St Augustine Christmas, December 7-11, 2018

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St Augustine Christmas,  December 7-11, 2018,  St. Augustine,  FL
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In The Area

North Beach Camp Resort

located on 30 acres on a barrier island between the saltwater North River and the Atlantic Ocean, just 4.5 miles north of historic downtown St. Augustine and 24 miles south of Jacksonville Beach. There are two restaurants on property Aunt-Kate’s and the Reef Restaurant.

Nights of Lights Festival

During the Christmas holidays, the city of St. Augustine lights up and becomes a festival of twinkling white lights as it hosts its annual Nights of Lights holiday display. Visitors and long-time residents alike are treated to a wonderland of lights adorning the ancient city, beginning at the Plaza de la Constitución, with its stunning holiday tree in the center and oaks strung with lights, and stretching out to illuminate all of St. Augustine’s historic district. From roof shingle to doorway entrance, the downtown buildings take on a glow of holiday cheer, with millions of twinkling white lights covering the historic sites, bed and breakfasts, museums, restaurants and shops of the nation’s oldest city.

Saint Augustine Florida

Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years.
Since the late 19th century, St. Augustine’s distinct historical character has made the city a major tourist attraction. Henry Flagler, a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, spent the winter of 1883 in St. Augustine and found the city charming, but considered its hotels and transportation systems inadequate. He wanted to make St. Augustine a winter resort for wealthy Americans from the north. In 1887 he started construction on two large ornate hotels in the city, the Ponce de Leon Hotel and the Hotel Alcazar. Interior design of the Ponce de Leon Hotel was headed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. With the opening of the Ponce de Leon in 1888, St. Augustine became the winter resort of American high society for a few years. When Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad was extended southward to Palm Beach and then Miami in the early 20th Century, the rich mostly abandoned St. Augustine. However, St. Augustine still attracted tourists, and eventually became a destination for families. Today the Ponce de Leon Hotel is part of Flagler College (Ponce de Leon Hall) and tours are conducted by the students. There are a significant number of interesting sites to see in and around St Augustine including the following:


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