During the holiday season, the historic city of St. Augustine comes alive with holiday cheer and a dazzling display of mesmerizing Christmas lights. This event, known as the St. Augustine Nights of Lights, has become one of the city’s most highly-anticipated winter events and a holiday celebration the whole family can enjoy together. If you’re planning a visit to St. Augustine this Christmas, here’s why you won’t want to miss this fun-filled event.
The St. Augustine Nights of Lights is just one of the many wonderful things to do in America’s oldest city this holiday season. When you request your free copy of our handy Vacation Guide, you’ll instantly receive a downloadable list of our area’s top activities, attractions, events, dining, shopping, and more. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan the ultimate winter getaway with us.
More About the St. Augustine Nights of Lights
The St. Augustine Nights of Lights is an award-winning Christmas light display that brings the historic city to life! Starting mid-November, over three million Christmas bulbs are strung throughout the city of St. Augustine to create a wonderland of dazzling lights. From the brightly lit Christmas tree in the center of town to the sparkling bayfront area, you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities throughout the city and the chance to stroll through a Florida version of a winter wonderland. Plus, many downtown shops and restaurants will stay open later than usual so you can dine and shop into the night while admiring the spectacle of Christmas lights.
The St. Augustine Nights of Lights 2018 is scheduled to take place November 17th to January 31st, 2019, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the lights and embark on the wide variety of tours centered around the event.
The Best Ways to Enjoy the Event
1. St. Augustine Nights of Lights Carriage Tour
Provided by the Tasting Tours, carriage rides through the St. Augustine Nights of Lights is the perfect addition to any romantic itinerary. Group rides and private rides are available and include wine to sip on during your excursion. The best part? You’ll get to keep the wine glass at the end of your journey.
2. St. Augustine Nights of Lights Trolley
Each Christmas, the popular Old Town Trolley Tours hosts an adventure through the city and the sparkling lights. Guests will be given a special pair of glasses that make the lights appear even more dazzling during the journey. You’ll also be treated to a hot cup of cider as you get cozy and travel through the downtown area.
3. St. Augustine Nights of Lights Red Train
Jam to Christmas music as you and your friends ride through the St. Augustine Nights of Lights in style! Ripley’s Red Train transports visitors through the city to view the lights through a spiffy pair of glasses that brighten the display with fascinating shapes. They also provide roasted marshmallows and Christmas movies for you to enjoy after your ride!
4. Scenic Cruise Nights of Lights Tours
On Saturday nights, St. Augustine Scenic Cruise will be offering a memorable Nights of Lights boat tour aboard the Victory III. The narrated tour will transport you to some of St. Augustine’s most notable landmarks and provide spectacular views of the Christmas lights from the water.
5. Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse
This family-friendly event is a must for those who love history and the holiday season. In early December, you’ll be invited to gather on the grounds of the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse for a wide variety of activities, holiday crafts, yuletide refreshments, and live music. You’ll also get a close up look at the lighthouse’s Christmas decorations and lighting displays. However, the main event of the evening is climbing the tower to enjoy the view of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from one of the best viewing spots in the city.
Book Your Winter Getaway in Our Historic Inn
If you’re planning a visit to St. Augustine this holiday season, you’ll want a unique place to stay! We invite you to relax and unwind with us at the Victorian House. Nestled between two of the city’s most historic streets, our elegant bed & breakfast is the epitome of the romance of a bygone era. Guests of the Victorian House are treated like family and enjoy cozy guest rooms, a hot breakfast each morning, and highly-appointed amenities to make you feel at home.