Enjoy Plenty of Special Events during Nights of Lights
Holiday happenings you won’t want to miss during Nights of Lights.
Free Nights of Lights Park & Ride Shuttle Information
30th Annual Night of Lights
Enjoy this holiday season during the 30th Annual Nights of Lights winter festival November 18, 2023, through January 31, 2024. See the 3 million-plus lights display that National Geographic magazine deemed one of 10 best places in the world to see holiday lights.
Explore all the holiday events connected to Nights of Lights, which take place throughout the Florida’s Historic Coast.
Nights of Pints
November 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024
Coinciding with St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, local St. Augustine breweries are hosting Nights of Pints with a passport for craft beer lovers and stops at local breweries.
Discover twenty-one uniquely decorated trees, each with a distinct theme during this special after hours event. Explore the Keepers’ house and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands, and enjoy a sensational view of the lighthouse’s night mark. Please reference the website for availability. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 12 and under.
Christmas on the Farm
Enjoy a hayride through this ¾ miles drive thru Christmas light display at Sykes Family Farms, 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton. Bring the family, sip on hot chocolate or apple cider while roasting s'mores over the large fire pit. Mr. & Mrs. Claus are visiting from the North Pole so be sure to get some great pictures. www.sycofarms.com
Christmas at the Villa Zorayda Museum
Join us this holiday season for a special Christmas experience at Villa Zorayda Museum. The villa is decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree and more than 100 candles throughout the museum.
Light up the Beach!
Enjoy colorful light displays along A1A Beach Boulevard and St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park as the St. Augustine Beach LIGHTS UP THE BEACH this 2022 holiday season. The event takes place each evening through January 1, 2024.
St. Augustine Christmas Parade
December 2, 2023
Experience St. Augustine's annual Christmas Parade with floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts at 9 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios off San Marco Avenue and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine.
Colonial Night Watch
December 2, 2023
Join Historic Florida Militia for activities depicting 18th century combined Spanish, British, French, colonial militia and Native American military arts, culture and lifestyles throughout the day at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St., and Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Dr. The St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch Torchlight Parade is at 7 p.m. from the Castillo to the Governor's House Cultural Center & Museum.
December 2, 2023
This free holiday event from 4-7 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park features a ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree, a visit from Santa, music, arts and crafts and children’s activities.
Palm Valley Boat Parade
December 2, 2023
Enjoy this annual tradition of lighted boats to celebrate the holiday season in Ponte Vedra Beach. The parade route is seven miles of the Intracoastal and starts one mile south of the Palm Valley Bridge and travels north. It begins at 6 p.m.
St. Augustine listed among the 9 Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the USA for Nights of Lights.CNN (December 2018)
Nights of Lights Under the Sea
Have a fun evening at the St. Augustine Aquarium with Holiday Mermaids including a meet & greet and photo opportunities, a Mermaid Candy Chute, under water Santa, snow, Shark & Ray presentations with feeding & touching opportunities, and more. The event takes place each Saturday in December.
December 6, 2023
Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for a family friendly tradition during Nights of Lights from 6-9 p.m. with holiday crafts, visits with Santa, yuletide refreshments and live music. Admission is free. There is a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item.
Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 9, 2023
This is an annual holiday parade, hosted by the St. Augustine Yacht Club, of motorized vessels - sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels decorated with brilliant lighted displays. Beginning at 6 p.m., the boats will light up St. Augustine’s Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos.
The Garden Club of St. Augustine Holiday Tour of Homes
December 10, 2023
Enjoy this walking tour featuring 5-6 homes located in the historic district decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of St. Augustine. The tour begins at noon from the River House and ends at 5 p.m.
Hastings Hometown Christmas Parade
Experience this holiday parade at 10 a.m. that will take place down Main Street in Hastings starting at the W.E. Harris Community Center and march south on Main Street to the Library Campus and Al Wilke Field on South Main Street.
Messiah Born! Presented by St. Augustine Community Chorus
This traditional Christmas concert features Part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah.” The concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica.
EMMA Concert Association Presents Holiday Pops Concert
December 12, 2023
EMMA Concert Association presents the Holiday Pops Concert. The concert takes place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $60.
Saint Augustine Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
December 15-17, 2023
Saint Augustine Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a family friendly holiday classic production comprised of student and professional dancers. Performances are Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
Noche de Navidad and Las Posadas
December 16, 2023
Our Lady of La Leche invites you to experience a truly silent night on the Sacred Acre, complete with a Live Nativity, Eucharistic Adoration, cookies and hot cocoa. A 16th-Century Spanish procession of “Las Posadas” (the Inns) is presented by Historic Florida Militia. Tours begin at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Venardo's Circus at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
December 15, 2023 - January 1, 2024
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes back the Venardos Circus! Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format that is called “the American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Shows run Wednesday through Sunday for the entire engagement, with multiple show times on weekends.
Light Up the NIGHT! New Year's Eve Firework Show at St. Augustine Beach
December 31, 2023
St. Augustine Beach fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., at St. Augustine Beach. Limited shuttle service will be provided from Anastasia Baptist Church to the three viewing locations on the beach. Beach driving and parking will be allowed as normal from A Street South.
To learn more about these and other Nights of Lights festivities and tours, check out our Nights of Lights page or visit our interactive Calendar of Events.
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Villa Zorayda Museum83 King St.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
EMMA Concert Association14 Granada St.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum100 Red Cox Dr.
St. Augustine, Florida 32080