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This Week in St Augustine December 23 – 29 2013

 

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December 23, 2013
Monday – Sunday : December 23- 29
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 through January 4, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 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. (Closed Christmas Day)  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. (Closed Christmas Day) Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the IMAX Theater – The Hobbit trilogy continues at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame through January 16. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com
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 from8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day) 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. (Closed Christmas Day)  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com
For a  list of special eco-tours, food tours, pet friendly tours, and addition events on the VCB’s website click here!
Monday – Friday:  December 23 – 27
Small Objects Exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach – Through December 27, the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts local artists selling hand-made items for the holidays. The prices range from $25 to $350. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday andFriday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday; Closed Christmas Day. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Wednesday:  December 25 – Christmas Day

Friday and Saturday:  December 27 & 28
4th Annual Candlelight Tour of Villa Zorayda – Villa Zorayda staff provides 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.  Refreshments are served at 6 p.m. and the tour starts at 6:30 p.m.  Admission of $17 for adults; Children 7 – 12 are $8.  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
Saturday & Sunday:  December 28 & 29
Old Town Art & Craft Show – Get ready to greet 2014 at this juried art and fine craft show at Francis Field featuring outstanding artists and craftsmen from St. Augustine and around the country.  The show features the very best from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wonderful wood carvings – and much more!  Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
25 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 904-794-0084 www.holidayartshows.com
Saturday: December 28
Fourth Saturday: Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve –  Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net, collect species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com/
Markland House Tours – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Flagler’s Legacy Historic Tours host a special holiday tour of Flagler College’s Markland House.  Visitors will glimpse some of the original grandeur of this historic home as well as learn about the residence and its importance in St. Augustine’s rich history.  Reservations required.  Admission is $12.  102 King St., St. Augustine. 904-823-3378http://legacy.flagler.edu
Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking.  904-823-9263.
Victory III Nights of Lights Cruise – See the beauty of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from the Victory III operated by the St. Augustine Scenic Cruise.  Board at 6 p.m., depart at 6:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.  Tickets are $16.50 per person.   111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-824-1806 ext 210 www.scenic-cruise.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, thePena-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.

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