Experience St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights this Holiday Season By Land or Sea

Holiday light displays may be one of your favorite parts of the holiday season. 

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights sparkles from the sidewalks to the rooftops with more than 3 million white lights from November 18, 2017, through January 31, 2018. This city-wide light display has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic. And for good reason. Draping the city’s unique Spanish Colonial architecture, beautiful bed & breakfast inns and places on the National Historic Register with a warm white glow makes the Christmas season’s Nights of Lights unique by any standard.

There are plenty of ways to see and enjoy Nights of Lights this Christmas season by land or sea.

Take an affordable tour!  Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights Trolley runs nightly from November 19 – January 2. Taking guests throughout the city to view Nights of Lights then provides free cider and cookies, this tour is only $12.99 for adults and $5.99 for children. The trolleys run from the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, located off Castillo Drive. www.trolleytours.com.

Ripley’s Red Trains offers nightly tours November 19 – January 6, with joviality and glasses that make the lights shine a little brighter. Tours are $10.99 adults and $5.99 for children.  On Friday and Saturday nights Ripley’s provides additional old-fashioned Christmas Magic with a giant marshmallow roasting pit and more. Tickets are $14.99 adults and $7 for kids. Board the Red Train Nights of Lights Tour at Ripley’s Museum, 19 San Marco Avenue. www.ripleys.com/RedTrains

St. Augustine Gold Tours provides an option for small groups of people to take a private Nights of Lights tour aboard a quiet electric vehicle. The tours are narrated by a licensed city guide and are personal in nature, with a maximum of six adults and one child per tour. The cost for a private group tour is $100. www.staugustinegoldtours.com

Grab your friends and enjoy a Nights of Lights Wine & Carriage Tour. Enjoy a glass of wine on this group tour aboard a horse-drawn carriage as you meander the brick-lined streets. The Tasting Tours nightly excursions are $49 per person and come with a souvenir wine glass. www.tastingtours.com

Step aboard the White Pelican with Red Boat Water Tours and see the lights like you’ve never seen them before.  Tickets are $48 per passenger and tours depart nightly from the Vilano Beach Pier located at 280 Vilano Rd., reservations are required.  www.redboatwatertours.com

Take in the view of Nights of Lights from the sea aboard the Schooner Freedom on the ship’s Moonlight Sail. On Fridays and Saturdays set sail on this hour plus tour with complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate for $40 per person www.schoonerfreedom.com

Enjoy the best seat in town aboard the Osprey with Florida Water Tours.  Offering world-class yacht charter services for the annual Nights of Lights festival nightly and depart from Camachee Cove, 282 Yacht Club Dr., www.augustineboattours.com

Join St. Augustine Eco Tours for a harbor tour of the Nights of Lights. Board the stable and comfortable six or 12-passenger boats for the peaceful trip to experience the illuminated city. Tickets are $35 per passenger and depart nightly by appointment from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. 111 Avenida Menendez, www.staugustineeecotours.com

This year, the city is offering a free Park ‘n Ride Shuttle every Saturday from November 18 – December 24. For information on the free shuttle visit www.citystaug.com.

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