Cathedral Basilica Hosts Choral Celebration

Cathedral Basilica

The St Augustine Community Chorus

will perform at the Cathedral Basilica

Prepare for goosebumps when you hear joyous harmonies resonating through St Augustine’s historical Cathedral Basilica.  On Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 the St Augustine Community Chorus returns for its annual celebration of classical holiday songs.   This year’s show, “Welcome Yule!” will highlight “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, and pieces by Gustav Holst, Mack Wilberg, and others.


And count yourself among the performers: During their traditional performance of Handel’s Messiah, the St Augustine Community Chorus invites the audience to participate in singing the Hallelujah Chorus.


The two performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults and $5 for students and military with ID. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Cathedral Basilica gift shop, or by calling (904) 316-4354.


The Cathedral Basilica is a descendant of the original church founded by St Augustine’s Spanish settlers.  The current cathedral was built in 1797, and is a designated National Historic Landmark.  The exterior of the church is coquina; the interior features exposed timbers and many beautiful architectural details.


The Cathedral Basilica was already in existence when work was begun on the Victorian home that would become Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast.  Like the Cathedral Basilica we have evolved through the years.  While never letting go of our elegant beginnings, we have created further opportunities for opulence over the years.


Consider the Gold Room.  It has a King size iron canopy bed, an antique dresser and a wardrobe imported from England.  Your stay is made more special by details like a Jacuzzi tub for 2, luxurious bedding, and a secluded courtyard.  Then pile on indulgences like wine, sherry and other beverages available whenever you like, a fresh baked sweet treat every afternoon, and a sumptuous breakfast each morning, and you will see how we have become the Jewel of the Ancient City.