Nights of Lights


St. Augustine, Florida's annual "Nights of Lights" provides one of the Southeast's most memorable holiday events. In a manner befitting the Nation's Oldest City, this inspiring display of light is based on the tradition of the town's original Spanish colonists who placed a white candle in their windows to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays. This 13th edition of the festival features more than two million tiny white lights adorning the palm trees and buildings of the city's historic district. Reflected in the waters of Matanzas Bay, outlining the colonial city, and including the nearby beaches and lighthouse, this light display creates a holiday wonderland in a place with real history on every street corner.

In the gentle glow of the lights, a dazzling array of special events and activities await visitors. Nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, festive shopping, art walks featuring more than 20 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the First Friday in December and January, luminaries in the town plaza, holiday concerts - even a Christmas parade - are among the special events to be added to the memory books of visitors and residents alike.

This is a also a special time to celebrate the brief 20 years when the town was occupied by the British (1763-1784). British Nightwatch is a fun, re-creation of holiday frivolity with a torch lit parade through town by hundreds of authentically-clad re-enactors, house tours, wine, caroling and volleys of musketry.

Nights of Lights Events Calendar                 Nights of Lights Getaway Packages

For more information about St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches, visit

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches
Visitors & Convention Bureau
88 Riberia St., Suite 400
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Header image courtesy of Henry Hird III.