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Christmas in St. Augustine: 450 Years of Lights and Lore

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Program #21668RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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St. Augustine glows with holiday magic during the annual Nights of Lights Celebration! Recalling the customs of the 16th-century Spaniards who lit their windows during the holidays, the season-long event celebrates the 450-year history of America’s oldest city by creating a dreamscape of millions of tiny white lights. Experience this stunning visual display from the land and from the water as you journey through time to sample holiday traditions from every era of the city’s history. Throughout your adventure, talk with local experts and prominent residents, “meet” figures out of history, explore the historic district and much more.


• Take a field trip to the Lightner Museum, which will include a special lecture by the museum’s curator about the museum’s role in the city’s unique holiday celebrations.
• Step aboard a boat for an evening excursion around St. Augustine to experience this historic city’s dazzling Nights of Lights display from the water.
• Meet a renowned local artist who demonstrates the sketchbook techniques 19th-century travelers employed to chronicle their journeys, and hear a live concert of holiday music.

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Walking up to a mile, some narrow and uneven streets. Getting on and off a trolley.

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The Nights of Lights in St. Augustine shine especially bright during Christmas Week. Additional activities for this week will be noted as the City of St. Augustine finalizes its plans.

Coordinated by Eckerd College.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances


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