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7 Ways to Get In the Holiday Spirit (Island-style)

Posted on November 11, 2014 |
Amelia Island
7 Ways to Get In the Holiday Spirit (Island-style)
We may not have snow, but holiday spirit covers Amelia Island every year. 
We may not have snow, but holiday spirit covers Amelia Island every year.  Here are a few ways to enjoy it.  (Don't miss the latest deals available for holiday stays.)

1) Visit the S.S. Amelia Island Gingerbread Pirate Ship when it docks at  The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The 17-foot long ship is made from more than 1,200 pounds of sugar and 3,000 eggs.  Throughout the season, the resort offers other holiday events such as the Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Wonderland Dinner, Santa’s Storybook Tea, Santa Tuck-ins, and more. Starts November 26

2) Check out the stilt walkers and enjoy the feel of a holiday village with the  Omni Amelia Island Plantation tree lighting, featuring train and hay rides, bounce houses and much more.  Santa’s Workshop relocates to the Shops of Amelia Island Plantation starting November 28th,  offering everything from cupcake decorating and a hot cocoa bar to live entertainment and Florida “snow” on weekends. November 28

3) Stroll and shop in your PJ's when the merchants of Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach host their Annual Pajama Party Sale & Contest. From 8 to 11 a.m. on “Black Friday,” guests can shop in their pajamas and enjoy special deals, discounts and refreshments along Centre Street. The party will continue outside the Visitor Depot with live entertainment starting at 9 a.m. and along 2nd Street North with an exciting block party. November 28

4) Smile when the tree lights up the harbor front at the City of Fernandina Beach's Tree Lighting Celebration.  Take in music and dance performances, bounce houses, tasty treats and more, from noon to 7 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., the tree lighting will take place at the foot of Centre Street. November 29

5) Peek inside beautiful private homes during the Holiday Home Tour, traveling by trolley to featured homes and enjoy costumed carolers (and characters from our colorful history.) Cost: $25 if purchased by December 4th, $30 on the day of the Tour (10a.m.-4p.m).  Amelia Island Museum of History, December 5 

6) Carol at Fort Clinch.  Step back in time and celebrate a Civi War holiday complete with crackling fires, carolers, popcorn-garland strung trees and candlelight. The Friends of Fort Clinch State Park will offer hot coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to make it the perfect night of festivity. Park entrance fees are waived for this special celebration. Event admission is one canned food item per visitor to be donated to the community through the Barnabas Food Pantry. December 6

7) See a classic show.  On dates between December 4 and 20, Amelia Community Theatre will perform "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol," which follows the famous detective through visitations from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.  The theatre is also displaying holiday trees and hosting a Visit with Santa on December 6.  On the musical front, the timeless  "Peter Pan" takes the stage at Amelia Musical Playhouse on December 4th and runs through the 14th.  

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.