Enjoy Plenty of Special Events during Nights of Lights

Holiday happenings you won’t want to miss during Nights of Lights.

July 22, 2022
Nights of Lights plaza St. Augustine

29th Annual Night of Lights

Enjoy this holiday season during the 29th Annual Nights of Lights winter festival November 19, 2022, through January 31, 2023. 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 19, 2022 - January 31, 2023

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.

Lighthouse Illuminations

November 23, 2022 - January 14, 2023

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 $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 12 and under.

Christmas at the Villa Zorayda Museum

November 26, December 3, 9, 17, 21, 27, 29 & 30

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.

Villa Zorayda Christmas tree in the lobby
Christmas at Villa Zorayda Museum

Light up the Beach!

November 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023

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, 2023.

St. Augustine Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

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 3, 2022

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.

Surf Illumination

December 3, 2022

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 3, 2022

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)

The Garden Club of St. Augustine Holiday Tour of Homes

December 4, 2022

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.

Luminary Night

December 7, 2022

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 10, 2022

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.

Hastings Hometown Christmas Parade

December 10, 2022

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.

regatta of lights st. augustine
Holiday Regatta of Lights

Messiah Born! Presented by St. Augustine Community Chorus

December 10 & 11, 2022

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 14, 2022

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.

Eb Scrooge: A Southern Fried Carol Presented by APEX Theatre

December 16-18, 2022

Enter a world of grits and gravy, red velvet cake, and the occasional glass of sweet tea. “Eb Scrooge” is a modern spin on a timeless classic set in present-day Northeast Florida, maintaining the spirit of Dickens’s beloved tale of greed and redemption.

Saint Augustine Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

December 17 & 18, 2022

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 17, 2022

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 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Venardos circus in St. Augustine

Venardo's Circus at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

December 16, 2022 - January 1, 2023

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.

Die Fledermaus presented by First Coast Opera

December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Ring in the New Year with this full-staged with orchestra production of Johann Strauss Jr’s classic 19th Century Viennese Operetta. Performed in English with complimentary champagne at intermission. Performance is Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, Tickets are $40 for adults, children admitted free with adult paid admission.

Light Up the NIGHT! New Year's Eve Firework Show at St. Augustine Beach

December 31, 2022

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.

New Year's Eve at The Oak

December 31, 2022

Toast each other and wrap up 2022 at the Colonial Oak Music Park. Enjoy live music from Groove Coalition from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free with food and drink available for purchase.

75th Anniversary New Year's Eve Gala at Lightner Museum

December 31, 2022

Ring in the New Year at the 75th Anniversary New Year's Eve Gala! Choose the Dinner + Party ticket or just come for the Countdown Party! Dinner + Countdown Party in the Historic Alcazar Casino from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person and include an open bar, cocktail reception, seated dinner catered by Chef’s Garden, and live music by the Alberto Cebollero Trio. Countdown Party in the Historic Alcazar Casino 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres by Chef’s Garden, dancing to live music by Ramona + The Riot, and a midnight champagne toast with a balloon drop.

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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