Christmas at the Villa Zorayda Museum


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Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Tour

Join us this Holiday Season for a special Christmas experience at the Villa Zorayda Museum. 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” 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  sold-out
  • Friday, November 27th  sold-out
  • Saturday, November 28th
  • Saturday, December 5th  sold-out
  • Friday, December 11th  sold-out
  • Saturday, December 19th  sold-out
  • Saturday, December 26th  
  • Sunday, December 27th  sold-out
  • Monday, December 28th  sold-out
  • Wednesday, December 30th  sold-out
  • Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Doors open at 5:00 pm. Last admission will be at 5:30 pm or when capacity has been met. Reservations are suggested as most tours do sell out.


Adult Admission is $14.95. Children 7 – 12 are $6.95. All prices subject to 6.5% sales tax. This tour is not recommended for children 3 and under. Audio guide included and is available in English, Spanish and French. Free parking while visiting the Museum.

Tickets for this tour are not available online. Reservations are suggested. To make reservations, please contact the Museum at (904)-829-9887. A credit card is required to make reservations. Guests will purchase tickets at the Museum before the tour begins. Group rates are available for 25 or more people. Private group tours for groups of 30 or more people must be made at least 30 days before the tour date.