How to light up your social media during the Nights of Lights
St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights event begins November 23 and runs through January 31. With the whole city covered in millions of lights, visitors will have countless spots to choose from when looking to catch the best views. Here are a few places around town to consider for creating the perfect social media moment.
Classic Plaza de la Constitución
The plaza is a must-see location for the Nights of Lights. At the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, the Plaza de la Constitución features a multitude of lights in the boughs of trees and adorning the magnificent Christmas tree and gazebo at its center. Whether you visit the plaza for Light-Up! Night on November 23 or for a casual evening visit, you’re sure to find a glowing winter wonderland with all the right lighting for pictures.
Lion’s Eye View
Streams of light stretch for over 1,500 feet along St. Augustine’s famous Bridge of Lions. Drive through the glow on your way to and from Anastasia Island or enjoy it from a distance. Either way, there’s always a beautiful angle no matter which way you look.
Photos on the Move
St. Augustine offers several tour options to ensure you see the Nights of Lights from every direction. Roll through the city on one of the Tasting Tours Lights, Carriage and Cheer Tours. You can board the Old Town Trolley or Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train for special Nights of Lights tours around the city. A luxury golf cart tour through St. Augustine’s City Tours will take your small group through the brilliant streets. Tour guides with Tour Saint Augustine can also lead you through the city’s illuminated history on foot. Each tour offers a unique view of the city, complete with suggestions of where to point your camera for the best memories.
In a city renowned for the beautiful buildings of past eras, Nights of Lights brings history to light. The Lightner Museum shines with each glowing window and sparkling bush of its sprawling courtyard. Next door, the Villa Zorayda offers Candlelight Tours of the museum all season. Across the street, Flagler College boasts bright towers and glittering arches. Both locations offer plenty of photo ops to bring a little history to your social media feed. On December 14, the Castillo de San Marcos, one of the most famous of St. Augustine’s sites, will offer a tour of the fort lit by lanterns, featuring cannon firings to spark up the night.
During Nights of Lights, parades come in all forms. On December 7, the historic downtown will be brightened with floats, marching bands, and over 2,000 participants for the annual Christmas Parade. Later that evening, the Palm Valley Boat Parade in Ponte Vedra Beach will feature a display of lighted boats along the water. The annual Regatta of Lights will showcase decorated sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats, and more on December 14. Each event is sure to present countless sparkling spectacles you won’t want to miss.
Along the Water
If you want to double the amount of lights you see around the city, consider venturing out on the water with St. Augustine Eco Tours, Scenic Cruise’s Victory III, or Florida Water Tours or walk among the illuminated palm trees along the bayfront. The reflection of all the lights on the water creates a view you’ll want to remember forever.
Lights at the Lighthouse
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum provides the perfect opportunity to view the festivities. On Luminary Night, a free event on December 4, the grounds will be covered in lanterns lighting the paths, illuminating several musical performances throughout the night. Lights decorate the trees and buildings of the Museum grounds, while the Lighthouse itself shines across the water at the brilliant historic district
Shine and Shop
When taking in the shining outdoor wonders, don’t forget to purchase a souvenir to remember the occasion. St. Augustine’s shops along St. George Street, Aviles Street, and uptown San Marco Avenue are independently owned, making each gift unique.
Wherever you end up during the Nights of Lights, remember to share your favorite moments with the world by tagging us: #NightsofLights #FloridasHistoricCoast