St. Augustine Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights | 2021-2022 is celebrating 28 years of bringing joy to our 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, this brings people downtown each year to enjoy the free holiday light display with their family and friends.

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

  • Date: Nightly, from November 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022.
  • Time: Each night the light display turns on at 5:30 pm and remains on throughout the night.

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 this year from November 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Holding the distinct honor as one of the 10 Best Holiday Displays In The World by National Geographic, this years’ 28th anniversary event begins on Saturday, November 20th.

Light Up! Night

Join us on Saturday, November 20, 2021 for one of the most anticipated events in St. Augustine!  Light Up! Night kicks off the magical Nights of Lights. It’s a great way to get in the Holiday spirit.

Festivities begin at 4:00pm in front of the Lightner Museum with a performance by Showtime USA, a song and dance troupe of young people.  Then make your way to the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitución for the All Star Orchestra.  They’ll be performing great swing and big band sounds all in grand holiday style.  Music starts at 5:30pm.

The best is yet to come!  At 6:30pm, the Countdown begins for the lighting of the Christmas Tree.  That’s followed by the Countdown (with crowd participation of course) that flips the switch and sets downtown St. Augustine all aglow in millions of tiny white lights.

Come and visit St. Augustine under the lights and celebrate with friends and family.  It’s truly magical!

Parking Under the Nights of Lights

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

  • Historic Downtown Parking Facility, near the Visitors Information Center, costs $15 per vehicle per entry or $3 per vehicle per with a ParkNow card.  Accommodates 1,200 vehicles.
  • Pay attention to parking spaces monitored by parking meters and NEVER park by a curb marked in yellow.
  • Time limit: on-street: 3 hours / parking lots: 4 hours

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

Explore the Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022.

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. 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, St. Augustine Eco Tours, and Old Town Cycle Cruise are just a few of the options giving you a variety of ways to enjoy the Nights of Lights season along the bayfront of St. Augustine.

Air Tours

Adventurers, there is even a way for you to experience the city-wide holiday display!  First 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.