This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

 

December 18, 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   
 
Click here for Christmas Day Restaurant and Attraction openings.
Monday – Monday, December 18 – 25
 
Florida Residents Discount at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Florida residents can get all the fun that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has to offer for half the price. Ripley’s Florida attractions are offering half price tickets for Florida residents. participating St. Augustine attractions include Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, daytime Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure. Located at 19 San Marco Ave. Ripley’s Red Train Tours is located at 170 San Marco Ave. 904-824-1606
Monday – Saturday, December 18 – 23
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. Admission into the market is free and open to the public. The Market will be available through January 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 www.ccpvb.org
 
 
Monday – Sunday, December 18 – 24
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 www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton
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 www.lightnermuseum.org/high-tea
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 844-426-4088 www.lightnermuseum.org/tours
Small Works Holiday Show
Now showing at the downtown St. Augustine Art Gallery Cutter & Cutter Fine Art of St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach, the Small Works Holiday show features more than 200 original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel, including works by well-known local artists Lyn Asselta, Matthew Cutter and Estella Fransbergen. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. All of the art is for sale. 25 King St., St. Augustine 904-810-0460 www.cutterandcutter.com
Tuesday, December 19
Local Children’s Author at Kid’s Book Warehouse
MJ Hayes, author of several children’s picture books including Emma’s House of Sound, A Deaf Child’s Silent Concert and Emma’s Freaky Sneakers, will be reading her latest book, Teddy No Stuff, during the Once Upon a Time Story Hour at Kid’s Book Warehouse in the St. Augustine Premium Outlets. The reading begins at 10 a.m. 2700 FL-16, Suite 805 St. Augustine 904-819-5331 www.mjhayes.com
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture
This free lecture series is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The series is designed to inform the public about their coastal natural world. The lectures are free. Tickets must be reserved online. Please bring ticket to the Marineland gift shop on the day of the scheduled presentation to gain entry. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the gift shop to be escorted to the classroom. 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org
Horton’s Holiday Hayride Starring Reverend Horton Heat with Junior Brown, the Blasters and Big Sandy at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Horton’s Holiday Hayride featuring the Godfather of psychobilly, the Reverend Horton Heat, and country/blues/rock superstars Junior Brown, The Blasters and Big Sandy takes place at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the performance is at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $35. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com
Tuesday – Sunday, December 19 – 24
 
Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. 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 www.worldgolfimax.com
Wednesday, December 20
 
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 www.villazorayda.com
 
Thursday, December 21
 
Winter Solstice Celebration
Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and watch the sun rise on the first day of the solar new year. The event is at 6:45 a.m. Park Ranger Joe Woodbury will talk about the myths and legends of the winter solstice. Hot coffee will be provided. Meet in the garden parking lot. The event is included with park entry, which ranges from $5-$2. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-302-5590 www.washingtonoaks.org
Throwback Thursday: It’s a Wonderful Life at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
An angel is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 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 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com
 
 
Thursday – Saturday, December 21-23
Apex Theatre Studio Presents It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The beloved American holiday classic will come to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful night. The performance by Apex Theatre Studio is at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall each evening at 8 p.m. There is also a Saturday matinee performance at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com
Enchanted Christmas Village
Come enjoy 12 days of Christmas with Santa and his elves at this fun-filled adventure taking place at Hope Pavilion every 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 vendors. There is even a high tea with the Claus family at 3:30 p.m. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults, $10 for youth ages 17 and under, and a family of four ticket is $50. High Tea with the Claus Family is $45 for adults and $25 for youth. 899 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach 888-486-6413 www.jacksonvillechristmas.com
 
 
Friday, December 22
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 www.villazorayda.com
Friday & Saturday, December 22 & 23
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 www.oldcityzip.com
Saturday, December 23
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve
Hosted by the GTM Research Reserve, you’re invited to join docents from 8:30-10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net. Participants will collect fish and crabs as well as learn about their habitats and role in the environment. Waders and boots provided. The program takes place in the Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org
Coney Island Christmas Encore
A special encore performance of this holiday season’s Limelight Theatre performance will take place at 2 p.m. A 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. Tickets are $26 general admission, $24 seniors and $20 students and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Saturday & Sunday, December 23-24
Santa Claus Comes to The Pirate Ship Black Raven 
Santa Claus comes to the Black Raven on the Treasure Hunt trips or he will try, anyway! Before leaving 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 the crew to get the bag of treasures back and with all the confusion, rescue Santa from the evil Captain Hook. 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 www.blackravenadventures.com
Sunday, December 24
It’s a Wonderful Life at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
An angel is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. This film is showing at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe at 4 p.m. Admission is $6. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com
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