Cool Christmas Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you visiting St. Augustine this holiday season? Well be sure to plan your trip around the cool Christmas events we have planned this year!

The Christmas Parade

Santa riding a sleigh.

When: December 1, 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Where: Historic Downtown

About: If you want a true Christmas in Florida experience you don’t want to miss out on the annual Christmas Parade in St. Augustine. Bask in the cool temperatures and sunny sky that our bayfront City has to offer and enjoy a favorite Christmas tradition – a parade! You are certain to be in the holiday spirit as soon as you see the lead of the parade. From Santa Claus to reindeer to horses and marching bands, you are sure to make new memories as well as trigger a few of your childhood memories!

Christmas Tour of Homes 2018

A photo of the front of a house participating in the Christmas Clubs Tour of Homes 2018.

When: December 2, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Where: Historic Downtown

About: Since 1969, the Garden Club of St. Augustine has hosted a special holiday event where attendees can tour six homes decorated from head to toe in Holiday Greenery. Appropriately so, this year’s theme is Christmas in the City of Lights. The homes were built in the 1800’s and offer an unparalleled look into the architecture and design fads during this period. This walking tour finishes with Afternoon Tea and a visit to the Garden Club’s Boutique which features homemade treats and beautifully handcrafted items created by members of the club. Walking from home to home and them from a home to Afternoon Tea grants you a great opportunity to take in the old intricate streets of Historic Downtown.

Luminary Night at the Lighthouse

A photo of the front of the Ligthhouse's gift shop decorated in Christmas lights.

When: December 5, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

About: If you’ve ever visited St. Augustine during the holiday season then you know about the City’s very famous holiday light display, Nights of Lights. While walking streets that are strung with millions of tiny white lights is a riveting winder wonderland experience, there is nothing quite like the view of the City’s skyline than that atop the St. Augustine Lighthouse. On Luminary Night, the Lighthouse asks you to join them as part of the Nights of Lights experience. The Lighthouse hosts a grand party; musicians stationed in the tower and on the grounds play holiday music throughout the eve; fourteen Christmas trees and the Keepers’ House is decorated in nautical ornaments make for wonderful holiday photo opportunities; holiday crafts and yuletide refreshments give it that homey Christmas feel. Of course, as a special treat, you may climb the Lighthouse and get the spectacular view of Historic Downtown’s holiday skyline.

St. Augustine Holiday Tour of Bed and Breakfasts

When: December 8, 9 10, times vary.

Where: Historic Downtown

About: This year the St. Augustine Historic Inns Bed and Breakfast Association asks you to join them for their self-guided walking tour, the St. Augustine Holiday Tour of Bed and Breakfasts! Naturally, in its 25th year, the longstanding tradition is themed the Silver Jubilee Tour!

Indulge in St. Augustine during this three-day event that features 25 Historic Inns decorated in their holiday best! Each Inn is paired with a St. Augustine restaurant to provide a taste of local cuisine. On Saturday and Sunday attendees have a chance to take their time exploring the Inns and tasting samples, hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, and wines. Furthermore, on Monday the tour takes to the history and culture of the Old City through a series of museums that attendees can visit free of cost, as admission is part of their tour ticket cost.

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St. Augustine Community Chorus Holiday Concert

A photo of the St. Augustine Community Chorus singing during the Holiday Concert in 2017.

When: December 15-16, times vary.

Where: Cathedral Basilica

About: The St. Augustine Community Chorus has a grand performance planned for its 2018 Holiday Concert and 70th anniversary! The theme of this year’s concert is “Gaudete! Rejoice”, after the sacred Christmas carol composed in the 16th century. The concert will be held the day before and the day of Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western Church.) The concert takes place in the beautiful Cathedral Basilica in Historic Downtown of St. Augustine, Florida.

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