Carriage ride during Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida

Take a carriage ride through the historic streets of St. Augustine.

The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights

The Lightner Museum sparkles during Nights of Lights.

Tini Martini Bar at the Casablanca Inn during Nights of Lights

The Tini Martini Bar at the Casablanca Inn, all lit up during Nights of Lights.

Fireworks over St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Bring in the New Year at Beach Blast Off!

Concert at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Be immersed in the music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Carriage ride during Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida
The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights
Tini Martini Bar at the Casablanca Inn during Nights of Lights
Fireworks over St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Concert at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

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 5 ways to ring in 2019 in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.

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.

Horse & 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.

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 2019. The event features a kids’ zone, face painting, rides, photo booth, rock climbing wall, food vendors and live entertainment. The event is from 6-10 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 904-669-5670. 

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 www.StAugustineEcotours.com. Take in the view of Nights of Lights from the sea aboard the Schooner Freedom on the ship’s Sunset Sail www.SchoonerFreedom.com. Florida Water Tours offers Nights of Lights boat cruises three times a night www.FlWaterTours.com. Take a ride with the pirates aboard the Black Raven and enjoy the view of Nights of Lights along with a humorous pirate show www.BlackRavenAdventures.com.

National Performing Artists

Dance your way into the new year with a musical performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. On Friday, December 29, Donna the Buffalo plays at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The band’s folk roots have evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. Then spend the first day of 2018 with Henry Rollins at the concert hall. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs.