11 Ways to Celebrate Easter in the Oldest City

The beautiful Easter season is upon us and surrounding the day are many wonderful ways to celebrate. Whether you’re willing to wake before dawn and ring in the holiday with the sunrise or whether you’re more likely to grab a basket later in the day for a hunt, St. Augustine offers a number of ways to spend the day.

SUNRISE SERVICES
Greet the day and rise with the sun at one of the city’s Easter Sunrise Services. Whether sinking your toes into the sand or enjoying the fresh scent of spring flowers, these services bask in the beauty of nature for their holiday worship.

Image via National Parks Service

Crescent Beach Baptist Church
7 am
Crescent Beach Baptist Church will be hosting a sunrise service, which will include scripture readings, a spiritual message, and a relaxing view of the sunrise over the Atlantic. Bring blankets, chairs, and anything else you need to get comfortable with your friends and family during this special celebration.

Vilano Beach
7:15 am
The Church at Vilano, Christian Community of St. Augustine/Vilano and Anastasia Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter service for everyone to join. This forty-five minute service will include scripture readings, a scriptural message, songs, and an interpretive dance by Living Stones School of the Arts and will be held right on the beach near the ramp. Bring chairs, blankets, and anything else you need to get comfortable with your loved ones during this special event.

Memorial Presbyterian
6:45am
Begin the holiday at one of the most stunning churches in the city. The hour long service will take place in the cool of the Columbarium Garden and offer music and a brief sermon, fellowship with other church patrons, and a peaceful way to start the day.

EASTER EGG HUNTS
What happened to the egg after it was told a funny joke? It cracked up! Put on your bunny ears and hop on over to these fun and exciting Easter events happening in St. Johns County.

Lennar Easter Egg Hunt
April 8, 11am
Lennar at Palencia
With over 30,000 eggs for the little ones to discover, Lennar Homes’ Easter Egg Hunt is the biggest in Northeast Florida. Meet the Easter Bunny, get your face painted, watch the balloon artist, and enjoy the culinary delights of local food trucks.
Admission: Free

Kids Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza
April 8, 1-3pm
WGV Gymnastics
Admission: $15 for the first child and $12 for additional children

First United Methodist Church of Downtown St. Augustine
April 12, 4:30-6:30pm
First United Methodist Church
Admission: Free

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
April 13 & 15, 11 am
On Thursday, April 13 at 11am there will be two Easter Egg Hunt events, one event will be located at Veterans Park and the other event will be located at Palencia Park. On Saturday, April 15 at 11am there will be two other Easter Egg Hunt events, one event will be located at Treaty Park and the other event will be located at Al Wilke Park.  Make sure you bring your own Easter basket to collect the eggs and other treats. The Easter Bunny will also be available to take pictures at 10:30am and after each Easter Egg Hunt. Parents and guardians are welcome to bring their own cameras to take pictures as well.
Admission: Free

Adventure Landing Easter Egg Hunt
April 15, 9-11 am
Adventure Landing Mini Gold Courses
There will be two Easter egg hunts, one starts at 9am and the other will start at 11am. There will also be three age groups for the Easter egg hunts: ages 4 and under, 5-8, and 9-12.
Admission: $3 per child and unlimited mini golf and go-karts for $14.99 for guests under 56” tall and $19.99 for guests 56” and over.

Memorial Presbyterian Church Easter Egg Hunt
April 16, 9:30 am
The Fellowship Hall at Memorial Presbyterian Church
Admission: Free

CELEBRATIONS
Don’t let  your holiday end when the preacher says “amen.” Steeped in a beautiful history and tradition, the Ancient City prolongs the festivities all day long.

Easter Sunday Promenade
April 16, 12 pm
Gazebo at the Plaza de la Constitucion
Come and celebrate the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Promenade and learn about the history of St. Augustine sponsored by the Easter Festival Committee. There will also be contests for friends and family to join such as Most Creative Hat, Best Dressed Pet, Prettiest Hat, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Man and Woman, Best Dressed Boy and Girl, Largest Family, and Family from Farthest Away. Prizes will be given at the end of judging. Admission to this event is free. Last year over $3000 worth of prizes were awarded to those who participated, such as boat trips, hotel stays, and restaurant dinners for two.
www.oldestcityeaster.org

Easter Parade
April 16, 3 pm
Downtown St. Augustine
This Easter parade is an annual St. Augustine tradition that dates back to the 1950s. Come and celebrate Easter by enjoying the history and culture of St. Augustine. View the marching bands, floats, drill teams, Easter bunny, clowns, horse drawn carriages wearing Easter hats, the Royal Family, and more! The Royal Family will lead the parade. The parade will begins at the Mission de Nombre de Dios and will head south on San Marco Ave., continuing south along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez and finishing at the Plaza de la Constitucion. This year, two NFL place kickers, Cairo Santos and Caleb Sturgis, who attended high school in St. Augustine will join the parade and will be available to sign autographs after the event.
www.oldestcityeaster.org/easter-parade 

 




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