December is usually associated with snow – white Christmases, ski trips, and snowball fights. Here in St. Augustine’s Winter, the only white you will see is the millions of tiny lights downtown and our pure, sandy beaches! St. Augustine has lots to offer in the winter and you’ll find that the holiday spirit doesn’t only belong to the snowy North!
Here are some of the fun events we have going on here in America’s oldest city:
Peter White’s Christmas
When: December 11 at 8:00pm
Doors at 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Where:Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Starring Smooth jazz guitarist Peter White, trumpet maestro Rick Braun, and saxophone journeyman Euge Groove, check out Peter White’s Christmas! Come to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 11th to get in on the fun. This annual concert has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year.
Peter White is an extraordinary and fluent acoustic guitarist whose skills are world-renowned. Over the years, he has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, White combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
Rick Braun is a masterful trumpet/flugelhorn player whose warm tones transform the simplest melody into a work of art. Steven Eugene Grove, better known as Euge Groove, is a smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 background. They have each separately sold millions of records and their combined fans will surely appreciate this special performance of Christmas Chestnuts!
Visit the Ponte Vedra concert Hall for more information and to purchase or reserve your seating tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office. Prices may vary.
Apex Theatre Studio Presents: A Christmas Story
Friday, December 14 — Doors Open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm Saturday
December 15 Matinee — Doors Open 1:30pm / Show 2:00pm Saturday
December 15 — Doors Open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Where: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Celebrate the holidays with a comedic twist when Apex Theatre Studio presents “A Christmas Story”, a full-length comedy based on the beloved film. The production is under the direction of Ian Mairs, managing director of Apex Theatre Studio and features a combination of faculty, students, and guest artists from the Northeast Florida area. Humorist Jean Sheperd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest of the 1940s follows Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.
All the elements from the classic motion picture are here: the exploding furnace, the school bully, the boys experiment with a wet tongue on a lamp post and the infamous leg lamp. You don’t have to have grown up with 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his ache for an air rifle under the tree to think of ‘A Christmas Story’ as a Christmas must. And this version is just as kindly and just as hilarious as ‘A Christmas Story’ is meant to be.
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase your Reserved Seating tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.
Holiday Faire at the Colonial Quarter
When: December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St George St. Augustine, FL 32084
Cost: Free Event!
The Gamble Rogers Music Festival is sponsoring a Holiday Faire at the Colonial Quarter. Join us at the Colonial Oak Music Park for live holiday music, caroling, crafts, & gifts! The holiday craft & gift market will have handmade gifts for all your last minute shopping needs. Stay warm and cozy by the fire pits while enjoying the Nights of Lights. Food, drinks, baked goods, hot cocoa, and s’mores will be available for purchase.
Turning Point at Calvary Presents: The Light of Christmas
When: December 14- 16, 17- 25, 2018
Where: 3500 State Rd. 16 St. Augustine, Florida 32092.
Cost: Free Event
Turning Point at Calvary Baptist invites you to come and enjoy their Christmas display of lights. This event allows you to drive in through the light display and be dazzled. The Festival of Light offers you a variety of light displays, from your traditional Christmas lights, to the nativity scene, and more. Come and enjoy music and flashing lights!
Brunch with Santa 2018
When: Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Where: TPC Sawgrass is located at 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082.
Cost: Price for the brunch event is $55 for adults and $22 for kids ages 5 – 11
The whole family can enjoy a delicious brunch at this special holiday event, and the kids get a chance to visit with Santa and make sure their Christmas wishlist is on record.
Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tours
When: December 22 – January 5@ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Villa Zorayda Museum 83 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Cost: Tour with Refreshments: Adults $19.99 / Children ages 7-12 $9.00 Tour without Refreshments: Adults — $17.00 / Children ages 7-12 $8.00
Villa Zorayda’s 9th Annual Candlelight Tours of the Museum are offered on select evenings during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration. The Zorayda is beautifully decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda, red and gold, located center stage in the Court of Lions. Over 100 candles are aglow throughout the museum as the docents lead you on your tour of this historic former home.
Candlelight Tours typically last about 1.5 hours and include an in depth overview of the history of the Villa Zorayda, its previous owners, and the art and antique collection inside. Come early and enjoy refreshments of homemade Christmas cookies and punch, included with select Candlelight Tour dates. Refreshments include homemade Christmas cookies and punch.
Limelights Theater: Foxfire
When: November 30 to December 23, 2018. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Where: The Limelight Theater is located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in the Uptown San Marco district. Free parking is available on the street and in the parking lot behind the theater.
Cost: admission tickets are $26
Foxfire, written by Susan Cooper, with music by Jonathan Brielle, tells the story of a 79-year-old widow Annie Nations, in Southern Appalachia. Annie Nations lives on her mountain farm all alone, but only if you don’t count the ghost of her husband Hector. Their relationship drives the action of the play, as Annie is forced to deal with a ruthless real estate developer who wants to purchase her land and the return of her adult son, a country singer who is now responsible for his two children after his wife ran away. The play pays tribute to the resiliency and spirit of hardworking country folk.
This production is directed by Harolyn Sharpe, with Shelli Long as music director. The cast includes Meganne Johnson as Annie, Brian Johnson as Dillard, Rich Nowell as Hector, Carrington Tate as Prince, Elizabeth Gerhardt as Holly, and Ron Price as the doctor. Visit the website to purchase tickets online.
St. Augustine Film Festival
When: Thursday to Sunday, January 17- 20, 2019
Where: Several Locations in the Historic District
Cost: Prices may vary
The St. Augustine Film Festival will be hosting films from all different countries – shown at all three theaters in the Historic District Area: Lewis Auditorium, the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College, and at all three viewing rooms of the Corazon Cinema and Cafe.
*More information will be available as the event day nears.
For more information please call: (904) 461-3993.
Come and enjoy all the events St. Augustine’s Winter has to offer, from history to holiday fun. Make a new winter tradition by visiting the oldest city in America – you will never want to leave!