1948 Ford Sheriff’s car leading the St. Augustine Christmas Parade
St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in North Florida and includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses, and the arrival of Santa. If I’m in Florida, I do my best to be there. It’s a great time!
Coinciding with the Christmas Parade is the British Night Watch where the public joins in and marches behind the British Redcoats as they secure St. Augustine.
The British Night Watch concludes at the Government House with muskets firing for the historical re-enactment. It’s a lot of fun to be there!
British Re-enactor’s Tents set up for the historic taking of St. Augustine from Spain.
A couple in costume for the British Night Watch re-enactment.
Christmas Lights facing Flagler College. After the Night Watch celebration, St. Augustine is lit with millions of white lights for the Grand Illumination. It’s magical.
Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. The water from the fountain tastes of sulfur. Don’t drink it.
Built in 1888 as a luxury hotel, Flagler College is now listed on the Nat’l Register of Historic Places as well as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” The dining room still has the Tiffany stained glass windows.
Grande Illumination British Night Watch Parade getting lined up.
The Lightner Museum is a museum of antiquities, mostly American Victorian era pieces, housed within a historic Hotel Alcazar building in downtown St. Augustine. This photo is of a café in what was once a hotel pool.
Tower on the splendid Lightner Museum in the heart of America’s oldest city.
Formally the Alcazar Hotel, the Lightner Museum holds relics of America’s gilded age elegantly exhibited on three floors.
Formally the lobby of Ponce’ de Leon Hall, now the gilded lobby of Flagler College, and the focal point of the campus.
Newfoundland Club of Florida at the St. Augustine Christmas Parade.
It’s not a Hilton, but the The Pirate Haus Inn is a family friendly Budget Bed and Breakfast in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. Capn’ Conrad runs this ship along with an assorted and motley collection of miscreants. This is where I stay every time I’m in town.
Redcoats taking Fort Mantanzas
British Redcoats at the city gates.
Ahhh….Savannah Sweets Pralines. Heaven on the tongue.
St. Augustine Government Plaza Christmas Lights
Switzerland Point Middle School band marching in the Christmas Parade.
Villa Zorayda Museum was inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. It houses a collection of unique antiquities.
White Siberian tiger from Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade.