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December 4: Luminary Night welcomes the community to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum during the holiday season

Luminary Night is an annual tradition hosted by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. From 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, the Museum grounds will open for an evening community celebration for all ages.

More than 2,000 luminaries are displayed throughout the grounds and on the streets surrounding this historic landmark, creating a magical holiday experience. Lights and holiday décor also adorn the 1876 Keepers’ House and other historic buildings on the property. In addition, 14 Christmas trees are decorated in different themes, with the Nautical tree in the upstairs gallery of the Keepers’ House featuring nautical-themed ornaments donated by people all over the country.

For a special treat, guests can climb the tower for sparkling views of Nights of Lights from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The event also features visits and photos with Santa, children’s activities and holiday crafts, yuletide refreshments and live performances by community groups. In addition, photo opportunities will be available with characters from Costumers With a Cause throughout the evening.

Holiday performances will be performed by the St. Augustine Youth Chorus, St. Johns County Center for the Arts Chorus and Guitar Ensemble, the Limelight Theatre Show Choir, the Heather Loveland Dance Academy, and the Glad Melody Gang.

St. Augustine Seafood Company will present a check to the Museum at 7 p.m. during the event, with funds raised from the sale of Lighthouse Lemonade.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of St. Augustine Seafood Company,” said Museum Executive Director Kathy Fleming. “We appreciate this important partnership as we continue to preserve maritime history and keep the light shining.”

The winner of the Heritage Boatworks drawing for the handcrafted Penobscot 13 will take place at 8:30 p.m. during the event.

Luminary Night is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of non-perishable food items which will be donated to St. Francis Housing Crisis Center and Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center.

Holiday-themed refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All monetary proceeds will continue the work of the nonprofit Museum’s mission.

For more details about the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, visit staugustinelighthouse.org or call 904-829-0745. Stay updated on social media at facebook.com/staugustinelighthouse, Instagram.com/stauglighthouse, and twitter.com/firstlighthouse.



A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for 145 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest Port®. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port® as symbolized by our working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. (StAugustineLighthouse.org)


About the American Alliance of Museums:

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, and reinforces the education and public service roles of museums and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. (www.aam-us.org).




Spreading Holiday Cheer to our Volunteers

With just a few days left before the Christmas holiday, our staff and trustees gathered together yesterday for one of our favorite annual traditions.

servinglineOur nonprofit museum would not exist without our incredible corps of volunteers. We have over 250 folks who help us with everything from sweeping the tower to office administration tasks to standing at the top and bottom of the tower all hours of the day to provide guest services for our 200,000 visitors a year.

This past year, our volunteers donated 21,745 hours of service, which saves the Museum about $512,312. That’s huge!

One of the ways we like to thank these wonderful volunteers is by throwing a barbecue around Christmas time featuring some delicious, homemade dishes from our staff, trustees, and some of the volunteers themselves.

Our Director of Finance Lee Capitano and Director of Museum Services Rick Cain worked for days to prepare this year’s assortment of barbecued meats, which were complimented by a cavalcade of tasty sides and desserts.


We can’t thank our volunteers enough — especially after all that they did to help us get back up and running after Hurricane Matthew!

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at the Lighthouse, contact our Volunteer and Special Events Manager Loni Wellman at (904) 829-0745 ext. 213 or via email at lwellman@staugustinelighthouse.org.

Thanks again to our incredible volunteer crew and Happy Holidays!

Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Spiller and Volunteer and Special Events Manager Loni Wellman thanked volunteers on behalf of our staff and trustees for another great year!
Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Spiller and Volunteer and Special Events Manager Loni Wellman thanked volunteers on behalf of our staff and trustees for another great year!

Luminary Night 2016:
Photos, Winners, & Holiday Cheer

We rung in the Christmas season with RECORD crowds last night at our annual holiday open house, Luminary Night. Over a thousand luminaries covered the grounds and surrounding neighborhood as we welcomed our community in for a night of holiday cheer.

See some of the highlights from the evening below and be sure to mark your calendars for next year, Wednesday Dec. 6th, our 2017 Luminary Night!


Thousands gathered for live music, crafts, and visits with Santa at 2016 Luminary Night, as seen in this view from the tower looking down at the 1876 Keepers’ House and courtyard.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse to Host Annual Luminary Night Dec. 7th

Celebrate the holiday season with live music and more at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum’s annual Luminary Night open house on Wednesday, Dec. 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. – Holiday cheer will abound at the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum next Wednesday, Dec. 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Museum’s annual holiday open house, Luminary Night, will include children’s crafts, a bake sale, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and live performances from the St. Augustine High School Choir and Classical Guitar Ensemble, as well as the Anastasia String Quartet, Dulcinea Recorder Group, and the St. Augustine Youth Choir.

dsc_0695More than a thousand luminaries will light the grounds of the Light Station from the edges of Lighthouse Park up to the 1874 tower at the heart of the historic property. Guests are invited to climb the tower for a breathtaking nighttime view of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. Continue reading

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Hosts Annual Luminary Night, Dec. 3rd

In celebration of the holiday season, community members are invited to a free event featuring live music, kids’ crafts, holiday treats and over 1,500 glowing luminaries.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. –Local community members and visitors are invited to enjoy live music, hot beverages and holiday cheer at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s annual Luminary Night extravaganza on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

photo 2Free to the public, this year’s holiday open house will feature performances by the St. Augustine High School Chamber Ensemble and Guitar Club, the Glad Melody Gang Recorder Group and the Anastasia String Quartet, whose Christmas melodies will exuberate from the walls of the lighthouse tower. The festivities will also include a bake sale, kids’ holiday crafts and an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus.

“This is one of our favorite events every year,” said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. “The Junior Service League started this tradition over a decade ago as a way to spread the joy of the holiday season to our local neighbors and thank them for supporting our museum. Now the event has grown into a city-wide celebration and we couldn’t be happier to share this joyous time of year with our community.” Continue reading