This Week in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

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Monday - Sunday, December 11-17

 

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times Exhibition

Immerse yourself in fashion and history in this highly anticipated exhibition at the Lightner Museum. Dressing Downton™, a 13-week display of 36 authentic Victorian Era costumes and accessories from PBS's most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey®, will be elegantly displayed in the museum's Grand Ballroom Gallery. The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for college students and seniors, $10 for 12-17-year-olds, and free for youth under age 12. The ticket cost includes entry to the museum. There will be special Upstairs/Downstairs Tours and Afternoon Teas that take place daily during the exhibition. Tickets can be purchased through the website. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton

 

High Tea at Cafe Alcazar

Immerse yourself with the full experience of the Dressing Downton exhibition with a special tea in the Cafe Alcazar located in the historic pool area of the Lightner Museum. The high teas will include sweet and savory items reminiscent of Gilded Age high style. Through January 7 teas will be at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. Tickets are $55. 25 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-9948 www.lightnermuseum.org/high-tea

 

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar Tours

The history of the Lightner Museum as well as its former splendor as the Alcazar Hotel shows many parallels to the time period and lives of the characters of the popular television series Downton Abbey®. This is a guided tour to areas of the museum typically closed to the public where participants will learn what life was like for both guests and staff who visited and worked at the Alcazar Hotel during the Gilded Age in St. Augustine. The tour lasts one hour and is in addition to the Dressing Downton exhibition and continues through January 7. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased through the website. Reservations are required. This tour is recommended for adults only. 75 King St., St. Augustine 844-426-4088 www.lightnermuseum.org/tours

 

Florida Residents Discount at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Florida residents can get all the fun that Ripley's Believe It or Not! has to offer for half the price. Ripley's Florida attractions are offering half price tickets for Florida residents. participating St. Augustine attractions include Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, daytime Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure. Located at 19 San Marco Ave. Ripley's Red Train Tours is located at 170 San Marco Ave. 904-824-1606 www.ripleys.com/staugustine

 

Small Works Holiday Show

Now showing at the downtown St. Augustine Art Gallery Cutter & Cutter Fine Art of St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach Small Works Holiday show features More than 200 original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel, including works by well-known local artists Lyn Asselta, Matthew Cutter and Estella Fransbergen. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. All of the art is for sale. 25 King St., St. Augustine 904-810-0460 www.cutterandcutter.com

 

 

Monday - Thursday, December 11-14

 

The Polar Express at World Golf IMAX

This holiday-themed film, based on the classic Caldecott medal-winning children's book, tells the story 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. This film is showing at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123   www.worldgolfimax.com

 

Monday - Saturday, December 11- 16

 

Ponte Vedra Artisan Market

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach introduces the Ponte Vedra Artisan Market, a pop-up shop exclusively dedicated to promote and sell wearable items designed and crafted by artists. The center's curatorial committee will hand select wearable art that is original in concept, design and execution. Admission into the market is free and open to the public. The Market will be available through January 12. The center is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

 

 

Tuesday, December 12

 

Gin Blossoms 25

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents 90s Modern Rock Group Gin Blossoms and their 25th Anniversary of New Miserable Experience Tour. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance is at 8 p.m. Admission is $42.50 and $38.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

 

 

Wednesday, December 13

 

River-to-Sea Trail Walk

Take a free guided trail walk at the River-to-Sea Preserve and learn how Native Americans lived in the area. An interpretive guide will share information about the indigenous plants found throughout the trail. The trail is located on A1A south of the Town of Marineland, across from the ocean. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. from the parking lot. Reservations are required. 115 Flagler Beach to Marineland Trail, Palm Coast 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org

 

The Art of Dining: The Table at Downton Abbey

Discover the elaborate etiquette, enchanting entertainments and dishes Mrs. Patmore would have been proud to send to the table at the Casa Monica Hotel Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. featuring speaker Francine Segan. The Lightner Museum event includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects that Mr. Carson would be shocked to find you couldn't use properly, tastings of popular tidbits, garnish-making demonstrations and recipe handouts. Francine Segan is a world-renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author. General admission is $25. 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

 

Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour

Join Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its 8th annual Candlelight Tour, which is offered on select evenings during St. Augustine's Nights of Lights. 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. The tour is at 6 p.m. General admission is $16. Admission for youth ages 7-12 is $7, and admission is free for youth ages 4-6. The tour is not recommended for youth ages 3 and under. Reservations are required and can be made by phone. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com

 

Gilded Age Dining at the Alcazar Hotel, A VIP Dinner with Francine Segan

Join the Lightner Museum in the historic pool area at 6 p.m. for an evening of gilded elegance and sophisticated sipping.  Francine Segan, world-renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author, and Anthony Porcellini, sommelier of Carrera Wine Cellar, guide guests through a 19th century-inspired menu and wine pairing. The four-course menu is specially designed by the chefs of Culinary Outfitters and drawn from archived Alcazar Hotel menus dating from the 1890s-1920s. Each course will be accompanied by a specially selected wine. General admission is $150. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

 

Christmas Carol Sing Along and Reception

Ancient City Baptist Church is hosting this event that celebrates the birth of Jesus with songs and fun from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is free. 27 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-829-3476 www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-carol-sing-along-reception-tickets-39019530466?aff=ehomecard

 

EMMA Concert Association Presents Holiday Traditions with First Coast Opera

EMMA Concert Association and First Coast Opera present Amahl and the Night Visitors, which is a Christmas opera for guests of all ages. The opera is set in Bethlehem during the first century and shares the story of a boy named Amahl and his journey. The opera will be followed by a performance of favorite holiday songs. The event is at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $40. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-417-5555 www.emmaconcerts.com

 

Ben Haggard at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Ben Haggard, son of country music great Merle Haggard, presents an acoustic performance, passing on the legacy of his dad's music. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance is at 8 p.m. Admission is $35.50 and $29.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

 

 

Thursday, December 14

 

Munch, Mingle and Matriculate: A History of Chocolates with Francine Segan

Discover chocolate's history, starting with its New World origins, journey to Europe and transformation over the years that turned it from a grainy bitter brew into the treat we know and love today. Francine Segan is a world-renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author. Lightner Museum hosts this event at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa's Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. General admission is $30. 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874  www.lightnermuseum.org

 

Throwback Thursday: Miracle on 34th Street at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing. This movie is showing at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe at noon. The cost is $10, which includes a meal, popcorn, small drink and showing of the movie. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

 

Lee Weaver Performance at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe

Lee Weaver will perform Joseph, The Husband of Mary at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food and drink orders from the menu, and the performance is at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Visit the website for ticket information. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-687-8779 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

 

Purity Ring at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes "future pop" synth duo Purity Ring. After 65 fortnights, Purity Ring has returned with their super-tight second album Another Eternity. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace in Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what was to become the album. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the performance is at 7 p.m. Admission is $35 and $30. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

 

Evenings at Whitney - Transformation and Conservation: Climate Change, Plant Diversity and the Southern Landscape

Pamela Soltis, distinguished professor and curator of molecular systematics and evolutionary genetics in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, will talk about plant diversity in the southeastern United States. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 9505 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine 904-461-4000 www.whitney.ufl.edu

 

 

Thursday - Sunday, December 14-17

 

Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. This film is showing at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com 

 

Free Concerts at the Colonial Oak Music Park

Enjoy a free concert performance on the big Oak at the Colonial Oak Music Park. Each night a different performance takes place. Admission is free. Check for times and performers, or just walk on in. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. www.colonialquarter.com/concerts

 

 

Friday, December 15

 

St. Augustine Community Band Holiday Concert

The 70-member St. Augustine Community Band with members ranging in age from 16-80 will perform a holiday concert at Pacetti Bay Middle School from 7:30-9 p.m. General Admission tickets are $15. 245 Meadowlark Ln., St. Augustine 607-343-6441 www.staugband.org

 

Friday & Saturday, December 15&16

 

Castaway Canopy Christmas

ZIPStream's Castaway Canopy Adventure is hosting Castaway Canopy Christmas at 7 and 8 p.m. Reservations required. Admission is $59.95 for adults and $54.95 for youth. 2045 B FL-16 St., St. Augustine 904-814-9562 www.oldcityzip.com   

 

Apex Theatre Studio Presents The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The New York Times calls The Santaland Dairies "A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's." This performance has mature language. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. both days. The band Duffy Bishop will plan an opening set at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

 

 

Friday - Sunday, December 15-17

 

Enchanted Christmas Village

Come enjoy 12 days of Christmas with Santa and his elves at this fun-filled adventure taking place at Hope Pavilion every weekend in December. Enchanted Christmas Village features holiday musical performances, bounce houses, wagon rides through the enchanted trail, pictures with Santa, yard games, photo op cut outs and plenty of food and craft vendors. There is even a high tea with the Claus family each Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults, $10 for youth ages 17 and under, and a family of four ticket is $50. High Tea with the Claus Family is $45 for adults and $25 for youth. 899 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach 888-486-6413 www.jacksonvillechristmas.com

 

A Seussified Christmas Carol

A whimsical reinvention of Dickens' most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with - if he ever had his way with the story. Performances are at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

 

The Light of Christmas

Join Turning Point at Calvary for its yearly Light of Christmas event. Experience a Christmas light display nightly. On December 15-17, guests can also take a stroll through the nativity tent and winter wonderland. This is a free, family friendly event from 6-9 p.m. 3500 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-829-9795 www.tpcalvary.com

 

 

Saturday, December 16

 

Winter Wonderland

This holiday event at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center from 10-11 a.m. features snowman relay races, an appearance by Santa, scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar and holiday crafts. 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine 904-471-9622 www.sjcfl.us/recreation

 

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour

Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free, and donations encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 14 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-257-3273 www.tolomatocemetery.com

 

Holiday Revenge Tournament at Slammer & Squire

This tournament features the most challenging round of the year. The golf course superintendent and his crew have made the Slammer & Squire golf course as difficult as possible for this holiday tournament. The entry fee is $300 per foursome, which includes golf for four players, reception and prizes. The shotgun start begins at 12:30 p.m. 2 World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-6088 www.golfwgv.com

 

7th Annual Firefighter Chili Cookoff

The 7th Annual Firefighter Chili Cookoff is taking place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre from 2-6 p.m. Admission is free and chili sample tickets are available for a small fee. The chili is made by firefighters from throughout Florida. The event features many chili categories and family friendly activities. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367  

Firefighter Chili Cookoff

 

Black Heritage & Civil Rights Walking Tour

You are invited to join St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours for a walking tour of historical sites in St. Augustine where more than 400 years of African American history lives. This 90-minute guided tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, and a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales for this tour will be donated to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum in St. Augustine. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087 www.staugustineblackheritagetours.com  

 

Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour with Refreshments

Join Villa Zorayda this holiday season for its 8th annual Candlelight Tour, which is offered on select evenings during St. Augustine's Nights of Lights. 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. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments of homemade Christmas cookies, coffee and a special holiday punch. Refreshments are at 6 p.m., and the tour is at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $19.99. Admission for youth ages 7-12 is $9, and admission is free for youth ages 4-6.  Not recommended for children under 3. Reservations are required. 83 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com

 

Las Posadas Del Viejo San Agustín/The Posadas of Old St. Augustine

Florida Living History volunteers will present this annual holiday heritage event set in 1580 from 7-8 p.m. along St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine. Las Posadas, a 400-year-old colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition, will include a nighttime, torch-lit procession through the oldest city. The procession will form at 6:30 p.m. near the City Gate and will travel down St. George Street, stopping at several designated locations to "ask for lodgings," as is traditional. The procession will conclude at the end of St. George Street, where there will be a presentation of a centuries-old scene from Lope de Vega's Cristo Nuestro Bien (A Shepherds & Angels Play). The event is free. 877-352-4478 www.floridalivinghistory.org

 

Bamboozled Starring Viktor Zenko

Showing every Saturday through December 30 at Courtyard by Marriott St. Augustine I-95, Viktor Zenko, magician and mentalist, provides a magical and memorable performance. Zenko will float an audience member above the stage and manipulate a deck of playing cards, among many other skills. Seating begins at 7 p.m., and the performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $22. Tickets for youth ages 17 and under are $18. Tickets can be purchased through the website. Each performance is limited to only 30 tickets. 2075 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-342-2550 www.vzmagic.com

 

 

Saturday & Sunday, December 16-17

 

Apex Theatre Studio Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids. Takes place at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Saturday at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

 

St. Augustine Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

St. Augustine Ballet's The Nutcracker is a family friendly holiday classic production. The cast is comprised of student and professional dancers of all ages. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Admission is $30-$25. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 855-222-2849 www.saintaugustineballet.com

 

Santa Claus Comes to The Pirate Ship Black Raven

Santa Claus comes to the Black Raven on the Treasure Hunt trips or he will try, anyway! Before leaving  the dock, Santa comes on board with his bag of goodies and sets it down. Right behind him is Captain Hook, who grabs that bag and runs. Join the crew to get the bag of treasures back and rescue Santa from the evil Captain Hook. The trip departs at 2:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina in downtown St. Augustine. The cost is $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for youth ages 3-12. Reservations can be made by phone or through the website. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine 904-826-0000 www.blackravenadventures.com

 

From Prophecy to Peace

The St. Augustine Community Chorus presents From Prophecy to Peace, a holiday concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. The Saturday concert is at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday concert is at 2 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door, $20 online and $5 for students, youth ages 12 and under and active military. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine st.augustinecommunitychorus@gmail.comwww.staugustinecommunitychorus.org

 

 

Sunday, December 17

 

Comedy Festival at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe 

The Comedy Festival takes place at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The event features performances by many comedians, special screening of Guffpunch, sketch performances and storytelling. General admission is $10, and admission for students and military is $5. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-687-8779 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

 

A Nativity Open House

The Sisters of St. Joseph are hosting this open house in the Piano Room of Villa Flora from noon-4 p.m. Guests can experience the many nativity scenes on display that were collected by Sister Mary Christine throughout the years. This event is a tribute to Sister Mary Christine. Admission is free. 234 St. George St., St. Augustine jeanetteghioto@ssjfl.orgwww.ssjfl.org

 

Photography Adventures

Experience a photography course led by Ed Siarkowicz and Lisa Fisher at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park from 2-5 p.m. for those using DSLR cameras or smartphones. The course offers one-on-one instruction on photography techniques. The cost for the course is $99 per person, and registration is required by phone. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783 www.washingtonoaks.org

 

Saint Anastasia Catholic Church Concert Series

This concert at Saint Anastasia Catholic Church features a Christmas concert and living nativity. The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. 5205 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-5364 www.saccfl.org/2017-2018-concert-series-schedule

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