Holiday Happenings at St. Augustine Beach--and Beyond

Head for St. Augustine Beach for some pre-holiday cheer.

October 6, 2022

There’s lots going on in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights, of course. But did you know there are even more celebrations taking place along A1A and the beach area? From November 23 through January 14, 2022, visitors will enjoy colorful light displays all along A1A Beach Boulevard and throughout Pier Park. Here are a few of the best places and events to catch the holiday spirit in full swing.

Lighthouse Illuminations -- November 23 – January 14

You won’t want to miss this first annual Lighthouse Illuminations event at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Visit the museum during this winter season of Tides, Tidings and Trees. Then, as the sun goes down, purchase after-hour tickets for a truly magical experience. Imagine twenty-one uniquely decorated trees, each with a distinct theme, at this special after-hours event. Themes include Shells from the Sea, Keepsake Ornaments and Old Florida, among others. Explore the Keepers’ house and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands and enjoy a sensational view of the lighthouse’s night mark. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and seniors, $19.95 for children.

Light Up The Beach -- November 26 - January 1
Enjoy colorful light displays along A1A Beach Boulevard and St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park as St. Augustine Beach LIGHTS UP THE BEACH this 2022 holiday season. The event takes place each evening through January 1, 2023.

Art Walk Dine & Shop -- November 26, 2022
Take a stroll down A1A Beach Boulevard and visit with local artisans scattered in various locations along the boulevard. Shop for art, photography, prints, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and stained glass. Offerings include many holiday themed pieces as well as affordable gift items. All handmade, all local.

Surf Illumination -- December 3, 2022
This annual event at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park is a family favorite. Featuring the lighting of the St. Augustine Beach Christmas tree, Surf Illumination will also have Santa Claus and a balloon twister for children of all ages to enjoy! Several vendors will have arts & crafts including holiday themed gifts. From 4-7 p.m. For information, contact 904-347-8007.

Luminary Night -- December 7, 2022
Witness more than 2,000 luminaries displayed throughout the grounds and on the streets surrounding the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Lights and holiday décor adorn the 1876 Keepers’ House and other historic buildings on the property. For a special treat, guests can climb the tower for sparkling views of Nights of Lights from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Join us for an evening community celebration for all ages.

Holiday Night Market -- December 10, 2022
Bring the whole family to the third annual Holiday Night Market at the St. Augustine Pier. Stroll through the market where you will find local vendors with items for everyone on your holiday gift list. The market will offer gift wrapping for your one-of-a-kind purchases. Capture the family fun in our photo booth, discover delicious treats to take home, all while enjoying the vibrant light displays at Pier Park. From 3–7 p.m.

Light Up the NIGHT! New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show -- December 31, 2022

Bring the family out for a spectacular 20 minute fireworks display beginning at 8:30 p.m. This is a community-based celebration, offering a true taste of St. Augustine Beach. Whether the plan is a weekend stay at one of our local hotels or are a local resident looking for a wonderful night out with family or friends – there is something for everyone. Shuttle service will be available from Anastasia Baptist Church to the three viewing locations on the beach, A Street, 10th Street and the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park. Parking will be available at City Hall, Ron Parker Park, Anastasia Square parking lot on the side close to Pope Road, and at the YMCA after 1 p.m.