Gilded Age Dinner at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine

New Year's Eve Soirée at the Lightner Museum

Carriage ride during Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida

Take a carriage ride through the historic streets of St. Augustine.

The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights

The Lightner Museum sparkles during Nights of Lights.

Tini Martini Bar at the Casablanca Inn during Nights of Lights

The Tini Martini Bar at the Casablanca Inn, all lit up during Nights of Lights.

Fireworks over St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Bring in the New Year at Beach Blast Off!

Concert at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Be immersed in the music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Gilded Age Dinner at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine
Carriage ride during Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida
The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights
Tini Martini Bar at the Casablanca Inn during Nights of Lights
Fireworks over St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Concert at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the New Year on Florida’s Historic Coast

From the renowned Nights of Lights to a soirée throwing it back to the Gilded Age, here are 5 ways to ring in 2018 in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.

Nights of Lights

Add a whole lot of sparkle to your New Year's celebration. During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustine's Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create an enchanted atmosphere in the Nation's Oldest City. Wander the charming historic district and take in the glitter of the city as you celebrate the New Year.

Horse & Carriage Ride

Make it romantic with a cozy horse and carriage ride through St. Augustine’s historic district. Ride along brick-lined streets, past breathtaking architecture, all under the glow of 3 million white lights during the city’s Nights of Lights holiday celebration. Then hop off for a gourmet meal at one of many restaurants that are favorites among the locals.

Beach Blast Off!

Have a blast on the shore at Beach Blast Off! This annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and entertainment at the St. Augustine Beach Pier will ring in 2018. The event features a kids’ zone, face painting, rides, photo booth, rock climbing wall, food vendors and live entertainment. The event is from 6-10 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 904-669-5670. 

New Year’s Eve Soirée

Party like it’s 1888 at the Lightner Museum. The New Year’s Eve Soirée and Anniversary takes place at the former Alcazar Hotel built by Standard Oil Magnate Henry Flagler. The museum will take guests back to that luxurious time period with its special anniversary theme, “Get Gilded.” From 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. there will be live music, a champagne toast and balloon drop in the Lightner Museum’s historic pool area. The Lightner Museum is marking the 130th anniversary of the Alcazar Hotel and 50th anniversary of the museum.

National Performing Artists

Dance your way into the new year with a musical performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. On Friday, December 29, Donna the Buffalo plays at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The band’s folk roots have evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. Then spend the first day of 2018 with Henry Rollins at the concert hall. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs.