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ST. AUGUSTINE NIGHTS OF LIGHTS2019-12-06T15:54:45-05:00

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 23, 2019 through February 2, 2020.

In the 2019-2020 season, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights is celebrating 26 years of bringing joy to it’s community and visitors. Nights of Lights is only made possible by dozens of individual participating businesses. Thanks to them as well as the City of St. Augustine, thousands of people can gather downtown each year to enjoy the free holiday light display with their family and friends.

TRYP by Wyndham is offering Nights of Lights Special pricing

Aviles Street in Historic Downtown dressed in holiday decor for St. Augustine's Nights of Lights holiday display.

  • Date: Nightly, from Novemer 23, 2019 through February 2, 2020.
  • Time: Each night the light display turns on at 5:30 pm.

During the holidays, St. Augustine becomes a truly magical place with millions of tiny white lights adorning the city. This award-winning, annual event “Nights of Lights” runs nightly from November 23, 2019 through February 2, 2020. Holding the distinct honor as one of the 10 Best Holiday Displays In The World by National Geographic, this years’ 26th anniversary event begins on November 23rd.

Nights of Lights Free Shuttle

On the special nights listed below ONLY,  avoid traffic and park for free by riding the free shuttles available. Each shuttle picks up riders from two locations and drops them off in Historic Downtown under the Nights of Lights. The shuttle runs in 15-20 minute rotations, so you’re never waiting long for a ride!

Time: 8 am to 11 pm

Dates of Operation: December 7, 14, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29

Pick Up and Drop Off Locations:

Note: The last shuttle will pick riders up from the Visitor Information Center and return them to their vehicles no later than 11 pm.

Shuttle Service Photo

Parking Under the Nights of Lights

Here are a few tips for parking during the Nights of Lights:

  • Commute via the Old Town Trolley, or Ripley’s Believe it or Not Red Train. It costs about $20 to park one vehicle downtown costs close to $20.00 to park, which is about the same as one adult ticket for a train/trolley ride.
  • Pay attention to parking spaces monitored by parking meters and NEVER park by a curb marked in yellow.
  • Historic Downtown Parking Facility, near the Visitors Information Center, costs $15 for entry or $3 with a ParkNow card and can accommodate 1,200 vehicles
  • Time limit: on-street: 3 hours/parking lots: 4 hours

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Explore the Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 23, 2019 through February 2, 2020.

There are many ways to partake in the Nights of Lights fun, the most popular way is to walk around with good company, enjoying the display and bayfront location! Hot cocoa, a scarf, and a pair of mittens are all you need for a cozy viewing of the Ancient City in all its glory. However, if you are looking for an offbeat tour, St. Augustine offers fantastic tours by Land, Sea, and Air! Regardless of how you spend your night – be sure to take a ride over the Bridge of Lions, from Anastasia Island. The view of the Bayfront lit with thousands of bulbs flickering in the wind is one of St. Augustine’s most memorable images!

A photo of people riding the Old Town Trolley in front of the Lightner Museum during St. Augustine's Nights of Lights holiday display.

Land Tours

A timeless way to experience Nights of Lights is via Ripley’s Red Train, or Old Town Trolley (known as the Holly Jolly Trolley during the holidays). There is something about riding through town while singing along to Christmas carols that is untouchable to any other St. Augustine experience! For a more laidback experience, book a Nights of Lights Carriage Ride with the Tasting Tours of St. Augustine – paired with complimentary wine and souvenir glasses, you’re sure to make a few memories!

Water Tours

Famously romantic, viewing the lights from the Matanzas River has been a long-time favorite of locals and travelers alike. The gentle winter breeze, calm rocking of the ship, and informative guide is a perfect setting for a Florida holiday experience. Schooner Freedom Charters and Florida Water Tours offer sailing tours on Light Up Night and on many other nights throughout the Nights of Lights season.

Air Tours

Adventurers, there is even a way for you to experience the city-wide holiday display! Old City Helicopters has been showcasing St. Augustine’s skyline of lights since the very first Nights of Lights. A flight over St. Augustine is exactly the kind of thing you would see on a Bucket List and is sure to be a memory you’ll never forget! Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time.

Schedule of Events

December 14 at 8 am: Santa Suits on the Loose 5K

December 14 and 15 at 1 pm: St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour

December 14 at 6 pm: Holiday Regatta of Lights

December 14 at 7:30 pm: St. Augustine Community Chorus Holiday Concert

December 15 at 2 pm: St. Augustine Community Chorus Holiday Concert

December 18 at 7:30 pm: EMMA Concert Series – Holiday Pops Concert

December 21 at 8 am: Christmas Cookie 5K

December 21 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm: St. Augustine Ballet The Nutcracker

December 22 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm: St. Augustine Ballet The Nutcracker

December 31 at 4 pm: Beach Blast Off 2019

Free Nights of Lights Entertainment

Presented by Old Town Trolley and INK! (Investing in Kids)

  • Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Date: Select dates from November 24 – December 31
  • Location: The corner of W. Castillo Dr. and San Marco Ave., 10 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine.

On select nights during the Nights of Lights, Old Town Trolley and INK invite you to enjoy free holiday entertainment. Those passing by or waiting in line for the Old Town Trolley Nights of Lights Tours are welcome to stop and enjoy the wonderful performances by school groups in St. Johns County and local musical acts.

November 24: St. Johns County Center of the Arts (SJCCA) Chamber Singers

November 29: Florida Brass Quintet

November 30: St Augustine High School Orchestra

December 1: Florida Brass Quintet

December 6: Landrum Middle School Jazz Band/Fruit Cove Middle School Jazz Band

December 7: Ponte Vedra High School Jazz Band

December 8: St Augustine High School Jazz Band

December 13: Nease High School Chorus

December 14: Ponte Vedra High School Drum Line

December 15: St Augustine High School Chorus

December 16: Heather Loveland Dance Academy Performance Company

December 18: The Belles of St Augustine Handbell Ringers

December 19: Showtime USA

December 20: Sebastian Middle School Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble/St. Augustine Concert Band

December 21: St. Augustine High School Band

December 22: St. Augustine High American Music Group

December 23: St Augustine High School Guitar Group

December 26: Ancient City Brass Band

December 27: Ancient City Brass Band

December 28: Ancient City Brass Band

December 29: Ancient City Brass Band

December 30: Voices of St Augustine

December 31: Voices of St Augustine

Light Up Night (Nov. 23) Free Shuttle

Avoid traffic and park for free on Light Up Night ONLY by riding one of the two free shuttles listed below. Each shuttle picks up riders from one of the four locations below, then drops them off in Historic Downtown under the Nights of Lights. The shuttles run in 15-20 minute rotations, so you’re never waiting long for a ride!

Anastasia Island Shuttle, 4 pm to 11 pm:

St. Augustine Shuttle, 8 am to 11 pm:

Note: The last shuttle will pick riders up from the east end of the Bridge of Lions and the Visitor Information Center to return them to their vehicles no later than 11 pm.

Light Up Night

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 23, 2019 through February 2, 2020.

About: Light Up Night marks the first night of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights.
Date: November 23, 2019
Location: Plaza de la Constitución

Light Up Night Schedule:

4:00 pm – Gather in front of the Lightner Museum for a grand performance by Showtime USA, a local hip-hop dance team that sings and performs.

5:30 pm – 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.

6:30 pm – 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.

A photo of walking in Historic Downtown during the Nights of Lights holiday display.