ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — One of Florida’s most popular holiday events, Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, will begin sparkling a little early this year. Without the usual fanfare and lighting ceremony, the lights will come on at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 14, adding a brilliant glow to the ancient city’s beautiful skyline.
These white lights drape the city’s unique Spanish Colonial architecture and glow from the sidewalks to the rooftops, over the Bridge of Lions, along historic buildings, public spaces, hotels, restaurants, and inns throughout the Nation’s Oldest City.
The millions of tiny white lights can be experienced on guided tours, trolley and sightseeing tram, carriage rides and even by water. Take advantage of the many special offers and deals like discounted mid-week rates and added values packages at St. Augustine popular B&B inns and hotels.
And there are multiple events, virtual and in-person, for all to enjoy during this magical time of year.
Here are the Top 8 Ways to Enjoy Nights of Lights this year:
Tour the Lights by Trolley - Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights Tour, departs nightly beginning at 6 p.m. from the Visitor Information Center.
See the Sparkle from the Water - Nights of Lights shines from the water, too. St. Augustine Eco Tours provides harbor tour of the Nights of Lights, Schooner Freedom offers a Sunset Sail, the Black Raven offers light show views plus an entertaining pirate show, while Old Town Cycle Cruise, Florida Water Tours, St. Augustine Scenic Cruise, St. Augustine Boat Tours, Pia & Me Charters, and Red Boat Water Tours each offer special Nights of Lights boat cruises.
See the Lights from Above - For a completely different perspective, climb 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. Or, enjoy a bird’s eye view of St. Augustine during Nights of Lights aboard Old City Helicopters.
Enjoy A Wine & Carriage Tour- Enjoy a fun evening with The Tasting Tours. Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the sparkling scenery as well as a bottle of delicious boutique wine to share. They also offer fun ‘family oriented’ Roadster Rides with the Grinch!
Go On a Guided Tour - On most Fridays and Saturdays in December and January, Ancient City Tours guides lead a 90-minute walking tour amid the backdrop of the glow of the city’s white lights.
Take A Tour by Luxury Golf Cart - St. Augustine Land & Sea Tours offers a Nights of Lights tour in the comfort of a luxury 8-seat golf cart, attended by a knowledgeable guide.
Cuddle Up for a Romantic Ride - Enjoy a romantic horse and carriage tour. Tours depart from the Bayfront near the Castillo de San Marcos daily. Reserve your carriage with Southern Carriages or with Country Carriages.