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St Augustine Nights of Lights

St Augustine, rated one of the best Nights of Lights displays in the world. This is the best list of things to do for the holidays during the St Augustine Nights of Lights. Come join us as we celebrate the 23rd season with the nation's oldest city's beautiful light display. There are so many things to do during the holiday season in St. Augustine you will want to make your list because you will not want to miss any of the events that take place during the St Augustine Nights of Lights season.

St Augustine Nights of Lights 2016-17 Season

November 19, 2016 through January 31, 2017

Celebrating 24 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. Holding the distinct honor as one of the 10 Best Holiday Displays In The World by National Geographic, this years’ 24th Anniversary Nights of Lights event begins on November 19th and runs through the end of January 2017.

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On “Light Up Night”, downtown St. Augustine is filled 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 crowd participating in 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".  Stick around listening to the music, start your Christmas shopping early in the shops, or grab a bite to eat.

Nights of Lights | St. Augustine, FlThere'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.  Many of these are long-held St. Augustine traditions. Good news...many of these events are free.

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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 Museum, the annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, and the Dressing of the Palms.

Wait, Wait, Wait--There's Still More to Do During St. Augustine Nights of Lights

Experience the Holiday Regatta of Lights, Santa Suits on the Loose 5K Walk/Run,  the St. Augustine Community Chorus Christmas Program,  the St. Augustine Orchestra's Christmas Concert, The Nutcracker performed by the St. Augustine Ballet, and the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular.

You can enjoy the lights with Nights of Lights "Wine & Carriage" Tours! or get a different view with a  Nights of Lights Cruise on the Water.

There's so much to do, you'll have to come back next year to take in all the fun you missed.

Schedule of Events during Nights of Lights

December 3   --  8:55am  Reindeer Run
December 3   --  9:00am  63rd Annual Christmas Parade
December 3   -- 2:00pm & 7:00pm  St. Augustine Winter Spectacular
December 3   -- 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 3   -- 7:00pm  Colonial Night Watch & Torch Parade
December 4   -- 12:00pm  Garden Club Tour of Homes
December 4   --  4:00pm  Carols and Messiah - UNF Chamber Singers
December 4   -- 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 7   --  7:00pm  Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse
December 9   --  5:00pm  Elf Jr. The Musical
December 9   --  8:00pm  St. Augustine Orchestra Home for the Holidays Concert
December 10 --  8:00am  Santa Suits on the Loose 5K
December 10 --  1:00pm  23rd Annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour
December 10 --  2:00pm 6th Annual Firefighter Chili Cookoff
December 10 --  5:00pm  Elf Jr. The Musical
December 10  -- 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 10 --  6:00pm  Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 10 --  6:00pm  Holiday Open House at Castillo de San Marcos
December 10 --  8:00pm  St. Augustine Community Chorus "Welcome Yule"
December 11 -- 11:00am  Elf Jr. The Musical
December 11 --  1:00pm  23rd Annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour
December 11 --  2:00pm  St. Augustine Community Chorus "Welcome Yule"
December 11  -- 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 14  -- 6:00pm  Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour
December 16  -- 8:00pm  A Classical Christmas Concert
December 17 --  1:30pm & 7:00pm  St. Augustine Ballet "Nutcracker" Performance
December 17  -- 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 17  -- 6:00pm  Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour
December 17 --  7:00pm  Las Posadas del Viejo San Agustín / The Posadas of Old St. Augustine
December 18 --  1:30pm & 7:00pm  St. Augustine Ballet "Nutcracker" Performance
December 18  -- 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 21  -- 6:00pm  Cantata and Live Nativity
December 21  -- 6:00pm  Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour
December 22  -- 8:00pm  It's A Wonderful Life Live Radio Play
December 27  -- 6:00pm  Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour
December 30  -- 6:00pm  Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour
December 31  -- 4:00pm  Beach Blast Off 2017
January 1        -- 5:30pm  Villa Zorayda Candlelight Tour

Music While You Wait

November 25th through December 30th, Old Town Trolley in partnership with St. Johns County School Groups presents local musical acts to listen to including Ancient City Brass Band.  Hosted at the Visitor Information Center Trolley Station on select nights, guests can enjoy holiday entertainment while waiting for the Famous Nights of Lights Trolley.

Famous Nights of Lights Trolley Entertainment Schedule

11/25 -- Florida Brass Quintet
11/26 -- St. Augustine High School
12/02 -- Alice B Landrum Middle School Jazz Band
12/03 -- Nease High School Chorus
12/09 -- Nease High School Chorus
12/10 -- Fruit Cove Jazz nsemble
12/16 -- Pedro Menendez High School Band
12/17 -- Gamble Rogers Middle School Jazz Band
12/18 -- Showtime U.S.A. Saint Augustine
12/19 -- St. Augustine High School Chorus
12/20 -- Skin and Bonz
12/21 -- St. Augustine High School Band
12/22 -- Florida Brass Quintet
12/23 -- St. Augustine Community Band
12/26 -- Ancient City Brass Band
12/27 -- Ancient City Brass Band
12/28 -- Ancient City Brass Band
12/29 -- Ancient City Brass Band
12/30 -- Ancient City Brass Band

Parking Information

Nights of Lights season is one of the busiest times for parking in St. Augustine.  Things to keep in mind:

1]  Get to town early for premium parking
2]  Pay attention to parking spaces monitored by parking meters
3]  Historic Downtown Parking Facility, near the Visitors Information Center, costs $12 for entry or $3 with a ParkNow card and can accommodate 1,200 vehicles
4]  Time limit: on-street: 3 hours/parking lots: 4 hours
5]  Parking lot locations: (Parking lots are enforced 8am-5pm, Monday-Saturday, excluding national holidays)

King Street/Cathedral Place (enforced starting at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday)
Cedar/Granada Streets
Lightner Museum Lot
Spanish Street Lot
Grace Lot
Castillo de San Marcos Lot (Parking meter enforced seven days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

6]  Residents may purchase a ParkNow card which discounts parking in a metered lot or the parking garage.