Enjoy Plenty of Special Events during Nights of Lights

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

October 31, 2021
Nights of Lights plaza St. Augustine

28th Annual Night of Lights

Enjoy this holiday season during the 28th Annual Nights of Lights winter festival November 20, 2021, through January 31, 2022. 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, 2021 - January 31, 2022

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 22, 2021 - January 22, 2022

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 27, December 4, 10, 18, 20, 27, 28, 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

Christmas on the Farm at Sykes Family Farms

November 26 - December 18, 2021

Enjoy this ¾ miles drive thru light display at Sykes Family Farms, 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton. Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 6 p.m. from November 26-December 18. Admission is $15 per person on Fridays & Saturdays.

Light up the Beach!

November 27, 2021 - January 1, 2022

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 2021 holiday season. The event takes place each evening through January 1, 2022.

Festival of Trees at Lightner Museum

November 29 - December 2, 2021

Help light the way home with the Inaugural Festival of Trees presented by St. Francis Shelter at Lightner Museum. Enjoy an amazing display of theme decorated trees and wreaths for auction, holiday music, photos with Santa, and Letters to Santa’s Mailbox. All this while supporting local unhoused families, individuals, and youth. Festival of Trees is free and will be open to the public in the foyer of the Lightner Museum

Luminary Night

December 1, 2021

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. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745

Christmas Parade

December 4, 2021

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 4, 2021

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.

St. Augustine listed among the 9 Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the USA for Nights of Lights. CNN (December 2018)

Surf Illumination

December 4, 2021

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 4, 2021

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.

Holiday Regatta of Lights

December 11, 2021

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.

regatta of lights st. augustine
Holiday Regatta of Lights

EMMA Concert Association Presents Holiday Pops Concert

December 15, 2021

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 $55.

St. Augustine Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

December 18 & 19, 2021

St. 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 2 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.

Noche de Navidad and Las Posadas

December 18 & 19, 2021

Celebrate Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem at Mission Nombre De Dios. Each evening from 5 to 10 p.m. there will be five tours for Las Posadas and two performances of the Living Nativity and Eucharistic Adoration. Eucharistic Adoration is not a performance, people will come and go during the time it is open. Admission is free.

Venardos circus in St. Augustine

Venardo's Circus at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

December 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022

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.

New Year's Eve Celebration Dancing through the Decades at Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach

December 31, 2021

Ring in 2022 in style with this Decades themed event. This event features a VIP Reception with private viewing of the "Light Up the Nights" Fireworks from the Oceanside Event Lawn, followed by an elaborate reception and dancing in our grand ballroom, as well as a classic NYE countdown at mid-night. From 7:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. in the Anastasia Ballroom at the Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Resort, 300 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine.

Verdi's La Traviata presented by First Coast Opera

December 31, 2021

What better way to ring in the new year than with this classic Verdi masterpiece, fully staged with orchestra? First Coast Opera presents one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Shows are Friday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 2 at 2 p.m.

Light Up the Night! Fireworks and Beach Blvd. Block Party

December 31, 2021

Enjoy the fireworks from multiple locations at this year's Fireworks & Beach Blvd. Block Party! This community-based celebration, offers a true taste of St. Augustine Beach. Stay the weekend or enjoy a night out with the family or friends. The block party takes place at businesses along A1A Beach Blvd. The block party is happening all day with businesses along the Blvd offering discounts, live music and other specials, fireworks start at 8:30 p.m.

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.