Experience St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights This Holiday Season By Land or Sea

If holiday light displays are one of your favorite parts of the holiday season, don't miss the annual Nights of Lights in St. Augustine. Here are some ways to enjoy it, including by trolley or boat.

It may not snow in St. Augustine, but the Nation's Oldest City is a winter wonderland during the holiday season. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights sparkles from the sidewalks to the rooftops with more than 3 million white lights from November 17, 2018, through February 3, 2019. This city-wide light display has been listed among the top 10 holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic – and for good reason. Draping the city’s Spanish Colonial architecture, beautiful bed & breakfasts and places on the National Historic Register with a warm white glow makes the Christmas season’s Nights of Lights shine by any standard.

Visiting St. Augustine during Nights of Lights has become a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike. Tens of thousands of people take in the city-wide light display each year. 

There are plenty of ways to see and enjoy Nights of Lights this Christmas season, by land or by sea.

Trolley & Carriage Tours

Ripley’s Red Trains offers nightly tours through January 6, with joviality and glasses that make the lights shine a little brighter. Tours are $10.99 for adults and $5.99 for children. On Friday and Saturday nights, Ripley’s provides additional old-fashioned Christmas magic with a giant marshmallow-roasting pit and more. Tickets are $14.99 for adults and $7 for kids. Board the Red Train Nights of Lights Tour at Ripley’s Museum, 19 San Marco Ave.

The Old Town Trolley Famous Nights of Lights Tour is a 30-minute tour which runs nightly from 6-9 p.m. and departs from the Visitor Information Center. Guests will receive complimentary hot apple cider, homemade cookies and magical viewing glasses handcrafted by Santa’s elves exclusively for our guests. Tickets are $13.99 for adults and $5.99 for youth ages 3-12. New this year, ask about the Old Town Trolley Fast Track Pass.

St. Augustine Gold Tours provides an option for small groups to take a private Nights of Lights tour aboard a quiet electric vehicle. The tours are narrated by a licensed city guide and are personal in nature, with a maximum of six adults and one child per tour. The cost for a private group tour is $100.

Grab your friends and enjoy a Nights of Lights Wine & Carriage Tour. Enjoy a glass of wine on this group tour aboard a horse-drawn carriage as you meander the brick-lined streets. The Tasting Tours' nightly excursions are $49 per person and come with a souvenir wine glass.

Boat Tours

Step aboard the White Pelican with Red Boat Water Tours and see the lights like you’ve never seen them before. Tickets are $48 per passenger, and tours depart nightly from the Vilano Beach Pier located at 280 Vilano Rd. Reservations are required.

Take in the view of Nights of Lights from the sea aboard the Schooner Freedom on the ship’s Moonlight Sail. On Fridays and Saturdays, set sail on this hour-plus tour with complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate for $40 per person.

Enjoy the best seat in town aboard the Osprey with Florida Water Tours. Offering world-class yacht charter services for the annual Nights of Lights festival nightly, departing from Camachee Cove at 282 Yacht Club Dr.

Join St. Augustine Eco Tours for a harbor tour of the Nights of Lights. Board the stable and comfortable six- or 12-passenger boats for the peaceful trip to experience the illuminated city. Tickets are $35 per passenger and depart nightly by appointment from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez.