Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the New Year on Florida’s Historic Coast
From the renowned Nights of Lights to fireworks at the beach, here are the top ways to ring in 2020 in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.
1. Nights of Lights
Add a whole lot of sparkle to your New Year’s celebration. During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights features tiny white lights blanketing more than 20 blocks throughout the city that create an enchanted atmosphere in the Nation’s Oldest City. Wander the charming historic district and take in the glitter of the city as you celebrate the New Year.
2. Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Make it romantic with a cozy horse and carriage ride through St. Augustine’s historic district. Ride along brick-lined streets, past breathtaking architecture, all under the glow of 3 million white lights during the city’s Nights of Lights holiday celebration. Then hop off for a gourmet meal at one of many restaurants that are favorites among the locals.
3. Fireworks Display at Beach Blast Off!
Have a blast on the shore at Beach Blast Off! This annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and entertainment at the St. Augustine Beach Pier will ring in 2020. The event features a kids’ zone, face painting, rides, photo booth, rock climbing wall, food vendors, and live entertainment. The event is from 4-10 p.m., with the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
4. Celebrate by Sea
St. Augustine Eco Tours harbor tour of the Nights of Lights provides a peaceful way to experience the illuminated city aboard 6 or 12-passenger boats. Or take in the light displays from aboard the Schooner Freedom on the ship’s Sunset Sail. Florida Water Tours also offers Nights of Lights boat cruises three times a night. You can also hop aboard the Black Raven and enjoy the view of Nights of Lights along with a humorous pirate show!
5. See Live Music
Here is a list of local restaurants and attractions that are open on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. In most cases reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead to make sure your group can be accommodated.