Free Event

Colonial Night Watch - Cancelled for 2020

Cancelled for 2020

Experience St. Augustine history and join the parade of the Colonial Night Watch in the nation's oldest city.

Activities at Castillo and Colonial Quarter throughout day; Grand Illumination Procession from Castillo to Plaza at 7 p.m.
(904) 501-0391
  • Please Note: This event is from 2019.

    The Colonial Night Watch has been cancelled for 2020 due to health concerns over large gatherings caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

    The information below describes the 2019 annual event:

    The St. Augustine Garrison of Historic Florida Militia, the Colonial Quarter, and the Castillo de San Marcos will host The Colonial Night Watch on Saturday, December 7, 2019. This popular annual event recreates historic Night Watches in garrison towns, where any citizen still on the streets after the city gates were locked, were required to carry a light so they could be seen and identified by the Night Watch.

    This day-long event at the Castillo de San Marcos  includes musket and field artillery demonstrations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. in the evening, the Castillo will fire its cannon, which will be the signal for the torchlit procession to begin. Reenactors from a variety of time periods will proceed down St. George Street to the Plaza de la Constitución.

    Activities at the Colonial Quarter begin at 10:00 a.m. and feature Spanish, French, British and Native American reenactors portraying events of colonial St. Augustine from 1739 through 1784. Visitors can observe a working blacksmith and leather worker, as well as pewter molding, loom weaving, medical instrument demonstration and cooking demonstrations.

    The Colonial Night Watch culminates in a torchlit parade that begins from the Castillo at 7:00 p.m and proceeds west to the City Gate and south down St. George Street to the Plaza de la Constitución, where it stops at the Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum. This will be followed by a “Volley of Joy” by soldiers and militia, and singing of Christmas carols to ring in the holiday season.

    The public is invited to follow the parade to the Plaza and is encouraged to participate in singing Christmas carols.

    Admission: FREE

    When: Events on Saturday, December 7, 2019, will be ongoing from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at several downtown locations. The Castillo de San Marcos will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Day-long activities at the Colonial Quarter from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the torchlit Colonial Night Watch parade begins at 7:00 p.m.

    Where: The Castillo de San Marcos is located at 1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Florida, The Colonial Quarter is located at 33 St. George Street. The Colonial Night Watch parade begins at the Castillo de San Marcos, proceeds west to the City Gates and south down St. George Street to the Plaza de la Constitution.

    Above photo courtesy of Jackie Hird.

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