Villa Zorayda's Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Event

Select dates from Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 | 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Villa Zorayda Museum

Guests can tour the Museum and enjoy the spectacle of the red-and-gold Christmas tree as it lights up, floor by floor.

Across from Flagler College
83 King Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 829-9887
  • The Villa Zorayda Museum is offering something different for a special Christmas experience in 2020. Due to restrictions imposed by Covid-19 healthy guidelines, the annual Candlelight Tours at Villa Zorayda will not be possible this year. 

    But visitors will still be able to tour the Museum and view the elaborate Christmas displays in a unique way. The whole Villa is beautifully decorated for the holidays, with the Court of Lions serving as center stage for the spectacular Christmas tree festooned in the red and gold signature colors of the Zorayda. Victorian and traditional decorations are found in every room of the Museum for visitors to enjoy. Over 100 candles are aglow throughout the Museum as you take a state-of-the art audio guided tour of this historic former home.


    These special tours will take place on select evenings during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights and include a grand Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Doors open at 5:00 pm and tickets are on a first come, first served basis. Guests may tour at their own pace, using the audio guided tour at any time. Last admission will be at 5:30 pm or when capacity has been met. 

    Capacity will be limited in order to keep visitors and staff comfortable and safe. The upper and lower balconies of the Museum provide ample room for social distancing and optimum viewing. The Villa goes dark and the dramatic Lighting of the Christmas Tree begins, with each floor in the Museum gradually lighting up. Continue your audio tour at your leisure until the Museum closes at 6:30 pm.

    This tour does require standing and walking for its duration and there isn’t an elevator available at this historic old building. This tour takes approximately 60 minutes and includes an overview of the history of the Villa Zorayda, its previous owners, and the art and antique collection inside.

    Reservations are suggested, but not required. To make reservations, please contact the Museum at (904)-829-9887.

    Admission: Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 7 to 12. The audio guide, included in the ticket, is available in English, Spanish, and French. All prices subject to 6.5% sales tax. 

    When: Museum opens at 5:00 p.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis on these dates during the 2020 holiday season:

    Friday, November 20
    Saturday, November 21
    Friday, November 27
    Saturday, November 28
    Saturday, December 5
    Friday, December 11
    Saturday, December 19
    Saturday, December 26
    Sunday, December 27
    Monday, December 28
    Wednesday, December 30
    Saturday, January 2, 2021

    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.


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