Thanksgiving in St. Augustine

Spend Your Thanksgiving in St. Augustine, Florida

Around the country, as fall begins its transition to winter and the holiday season kicks off with showing gratitude and giving thanks, the temperatures drop drastically and the nights become chillier. It is at this point that people may find themselves longing for the cheerful, bright, and warm days of summer.

Fortunately, there’s always the option of planning your Thanksgiving holiday vacation in a tropical beachside oasis like St. Augustine, where the year-round temperatures feel like mild spring or summer weather as the rest of the nation begins to freeze. Not only is the weather fantastic, but there is a myriad of exciting events and activities that you can do during your stay that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! Read on to learn more about what you can expect when you spend your Thanksgiving in St. Augustine!

table full of thanksgiving food
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Fun-Filled Activities and Events for Your St. Augustine Thanksgiving

If you feel like doing something a little different this year than preparing your own Thanksgiving feast, you can always dine out at one of St. Augustine’s most delectable restaurants, including Old City House, Raintree Restaurant, Gypsy Cab Co., and La Cocina at Castillo Real. Many other restaurants are also open for a St. Augustine Thanksgiving dinner, taking all of the work out of the holiday and giving you something to be grateful for! Just be sure to call ahead and make reservations for your St. Augustine Thanksgiving dinner, as these restaurants are popular regardless of the season.

Leading up to the holiday weekend, the Nights of Lights is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day in the historic downtown area of St. Augustine, making for a brilliant nighttime excursion as it illuminates the city with millions of dazzling lights. The Florida Tiny House Festival, hosted on the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, is another entertaining outlet where people proudly showcase their microhomes.

Staple attractions like the Fountain of Youth, the Lightner Museum, the Old Jail, and the Old Town Trolley still operate during limited hours on Thanksgiving Day.

On the days immediately following Thanksgiving Day, historic weapons demonstrations are showcased at the Castillo de San Marcos for a little side of local history with your holiday weekend. The St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival is another fun, family-friendly event that you can attend and even pick up a souvenir to commemorate your holiday trip!

The Ocean Gallery – Where Your St. Augustine Adventure Begins

The Ocean Gallery offers an immense selection of high-quality vacation rental properties, providing guests with the best accommodations around during their time in St. Augustine. Contact our reservations team today to switch things up this year by booking your own St. Augustine Thanksgiving tropical oasis!