In 2011, St. Augustine made the National Geographic Top 10 List of Places to See Holiday Lights. This year marks the 19th annual celebration, set to commence on Saturday, November 17! Pre-event entertainment on Saturday will include the Showtime USA Chorus in front of the Lightner Museum at 4 pm, and then at 5:30 pm, the All Star Orchestra will take the stage at the Plaza’s gazebo until Light-Up-The-Tree time at 6:30 pm.
From November 18 thru January 1, explore the holiday-festive streets in the cozy cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolley. Complimentary magical viewing glasses will enhance the twinkle and glimmer of the lights. Tickets - adults $9, children $4 (ages 6-12). Nightly 6-8 pm. Departing from the St. Augustine Visitors Info Center at 11 W. Castillo Drive, the Welcome Center at 27 San Marco, and the Welcome Center at 2700 North Ponce de Leon/US 1, 829.3800, www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/holiday-tour.asp BUY YOUR TICKETS AT BAYFRONT WESTCOTT HOUSE B&B.
The St. Augustine Art Association’s 47th Annual Art & Craft Fair on November 23 and 24 features family fun, with award-winning artists, art demos, Kids Art Zone, cultural exhibits, great food, and live entertainment. Jewelry, pottery, glassworks, paintings and much more. Francis Field on West Castillo Drive, 824.2310, www.staaa.org
The Candlelight Tour at Villa Zorayda is something you absolutely will not want to miss! The Villa is beautifully decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas Tree decorated in red and gold. Candles are aglow throughout the museum as you experience by way of guided tour this historic former home. Refreshments included! Reservations recommended,829.9887, www.VillaZorayda.com
On November 23, Winter Wonderland will open its doors to an ice skating rink, Igloo Ski Lounge, Frost Kingdom Express Train, Blizzard Bounce/Obstacle Course, Elf Village, visits from Santa, sleigh rides, games, and even snow! Admission is free, but you’ll pay $12 to skate; $3 for one ride on the ice slide $3 (or $10 for 4); $10 for sleigh rides ($5 for children); $2 per game ticket or $10 for 6; and $2 for the blizzard bounce. St. Augustine Amphitheatre at www.winterwonderlandflorida.com
As our Holiday Gift To You, when you book a 2-night stay at regular rate Sunday thru Thursday, you'll enjoy an exclusive and complimentary train ride around St. Augustine, one of the towns that made National Geographic's Top 10 List Of Places to See Holiday Lights. This FREE offer includes holiday spirits and hors d'oeuvres; a train ride through historic St. Augustine in its brightly lit holiday splendor; and yummy candy-cane fudge and hot chocolate from our local Fudge Buckets. (See promotion rules at http://www.westcotthouse.com/promotions/nights-of-lights.htm