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 Monday – Sunday: December 15 – 21

Undisclosed: Photographs from the Hidden Lightner Exhibition – For the past two years, photographer Theresa Segal has explored the historic Lightner Museum’s restricted fourth floor: 44 small rooms that were the servants quarters of the Alcazar Hotel, but now make up “the best attic in the world,” says Segal.  This new exhibition features a selection of 20 of her photographs that chronicle the museum’s hidden, stored collections.   Regular museum admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free.  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach – The third 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.  Prizes for the best decorated palms will be awarded December 6 at the first Saturday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration.   Vilano Beach Main St., St. Augustine. 904-910-8386 www.VilanoBeachFL.com

 

The First City through the Eyes of the Masters – This 450th Commemorative exhibition featuresSt. Augustine-themed works from perhaps the best collection of Florida painters in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This includes the work of Frank Henry Shapleigh, who wintered at Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel from 1886 to 1887 and was the hotel’s resident artist from 1889 to 1892. The exhibition is uniquely displayed in a then and now format. Each early St. Augustine painting is accompanied by a current photograph of the exact same location and perspective for visitors to explore how America’s first city has changed throughout history. The exhibition also features a walking tour brochure that provides locations, descriptions and distances to all of the St. Augustine historical sites depicted in the exhibition’s artwork. Free admission. Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr. www.StAugustine-450.com
Oldest Wooden School House: A Traditional Menorcan Christmas – Celebrate a Traditional Menorcan Christmas at The Oldest Wooden School House.  Located in what was known as the Menorcan Quarter of historic St. Augustine, the School House dates back to the 1700s.  The Menorcans are the foundation of St. Augustine as a living, viable city.  Stop in to see the beautiful museum and garden lit by the soft glow of the Nights of Lights as well as a traditional Christmas tree and decor.  Winter hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. SundayThursday & 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday andSaturday as well as the week of December 23January 3.  Admission is $4.95 for adults; $3.95 for children ages 6 -12, under 6 free.  14 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-824-0192www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com
Lightner Museum Exhibition of Felix F. de Crano Paintings - This major exhibition features more than 30 local scenes, landscapes and portraits by Felix F. de Crano, arguably the most sophisticated and versatile artist in Henry Flagler’s colony of St. Augustine painters.  This never before seen by the public compilation of 19th century oil and watercolor paintings is a colorful reminder of the splendor of St. Augustine’s Gilded Age.  The museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Admission is: $10 adults; $6 active duty military with ID; $5 college student with ID; $5 ages 12-18; free for children under 12 (with adult).  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Nights of Lights  – During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops.  Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world.   Holiday music, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and an exciting countdown add to the splendor of the lighting of this dazzling holiday light display. 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.  The lights

are displayed through February 1www.NightsOfLights.com

 

Nights of Lights Tours – There are numerous special Nights of Lights Tours offered through the Holiday Season. Special Trolley and Train tours, food tours, carriage rides, history tours, helicopter tours, electric car tours and more – all providing brilliant adventures to enhance the St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights experience. Click here for a list of Nights of Lights Tour available.

Ongoing Special Tours: For a complete list of Nights of Lights, eco/kayak, food, history, and other tours taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this week, visit  things-to-do/sightseeing tours

Tuesday: December 16

GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture – This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office.  The series is designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world.  The lectures are free so space is limited and reservations are requested.  9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland.  904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandlecture.eventbrite.com

WednesdayDecember 17

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the oceanside 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

 

Florida Agriculture During the Gilded Age – Charles Tingley, senior research librarian for the St. Augustine Historical Society Library, presents a lecture on how Florida agriculture grew and changed from the 1880s through 1913 – especially with regard to Henry Flagler’s work in providing fresh vegetables for the guests at his St. Augustine luxury hotels.  The lecture is at 2 p.m. at the Florida Agriculture Museum in Palm Coast.  Admission is free, but donations at the door to support the museum are appreciated.  7900 Old Kings Rd., Palm Coast. 386-446-7630www.floridaagmuseum.org

 

Pecha Kucha Vol. 6 – At 6 p.m., presenters in design, architecture, photography and other creative fields showcase their work in concise, fast-paced slide presentations.  This Pecha Kucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese) is part of “A December to Remember” at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Admission is free and the event is sponsored by Community First Credit Union.  1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine.904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com and www.facebook.com/adecembertoremember.

 

Giant Menorah Lighting at the World Golf Village – Hot Latkas! Music! Donuts and Dreidels! The World Golf Hall of Fame Plaza will host a Giant Menorah Lighting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email dini@jewishsjohnscounty.com. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine.

Wednesday & Thursday: December 17 & 18

EMMA Concert Performance: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – This 7:30 p.m. concert features the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops Concert”. Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. Tickets are $35. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com

ThursdaySunday: December 18 – 21

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical at Limelight Theatre – Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street The Musical features a book and score by Meredith Wilson. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City and follows the impact a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa has on a child.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday 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

 

The Hobbit:  There & Back Again at the IMAX Theater – The Hobbit: There & Back Again opens at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame.  A digitally re-mastered image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience will make you feel as if you are in the movie.   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

Friday: December 19

“A Christmas Story” at Anastasia State Park – As part of “A December to Remember,” Anastasia State Park hosts a bounce house beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a drive-In movies presentation of “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m.  Admission is free and the event is sponsored by Community First Credit Union.  300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com andwww.facebook.com/adecembertoremember.

 

Celebrating 150th Class Reunion – From 6 – 9 p.m.,The Oldest Wooden School House celebrates the 150th Class Reunion with descendants of the last graduating class — the Class of 1864! This is a St. Augustine 450th Anniversary Commemorative event.   Admission is $4.95 Adults, $3.95 Children (6-12), under 6 free.  14 St. George St., St. Augustine.  904-824-0192www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com

SaturdayDecember 20

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

Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach – Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach.  Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts.  This is a “Beaches 101″ experience that the entire family will enjoy.  There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee.  1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

 

Photography Challenge Event – Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers will select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the VIC kiosk and the park’s gift shop.  There is no cost to compete.  Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 609-247-8146;  www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

 

Nocatee Farmer’s Market – Nocatee Farmer’s Market takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every thirdSaturday.  This free family-friendly event has over 80 local vendors selling everything from produce, crafts, jewelry, herbs, unique foods and more.  Free face painting will be available for the little ones, along with bounce house.  245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra.  www.nocatee.com

 

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour –  Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  Tours are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine.www.tolomatocemetery.com

 

Fountain of  Youth: Cherokee History Presentations – From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., native Cherokee historians describe how their people interacted with the local Timucua for centuries before the arrival of Europeans.   The presentations take place in the living history village of Seloy at the Fountain of Youth Park.  Park admission is $12 Adults, $11 seniors, $8 Children 6 – 12 applies (local discount available).  11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168 www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

 

Faver-Dykes Holiday in the Woods – Faver-Dykes State Park hosts Holiday in the Woods — an opportunity to join park staff to fashion “take-home” Christmas ornaments such as painted shells, reindeer boot jacks and pine cone ornaments.  The ornament workshop is from noon to 3 p.m. and is included in the $5 per vehicle entry fee. 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine.  386-864-0589www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

 

Photography Challenge Event – Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers will select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the VIC kiosk and the park’s gift shop.  There is no cost to compete.  Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 609-247-8146;   www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

 

Chili Cook Off and Christmas Double Feature – As part of “A December to Remember” the St. Augustine Amphitheatre opens its doors at 12:30 p.m. with train rides, face painting, bounce house and the St. Augustine Fire Department Chili Cook Off.  Santa arrives at 2 p.m.  At 6 p.m., “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is shown followed at 8 p.m. by “Elf”.  The day of holiday fun is presented by Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Admission is free! 1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.comand www.facebook.com/adecembertoremember.

 

Navidad en el Viejo San Agustin (Christmas in Old St. Augustine) – Hosted by Florida Living History, Inc., Mission Nombre de Dios and the Diocese of St. Augustine, this annual heritage event features the Christmas music and customs of 16th century Spanish St. Augustine. 6 – 9 p.m. Free admission. 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-2809 www.FloridaLivingHistory.org

 

The Downtown Bazaar – The Downtown Bazaar is held from 6 – 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter.  The event is open to the public and includes a free concert, art show, magician, face painters a flag raising ceremony and more.  Come check out what’s behind the walls of the Colonial Quarter…you’re sure to have an inspiring evening.  33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-315-7454 http://www.thedowntownbazaar.com

 

“Miracle on 34th Street” at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – As part of “A December to Remember,” the classic Christmas film “Miracle on 34th Street” will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Admission is free and the event is presented by  Precision Turf.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach.  904-209-0367 www.facebook.com/adecembertoremember

SaturdaySunday: December 20 & 21

The Nutcracker – The St. Augustine Ballet presents the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  This year’s performance features five former students at the National Ballet School of Cuba — this will be their first time on stage together since leaving Cuba. Performance times are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.  Tickets are $30 each ($25 for seniors over 65 and children under 12).  14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-824-1746 www.SaintAugustieBallet.com

Sunday: December 21

Winter Solstice Sunrise Celebration – Enjoy the first winter sunrise of the year on the beautiful coquina beach at Washington Oaks Gardens.  The 7-8 a.m. event features a presentation on myths and legends of the winter solstice — plus hot coffee and cocoa.  Regular park entry fees apply –$5 per vehicle up to eight passengers and $4 for vehicle with single occupant.  6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

 

The Magic of Christmas with Trey Dees – The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez hosts a “Branson Style” Christmas show at 7 p.m. with the incredible Trey Dees.  Tap your feet to the beat with a mix of 60’s R & R, Motown, and Vegas style music.  Hum or sing along with the Christmas music of Dean Martin, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole and more.  Tickets are $10 / $8 Seniors.  259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874 www.fortmenendez.com

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