Casa Monica during the Nights of Lights

Casa Monica during the Nights of Lights

Regatta Boat Parade

Regatta Boat Parade

Lightkeeper's House during Luminary Night

Lightkeeper's House during Luminary Night

Bayfront Skyline

Bayfront Skyline

Lightner Museum

Lightner Museum

Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights

Casa Monica during the Nights of Lights
Regatta Boat Parade
Lightkeeper's House during Luminary Night
Bayfront Skyline
Lightner Museum
Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights: A Magical Time of Year

It may not snow in St. Augustine but the Nation’s oldest city is still a winter wonderland during the holiday season.  The 23rd Annual Nights of Lights celebration begins November 24 and continues through January 31, 2017.

During Nights of Lights, the city’s historic district is lit by more than 3 million white lights from the ground to the rooftops.  Historic buildings, museums, local businesses, the Bridge of Lions, the city’s bay front walkway, hotels, bed & breakfast inns and private residences all take part in the sparkly tradition.

The festival starts with a countdown November 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitucion when the lights are officially lit.  Holiday music and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree add to the splendor of one of the world’s greatest holiday light displays.

Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting display reflects the city’s 450-year history and illuminates the beautiful ancient city.

Visiting St. Augustine during Nights of Lights has become a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike. Tens of thousands of people take in the city-wide holiday display each year which National Geographic listed as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world in 2011 and 2012.

The best way to enjoy Nights of Lights is to park in the Historic Parking Facility located off Castillo Drive and enjoy the sights in one of many different ways – on foot, by bicycle or pedicab, on the Old Town Holly Jolly Trolley, aboard Ripley’s Red Train or by horse and carriage.
Many local attractions offer special Nights of Lights tours. See the remarkable display from the water with tours aboard the Schooner Freedom, the Osprey or with St. Augustine Eco Tours. Grab your friends and take an after dark wine and carriage ride with the Tasting Tours. Take a walk with the guides from Tour Saint Augustine through the brick lined streets and learn more about history along the way. See the city by air with St. Augustine Bi-Plane Tours.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is one of the most popular landmarks aglow with white lights and the Villa Zorayda’s candlelight tours are high on visitors’ must-see lists.

The Holiday Tour of Homes and the Tour of Bed and Breakfast Inns attract hundreds of merrymakers.

St. Augustine is one of only a few Florida cities that have a holiday boat parade. Sailboats, shrimp trawlers, schooners and private vessels large and small decorated with lights and other holiday décor float past a sea of onlookers that line the bayfront and bridge after dark. This year’s Regatta is December 10. 

For a complete list of holiday events and for more information, visit www.NightsofLights.com