New Years Eve Soiree and Anniversary Celebration





Ring in the New Year with live music, champagne toast, and balloon drop in Lightner Museum’s Historic Pool Area from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as the Museum celebrates the 130th anniversary of the Alcazar Hotel and 70th anniversary of the Lightner Museum!

The Alcazar Hotel thrived during the opulent Gilded Age era in St. Augustine. The museum will take guests back to that luxurious time period with its special anniversary theme: “Get Gilded”. Gold, silver, and all things decorative and opulent were the trends of the day. Guests are encouraged to dress in a similar fashion; after all, there can never be too much gold. However, if draping oneself in all things metallic isn’t your thing, festive cocktail attire will also do.

To ease guests into the proper mood, Ramona will be playing lively ballads inspired by early 20th century sound. Guests will ring in the new year with a free champagne toast and balloon drop. The museum will have a cash bar serving spirits, wine, and beer. Small bites will be catered by “A Step Above” catering.

Photographer Credit: Tucker Joenz

The New Years Eve Soiree is open to the public.  Proceeds from this event allow the Lightner Museum to continue expanding its program schedule and increase audience engagement.

Please note:  This event is not a sit-down dinner.  Please make other dinner arrangements.

The Lightner Museum’s 2018 anniversary year will usher in newly re-designed second floor exhibit spaces, a new lecture series, new events, and new upgrades to the building including its collections storage areas. We invite the public to see the changes taking place at the Lightner Museum during our 2018 anniversary year and encourage them to become a museum member. Funding from memberships allows the museum to continue offering exciting new programs and exhibitions. For more information on becoming a member, please visit

This event is sponsored in part by St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, and Cindey Nordman Real Estate.

The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors.