Local Community Calendar


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   December 2022

      

      Dec. 1 - Treasures of the Beach: Our East coast beaches are constantly changing and bringing new items up for us to see. Shells, sea beans, grasses, sharks teeth, marine debris and more. Come learn how to identify these items, where they come from and so much more. Join SJC Park Naturalist, Kelly Ussia for this informative free walk on Vilano Beach. The walk leaves at 10 a.m. from the Pavilion at 2750 Anahma Dr., St. Augustine. www.sjcfl.us/recreation

     Dec. 2 - First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park: Join a Ranger on the First Friday of every month for a garden walk. Learn about the history of Washington Oaks while exploring the formal gardens. The walk starts in the Garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and is approximately one hour. No registration required. Walk included with park entry fee of $5 per vehicle. 6400 Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm Coast. www.washingtonoaks.org

     Dec. 2 - First Friday Art Walk: Join Art Galleries of St. Augustine the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. for new exhibits, refreshments and live music at many participating galleries.

For easy mobility downtown, patrons and visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6-9 p.m. provided by Old Town Trolleys. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating AGOSA gallery. Shuttles can be boarded at any of the following stops: in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum, Aviles Street, as well as in front of Bold Art Gallery near Hypolita Street. Tour maps are available at participating galleries or online. 904-824-2310

      Dec. 2 - Jingle Jog 5K and Reindeer Run: This time chipped race will wind through beautiful St. Johns Golf & Country Club. All participants receive a glow stick, glow necklace and a chocolate finisher’s medal. Registration is $10-$20 and the race starts at 6 p.m. at the amenity center located at 205 St. Johns Golf Dr, St. Augustine. Register here.

     Dec. 2-3, Jingle Jog 5K and Reindeer Run: This time chipped race will wind through beautiful St. Johns Golf & Country Club. All participants receive a glow stick, glow necklace and a chocolate finisher’s medal. Registration is $10-$20 and the race starts at 6 p.m. at the amenity center located at 205 St. Johns Golf Dr, St. Augustine. Register here.

     Dec. 2-4, St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt: Search for clues and solve puzzles with your own group of family and/or friends on a St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt with The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery to find 13 locations throughout the nation’s oldest city. Choose from a History Hunt, Haunted Hunt, or a Lovely Hunt and have a blast learning more about St. Augustine while exploring. The Scavenger hunts take place between 2:30 and 4 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday and depart from 76 Spanish St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. www.the13keys.com

     Dec. 2-4, 9-11: Shorts & Giggles: A Classic Theatre presents an evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. Smartly curated, these short plays and monologues are unique, absurd, irreverent, and enormous enjoyment for actors and audiences alike. Forget the serious stuff going on and just have an evening of irreverent fun! This production features some of ACT's favorite performers including Francesca Bellavista (The Dining Room, The Lifespan of a Fact), Dexter McDaniel (The Immigrant, The Lifespan of a Fact), Stephen Mitchell (Murderers), Harolyn Sharpe (Murderers, The Immigrant) and more! Tickets are $22, $12 for Students, available online or at the door. Contact: 954-444-0045. Email: [email protected]

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration. 184 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084

• Dec 2, 2022 at 07:30 pm (Fri) • Dec 3, 2022 at 07:30 pm (Sat) • Dec 4, 2022 at 02:00 pm (Sun) • Dec 9, 2022 at 07:30 pm (Fri) • Dec 10, 2022 at 07:30 pm (Sat) • Dec 11, 2022 at 02:00 pm (Sun)

     Dec. 3 - Surf Illumination: Presented by the City of St. Augustine Beach at the County Pier. Events and lighting of the Christmas Tree for the Season. 4 pm - 7 pm.

     Dec. 3 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market: From 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. shoppers stroll up and down the vendor-lined pathways of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market, browsing more than 100 tents loaded with local produce, flowers, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more. Admission into the market is free. 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine.

904-315-9252 www.theamp.com/farmers-market

     Dec. 3 - St. Augustine Christmas Parade: Experience St. Augustine's annual Christmas Parade with floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts at 9 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios off San Marco Avenue and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine. For more information email [email protected]

     Dec. 3 - Surf Illumination: This free holiday event from 4-7 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park features a ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree, a visit from Santa, music, arts and crafts and children’s activities. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. www.staugbch.com/events/page/sab-events

     Dec. 3 - Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tours: A spectacular Christmas tree takes centerstage in the Court of Lions with decorations in colors of the Zorayda – red and gold. Find traditional decorations and over 100 candles among stunning watercolors, tapestries, hand-carved wood furniture, and more. Take a guided audio tour of this historic home in English, Spanish and French. Enjoy refreshments and the grand lighting of the Christmas tree. The tours start at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $22.99, Children 6 - 12 are $12.99. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 5. 83 King St., St. Augustine. www.villazorayda.com

     Dec. 3 - Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival: Presented by SEA Community Help Resource Center, Inc. and St. Johns Cultural Council at Armstrong Park, Elkton FL. Music, dance, traditional foods, and craft celebrating 450 years of West African influence in St. Johns County.Performers include the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, Doug Carn, and Amy Alysia & the Soul Operation. Special guest Chef Matthew Raiford, author of Bress 'n' Nyam, presents a cooking demonstration and book signing. Free to attend with food and beverage available for purchase.This event benefits the SEA Community Resource Center. Contact [email protected] for more information.

     Dec. 3 - Nights of Lights Under the Sea: Have a fun evening at the St. Augustine Aquarium with Holiday Mermaids including a meet & greet and photo opportunities, a Mermaid Candy Chute, under water Santa, snow, Shark & Ray presentations with feeding & touching opportunities, and more. The event takes place each Saturday in December from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $14.99 for Adults, $9.99 for Children 2- 12, 2 & under free. 2045 State Rd 16, St. Augustine. 904-429-9777.www.saaquarium.com

     Dec. 4 - The Garden Club of Augustine’s 51st Holiday Tour of Homes: The Garden Club of St Augustine is happy to announce the 51st Holiday Tour of Homes is scheduled for Sunday December 4, 2022. The theme is Casas y Flores de Navidad ( Houses and Flowers of Christmas). We will have 6 houses on display and decorated by Garden Club members from 12 noon to 5 PM. A Boutique and Tea are included with the price of the ticket which will be at the beautiful River House on Marine St from 12 noon to 4PM. The Boutique will feature homemade crafts and baked goods. The Tea will have a variety of delicious homemade cookies. There will be a cash raffle. This is a walking tour with limited transportation from the downtown parking garage to the River House. Three of the houses are located on charming Water St, a short walk from the parking garage. Ticket sales start October 1. The price of the tickets are $40. Keep the date open on your calendar. The Garden Club is excited to be back and present this great event. Go to www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org for more information and ticket purchase.

     Dec. 5 - 8 - Festival of Trees at The Lightner Museum:

Join us for a Beautiful Display of Theme Decorated Trees and Wreaths all available for Silent Auction. Holiday Music, a Letters to Santa Mailbox, Door Prizes and more! All funds raised help st. Francis House and Port in the Storm. To sponsor a tree or wreath or to sponsor this event contact Joy Burton at [email protected]

     Dec. 7 - St. Augustine Travel Club: Will meet on Wednesday, December 7, at 3:00 pm at the Southeast Branch Library (nearby SR 206) Our topic will be AUSTRALIA TO THE AMERICAS: Exploring the splendors of the world from Australia to Hawaii, the West Coast USA, then South America and finally, Vermont's foliage and Christmas season in New York. Call Peter Dytrych at (904) 797-3736 for other information.

      Dec. 8 - Lightner Museum Holiday Market: Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family? Enjoy a curated selection of more than 30 vendors at the Lightner Museum in the historic Alcazar swimming pool.

      Dec. 10 - Holiday Regatta of Lights: Presented by St. Augustine Yacht Club at Downtown St. Augustine. A St. Augustine holiday tradition, the Holiday Regatta of Lights brightens the bay front with festive lights and decorations adorning boats of all shapes and sizes. The annual Holiday Regatta of Lights is a spectacular parade of boats of all types colorfully decorated with festive lights for the Christmas Holiday. The vessels “parade” before the crowds on the Bayfront just North of the Bridge of Lions. There will be sailboats, sport-fishermen, shrimp boats, trawlers, and more.

This annual event reflects on the maritime heritage of the Oldest City and is in keeping with St. Augustine’s historical seaborne image. Visitors and locals can view the event from the Seawall on the Bayfront. Free and open to the public.

     Dec. 10 - Beach Holiday Market at Pier Park: 350 A1A Beach Blvd. 3 - 7pm.

     Dec. 10 - Santa at St. Augustine South Clubhouse: Saturday 5 p.m. Activities, treats and photo with Santa.

     Dec. 10 - 11th Annual Santa Suits on the Loose! The 11th Annual Santa Suits on the Loose 5K presented by Bozard Ford, to benefit St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), is a walk/jog/run that will be held on December 10, 2022. It begins at the St. Augustine Pier at 8 AM. The race follows a flat 3.1 mile course through St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods. Last year participation was roughly 1200 "Santa" themed runners, making it the 3rd largest race in St. Johns County. This year race organizers expect an even larger turn-out.

     Dec. 10 - St. Augustine Beach Holiday Market: Presented by City of St Augustine Beach at St. Johns County Ocean Pier, St. Augustine Beach. Bring the whole family to the 3rd annual Holiday Market at the Pier from 3-10pm. Stroll through the market where you will find local vendors with offerings for everyone on your holiday gift list.

The market will offer gift wrapping for your one-of-a-kind purchases. Capture the family fun in the grinchy themed photo booth and discover delicious treats to take home, all while enjoying the vibrant light displays at Pier Park.

     Dec. 14 - Christmas with Cops & Claus: Santa visit for children presented by the St. Augustine Beach Police Department 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

     Dec. 14 - Holiday Pops with Gainesville Orchestra: Presented by EMMA Concert Association at Flagler College - Lewis Auditorium. EMMA Concerts brings The Gainesville Orchestra to Lewis Auditorium for Holiday Pops on December 14th.

An EMMA Concert Association holiday tradition, The Gainesville Orchestra will perform favorite holiday music. Based in Gainesville, Florida, the orchestra is led by Maestro Evans Haile, who is celebrating 21 years as musical director and conductor. Guests to this traditional holiday pops concert are invited to sing along to well-loved tunes! Free Parking will not be available at the Lewis Auditorium of Flagler College for this concert season. Free Parking will take place at the St. Johns County Council on Aging, 180 Marine St., St. Augustine FL 32084. Guests will then be transported to and from the concert venue by shuttle service free of charge. We hope you will take advantage of this new hassle-free parking arrangement. This feature is included in the stated concert ticket price. Tickets are $60.

     Dec. 17 - Una Noche de Navidad & Las Posadas at Mission Nombre de Dios

Presented by Historic Florida Militia and Diocese of St. Augustine at Mission Nombre de Dios. For over 400 years, a colonial Florida Christmas tradition, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings (Spanish: “posadas”) in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. For over 400 years, the colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition of Las Posadas has been celebrated by processions throughout the New World. The event is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings (Spanish: “posadas”) in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. Una Noche de Navidad is back again this year… for two nights! Our Lady of La Leche invites you to experience the joy of Christmas. Bring your family and friends for a truly silent night on the Sacred Acre, complete with a Live Nativity, Eucharistic Adoration, cookies.

     Dec. 17 - 18 - Nutcracker: Saint Augustine Ballet presents the Nutcracker in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Saint Augustine Ballet presents the 14th annual Nutcracker — a timeless classic featuring professional ballet dancers and dance students from St. Augustine and surrounding areas.  saintaugustineballet.org   for tickets $20-$50. Support for this event is provided by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Division of Arts and Culture. 877-313-1877 Email: [email protected]

INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

Dec 17, 2022 at 01:30 pm (Sat),Dec 17, 2022 at 07:00 pm (Sat), Dec 18, 2022 at 02:00 pm (Sun)

     Dec. 20 - COA Gift of Stories: The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine will share stories and songs of the holiday season on Tuesday, December 20 at 10 a.m.

     Dec. 21 - COA Winter Wonderland Dance Show: Come enjoy a dance performance presented by the River House Belly Dance and Tap Dance dancers on Wednesday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m.

     Dec. 22 - COA Music and Dancing at River House with Reminisce: Join us for music, provided by Reminisce, and dancing at River House on Thursday, December 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

     Dec. 22 - COA Acrylic Art Show: Paintings by students in the River House acrylic painting classes will be on display on Thursday, December 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.

     Dec. 22 - The Nutcracker like you have never seen it!: Christmas FANTASTIQUE will be presented on Thursday, December 22nd at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium in downtown St. Augustine during its famous Nights of Lights festival. The original production by Zoika’s Dance reimagines the classic holiday story of “The Nutcracker” and features contemporary dance styles including hip hop, tap, jazz, acro, and modern dance, as well as classical ballet. A choir of young vocalists will perform before each show, with signing provided by deaf interpreter Amanda Villalobo

     Dec. 31 - Light Up the Night Fireworks Show: Fireworks to begin at 8:30 pm at St. Johns County Pier.

     Dec. 31 - Ring in the new year hosted by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine: A New Year’s Eve Gala — Party with a Purpose will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. December 31, 2022 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. VIP tickets allow early entry at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at jslgala2022.givesmart.com

     Dec. 31 - Jan. 1 - Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by First Coast Opera: Presented by First Coast Opera at Flagler College - Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St. Ring in the New Year with this fully-staged performance and orchestra of Johann Strauss Jr’s classic 19th Century Viennese Operetta. Performed in English with complimentary champagne at intermission. Nelson Sheeley (The Marriage of Figaro, H.M.S Pinafore) directs and FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker conducts. ADMISSION INFO: Contact: 904-417-5555, Email: [email protected] INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES* 7:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Sat), 3:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.