The holidays are on the way and that means Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida. Over a 3 million bulbs light up the old city and visitors travel from all over to see the display.
On November 20 at the Plaza in Downtown St. Augustine, the switch will be thrown for the Nights of Lights. Throughout downtown, buildings and homes will be lit up with white lights celebrating the holidays.
Plan Your Visit
Throughout November and December there are a number of events to celebrate the holidays. From Parades to holiday markets, so much for the entire family. Here are just a few of the events taking place.
Nights of Lights
November 20,2021-January 31, 2022
Colonial Night Watch
December 4, 2021
Enjoy events throughout the day including the torch parade at 7pm from the Castillio to The Governors House down St. George St. Drums playing and members of the group dawning period dress.
Saturday December 4, 2021 9:00 AM to 121 AM
The parade begins at the parking lot of the Mission Nombre Dios and marches south down San Marco through historic downtown. Floats, bands and of course Santa will be part of the fun.
Regatta of Lights
Saturday December 11, 2021
Watch boats lit up sail down the Matanzas River.
How best to see the lights.
There are a number of ways to enjoy St Augustine during the Nights of Lights. Take a tour on land or water or simply walk the town. Most tours begin on November 21, 2021.
Old Town Trolley
The Old Town Trolley offers tours that pick up and drop off at the Visitors Center on Castillo Drive. Enjoy Christmas music and glasses specifically made to change the lights into different shapes like snowflakes. After the ride, enjoy a hot cup of apple cider. This year they are taking reservations and require you reserve a full row. They do offer parking at the Old Jail north of town with a free shuttle with tour ticket. For more info, visit Old Town Trolley St Augustine
The Red Train Tour is around 30 minutes and picks up and drops off at Ripley's Believe it Or Not on San Marco across from the Visitors Center. They do offer free parking during the tour. As with Old Town Trolley, they are taking reservations by row. Visit the website for Ripley's Red Train for more information.
The only sailing ship for tours in St Augustine, The Schooner offers tours for the Nights of Lights giving your a fantastic view from the bay. Space is limited so book early.
For more tour options, check out Viator for private tours plus more boat tours.
Parking can be a challenge during this time of year especially during peak times so here are some recommendations.
St. Augustine offers some great food options, here are just a few of my recommendations.
Nights Lights in St. Augustine is a do not miss event for the family. The kids will have a blast and be in awe by all of the lights. Some of my favorite spots is St. George St, The Lightner Museum and the Casablanca Inn, they are lit up with more lights than you have ever seen. For more information on parking, transportation and more, check out the page for St. Augustine Nights of Lights.
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