St. Augustine Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 19, 2022 through January 31, 2023

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights | 2022-2023 is celebrating 29 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.

Sebastian Hotel...a short walk to NOL display

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

  • Date: Nightly, from November 19, 2022 through January 31, 2023.
  • Time: Each night the light display turns on at dusk 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 19, 2022 through January 31, 2023. Holding the distinct honor as one of the 10 Best Holiday Displays In The World by National Geographic, this year celebrating the 28th anniversary of this event.

Parking and Shuttle Information

Nights of Lights Free Shuttle Service

Our free shuttle service is back again this Nights of Lights 2022 – 2023 season!

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 three locations and drops them off near Historic Downtown.

  • Friday, November 26 (Thanksgiving weekend)
  • Saturday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
  • Every Saturday in December (4, 11, 18), excluding Christmas Day
  • Sunday, December 26 through Thursday, December 30

North City and US 1 Parking Shuttle Locations

These perimeter parking lot shuttles offer service on all days of operation, from 1:00pm to 11:00pm.

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

Special Light-up! Night Service on Anastasia Island November 19, 2022 Only

These locations have not been confirmed by the City of St. Augustine.  This is information from 2021-22 season.  We will post as soon as confirmed with the City of St. Augustine.

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 locations below, then drops them off near Historic Downtown.

The Anastasia Island shuttle will offer service only on Saturday, November 19, Light-Up! Night from locations on Anastasia Boulevard from 4:00pm to 11:00pm from parking locations to the east end of the Bridge of Lions. Shuttle service on Anastasia Island is provided by Historic Tours of America and Ripley’s Red Train Tours.

North City and US 1 Parking Including Light Up Night, November 19, 2022

These perimeter parking lot shuttles offer service on all days of operation, from 1:00pm to 11:00pm.

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.

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

Explore the Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights runs nightly from November 19, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

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 an informative guide are a perfect setting for a Florida holiday experience.  Schooner Freedom Charters, St. Augustine Scenic Cruise and TH Charters are just a few of the options giving you the opportunity 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.