Villa Zorayda entrance, lit up for Christmas 2021 in St. Augustine.

Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tours

Select dates from Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, to Thursday, December 30, 2021 | 5:30 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
  • For their 12th annual Candlelight Tours, The Villa Zorayda Museum offers a special Christmas experience in 2021, featuring a huge lighted tree in the Court of Lions.

    Visitors will enjoy an audio guided tour, stopping at the appropriate time to gather in one of the special spaces near the Court of Lions. The museum will go dark and then the spectacular Christmas tree will be lit, as each floor of the museum is gradually brought back to holiday splendor.  

    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. Doors open at 5:30 pm and reservations are suggested. Guests may tour at their own pace, using the audio guided tour at any time.

    During each tour, guests will be asked to gather in select spaces prior to the evening's grand event. The museum will darken, and guests will experience the dramatic lighting of the Christmas Tree, floor by floor, until it's fully lit in spectacular fashion. The celebration includes a complimentary serving of Christmas punch and a cookie. Afterward, guests are invited to continue with their audio tour until the Museum closes at 7:00 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 $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 6 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 5:30 p.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis on these dates during the 2021 holiday season:

    • Saturday, November 27th
    • Saturday, December 4th
    • Friday, December 10th
    • Saturday, December 18th
    • Monday, December 20th
    • Monday, December 27th
    • Tuesday, December 28th
    • Thursday, December 30th

    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 n Granada, Spain.


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