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Nights of LightsNights of Lights in St. Augustine
The 23rd annual Nights of Lights begins Saturday, November 19. The start of Nights of Lights is Light Up! Night, which begins with a concert in the Plaza de la
Constitución gazebo at 5:30 p.m. The Light up! Night ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., and the switch to the Nights of Lights is flipped at 6:45 p.m. to illuminate the city. The concert continues after the ceremony until 8 p.m. King St. and Cathedral Pl., St. Augustine 904-825-1004 
 
During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine 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
 
Tour of Trees
Experience the self-guided tour of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse to view the spectacular decorations in each room. The tour is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through January 1. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-543-5105www.tpc.com/sawgrassevents
IMAX – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, misplaced magical case and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts. Playing through December 11. Visit the website for show times and the most up-to-date schedule. 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

 
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 through December 31. Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
 

Kids Krew Tours

kids_krew_nocAhoy!!!! If your a little pirate or even just a pirate at heart come be apart of our Crew!! Join us and learn about pirates in the oldest city by a authentic Pirate guide. Use real nautical tools to help the Captain and crew raid the town for treasure, you take back home with you !! Tours: Fri. 5pm & 6pm Sat. 3pm, 5pm & 6pm Sun. 3pm 5pm & 6pm *Weekday tours, Private tours, VIP tours & Group rates available upon request! Call now to reserve your next adventure with us!! (904) 417-8391 **Mention your a Instagram or Facebook friend to receive a special rate** http://kidkrewtours.com/
 
  
A Ghostly Encounter
 A 90 minuter walking tour 7 Nights a week.
 
a ghostly encounter 2016

Join our Storytellers as they take you through the old city visiting some of their favorite haunts We begin in the Love Tree Cottage and then stroll the darken streets hearing stories of the long deceased residents who have not moved on, visiting (2) two cemeteries along the way and ending in the tour at the World Famous Love Tree to hear the legend of enternal love.
This is the only ghost tour in town that takes you into a building built on a long ago Indian Village and Burial Ground, You decide whether it is occupied by spirits or not, so please join us, we are dying to meet you. Call 904-8270807 for reservation.  http://staugustineghosttours.net/

 
Sheriff’s Ghost Walk Tours
 A Ghostly Adventure you will never forget.
A 90 Minute Walk Along The Dark Streets And Cemeteries Of Old St. Augustine.  You will hear bone chilling tales of stories long past, stories that have lived for more than 400 years! Our ghost tours have many surprises in store. Beware to the faint at heart!!!
One Tour Nightly 8:00 PM. For reservation please call 904-540-0031
32 St. George Street @ Fudge Buckets, across from Colonial Quarter
http://sheriffsghostwalktours.com/
 
 
 

MondaySaturday, November 28 – December 3

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.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org  

 

Wednesday, November 30 

 
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 6 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   
 
Culinary Talk and Taste

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra invites foodies to attend this tasty event where Chef Sam Forbes of the Savory Market prepares a light dinner consisting of local, fresh, seasonal delicacies. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chef will discuss the intricacies of preparing and cooking the meal while explaining the facts on regional foods. Price is $45 per person, per dinner and includes a three-course tasting menu with wine pairings for each course. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 x204 www.ccpvb.org 

Cities for Life 
The Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine and Equal Justice USA are joining efforts in calling the North Florida community to attend Cities for Life from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Shrine at Mission Nombre de Dios. Faith leaders are calling on members of the community to join the worldwide movement to abolish the death penalty by attending this event. They are also calling on all area church bells to ring at 7:30 p.m. in solidarity to end the death penalty. 101 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-262-1705 www.dosafl.com   

 

Jimmie Vaughan Performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that American blues rock guitarist and singer Jimmie Vaughan will perform on Wednesday. When Jimmie Vaughan says “I have the best job in the world,” he isn’t kidding. For more than four decades, the guitar-slinging Texan legend has been earning his living rockin’ the blues, and nothing makes the man happier. But now, Vaughan is even more excited about his gig than usual-for his newest release he’s consulted the vast blues encyclopedia that resides deep inside of his head and came up with a nearly all-covers set best described by its unambiguous title: Blues, Ballads and Favorites. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $42 and $38. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com  

Thursday, December 1

 
Flagler College’s Theatre Arts Department Senior Conservatory Plays

In this fall’s senior conservatory plays at Flagler College, three productions challenge characters’ understanding of reality. The plays will be performed at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $5. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-819-6401 www.flagler.edu/theatre  

California Guitar Trio’s Holiday Show Live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
California Guitar Trio kicks off a year of festivities with this magical seasonal offering. Masters of classical compositions and classic rock, surf guitar and sonic experimentation, the California Guitar Trio trims your tree with holiday standards from around the world-timeless, as Silent Night, and timely, as John and Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War is Over). Unwrap a poignant, passionate rendition of Greensleeves, and a hypnotic Carol of the Bells. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.50 and $33.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com 
 

Friday, December 2 

 

Winter Formal at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Winter Formal features five of alternative radio’s biggest acts – The 1975, Phantogram, Silversun Pickups, Glass Animals and Coin – live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Doors open at 4 p.m.; performance at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $56.50 and $46.50. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com 

 

Touch Exhibition at Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Flagler College students have been collaborating with visually impaired middle school students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind to make small, handheld textural clay objects. During the free Touch exhibition, these objects will be on display in wood trays and available for visitors to handle, heightening the sense of touch that is normally absent while visiting an art gallery or museum. The artwork will be on display at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum from 5-8 p.m.and will coincide with St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert  
 
First Friday Art Walk
From 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature 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. Tour maps are available at participating galleries. The trains and trolleys are not available for the December and January Art Walk. 832-779-2781 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org  
 
Art Walk Off the Beaten Path
This event is a sponsored Main Street monthly event designed to celebrate art and creativity in Vilano Beach’s Town Center. It complements the monthly First Friday Art Walks found throughout the region. The Vilano and North Beach area is home to a plethora of artists and crafts dealers who have formed a local network to promote art. This event is in tandem with schools and community volunteers and Art 4Charities. It begins at 6 p.m. on the sidewalks in the Town Center along Vilano Road near Casa Benedetto’s Ristorante. 904-540-0402www.vilanobeachfl.com  
 
Stanley Clarke Performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Four time-GRAMMY Award winner Stanley Clarke has attained living legend status during his 40 plus-year career as a bass virtuoso. He is the first bassist in history who doubled on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $63 and $53.1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com 

   

Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3 

 
Colonial Nightwatch Weekend
The Colonial Nightwatch is pleased to join the National Park Service in presenting the Fridaynighttime tour series called Enemy at the Gates. This special presentation takes visitors through various vignettes representing historical events during the siege of 1740 in St. Augustine. Visitors will experience the evening before the Fort Mose counterattack. They will learn about life in the town during the siege as the cannon fire away at the British on Anastasia Island. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 6:45 p.m. until the final tour at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult aged 16 and above, $5 per child aged 4-15; children under 5 are free.  Then on Saturdayjoin hundreds of costumed re-enactors from St. Augustine’s Colonial history as they perform military drills and cannon and musket firing on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos. At 9 a.m., the Fife and Drum will raise the colors and at 9:30 a.m., there will be a Change of Flags Ceremony commemorating the event in 1763 when Florida changed from Spanish to British hands. A torchlight parade will start at the Castillo at 7 p.m. and march to the City Gate where the public is invited to follow along to the Government House. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-501-0391 www.hfm.club/nightwatch  
 

FridaySunday , December 2 – 4

St. Augustine Greek Festival
Enjoy Greek food, live Greek music, traditionally costumed Greek folk dancers, arts and crafts vendors, and a kid’s center with games, rides and more. Open Friday 3-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at S.R. 207 and I-95, near the St. Augustine Flea Market. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those 14 and under. Free admission for active military and immediate family with ID. S.R. 207 and I-95, St. Augustine 904-479-6729www.stauggreekfest.com  
 

Florida Forever! Exhibition

 
The St. Augustine Art Association presents Florida Forever!, a popular, juried exhibition featuring Florida’s flora and fauna, history and happenings, people and places from past and present. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturdaynoon-4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org  
 
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 Sundaythrough December 31.Tickets are $26; $24 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

 

Saturday, December 3 

 

PAL Day
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. This event, sponsored by the Greater Jacksonville USO, also features a free lunch provided by the St. Augustine Elks Lodge. PAL Day is a proud local tradition in St. Augustine and a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation to our troops and their families. 1420 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-778-2821 www.jaxuso.org  
 
GTM Research Reserve Guided Exploration Hike

The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features 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 www.gtmnerr.org  

 
Reindeer Run
The Reindeer Run starts at 8:55 a.m., just before the start of the Christmas Parade. It is a one-mile run that begins on the parade course next to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Registration is available on race day and online. The cost is $10, and proceeds benefit the St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club. Shirts are available to the first 120 participants. 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1975 www.bgcnf.org  
 
Christmas Parade
St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in North Florida and includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts promptly at 9 a.m. by the Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Ave. and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine, ending behind the Visitor Information Center on
S. Castillo Dr. 904-824-4997
 
Palm Frond Weaving Class at St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Pam Solano, who has perfected the art of palm frond weaving, will teach the basics of this traditional folk art popular in Florida during two sessions. The program is from 10 a.m.-noon on two days. The cost to participate is $50, plus $30 for materials. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org/education/folkworkshops  

 
Cultural Influences in the Spanish Colonial Kitchen
Stop by Fort Matanzas National Monument between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for demonstrations and conversations about the Spanish heritage that is the foundation of St. Augustine and Fort Matanzas. There will be ongoing demonstrations highlighting the colonial kitchen. Reenactors dressed as Spanish colonial women will describe the life of a typical woman in St. Augustine and demonstrate how foods from three different cultures combined to create some of the best dishes available in 1740s colonial Spanish Florida. Produce from three very different cultures – Native American, African and Spanish – will be on display, with conversations about how each of these cultures influenced the Spanish kitchen. The event takes place at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center and admission is free. 8635 A1A S., St. Augustine 904-829-6506www.nps.gov/foma  
 
Tastes of Chocolate Holiday Tour
Experience an indulgent walking tour of St. Augustine’s historic district and experience the most unique chocolate selections that our nation’s oldest city has to offer. Guests will explore unique culinary venues and foodie hot spots to sample delicious chocolate in all forms, including wine, sauces, toppings, dips, desserts and much more. This two-hour walking tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 1 p.m. The cost is $59 per person. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087 www.staugcitywalks.com  
 
St. Augustine Winter Spectacular Presented by The Dance Company
St. Augustine Winter Spectacular is a family friendly, entertaining holiday production that follows a young girl’s journey home for the holidays. The show is filled with a variety of dance styles, characters and holiday scenes to kick off the season. Expect high-kick dancers, ballerinas, acrobats, actors and more amidst dazzling costuming and props. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets are $20-$25 at the door; $20-$15 in advance. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-471-4946 www.staugustinewinterspectacular.com  
 
Santa’s Ho Ho Ho Holiday Afternoon Family Party

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Renaissance Resort from 3-6 p.m. for cookie decorating, face painting, local artists and craftsmen, story time and photos. 500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine 904-940-8000 www.renwgv.com    

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 5 p.m.; tour begins at 5:30 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  
 
St. Augustine-Christmas Funk-N-Impossible Mission
This interactive event will have you using your brain and body to complete mini-missions and figure out clues during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. You and your team will race against other teams for the chance to win a cash prize. So, get your friends, co-workers, and/or family members and bring your competitive spirit and sense of humor, and let’s have some fun. It’s not just a scavenger hunt…it’s a Funk-N-Impossible Mission! The start times are 5:30 p.m.5:45 p.m.6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The cost ranges from $40-$30. The St. Augustine start location will be provided to everyone the week of the event. 404-831-7474 www.funknrun.com  
 
Caroling Among the Palms
This event is a sponsored Main Street event during the Dressing of the Palms. Vilano Beach Main Street is hosting caroling and a stroll down Main Street to view the adorned palm trees. Recognition will be given to the most creative and artistic of decorated trees. The free event will begin on the patio in front of Pubccini’s and Publix at 6 p.m. Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com 
 
Tony Joe White Performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Tony Joe White is in his seventh decade of creating music. Beginning on the cotton farm in Louisiana, Tony Joe White learned to play his father’s guitar by ear. On his latest album, entitled Hoodoo, White continues to produce an ethereal, authentic bayou guitar trance. Awash in danger, spiritual uncertainty, and environmental fury, the album’s lyrical concerns are matched by a particularly intense strain of White’s trademark swamp funk. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts 8 p.m. Admission is $43.50 and $38.50.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com   

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4

ISACO Native American Festival
ISACO is the Second Annual Native American Festival and Gathering at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, honoring the Timucua and all Southeastern people by sharing culture, history and life-ways in a respectful manner with the general public. Demonstrating vendors will offer handmade arts and crafts for every budget; men and women’s traditional Pow Wow dancing; Traditional Southeastern Social Stomp Dance exhibition at dusk; storytelling by native historical and contemporary interpreters sharing culture from both east and west of the Mississippi. This event will be held in the recreated Timucuan village of Seloy, on the site of the ancient village of the same name from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please call to volunteer, contribute or for more information. Normal park admission applies; general admission is $15. 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine 904-423-7709
 
Rails to Trails Festival

This festival at Armstrong Park features historical booths containing Gullah Geechee artifacts and displays, Gullah home cooking, a bike tour along the Rails to Trails bike and walking trail and historical signs pointing out the rich culture of the area. This 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 www.seachrc.org

Sunday, December 4

Divas Half Marathon and 5K    
Run like a diva in this fun and glam women’s running series. Staged in the nation’s best vacation settings, the series comes to St. Augustine Beach on Sunday with a 7:45 a.m. 5K and a 7:25 a.m. half marathon start – both starting and finishing at the St. Johns County Pier. These exciting races each include a boa and tiara station just before the finish line so runners can finish like a diva. The half marathon cost is $110 until Dec. 1 and $125 at the race expo; the 5K is $65 until Dec. 1 and $80 at the race expo. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 800-733-7089 www.runlikeadiva.com  
 
The Garden Club of St. Augustine Christmas Tour of Homes
Walk back in time and experience the charm, warmth and grandeur of the holiday season in the nation’s oldest city, as the Garden Club of St. Augustine celebrates its 90th Anniversary. The Garden Club invites you to take a walking tour of six private homes dating from the 1800s in historic downtown St. Augustine. The tour is from noon-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include Afternoon Tea and a visit to the Boutique, which features delicious homemade treats, at the Government House. 48 King St., St. Augustine 904-819-1917 www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org  
 
UNF Chamber Singers Present Carols and Messiah

This holiday event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The event is titled Carols and Messiah and is presented by the University of North Florida Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Cara Tasher. The event combines Christmas carols from around the world with selections from Handel’s Messiah. Audience participation in the singing of the Christmas carols is encouraged and welcomed. This event at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is family friendly. Doors open at 3 p.m.; performance at 4 p.m. Admission is $20.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com  
 
Wreath Workshop

In this workshop at The Kookaburra St. Augustine Beach location, you will learn how to make a professional-level wreath out of foraged materials found around the St. Augustine area. There will be a brief overview complete with tips and tricks of the trade, and then you will be able to create your own wreath. You also will be allowed one free drink of choice from The Kookaburra (excludes alcohol and kombucha). You will need to bring your own pair of clippers/pruners. Feel free to also bring any ribbon, ornaments, pods, cones or other embellishments. The following items will be provided: fresh locally sourced greenery, grapevine wreath forms, pine cones and pods, and wire and other fastening tools. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine 904-209-9391 www.kookaburrashop.com

 
 

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