Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tours Nights of Lights 2018-19
On select dates from Nov. 23, 2018, to Jan. 5, 2019 at Villa Zorayda Museum
The Villa Zorayda offers their 9th Annual Candlelight Tours of the Museum on select dates during the holidays. As part of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights festivities, the Villa Zorayda’s popular Candlelight Tours take visitors on guided adventures through this exotic museum. Over one hundred candles illuminate the tours throughout this unusual former home. Lavish Christmas decorations in Zorayda colors of red and gold are everywhere, with a spectacular Christmas tree taking center stage in the interior Court of Lions.
Candlelight Tours are led by docents. The 90-minute tour begins at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m., depending on whether or not it is a tour that includes refreshments. The tour on Saturday, December 1, 2018, which does not include refreshments, starts earlier than normal (5:30 p.m.) so guests can attend the Colonial Night Watch parade at 7:00 p.m. that evening.
Refreshments include homemade Christmas cookies and punch, and are offered at 6:00 p.m. See schedule below for dates and times of tours both with refreshments and without. Visit here for more information. Space is limited, so reservations are required, which can be made by calling (904) 829-9887.
Admission: Tours that include refreshments are $19.99 for adults; $9.00 for kids ages 7-12, and free for children 4-6. Tours that do NOT include refreshments are $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids ages 7-12. The Candlelight Tours are not recommended for children three and under.
When: Tours are held on select evenings throughout the St. Augustine Nights of Lights celebration. Tour dates are November 23 and 28, December 1, 15, 17, 19, 22, 27, and 29, 2018, and on January 5, 2019 (see schedule below).
Where: The Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King St., across from Flagler College, in St. Augustine.
About the Villa Zorayda
The Villa Zorayda had its heyday as a popular casino in the 1920s. It was built in 1883 by Franklin Smith, utilizing his method of construction of poured concrete and crushed coquina shell, as his winter home. The Zorayda sparked the Moorish Spanish revival style of architecture that is seen throughout the city of St. Augustine today. Visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum is like a quick trip to Spain without leaving St. Augustine, as the Villa Zorayda was built as a scaled-down replica of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
Schedule of Events
Dates in the 2018-19 Holiday Season Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 5:30 p.m. (early start due to Colonial Nightwatch parade at 7:00 p.m.) Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 Refreshments served at 6:00 p.m. | Tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 Refreshments served at 6:00 p.m. | Tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 Refreshments served at 6:00 p.m. | Tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 No refreshments served | Tour starts at 6:00 p.m.
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