Family-friendly event offers free admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum after hours
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a family-friendly tradition during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. On the evening of Wednesday, December 6th, the Lighthouse grounds will open for an evening celebration that will delight both young and old. This popular event is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a taste of the holidays, St. Augustine style. The event takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM.
“We love hosting all of our neighbors, Museum members and holiday tourists for this event and I know it’s my favorite time of year to deck the halls at the Lighthouse,” says Darlene Humphreys, head decorator for the event. She continues, “And, of course, what holiday event is complete without Santa Claus? Kids of all ages can visit Santa while enjoying the festive atmosphere.”
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum goes all out for Luminary Night, offering children’s activities and holiday crafts, yuletide refreshments and live music, including a string quartet inside the Lighthouse tower and the St. Augustine High School choir led by Mr. Jeff Dodd. Guests also get a close-up look at the Lighthouse’s spectacular holiday decorations and lighting displays. Nautical ornaments are donated by people from all over the country to grace the centerpiece Christmas tree set up in the Keepers’ House, with at least ten other decorated trees dotting the property. Guests will be able to visit the Museum’s newest additions: Legends of the Light exhibition; and the Maritime Archaeology & Education Center with special viewing spaces of the archaeology conservation lab.
As a finale to the evening, guests can climb the Lighthouse tower to see St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from the top – it’s a spectacular view!
In the spirit of giving, the event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item which will be donated to a local food pantry. Throughout the event, holiday-themed refreshments will be available for purchase. All monetary proceeds go directly back to the Museum to continue the work of the Museum’s mission.
It’s not a secret that the Lighthouse is one of the most iconic landmarks in St. Augustine and has been for over 140 years! But did you know that the striped Tower, Keepers’ House, and Live Oaks can also be a part of your special day?
Some of our visitors have found creative ways to incorporate the unique site into their engagements and ceremonies. Recently, I received a phone call from a museum member who wanted to “pop the question” on the top of the Lighthouse Tower. He came to me with a plan, and we were able to make it a reality! While the two climbed the Lighthouse Tower, the sister carefully placed letters at the base that said “Marry Me Victoria”.
After they made it to the top, Victoria looked down to see the proposal sprawled at the base.
And Victoria said “YES”!
In addition to proposals, we also host ceremonies. We have our ceremonies on the front lawn of the Keepers’ House, under the twisted Live Oaks.
Depending on the time of year, the Keepers’ House and grounds may be decorated for the Christmas holiday season.
The price starts at $600 and increases depending on the number of guests. Admission is included for each guest after the ceremony. If a Lighthouse wedding is in your future, please contact Loni Wellman, Volunteer & Events Manager at 904-829-0745 ext 213 or at LWellman@staugustinelighthouse.org.
For more ceremony and engagement ideas from couples who had their photos and events here, check out these local bloggers:
Guests are in for a special treat with top shelf whiskey and food pairings at a Speakeasy fundraiser on Friday the 13th in the “haunted” 1876 Keepers’ House basement at the Light Station.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. – On Friday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m., the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will host a special fundraiser featuring a selection of craft whiskey samples and food pairings from the Blackfly Restaurant. The “Lighthouse Speakeasy” will include samples from Hudson Whiskey, Jefferson’s Bourbon, Templeton Rye and Carpano Antica Formula. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum’s maritime research and education programs.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drink small batch whiskeys and sample amazing food in a unique, historically relevant location,” said Board of Trustees member Bruce Beaman, who helped organize the event. “This will be the last event of this type to be held in the basement, which was featured in Ghost Hunters, before the new exhibit installation begins. Your tickets will help fund the Lighthouse’s programs that provide educational opportunities to our community.”
Spirits selected for the event include hand-crafted whiskey and bourbon from New York City, a rye whiskey from Iowa and a sweet Italian vermouth. Each of these will be paired with delicious food from St. Augustine’s award-winning Blackfly Restaurant.
“This is going to be a really fun, unique experience that we have never done before at the Lighthouse,” said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. “Our historic building has the perfect ambience for a cozy, speakeasy party and the refreshments we’ve selected will offer folks a high caliber taste experience you can’t get anywhere else in St. Augustine.”
All refreshments for the event have been generously donated, so all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Museum programs including an annual summer camp with scholarships for at-risk youth, research programs that provide hands-on underwater archaeology experience for college students and a new Maritime Research & Education Center that will provide much-needed handicap accessible exhibit and classroom space at the Museum.
The Lighthouse Speakeasy is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person. Space is limited; to make reservations please visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org/speakeasy or call (904) 829-0745.
“We always enjoy participating in this worldwide event,” said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. “It brings together so many groups of people who are passionate about the history and care of our historic lighthouses. We appreciate all the volunteers from the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society who help us connect with the world and share the story of our Lighthouse.” Continue reading →
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.
Free 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 →