Get ready for another week of exciting things happening on Florida’s Historic Coast. Nights of Lights is on and dozens of exciting holiday events and tours by land and sea are available to make the experience even more special. Plan your spot for the Christmas Parade taking place on Saturday!

Please check to make sure events are on schedule and the attractions you plan to visit are open and tickets are available before traveling long distances.

Daily Events, November 28 – December 4

29th Annual Nights of Lights with Tours and More

During this festival of lights, downtown St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s Oldest City, and it’s free of charge. From electric cart tours with the Grinch or a horse drawn buggy to a sightseeing train or a sailing vessel on the Bay, there are dozens of ways to enjoy a fun tour of celebrating this special time of year in Historic St. Augustine. Learn more here:

Contemporary Chronicles of St. Augustine at Lightner Museum

Contemporary Chronicles of St. Augustine explores the urban fabric of St. Augustine through large-format photographs, hand drawn maps, and interactive photographic flip books. The project seeks to define St. Augustine through the residential streets and neighborhoods that have long been inhabited by the people that help support the city as a premier tourist destination. Through interactive sequential images, visitors to the exhibition will uncover the overlooked aspects of everyday life in America’s oldest city. Lightner Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $10 ages 12-17, under 11 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine.


Bouke de Vries: War & Pieces at Lightner Museum

This exhibition of London-based Dutch artist Bouke De Vries’ War & Pieces has been described as a “masterwork” by art critics. The monumental artwork, crafted from thousands of fragments of porcelain, re-imagines the decorative centerpieces that adorned seventeenth- and eighteenth-century banquet tables. War and Peices will be on exhibit through December 31. Lightner Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $10 ages 12-17, under 11 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874

Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts at Lightner Museum

Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts invites viewers to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. Spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the exhibition brings together 18 quilts from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, New York, representing a range of materials, motifs, and techniques—from traditional early American quilts to more contemporary sculptural assemblage. This exhibit is on display through January 20. Lightner Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $10 ages 12-17, under 11 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874

Audrey Hope: Disappointed Tourist at Lightner Museum

For her first solo museum exhibition, Audrey Hope presents a selection of collages, photographs, and mixed media sculptures. Titled Disappointed Tourist, the series is a deeply personal meditation on nature, religion, personal trauma, and creativity. In Disappointed Tourist, Hope addresses several expansive themes—the complicated relationship between nature and travel, desperation in creativity, and the magical capacity objects have for representation. This exhibition is on display through January 20. Lightner Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $10 ages 12-17, under 11 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874

The Polar Express is back in IMAX for a Limited Time!

This holiday-themed film, based on the classic Caldecott medal-winning children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg, is directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. The Polar Express tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Showing through December 14, check website for showtimes. Admission is $14Adults, $13 for Seniors/Students/Military, $11 for Children under 12. World Golf IMAX, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine.

Lighthouse Illuminations

Discover twenty-one uniquely decorated trees, each with a distinct theme, at this special after-hours event. Explore the Keepers’ House and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands, and enjoy a sensational view of the lighthouse’s night mark. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and seniors and $19.95 for children. 100 Red Cox Dr., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745

Monday – Thursday, November 28 – December 1

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Returns to IMAX!

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. Check show times – all 3:30 p.m. shows are in 3D. Showing through December 1. Tickets are $14 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors/Military; and $11 Children 3-12. World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater – One World Golf Place, St. Augustine.

Monday – Friday, November 28 – December 2

Erin Kendrick, The Hotelsmen Exhibition

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Artist Residency alumna Erin Kendrick (Jacksonville, FL) exhibits a new body of work that reflects her recent research into the connections between the Negro Baseball League’s Cuban Giants who played in St. Augustine in the late 1920s, and staff at the Hotel Ponce de Leon (built in 1888, now the centerpiece of Flagler College). On display till December 2. Admission is free. Open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine.–culture/crisp-ellert-art-museum

Tuesday – Sunday, November 29 – December 4

Fantastic Florida at St. Augustine Art Association

The natural beauty of the Sunshine State shines here! This vivid display explores a wide range of artistic interpretations of Florida’s wild side from the plants and animals to the wilderness and waterways. The Fantastic Florida Show is on display both in-gallery and online through December 30, 2022. Admission is free and gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. 22 Marine St., St.

Wednesday, November 30

Wednesday Pier Farmers Market

The Wednesday Pier Farmers Market offers oceanfront shopping at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park from 8 a.m.-noon. Approximately 60-80 vendors sell locally grown produce, baked goods, prepared foods, arts, crafts and more. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-315-0952

Guided Hike of Nocatee Preserve

Join St. Johns County Park Naturalists for a 3-mile hike of Nocatee Preserve. This hike will familiarize you with the trails, wildlife and plant species along the trail. Admission is free, reservations required. Meet at 501 Davis Park Rd., Ponte Vedra.

Improv Night @ Colonial Oak Music Park

First Coast Comedy veteran professionals have no plan and willingly dive headfirst into almost any challenge the audience will throw at them, resulting in unforgettably hilarious moments. This show is for everyone so bring the whole family because these improvisers ensure the show is always clean and never mean. Pay what you will, all seating is general admission. 21 St. George St., St.

Mike Zito performs at Café Eleven

Don’t miss Mike Zito performing from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Original Café Eleven. Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 day of show. 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

Wednesday & Sunday, November 30 & December 4

Yoga on the Lawn at Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Enjoy yoga on the lawn at the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. This one-hour vinyasa flow is perfect for all levels. Bring a beach towel or mat and water. Free parking behind the museum is available, but limited. Access the parking lot from Cadiz Street. Instructor will contact you by phone if class is canceled due to weather. Practice gets underway at 8 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. Cost is $15 and registration is required. 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine.

Thursday, December 1

Treasures of the Beach

Our East coast beaches are constantly changing and bringing new items up for us to see. Shells, sea beans, grasses, sharks teeth, marine debris and more. Come learn how to identify these items, where they come from and so much more. Join SJC Park Naturalist, Kelly Ussia for this informative free walk on Vilano Beach. The walk leaves at 10 a.m. from the Pavilion at 2750 Anahma Dr., St. Augustine.

Painting with Pepper & Funkadelic Dinner

Join this fun, interactive painting workshop using only recycled materials. This class is designed to show that you can create without a paintbrush or canvas. Dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the workshop from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $50, limited availability. 101 Rio del Mar St., Ste. A, St. Augustine Beach.

Rome & Duddy – The Winter Moon Tour at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32-$35. 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399

Matt Hires performs at Café Eleven

Don’t miss Matt Hires at The Original Café Eleven in St. Augustine Beach. General admission seated show ~ All ages ~ $15 advance / $20 day of show. 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine.

Friday, December 2

First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Join a Ranger on the First Friday of every month for a garden walk. Learn about the history of Washington Oaks while exploring the formal gardens. The walk starts in the Garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and is approximately one hour. No registration required. Walk included with park entry fee of $5 per vehicle. 6400 Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop at The Waterworks

Participate in this hands-on introduction to the art of sweetgrass basket sewing with sixth generation sweetgrass artist Andrea Cayetano-Jefferson. The workshop takes place from 1-4 p.m. and is $60. The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., St.

Artisans’ Holiday Night Market at Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Join the fun at the First Friday Art Walk Christmas Market at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. The market runs from 5-9 p.m. and features local artisans, a children’s corner with crafts and secret Santa items, cider and s’mores bar and more. 20 Aviles St., St.

First Friday Art Walk

Join Art Galleries of St. Augustine the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. for new exhibits, refreshments and live music at many participating galleries.

For easy mobility downtown, patrons and visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6-9 p.m. provided by Old Town Trolleys. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating AGOSA gallery. Shuttles can be boarded at any of the following stops: in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum, Aviles Street, as well as in front of Bold Art Gallery near Hypolita Street.

Tour maps are available at participating galleries or online. 904-824-2310

Live Painting Event with Christine Kling

Enjoy a live painting by artist Chris Kling who encapsulates our love of the ocean in her oil on canvas creations which bring the luminescence of the waves to life. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. Entrance to watch her create a captivating new work is free. The live painting session is 5-9 p.m. at Sea Spirits Gallery, 210 St. George St., Suite C-2, St. Augustine.

Holiday Soriee at Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center

Put on your holiday finest for this kickoff event for the Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior Concert Series. From 5:30-8 p.m., enjoy a tour of the museum’s latest exhibits and preview the lineup for the 2023 concert season. Tickets are $40, include the museum tour and light refreshments. Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center, 102 ML King Ave., St.

Madness + Malice True Crime Tour

The Madness + Malice True Crime Tour is a new tour for mature audiences developed with the help of a retired law enforcement professional to give a gripping, gritty, and accurate insight into some of St. Augustine’s chilling crimes and murders! Tours are at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $35 per person. Tours depart from 76 Spanish St., St.

First Friday Artwalk Classical Concerts at Cathedral Basilica

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is proud to host free monthly concerts on the first Friday of the month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This month’s presentation is Lessons and Carols is presented by Cathedral Choir and begins at 6 p.m. The concert is open to all, free of charge. There will be a free-will offering. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine.


Jingle Jog 5K and Reindeer Run

This time chipped race will wind through beautiful St. Johns Golf & Country Club. All participants receive a glow stick, glow necklace and a chocolate finisher’s medal. Registration is $10-$20 and the race starts at 6 p.m. at the amenity center located at 205 St. Johns Golf Dr, St. AugustineRegister here.

Jimmy Carpenter Band performs at Café Eleven

Don’t miss the The Jimmy Carpenter Band from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Original Café Eleven. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 day of show. 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3

32nd Annual Holiday Shoppes at Ponte Vedra Beach

The First Coast Cultural Center’s Holiday Shoppes shopping extravaganza features unique boutiques from all over the country offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to home accessories, toys, food trucks and more. The event takes place at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, admission is $5. 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614

Quackery: The Dark Side of Medicine

Join the tour that focuses on a time in history when the most outrageous, ridiculous, and downright deadly treatments were preformed, all in the name of medicine. Tour times 7 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights only. This tour is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Adults only 18 and older. Reservations are required. Tickets are $24.95 per person. Space is limited so book your tickets in advance . The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is located at 3 Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-342-7730

Christmas on the Farm at Sykes Family Farms

Enjoy a hayride through this ¾ miles drive thru Christmas light display at Sykes Family Farms, 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton. Bring the family, sip on hot chocolate or apple cider while roasting s’mores over the large fire pit. Mr. & Mrs. Claus are visiting from the North Pole so be sure to get some great pictures. Admission is $16 for ages 3 & up, ages 2 and under are free.

Friday – Sunday, December 2 – 4

St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt

Search for clues and solve puzzles with your own group of family and/or friends on a St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt with The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery to find 13 locations throughout the nation’s oldest city. Choose from a History Hunt, Haunted Hunt, or a Lovely Hunt and have a blast learning more about St. Augustine while exploring. The Scavenger hunts take place between 2:30 and 4 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday and depart from 76 Spanish St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person.

Shorts & Giggles presented by A Classic Theatre

Enjoy an evening of comedy that combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. A Classic Theatre presents smartly curated short plays and monologues that are unique, absurd, irreverent and an enormous enjoyment for actors and audiences alike.

Performances are held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at

Saturday, December 3

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market

From 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. shoppers stroll up and down the vendor-lined pathways of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market, browsing more than 100 tents loaded with local produce, flowers, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more. Admission into the market is free. 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. 904-315-9252

St. Augustine PAL Day 2022

The Annual USO/St. Augustine Pal Military Appreciation Day will take place on the first Saturday of December. For this annual event, local attractions offer free admission for all active-duty servicemen and their families. This is a proud local tradition in St. Augustine, and a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation to our troops and their families. Military personnel receive free parking at the Historic Downtown Parking Garage when they present a Military I.D.

St. Augustine Christmas Parade

Experience St. Augustine’s annual Christmas Parade with floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts at 9 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios off San Marco Avenue and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine. For more information email

Militia Muster at Fort Mose State Park

Experience free musket firing demonstrations from 9-11:30 a.m. at Fort Mose Historic State Park. Youth are welcome to participate in Junior Militia training using handmade wooden toy muskets. Visitor Center admission is $2. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232

Guided Exploration Hike of the GTM Research Reserve

From 9-11 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula as well as the natural biodiversity during a guided hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like, and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Reservations are required and space is limited.

The Paisley Princess: Breaking Out of Bounds

Written in 1988 by St. Augustine playwright Toni Libro, this play centers the journeys of three very different women whose stories were inspired by oral history interviews and research conducted by Ms. Libro in the late 80’s. This production is a benefit for Hopefull Handbags Global Non-Profit, a local organization that offers assistance to survivors of domestic abuse and their children. There will be two showings, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre Black Box. Not for children. Tickets are $25 per person. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0590

Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival

Celebrate over 450 years of West African influence in St. Johns County with music, dance, traditional food, and more from noon-5 p.m. See performances from the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, Doug Carn, and Amy Alysia & the Soul Operation. Special guest Chef Matthew Raiford, author of Bress ‘n’ Nyam, presents a cooking demonstration and book signing. Free to attend with food and beverage available for purchase. This event benefits the SEA Community Resource Center. Armstrong Park, 4950 Harvey Ave., Elkton.

Surf Illumination

This free holiday event from 4-7 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park features a ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree, a visit from Santa, music, arts and crafts and children’s activities. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tours

A spectacular Christmas tree takes centerstage in the Court of Lions with decorations in colors of the Zorayda – red and gold. Find traditional decorations and over 100 candles among stunning watercolors, tapestries, hand-carved wood furniture, and more. Take a guided audio tour of this historic home in English, Spanish and French. Enjoy refreshments and the grand lighting of the Christmas tree. The tours start at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $22.99, Children 6 – 12 are $12.99. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 5. 83 King St., St. Augustine.

Colonial Nightwatch

Join Historic Florida Militia for activities depicting 18th Century culture and lifestyles of the Spanish, British, and French, the colonial militia and Native American military arts at the Oldest House Museum Complex, 271 Charlotte St., and Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Dr. The St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch Torchlight Parade is at 7 p.m. from the Castillo to the Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum, 48 King St., St. Augustine. 732-309-2322

Palm Valley Boat Parade

Enjoy this annual tradition of lighted boats to celebrate the holiday season in Ponte Vedra Beach. The parade route is seven miles of the Intracoastal and starts one mile south of the Palm Valley Bridge and travels north. It begins at 6 p.m. 904-395-5217

Nights of Lights Under the Sea

Have a fun evening at the St. Augustine Aquarium with Holiday Mermaids including a meet & greet and photo opportunities, a Mermaid Candy Chute, under water Santa, snow, Shark & Ray presentations with feeding & touching opportunities, and more. The event takes place each Saturday in December from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $14.99 for Adults, $9.99 for Children 2- 12, 2 & under free. 2045 State Rd 16, St. Augustine. 904-429-9777

Morgan James performs at Cafe Eleven

Don’t miss a performance by Morgan James at 8 p.m. at The Original Café Eleven. Tickets are $40 in advance/$50 day of show. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach.

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4

Holiday Hallelujah presented by Limelight Theatre and Jeff Dodd

The Holiday Hallelujah Chorus an inspiring concert of traditional, nostalgic and festive music that is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season! In partnership with Limelight Theatre, musical director Jeff Dodd has assembled a chorus of more than 100 singers who performed in his choirs during his 35-year tenure as a performing arts educator at St. Augustine High School. Tickets are $28. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine.

Sunday, December 4

Sandy Claus Full Marathon, Half Marathon

Lace up your sneakers for the annual Sandy Claus Marathon and Half Marathon. This time chipped event starts 6:30 a.m. for the full marathon, 7 a.m. for the half marathon. The start is at the Nocatee Field Station next to Splash Park and runners will wind along the Greenways Trails and through some of the neighborhoods in Nocatee. Registration is $15-$70. 400 Nocatee Center Parkway, Ponte Vedra. Click here for more.

Guided Bird Walk at Anastasia State Park

Photo: Jennifer Zelik

Each month, Anastasia State Park hosts an educational Bird Walk Program from 8:15-10 a.m. Open to participants of all birding levels, participants will observe a variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails and other areas. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes and a field guide. The program is free with regular park admission, which ranges from $8-$2. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine. 904-461-2033

Guana 50K and 12K Trail Races

Participate in this 50K and 12K race at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. The 50K individual and team races begin at 8 a.m. The 12K race begins at 1 p.m. Registration ranges from $40-$120. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Garden Club of St. Augustine Holiday Tour of Homes

Enjoy this walking tour featuring 5-6 homes located in the historic district decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of St. Augustine. The tour begins at noon from the River House and ends at 5 p.m. Tickets include an afternoon tea at The River House. Complimentary Trolley shuttles are available.

“The Grinch Comes to Town” Free Holiday Event at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

To bring in the holiday cheer, “The Grinch Comes to Town” family event will include holiday carol performances and sing-a-longs by local musicians, followed by a matinee screening of the beloved holiday film The Grinch (2018, rated PG). Friends of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will also offer a specialty “Grinchy-Green” beverage, buttered popcorn, and an assortment of snacks for purchase. This free event will begin at 1 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m. Children under 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult at all times. RSVP required for guests 2 years of age and older. 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399

Improv Comedy Night at The Beacon

Enjoy an evening of unscripted comedy featuring The Adventure Project at The Beacon Gastropub. The show will be completely made up on the spot, so remember to bring your suggestions with you. A dinner menu, full bar, and free parking are available and the show begins at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so advanced tickets are recommended. Arrive early to get the best table, and, have dinner. Ticket are $10 advance/$15 at the door. 830 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine.

Next Weeks Events!

Highlights of Happenings on Florida’s Historic Coast the first week in December:

December 5-8: Festival of Trees presented by St. Francis Shelter at Lightner Museum

December 6: The Wood Brothers at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

December 7: Luminary Night at St. Augustine Lighthouse

December 8: Tree of Life and Candlelight Service of Remembrance

December 8: Holiday Market at Lightner Museum

December 9: UNF Choral Ensemble Carols and Messiah Favorites at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

December 10-11: The Dance Company’s St. Augustine Winter Spectacular!

December 10: Santa Suits on the Loose 5K

December 10: Hastings Hometown Christmas Parade and Main Street Market

December 10: Winter CrocFest 2022 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm

December 10: Regatta of Lights

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