December Kicks Off With A Bang With These Amazing Activities And Events In Saint Augustine

December Kicks Off With A Bang With These Amazing Activities And Events In Saint Augustine

Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend? You have plenty to choose from!

During the Christmas holidays, the city of St. Augustine lights up and becomes a festival of twinkling white lights as it hosts its annual Nights of Lights holiday display. Visitors and long-time residents alike are treated to a wonderland of lights adorning the ancient city, beginning at the Plaza de la Constitución, with its stunning holiday tree in the center and oaks strung with lights, and stretching out to illuminate all of St. Augustine’s historic district. From roof shingle to doorway entrance, the downtown buildings take on a glow of holiday cheer, with millions of twinkling white lights covering the historic sites, bed and breakfasts, museums, restaurants and shops of the nation’s oldest city.

The first week of December offers you some spectacular activities, check it out:

  • COLONIAL NIGHT WATCH 2016: The St. Augustine Garrison and the National Park Service present the Colonial Night Watch on Saturday, December 3, 2016. This popular annual event recreates historic Night Watches in garrison towns, where any citizens still on the streets after the gates were locked were required to carry a light so that they could be seen and identified by the Night Watch. The Colonial Night Watch heritage event celebrates St. Augustine’s colonial history with a nighttime torch-lit parade at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016, as well as living history demonstrations at the Castillo de San Marcos throughout the day on Saturday. The spectacular parade features historic reenactors representing Spanish and British military units, Native Americans, and Florida militias of the period 1739-1785. Beginning at 7 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos, the parade will proceed west to the City Gate, where the public is invited to join in and follow the parade south to the Plaza de la Constitución. Parade participants will be greeted with a welcoming speech at the Government House, followed by the firing of the “Volley of Joy” by the soldiers and militia and the singing of traditional Christmas carols to ring in the holiday season. CLICK FOR MORE INFO…

  • ST. AUGUSTINE GREEK FESTIVAL: The 19th Annual Greek Festival has been rescheduled and relocated due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the area. The festival will take place December 2 – 4, 2016, at the events field next to the St. Augustine Flea Market, at 2495 S.R. 207 in St. Augustine FL 32086. St. Augustine’s annual Greek Festival celebrates the cultural and historical importance of Greek influence in the nation’s oldest city. The festival recreates a Greek village and offers three days of traditional Greek dance, music, cuisine, and culture, giving visitors and residents alike a chance to enjoy a real taste of the islands, mountains and villages of Greece. Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the 2016 Greek Festival will take place from Friday through Sunday, December 2 – 4, 2016. Hurricane Matthew first responders will be admitted free this year, as will active-duty military and their immediate families. CLICK FOR MORE INFO…
  • LUMINARY NIGHT AT ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE: Awash in the glow of flickering candles, St. Augustine community members will enjoy a warm evening of Christmas cheer at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s annual Luminary Night celebration. Scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4th, this year’s event, which is free and open to the public, will feature live music, a bake sale, kids’ crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and over 1,000 luminaries to illuminate the historic light station grounds. Guests are invited to tour the site, partake in the holiday festivities and climb the tower from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CLICK FOR MORE INFO…
  • ‘NIGHTS OF LIGHTS’ SEGWAY TOURS: Segs by the Sea offers a brand new way to experience St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights festival, with an up-close view of the ancient city sparkling with some three million holiday lights from a Segway. The 90-minute Nights of Lights Glide tour departs twice every night, at 6 and 9 p.m., as long as the lights are lit (from November 19, 2016, to January 31, 2017). The Nights of Lights Glide offers a different perspective on the festival of lights, allowing participants to be part of the magical atmosphere and to access spots where larger vehicles cannot go. With a personal guide leading the tour, this is a great opportunity to see St. Augustine at its holiday best. Tours depart from the Segs by the Sea shop on the corner of U.S. 1 and King Street, at 209 S. Ponce de Leon Blvd. CLICK FOR MORE INFO…

And that’s just the first week of the holiday season…enjoy!


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December Kicks Off With A Bang With These Amazing Activities And Events In Saint Augustine