Nights of Lights is an award-winning light display in St Augustine where visitor and residents enjoy over three million holiday lights illuminating its historic downtown. Nights of Lights begins with the Light up the Night on November 23, 2019 and continues through January 31, 2020. During this holiday season trolley’s, trains, and tours will offer special seasonal tours that take you through the best areas. Business owners will stay open later letting you dine and shop while viewing the lights. This is a great time to visit St Augustine viewing an award-winning light display and enjoying all the activities and events in downtown and on St Augustine Beach.
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WAYS TO TOUR NIGHT OF LIGHTS
Downtown St Augustine is a short drive from the hotel and convenient for people to either walk or find a tour to enjoy all the festivities. From the Old Town Trolley, to a guided golf cart tour, we will help coordinate your Nights of Lights adventure.
Old Town Trolley
Hop on the Old town Trolley Tour. On the trolley you will be able to sing along with carolers, sip on some hot cider, enjoy delicious cookies, and receive complimentary glasses for an enhanced, fully immersive holiday experience. Old Town Trolley Tickets can be purchased from the front desk at the hotel or at the Visitor Information Center. The tours start at 6:00 pm from the Visitor Information Center at 10 West Castillo Drive and run between 6:00-9:00 pm departing every 15 minutes. The Fast Track Pass costs $18.99 for adults, $11.99 for children 3 – 12, and children under age 3 are free. General Admission costs $13.99 for adults, $6.99 for children 3-12 and children under age 3 are free. The Old Town Trolley Nights of Lights Tour is approximately 30 minutes.
Luxury Golf Cart with Explore Tours
Explore Tours offers personable guided tours with a twist of history to show off the Nights of Lights display. Vehicles seat up to 9-10 guest and are not restricted to a set route. Here you can venture down the smaller streets and see more of the historic downtown. Tickets can be booked online. Tours run from November 24-January 31, 2020. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per child under 12. Tours start at 6pm and run every half hour. Pets are allowed, but please arrange prior to arrival of tour. If your dog is large they will require you to purchase an additional seat. For more information visit https://www.exploretoursandpickups.com/.
Ripley’s Big Read Christmas Train
Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train takes you on a magical trip through St. Augustine’s beautiful historic district Nights of Lights celebration. Tours are offered every night except Christmas with tickets starting as low as $11.99 Tours begin at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium at 19 San Marcos Avenue, St Augustine, FL.
Horse & Carriage
Enjoy viewing the nights of lights at your own pace. Downtown is a walkable city, with crossings and pedestrian-only areas offering safe routes for visitors on foot. The Plaza de la Constitución in the center of St. Augustine’s historic district is the perfect starting point for exploring the nation’s oldest city during Nights of Lights.
Not only is it a great central point in the city, offering access to pedestrian-only areas like St. George Street, but the lights on the Plaza are some of the prettiest, climbing around the branches of live oak trees and illuminating the city’s Christmas tree display in the heart of the square.
Nights of Pints
Nights of Pints is a bar-hopping special offered by four local St. Augustine breweries during the Nights of Lights season 2018-19. Participants can enjoy a seasonal pint on the house at any time between November 17, 2018, and February 3, 2019, from any of these four breweries:
For $30, participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a passport that entitles them to a free pint at the four local breweries above at any time during the Nights of Lights event.
When planning your Nights of Lights vacation make sure you view the upcoming events during the holiday season. For a complete list of activities and events visit our Event Calendar.
Guy Harvey Resorts Catch the Holiday Spirit with Ladies Let’s Go Fishing
Join us for a special holiday Outpost Angler Academy with Ladies of Let’s Go Fishing! Fishing enthusiasts can Catch the Holiday Spirit on November 23rd by participating in our Surf Fishing Academy with Guy Harvey Resorts Pro Guide Noel Kuhn in the morning and then touring the historic downtown for the kickoff of St Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights. Space is limited!
Light up the Night – November 23, 2019
Kick off the Nights of Lights on opening night with the Light Up Night on November 23, 2019 at the Plaza de la Constitución
Gather in front of the Lightner Museum for a grand performance by Showtime USA, a local hip-hop dance team that sings and performs.
Make your way to the gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion for a performance by the All-Star Orchestra who perform in grand holiday style each year on Light Up Night.
At approximately 6:30 pm, the lights of the Christmas Tree in the Plaza de la Constitucion are switched on. This is followed by a ten-second group countdown that ends in the flick of a switch that turns on the Nights of Lights display.
Surf Illumination – December 7, 2019
On Saturday, December 7th, St Augustine Beach hosts the Surf Illumination, its annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday celebration from 3:00-7:00 pm! There will be: vendors offering unique holiday gifts and more. Holiday music. Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Face painting, balloon twisting, bounce houses and more!
Santa Suits on the Loose 5K 2019 – December 14, 2019
Runners book early this fun holiday run, the Satna Suits on the Loose 5K. Santa Suits on the Loose 5K 2019 is a Walk/Jog/Run benefiting St. Augustine Youth Services. Race proceeds help provide normal experiences to our residential foster kids and those with a mental health diagnosis and non-traditional families, especially during the Holiday season.
The race follows a flat 3.1 Mile course through St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods and starts and finishes at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park. All turns and miles will be marked, and water will be available at mile 2. 5K USATF Certified Course # FL16071TY.
The first 100 registrants have a choice of Santa Suit or T-Shirt. Please click on the event website link to register and for additional information or call 904-829-1770.
Holiday Regatta of Lights- December 14, 2019
The annual Holiday Regatta of Lights is a spectacular, colorful parade of boats of all types decorated with festive lights for the Christmas Holiday. The vessels “parade” before the crowds on the Bayfront just North of the Bridge of Lions. There will be sailboats, sport-fishermen, shrimp boats, trawlers, and more.
This annual event reflects on the maritime heritage of the Oldest City and is in keeping with St. Augustine’s historical seaborne image. Visitors and locals can view the event from the Seawall on the Bayfront, the Castillo de San Marcos, the Bridge of Lions, and the Eastern shore of the bay. Come early and get a ‘prime’ spot for viewing!
Beach Blast Off – December 31, 2019
St. Augustine’s most popular New Year’s celebration, the Beach Blast Off takes place at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, with live music, food and drinks, a kids’ zone, and a spectacular fireworks show.
The Comfort Zone offers over 30 food vendors and a beer, champagne and wine tent. Local bands provide music and entertainment throughout the event, and a large 65-inch screen will also display the events on stage for guests near the back of the audience. There’s face painting, a photo booth, and carnival rides. The Kids’ Zone area includes several inflatables and hands-on activities.
The fireworks display to music takes place at 8:30 p.m., with the after-party continuing until 10:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!