Nights of Lights Events – A Sampling!

Nov. 19, 2010 through Jan. 03, 2011

WINTER WONDERLAND

Lace up your ice skates and head over to the Amphitheatre for some winter-time family fun. Winter Wonderland features a real ice skating rink, ice slide, Elf Express train rides, The Elf Village, sleigh rides and SNOW! There are even scheduled visits from Santa. It all takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 A1A St. Augustine. Hours November 19 – December 17th : Monday through Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m.; on Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays., and December 18 through January 2, Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and noon to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free and there are participation fees required certain activities. Phone: 904.471.1965 More Info

Nov. 20, 2010

LIGHT- UP! NIGHT

St. Augustine past Mayors of St. Augustine meet in the historic Plaza de la Constitucion to “flip the switch” to light up the Nights of Lights. The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with spirited holiday performances in the Plaza’s Gazebo. Then at 6:30 p.m., all attending this festive event will be asked to participate in the countdown to the lighting. Phone: 904.825.1004 More Info

Nov. 20, 2010 through Jan. 30, 2011

HISTORIC WEAPON FIRING DEMONSTRATIONS AT CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS

Have a blast at St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos when authentically-clad re-enactors demonstrate how Spain’s famed artillerymen fired their cannons in the 1740’s. The cannons will roar at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11:00 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Admission is $6; free for children under 16.
Phone: 904.829.6506 More Info

Nov. 22, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Explore St. Augustine’s famous Night of Lights in the cozy comfort aboard the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Guests will delight at the festive wonderland of the historic area glittering with over 2 million lights. Caroling, hot cider, homemade cookies and complimentary magical viewing glasses, handcrafted by Santa’s elves add to the magic of your evening. The Holly Jolly Trolley departs continuously between 6 and 8 p.m. from the Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 – 12. Phone: 904.829.3800 More Info

Nov. 26, 2010 through Jan. 02, 2011

SANTA’S BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN TOURS

Enjoy St Augustine’s beautiful Nights of Lights Celebration from Santa’s big red Christmas train! Tickets include FREE admission to a family holiday movie at the San Marco theater, refreshments and a free visit to Santa’s Village at 3 Cordova Street, open December 3&4,10&11 and 17 through 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train operates 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train does not operate on December 24, 25 and 31. Tickets are $7 for Adults and $3 for children 2-12, children under 2, free. Tours Depart from Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and the Sightseeing Train Station at 3 Cordova Street.
Phone: 904.829.6545 More Info

Nov. 26, 2010 through Nov. 27, 2010

CANDLE LIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA

Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a live Christmas tree in the “Court of Lions”, decorated in the Villa’s traditional Red and Gold Colors and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930s. Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. Then the guided candlelight tour begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 7 -12, children 4 -6 are free (not recommended for children under 3). Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. Phone: 904.829.9887