St Augustine Nights of Lights
St Augustine Nights of Lights
Celebrating 23 years in the Nation's Oldest City
During the Holiday season, St. Augustine becomes a truly magical place with millions of tiny white lights adorning the city. This award-winning, annual event is celebrated with festivities on “Light Up Night” to kick it off. Holding the distinct honor as one of the 10 Best Holiday Displays In The World by National Geographic, this years’ 23rd Anniversary Nights of Lights event begins on November 19th and runs through the end of January 2017.
On “Light Up Night”, downtown St. Augustine is filled to bursting with festive crowds enjoying live Holiday music performed at the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constucion. Residents and visitors alike gather in anticipation for the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree, followed by the countdown to the flipping of the switch that lights up beautiful downtown St. Augustine with millions of tiny white lights glowing bright and magical everywhere you look. Call it a Florida "Winter Wonderland". It's truly a sight to behold and is sure to send you straight into the holiday spirit, filling your heart with all the magic that comes during this most wonderful time of the year.
There's Something Special About St. Augustine's Nights of Lights
During St. Augustine's Nights of Lights , romance is in the air as couples stroll the streets hand-in-hand or take a horse and carriage ride enjoying the magical glow. Many couples say their vows in gorgeous Holiday weddings.
Families can be seen on the Holly Jolly Trolley as they joyfully sing Christmas Carols. You might even spot Santa riding along. Enjoy history, romance, and precious family time this holiday season in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights.
Things to Do In St. Augustine During Nights of Lights
You'll find that the holiday season in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights offers more things to do than you'll have time for. Good news though...many of these events are free. Vilano Beach hosts the Dressing of the Palms, a very Florida sight to behold as palm trees wrapped in holiday lights reflect across the ocean. St. Augustine Beach holds Surf Illumination with the lighting of their Christmas Tree and holiday festivities.
Additional Holiday Attractions in St. Augustine
Many of these are long-held St. Augustine traditions you'll have to see to believe, and will allow you in on both ancient and recent St. Augustine history. Highlights include the Reindeer Run (an event not to be missed if you can help it) followed by the Annual Christmas Parade, Colonial Night Watch Torchlight Parade, Garden Club Tour of Homes, Luminary Night at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Musuem, and the annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour.
Wait, Wait, Wait--There's Still More to Do During St. Augustine Nights of Lights
Experience the Love Lights at the Lightner, the Holiday Regatta of Lights, Santa Suits on the Loose 5K Walk/Run, Holiday in the Gardens, the St. Augustine Orchestra Holiday Concert, the St. Augustine Community Chorus Christmas Program, The Nutcracker performed by the St. Augustine Ballet, the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular,and Community First Credit Union’s “A December To Remember”.
There's so much to do, you'll have to come back next year to take in all the fun you missed.
When: November 19, 2016 (Light-Up Night) through January 31, 2017
Where: Saint Augustine, Florida