Enjoy plenty of special events during Nights of Lights
Holiday happenings you won’t want to miss during Nights of Lights
27th Annual Night of Lights
Enjoy this holiday season during the 27th Annual Nights of Lights winter festival November 21, 2020, through January 31, 2021. 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 21, 2020 - January 31, 2021
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.
Villa Zorayda’s Candlelight Tour
Join us this holiday season for the Villa Zorayda’s 11th annual Candlelight Tour of the museum. The villa is decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas tree and more than 100 candles throughout the museum.
55th Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival
November 28 - 29, 2020
Hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association on Thanksgiving weekend, the event features more than 150 artists offering painting, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, photography and mixed media along with musical performances at Francis Field. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A $2 donation at the gate is requested.
Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a family friendly tradition during Nights of Lights. From 6-9 p.m. there are activities for all ages, holiday crafts, visits with Santa, yuletide refreshments and live music, including a string quartet inside the lighthouse tower and chorus performances. Admission is free.
Castillo by Candlelight: Enemy at the Gates
Begin Colonial Night Watch with this special candlelight tour of Castillo de San Marcos. Listen in as British and Spanish officers plan and prepare for the siege of 1740. Hear the roar of the cannons and the troops preparing for battle as you take a step back in time. Cost is $1
St. Augustine’s annual Christmas Parade presents more than 2,000 participants along with floats, marching bands, cars, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts at 9 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine ending near the Historic Downtown Parking Facility.
Colonial Night Watch
The St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch, activities and parade take place from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Activities and an encampment area depicting 18th century combined Spanish, British, French, colonial militia and Native American military arts, culture and lifestyles will be presented at the Colonial Quarter, while at night the St. Augustine Colonial Night Watch Torchlight Parade will be held at 7 p.m. from the Castillo de San Marcos and concluding at the Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum. Visitors are invited to follow the soldiers, militia, Native Americans and townsfolk in the parade and celebration.
Palm Valley Boat Parade
The Palm Valley Boat Parade takes place in Ponte Vedra Beach and is an annual tradition of lighted boats to celebrate the holiday season. The 6 p.m. parade route is seven miles of the Intracoastal in Palm Valley.
Rails to Trails Festival
Hosted by SEA (Spuds/Elkton/Armstrong) Community Help Resource Center, this festival at Armstrong Park is a celebration of our Gullah Geechee heritage and features cultural arts and crafts, food vendors, historical films, heritage corridor discussions, live music and a bike ride.
Holiday Regatta of Lights
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.
Castillo Holiday Open House
The Castillo de San Marcos opens its doors to visitors to informally explore the Castillo by lantern light, interacting with staff and volunteers dressed to represent the more than 300 years of Castillo history. The free event is from 6-8 p.m. Cannon firings will take place every hour.
EMMA Concert Association Presents Holiday Pops Concert
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 $40. Admission for youth and students with identification is $5.
St. Augustine Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
St. Augustine Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a family friendly holiday classic production comprised of student and professional dancers. Performances are 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Admission is $25-$35.
Beach Blast Off
December 31, 2020
This annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and entertainment at St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park will ring in 2021. From 4 – 10 p.m. enjoy family friendly activities, including a kid’s zone, photo booth, food vendors and live music. Fireworks display is at 8:30 p.m.
Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard ceremony, performed by the St. Augustine 1740 Spanish Garrison, begins at 6:30 p.m. Participants will muster at the Colonial Quarter at 5:45 p.m. and march to St. George Street Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum and the City Gate. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is 6:30 p.m.
Living History Saunter
Living history interpreters present a timeline of St. Augustine’s colonial history in the town’s historic district with a saunter from the City Gate down St. George Street to Aviles Street from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Participants wear the garb and gear of the city’s military and civilian colonial environs from 1513-1784.