This Weekend in St. Augustine

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday - Sunday: December 19 -22
 This glittering Christmas holiday whodunit is set in 1936 and features a Broadway star who invites his fellow cast members to a party at his Connecticut castle. When a guest is murdered, mystery and comedy take center stage. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 

Friday: December 20 
Kayaking - Old Florida at Faver-Dykes State Park - Guided by Master Naturalists, this exceptional kayak tour explores the coastline of Pellicer Creek -- one of the most pristine waterways in all of Florida. The three-hour tour departs from Faver-Dykes State Park at 10 a.m. and returns 1 p.m. Tickets (which include park admission, guide service, kayak and gear) are $55 for adults and $45 for ages 15 and under. For more information and reservations, call 904-347-1565; 1000 Faver-Dykes

Friday - Sunday: December 20 - 22
Shadows of the Past at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park - Take a nighttime guided tour of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to experience the eerie beauty of the Timucua burials and Indian village and the Menendez settlement field by moonlight. Tours start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168

Historic Weapon Demonstrations at Castillo de San Marcos - National Parks Service volunteers and personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. daily.

Saturday: December 21
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

Winter Solstice Sunrise Celebration - Enjoy the first winter sunrise of the year at 7 a.m. at Washington Oaks Gardens' beautiful coquina beach. Park Services Specialist Joseph Woodbury shares his unique knowledge of the myths and legends centered on the winter solstice and explains how to track the movement of the sun throughout the year. Chairs will be available. Regular park entrance fees apply of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people or $4 for an individual occupant. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783

Third Saturday: Photography Challenge Event - Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers will select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the Visitors Information Center kiosk and the park's gift shop. There is no cost to compete. Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 609-247-8146; e-mail;

Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach - Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a "Beaches 101" experience that the entire family will enjoy. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee. 1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 

Nocatee Farmer's Market - Featuring more than 70 vendors, Nocatee Farmer's Market takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra.

Musket Firing Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas - Reenactors fire flintlock muskets at Fort Matanzas National Monument 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from the island. Fort Matanzas is located at 8635 A1A, 15 miles south of St.  904-471-0116

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials from the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine.

"Holiday in the Woods" at Faver-Dykes State Park - From 4-6 p.m., Faver-Dykes State Park hosts "Holiday in the Woods!" The event, between sites 14 and 16 in the campground, features holiday music, hot cocoa and s'mores around the campfire circle. There will be arts and crafts with a take-home project of a natural wreath, a reindeer boot-jack or a pine cone ornament. Chairs provided. Regular park entrance fees apply of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people, or $4 for an individual occupant. 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd., St. Augustine. 386-446-6783

Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour - St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a free historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine's historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 

Navidad En El VieJo San Agustin/Christmas In Old St. Augustine - This annual Heritage Event features the Christmas music and customs of 16th century St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. This holiday celebration takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. at Mission Nombre de Dios.   Admission and parking are free. 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine 877-352-4478 

Dinner & Movie: "It's A Wonderful Life" - As part of "A December to Remember" the Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre host dinner and a 7 p.m. showing of the holiday classic movie, 'It's a Wonderful Life."' Admission is free and sponsored by Community First Credit Union. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-1965

Saturday & Sunday: December  21 & 22
Santa's Treasure Hunt - Join the crew of the Black Raven and Santa as they pursue the dastardly Blackbeard across Matanzas Bay to retrieve the stolen Christmas Treasure bag! Lots of sword fighting and an exchange of cannon fire as the Black Raven and Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, engage in seagoing fun and and excitement. The Black Raven sets sail at 2:15 p.m. (passengers check-in no later than 1:45 p.m.). Tickets are adults $29.95, child $19.95; seniors $28.95. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-826-0000

St. Augustine Ballet Performs "The Nutcracker" - The St. Augustine Ballet presents this magical holiday musical event featuring elegant costumes, custom-designed scenery, professional dancers and local celebrities. Performances take place on the stage of Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College on Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 - $30 (discount of $5 for seniors over 65 and children under 12 years old). 14 Granada St., St. Augustine.

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