Family Friendly Things to do During Nights of Lights

sahi-2016-christmas-through-the-years-19313020023rd Annual B&B Holiday Tour of the St. Augustine Historic Inns

Every year the Saint Augustine Historic Inns come together to create a holiday tour that is sure to please. They choose a theme and decorate accordingly. This year’s theme is Christmas Through The Years. It is a two-day self-guided tour. It runs from December 10th -11th. Every inn has partnered with a local restaurant to give you a taste of St. Augustine. For those who do the tour they will be give a tour package as well as a detailed map to navigate around the city. Tour participants may begin at any inn on the designated day and see the b&b’s at their own pace. You will not want to miss out on this local St. Augustine family friendly tour.

For more info, or to buy tickets, check out the 23rd Annual B&B Holiday Tour of the St. Augustine Historic Inns website.

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Reindeer Run

A great way to spend time with family this weekend is the Annual Reindeer Run and parade. The 17th Annual Reindeer Run is this Saturday, December 3rd and immediately precedes the St. Augustine Christmas Parade. The event starts at 9:55am and is only one mile. The route runs through the city starting at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum and finishes on Cordova Street near Mojo’s BBQ. Registration begins at 8:30 and costs $10 per person to participate. All proceeds go directly to the Boys and Girls club located on West King Street. The Boys and Girls Club provides kids a safe place to go after school. They also provide mentoring for the kids. Check out their Facebook for more information

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Castillo by Candlelight: Enemy at the Gates

This Friday is the annual 1740 Siege Night at the Castillo de San Marcos. On December 2nd beginning at 6:45, visitors will be led on a family friendly tour through the different stations of the fort. While touring the fort, re-enactors will be preparing for the attack from British General, James Oglethorpe. Some of the stations to be toured are, the British headquarters station, British look-out station, Spanish Governor’s headquarters station, a supply room station, a medical room station, and a soldier’s quarter’s station. All the workers and volunteers will be dressed in period clothing. Tours depart every 15 minutes beginning at 6:45pm and ending at 8pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Check out their Facebook for more information.

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Ripley’s Red Trains Nights of Lights Tour

From now until January 5th, Ripley’s Red Trains will be giving tours of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. Commonly called the “light seeing tour,” guests will be shuttled around on trolleys through the historic district area. They will also receive magical viewing glasses to view the dazzling light displays. Nights of Lights have been featured on National Geographic as one of the top places in the world to see Christmas lights. There will be family friendly caroling and new this year is the Ripley’s Family Challenge game show! Tours depart nightly from Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Hours are 6-10pm. For more information on the tour or ticket prices, check out their website.

Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails

Been to the Nights of Lights before? IF you are looking for a unique way to see the city from a different perspective, the Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails is for you. Board the Schooner Freedom and see the lights from the Matanzas at sunset. The ship sets sail at 4:45 pm and lasts two hours. The Schooner sets sail from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, which is located at 111 Avenida Menendez. Seating is limited, so check out their website for more information.

No matter what you are looking for, St. Augustine certainly has it. While you and your family are visiting St. Augustine, be sure to stay at one of our local bed and breakfasts. You can check out the inns and book your stay, here.

Danielle Brooks
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