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Escape to St. Augustine during the winter for fun in the sun and an abundance of activities, events and attractions. The nation’s oldest city, situated right on Florida’s east coast, tends to have very mild temperatures while the rest of the country experiences snow. Here are some of the top things to do in St. Augustine during winter.
Aboard Old Town Trolley’s special holiday tour, you’ll be transported to one of the top ten places to see holiday lights, according to National Geographic Traveler. During the well-known Nights of Lights, you’ll witness the brilliance of millions of tiny white lights as they adorn the historic area of St. Augustine. You’ll be treated to warm cider and cookies, special viewing glasses and an abundance of holiday cheer. On select nights, live entertainment by local school groups, carolers and a brass band are also part of the fun.
During the first weeks of December see the vibrant and historic St. Augustine Villa Zorayda by candlelight. You’ll embark on a special tour through the museum that is decorated in red and gold and illuminated with more than 100 candles. The pinnacle of this 1 hour and 30 minute tour is a stop into the Court of Lions where a spectacular Christmas tree is on display.
A free event to help ring in the season, Luminary Night takes place early in December and features children’s holiday crafts, warm refreshments, musical performances, and a chance to take a photo with Santa.
One of the largest parades in North Florida, St. Augustine’s annual Christmas Parade includes floats, marching bands, antiques cars, horses and the arrival of Santa himself. The parade attracts thousands each year and spreads tons of holiday cheer. The fun starts near the Mission of Nombre de Dios and continues through the historic streets of downtown St. Augustine.
For even more holiday cheer, head over to the St. Johns County Pier Park for their annual holiday tradition. Food and beverages, holiday music and entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids, and the arrival of Santa make this a fun-filled family event. Stick around to watch as the mayor flips the switch, lighting the beautiful holiday tree.