Enjoy the kick-off to the Holiday season with this annual celebration. Holiday music! The lighting of the Christmas Tree! The exciting countdown to the sparkle of nearly three million tiny white lights glowing along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city!
To provide additional parking for the many visitors, Francis Field (accommodating approximately 350 vehicles) will be used for the overflow from the Downtown Historic Parking Facility located adjacent to the city’s Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Dr. Both locations charge $10 with Francis Field cash only.
Several streets will be pedestrian only.
Closed to vehicles, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Hypolita St., Spanish St., Treasury St. (Authorized access will be allowed at Treasury and Cordova Sts.)
Closed as needed starting at 6:00pm: Cathedral Pl., King St. east of Cordova St.
Toques Pl. parking lot area will be accessible only via Cuna St.
King St. and Cathedral Pl. — on street parking on will be restricted throughout the day.
The program begins at 4:00pm with a musical performance in front of St. Augustine’s City Hall. Then at 5:30pm, Holiday music will fill the air from the Gazebo stage in the city’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion.
At 6:30pm, the lighting ceremony begins that culminates at 6:45pm with the turning of a switch that fills every corner of the city with brilliant, magical holiday sparkle. Entertainment continues in the Plaza until 8:00pm.
Stay and linger in the downtown area for dinner. Do some shopping or simply enjoy the beauty of the city and the company of good friends. Come join the fun! Selected by National Geographic as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world!
This year’s Light-Up! Night will also serve as a kick-off for the season of giving by offering the community an opportunity to give. From 3:00pm to 6:00pm, United Way of St. Johns County will be collecting non-perishable food donations to benefit the more than 30 agencies and many food pantries throughout the county the organization serves. Visit the event website for the five collection point locations.