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447th Consecutive New Year's Eve Celebration!
GREET 2012 WITH EVENTS, FOOD AND FUN ON FLORIDA'S HISTORIC COAST
(News from the Visitors & Convention Bureau)
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Dec. 19) - Looking for a different place to celebrate New Year's Eve? Why not come to Florida's Historic Coast where residents have welcomed the arrival of the New Year more often than any other place in the United States? This will be the 447th consecutive year St. Augustinians have celebrated the passing of the old and the arrival of the New Year.
All that experience with New Year's Eve revelry makes Florida's Historic Coast the perfect location for saying good-bye to 2011 and hello to 2012. There's something here for anyone looking for a memorable way to start the New Year. For example:
Beach Blast Off 2012: Kick off 2012 in seaside style at this special St. Augustine Beach event! Enjoy a blast of flavor, icy sculptures, and fireworks when several of St. Augustine's favorite restaurants serve up chili for tasting and judging at the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off from 4 to 10 p.m. After things cool off from the chili - the Fireworks synchronized to music begin at 8:30 p.m. This display will delight visitors and help usher in the New Year! Admission is free. The Beach Blast takes place at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach. For more information, call 904.829.5681 or visit www.beachblastoff.com
Laughs and BBQ: Start the New Year right with lots of laughs and great Down Home eating when St. Augustine' Limelight Theatre presents a special presentation of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel - the hilarious story of two Southern hunters who believe they have shot down an angel! In keeping with the show's theme, the buffet dinner will feature barbecue with Krispy Kreme donuts for dessert. Tickets for the show and buffet are $50 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 904.825.1164 or online at www.Limelight-Theatre.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Fine Dining: Bid farewell to 2011 with an unforgettable New Year's Eve dinner at one of the fine restaurants on Florida's Historic Coast. Explore the exquisite tastes of Italy or take advantage of the Surf & Turf (Lobster and Filet Mignon) dinner at Amici's, 1915 A1A South in St. Augustine. The Surf & Turf special is only $29.. Call 904.461.0102 or go to www.amicistaugustine.com for more information. At the beach, Café Atlantico (647 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine) offers a special five-course New Year's Eve dinner with an entrée choice of Catch of the Day over Mediterranean ratatouille and cream of plum tomatoes or Beef Wellington with a mushroom,-cognac reduction - all for $75 per person. For reservations, call 904.471.7332 or go to www.cafeatlantico.net . Get a taste of France when Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard shares the award-winning menu he presented in November at the James Beard House in New York City. This special New Year's Eve treat begins with a mise en mouche and climaxes with a pear poached in Beaujolais Nouveau -- all for only $69 per person, plus tip and taxes. Bistro de Leon is located on St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion at 12 Cathedral Place/ Phone: 904.810.2100 or www.bistrodeleon.com For more continental cuisine, enjoy fine dining with a Russian flair a Sara's Crepe Café. From 10 p.m. until 3 a.m., enjoy a three-course pre-fix menu featuring appetizers like blini with caviar, fried potato with mushrooms, and shrimp cocktail followed by entrees including prime rib, Cornish hens in garlic sauce and pasta with fresh basil oil sauce. For the perfect conclusion, there's dessert and champagne. The dinner package is $75. Plus, there is live entertainment throughout the evening! Sara's Crepe Café is located at 100 St. George Street, Suite F in St. Augustine. Call 904.810.5800 or go to www.sarascrepecafe.com . And for the golf fan, there's nothing more memorable than New Year's Eve dinner at the beautiful TPC Sawgrass. From 5-9 p.m. enjoy a delicious a la carte dinner and live music in an unmatched setting. For details and reservations, call 904.453.5105
Piratical Party: Join the crew of the pirate ship Black Raven as she sails across Matanzas Bay in search of 2012! Great food washed down with the finest brews, plus sea shanties, a Pirate DJ and non-stop partying. The Black Raven casts off from the St. Augustine Marina at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are adults only (21+) $65 per person. For more information and reservations, call 904.826.000 www.BlackRavenAdventures.com
Wine, Food and Carriages Too: Explore the Oldest City's culinary, wine and beer heritage on a series of New Year's Eve walking and carriage tours. Taste the best St. Augustine has to offer on the three-hour Vittles and Vino Carriage Tour. Sample wines and food at one-of-a-kind specialty shops and eateries with transportation provided by a horse-drawn carriage. Tours are priced at $99 per person and depart at 2 p.m. Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tours take you on a tour of the spectacular Night of Lights aboard a horse-drawn carriage while indulging in delicious Spanish boutique wines. These one-hour tours are available for $45 per person and depart at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Private tours can also be arranged.) Departing at 5 p.m., the Barley and Hops Beer Tours features a walking tour filled with fascinating facts about brewing as well as sampling of outstanding local brews. Tickets are $46 per person. Start the New Year's Eve celebration at 4 p.m. with the Wine About Town tour - a 2.5 hour strolling tour featuring exclusive wine samplings gourmet cheese and fresh baked breads. Tickets are $56 each. For details, reservations and more information about these tours, call 904.325.3911 or visit www.thetastingtours.com
|Friday and Saturday: December 16 & 17|
CANDLE LIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA
Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a Christmas tree in the "Court of Lions", decorated in the Villa's traditional red and gold and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930s. On Friday at 6 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. Candles are aglow throughout the museum as the docent led candlelight tour begins at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, enjoy refreshments at 5:30 and tour at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 7 -12, children 4 -6 are free (not recommended for children under 3). Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. For more information, visit www.villaZoryada.com or call 904.829.9887.
The St. Francis Inn is on Sunday's tour and we are teamed with Meehan's Irish Pub. In addition, Lily and her soldier have agreed to "appear" that day as part of the "Ghosts of Christmas Past" theme!
Tour St. Augustine's historic Bed and Breakfast Inns, all decorated in Holiday finery. This year's tour theme is "Ghosts of Christmas Past" This year the innkeepers invite tour guests to peek into the past and learn about the sentimental stories or supernatural secrets that have inhabited their historic homes for decades, many for 100 years or more. In addition to being able to enjoy each Inn's dazzling Christmas season displays, tour participants will be able to enjoy taste treats throughout the Holiday Tour: Each Inn unites with one of St. Augustine's leading restaurants and confectioners, who serve complimentary samples. The tour takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. each day; half of the inns welcome visitors on Saturday, and half on Sunday. Tickets are $25. After November 20, tickets are $35. Proceeds from the Holiday Tour will benefit the St. Augustine Record "Empty Stocking Fund".http://www.staugustinebandbtour.com/.
Friday: 2nd December 2011
- 4:00 PM Opening Ceremony – "Traitors to the Crown"
The British Night Watch Opening Ceremony will showcase the zeal and loyalty of the Garrison in 1776 St. Augustine, when upon receiving news of the Declaration of Independence, townsfolk gathered to declare their featly to George III and to protest by hoisting effigies of John Hancock and Sam Adams, which were then paraded in the Plaza. Join our assembly in the Plaza to hear the news of the rebellious countrymen in northern colonies. Redcoats will be on alert to quell any dissention from the crowd. Join us in the Plaza to experience a colonial mob firsthand!
Saturday: 3rd December 2011
- 9:00 – British Encampment opens to the public.
- Venue: Various locations in Francis Field, west of the Parking Garage
- ALL DAY: The Market Square Comes to Life!
- Venue: Francis Field, west of the Parking Garage
- Description: The Market Square will interpret a busy Market Day in Colonial St. Augustine, with professional entertainers such as Signora Bella, whose shows captivate audiences throughout the country;
- 7:30 PM – Fife & Drum Corps Appetizer Concert
- Venue: St. George St. at the Plaza
- 7:00 P.M. Candles for a donation
- Venue: Lawn of the Basilica Cathedral
- Description: Participants will have candles for modest sale for those that desire to carry a light in the Parade
- 7:30 P.M. – Head to the Plaza to get a good viewing place for the British Night Watch Parade
- 8:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. The Grande Illumination~British Night Watch Parade
- Venue: The Plaza, Government House, St. George Street & back to the Plaza
- Description: The only Public Participation Parade outside of Mardi Gras! Follow the troops with candles and lanterns as they close the town for the evening in a festive manner for the Holidays.
After the parade- Caroling in the Plaza
- Sunday: 4th December 2011
- 9:30 AM-18th Century Anglican stack the Drum Church Service
- Venue: British Encampment, Francis Field
- Description: An actual Church Service, performed by an Anglican Priest. Following historic sermons and prayer books, be prepared to experience religion in the late 18th century.