Now that it’s December, it’s all Christmas, all the time. Of course there are other events happening in the St. Augustine area, but December holidays are the focus. And if you haven’t gotten out to see the Nights of Lights, you’re missing out. It’s truly a spectacular sight. Here are some other holiday-themed entertainment options to consider.
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32nd Annual Holiday Shoppes
Coming to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, artist Paula Veloso opens the event with her photography exhibit, “The Eyes are the Window of the Soul.” Along with her exhibit will be local and national vendors with merchandise, gourmet foods and activities that celebrate artistic expression. 904-280-0614 ext. 1202 or pvconcerthall.com.floridashistoriccoast.com
Jingle Bell Jog 5K and Reindeer Run with Glow Sticks
Get ready to dig into Christmas cookies and other treats by joining this 5K and 1-mile fun run at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at 205 St. Johns Golf Drive. The course winds through St. Johns Golf and Country Club, and each participant will receive a free glow stick, glow necklace and chocolate finisher’s medal. To view the course, go to mapmyrun.com/routes. 904-710-2458 or stjohnsgolf.com
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RubiMusic Holiday Concert
Get into the holiday spirit at the Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St., the place for RubiMusic’s holiday concert, including chamber musicians and a children’s choir. This free concert is at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and highlights American composer John Rutter, Baroque selections by Handel and familiar carols. The concert is free and donations are welcome. raquelrubi.com/rubimusic
Christmas Parade 2022
This is the 66th year for St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade, with floats, festive decorations and fun. Considered one of the largest parades in northeast Florida, the parade includes marching bands, antique cars, horses and carriages and Santa Claus. It starts at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission of Nombre de Dios and proceeds south through downtown. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. 904-824-4997 or floridashistoriccoast.com
Palm Valley Boat Parade
If you’re in the mood for more parades after St. Augustine’s Christmas Parade, check out the annual lighted boat parade, from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, hosted by Palm Valley residents. The boat parade covers seven miles of the Intracoastal Waterway, and along with the decorated boats, docks, restaurants and public viewing areas are also decked out for the holidays.
The parade starts one mile south of the Palm Valley Bridge at 383 S. Roscoe Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-395-5217 or palmvalleyboatparade.com
This article originally appeared on St. Augustine Record: Things to do in St. Augustine: holiday concert, parades and shopping