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Afternoon sunlight silhouettes the Visitor Information Center's largest Christmas Tree, just one of several decorated with hundreds of handmade ornaments from St. Johns County fourth graders who will be recognized at an open house on December 8.

VIC to Host Holiday Open House

City to thank those who made holiday decorations possible

Open house set for December 8 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

St. Johns County’s fourth graders will be celebrated on Saturday, December 8 during an open house at the holiday-decorated St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center (VIC) at 10 S. Castillo Drive. The open house, including cookies and punch, will be held from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. The public is invited.

According to Sharon Langford, the VIC’s manager, fourth graders from all of St. Johns County’s public elementary schools were invited to submit handmade ornaments for the center’s tree with the central theme “Holidays Around the World.” By late November over 500 decorations had been received.

“Every year thousands of fourth graders from across Florida visit St. Augustine’s historical venues as part of their Florida history studies,” explained Langford. “It seems appropriate we feature St. Johns County’s fourth graders in the community’s welcome center when celebrating the holidays.”

In addition to the handmade ornaments, decorations were made possible through the generosity of several area businesses. Jalaram Hotels funded interior decorations, Lightsey’s Christmas Trees provided holiday trees for the facility’s pavilions, and Angels in the Architecture provided and installed tree lighting. Jalaram’s hotels include the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, Best Western Historical Inn, Best Western Spanish Quarter Inn, the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Hampton Inn Historic, Hampton Inn & Suites St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, Days Inn St. Augustine Beach, and the Monterey Inn.

The open house will follow EPIC’s Ancient City Kid’s Day and will precede the St. Augustine Yacht Club’s Holiday Regatta of Lights. Ancient City Kid’s Day will be held at Francis Field from 10:00am until 2:00pm and the Holiday Regatta of Lights will be held on Matanzas Bay between the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions starting at 6:00pm.

For more information, call the VIC at 904.825.1000.  For Visitor Information Center parking information, call 904.825.1000 or visit


Above and below are just a few samples of the hundreds of handmade Christmas Tree ornaments created and donated to the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center by area fourth graders.




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