A Winter Wonderland Without the Snow

When it comes to holiday celebrations, no place shines brighter than St. Augustine.

September 6, 2017
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With more than 3 million white lights decorating the city from the sidewalks to the rooftops Nights of Lights turns St. Augustine into a winter wonderland, just without the snow.

Nights of Lights begins November 18 and continues through January 31, 2018. The lighting of the city’s Christmas tree kicks off the festival in the Plaza de la Constitucion when Nights of Lights officially comes to life. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay and play a few days in the seasonal glow of this charming city.

Listed among the world’s greatest holiday displays according to National Geographic, historic buildings, museums, local businesses, the Bridge of Lions, the city’s bay front walkway, hotels, bed & breakfast inns and private residences all take part in the sparkly spirit of the season.

Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting display reflects the city’s 452 year history and illuminates the beautiful ancient city.

Many local attractions offer special Nights of Lights tours. See the remarkable display from the water aboard the Schooner Freedom. Grab your sweetie for a romantic carriage ride along the brick paved streets. Board the Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights Tour with your family for a rockin’ tour as you sing Christmas Carols along the way.

And there are plenty of unique special events to add to your holiday season.

The first weekend in December features the city’s traditional Christmas parade. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum’s Luminary Night the first Wednesday in December is a favorite among the locals.

Become a part of history in the Nation’s oldest city on December 1 by joining re-enactors in the torchlight parade during the Colonial Nightwatch.

St. Augustine is one of only a few Florida cities that have a holiday boat parade. The Holiday Regatta of Lights December 9 features sailboats, shrimp trawlers, schooners and private vessels large and small decorated with lights and other holiday décor floating past a sea of onlookers that line the bay front and bridge after dark.

Experience the joy of the season by candlelight with tours of the Villa Zorayda and the Castillo de San Marcos.

Make plans now to bring your family, friends and your sweetheart to Nights of Lights and make the celebration a part of your holiday traditions.

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