From Monday, December 4 through Thursday, December 7, 2023, visitors and locals can enjoy viewing the Festival of Trees in the beautiful entrance foyer of the Lightner Museum. Entry is free and guests will be able to view the many charmingly decorated Christmas trees and holiday wreaths created by various local groups for this event. Those who attend may bid on their favorite tree or wreath, with all funds raised going to the St. Francis House and Port in the Storm.
In addition to a room full of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, there will be visits from Santa, live music, and a special mailbox that goes "Straight to the North Pole."
Admission: Free. Visitors may bid on a tree or wreath or donate to the St. Francis House and Port in the Storm programs. For more information, go here.
When: Monday, December 4, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, December 5 and 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, December 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Santa will be on hand from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: The entrance lobby in the Lightner Museum, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida
Founded in 1984 to help feed the hungry, the St. Augustine Society moved to Washington Street in 1985 and began offering services at St. Francis House. Their mission has expanded to include shelters for men and women, SOS Street Outreach for adults and youth, and Port in the Storm services for homeless and unaccompanied youth. Today, the St. Augustine Society helps change lives for the better for unhoused youth, families, and adults.
Lightner Museum welcomes the Festival of Trees in their lobby off the courtyard. Those who wish to tour the museum may purchase tickets at the ticket counter beyond the lobby.