Villa Zorayda Museum’s Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Tour

Join the Villa Zorayda Museum this Holiday Season for a special Christmas experience. Due to Covid19, we are unable to continue our annual “Candlelight Tours” this year, but visitors will still be able to tour the Museum and view our beautiful Christmas display in a unique way. The Villa is beautifully decorated for the Holidays with decorations throughout the Museum and a spectacular Christmas Tree, decorated in the colors of the Zorayda – red and gold – is located center stage in the Court of Lions. Victorian and traditional decorations are found in every room of the Museum for our 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 are on select evenings during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration and include a grand Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Doors open at 5:00 pm and tickets are on a first come first serve basis. Tour at your own pace. You can begin your audio guided tour at anytime. Last admission will be at 5:30 pm or when capacity has been met. To keep our visitors and staff comfortable and safe, a limited number of guests will be allowed for this event. At the appropriate time, guests will begin taking their socially distant places around the upper and lower balconies of the Museum in preparation for the big event. Delight in the beauty of Christmas as the Museum goes dark and the dramatic Lighting of the Christmas Tree begins with each floor in the Museum gradually coming back to light. Continue your audio tour at your leisure until the Museum closes at 6:30 pm.

This tour requires standing and walking for the duration of the tour. There is no elevator inside the Villa Zorayda Museum. This tour is approximately 60 minutes and includes an overview of the history of the Villa Zorayda, its previous owners, and the art and antique collection inside.

2020 Tour Dates:

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

Doors open at 5:00 pm and tickets are on a first come first serve basis. Last admission will be at 5:30 pm or when capacity has been met. Adult Admission is $14.95. Children 7 – 12 are $6.95. All prices subject to 6.5% sales tax. Audio guide included and is available in English, Spanish and French. Reservations are suggested, but not required. To make reservations, please contact the Museum at (904)-829-9887.

Celebrity Chili Challenge & Games

Altrusa International of St. Augustine, Inc. invites you to enjoy chili cooked by one of our celebrity chefs while playing a board game, and at the same time contributing to our service projects – especially the Days for Girls program. Days for Girls provides safe, beautiful, washable, and long-lasting menstrual kits to girls and women throughout the world. For more information contact our club president, Eileen Holden – [email protected].