  One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com


Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach

The Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery, a celebration of coastal living. The trees showcase the creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools and organizations. Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com

Tuesday, January 27

 

Villa Zorayda’s Candlelight Tour with Refreshments
Join the Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its annual Candlelight Tour. 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 as docents lead the tour by candlelight. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m.; tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Refreshments include homemade cookies, holiday punch and coffee. Admission is $18 adults; $8 children 7-12; free for children 4-6. This tour is not recommended for children 3 and under. Reservations required. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com


Tuesday – Friday, December 27 – 30

Visions: Ancient and Modern Exhibit

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents this exhibition of fine art and pottery by Worley Faver and Mary Lou Gibson in the Main Gallery through January 5. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Tuesday – Saturday, December 26 – 31

IMAX 2D – The Polar Express
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. Visit the website for details.  This movie is showing on select dates until Dec. 31.Admission is $10. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Wednesday – Friday, December 28 – 30 

2016 American Junior Golf Tournament
This year’s tournament, a World Junior Golf Series event, is held at the King & Bear golf course in World Golf Village. The tournament features the top junior golfers in the world with more than 70 youth golfers from 24 countries. 1 King and Bear Dr., St. Augustine 772-249-9975 www.golfwgv.com
Thursday, December 29
Last Thursday – Lightner After Hours

Kick off the weekend in style in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery for this monthly social. The Lightner Museum will host evening socials the last Thursday of the month from 5-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Wine, beer and appetizers are available for purchase from Café Alcazar. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874

Donna the Buffalo and Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band

One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy and danceable music. Tickets are $28.50 in advance, $31.50 day of show; General Admission standing room only. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-3746

Thursday – Saturday, December 29 – 31

 

Cotton Patch Gospel

Enjoy this story presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs by Harry Chapin. Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $26; $24 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

Friday, December 30    

 

North Florida Women’s Chorale Christmas Performance 
The North Florida Women’s Chorale is excited to present its annual Christmas performance at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. The event is free and open to the public. 38 Cathedral Pl., St. Augustine 904-806-7881 www.womenschorale.org
Villa Zorayda’s Candlelight Tour with Refreshments

Join the Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its annual Candlelight Tour. 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 as docents lead the tour by candlelight. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m.; tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Refreshments include homemade cookies, holiday punch and coffee. Admission is $18 adults; $8 children 7-12; free for children 4-6. This tour is not recommended for children 3 and under. Reservations required. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887

Saturday, December 31

 

New Year’s Eve at Uptown San Marco
This monthly traditional evening event will take place throughout the day from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. for New Year’s Eve at the Uptown San Marco shops. Uptown Saturday combines a festive party atmosphere with hospitality and special deals in the unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue, concentrated between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Many participating shops also serve refreshments. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking most months. 904-829-6831

Beach Blast Off

This annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and entertainment at the St. Augustine Beach Pier will ring in 2017. The event features a kids zone, face painting, rides, photo booth, rock climbing wall, food vendors and live entertainment. The event is from 4-10 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach

904-669-5670 www.sabevents.com
New Year’s Eve Special Cruise by Florida Water Tours
These tours are a wonderful way to view the New Year’s fireworks over St. Augustine Beach. Tours depart at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $49.99 per person, ages three and up. The tours depart from Camachee Cove Marina. 282 Yacht Club Dr., Dock A-19, St. Augustine 904-827-7728 floridawatertour.com
Dinner and a Movie at The Corazon Cinema & Cafe

Dress up in high fashion to sport the “James Bond” or “The Bond Girl” look and head over to The Corazon Cinema for a glass of Champagne or beverage of your choice (shaken not stirred). Relax in a comfortable setting, while being served a delicious meal – the “James Bond” roast beef and barbecue sauce sandwich (or menu item of your choice) and a heaping serving of popcorn. Then the movie Goldfinger airs at 8 p.m. Open from 6 p.m.  Admission is $15 per person. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala
Ring in the New Year at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon with an evening of historic elegance – dining and dancing the night away. The evening will begin at 8 p.m. with a cocktail hour in the Rotunda and portraits in the Flagler Room, followed by a plated dinner and dessert with open bar at 9:30 p.m. in the Ponce de Leon Dining Hall. Live music will be provided by Bay Kings Band throughout the celebration. The evening will conclude with a ceremonial balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight and dancing until 1 a.m. The attire is black tie. Tickets are $250 each. 74 King St., St. Augustine 904-826-8572 www.flagler.edu/newyearseveball

Sunday, January 1
 

First Day Hike
Enjoy a one-hour guided hike at Faver-Dykes State Park on the first day of 2017. Meet at the ranger station at 10 a.m. to learn about the hidden treasures of the park. Wear sunscreen, bug repellent and comfortable shoes. Water will be provided. 1000 Faver Dykes Rd., St. Augustine 904-794-0997 www.floridastateparks.org/park/faver-dykes
First Day Garden Walk

Kick off the New Year with a walk through Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. The one-hour walk begins at 10 a.m. Meet in the garden parking lot. Reservations not required. Regular park entrance fees apply. Admission ranges from $5-$2. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783 www.washingtonoaks.org

Villa Zorayda’s Candlelight Tour

Join the Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its annual Candlelight Tour. 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 as docents lead the tour by candlelight. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Admission is $15 adults; $7 children 7-12; free for children 4-6. This tour is not recommended for children 3 and under. Reservations required. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com

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