Did you know that St. Augustine, Florida, is renowned for its holiday lights display? In fact, several years ago St. Augustine was named one of the Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights by National Geographic! St. Augustine’s impressive Nights of Lights was listed alongside international datelines including Copenhagen, Vienna, Brussels and Tokyo. During the Nights of Lights, St. Augustine’s scenic 144-square-block historic district will bask in the warm glow of over two million crystal-white bulbs over the holiday season, from November 21, 2015 until January 31, 2016.
About Nights of Lights
The Nights of Lights is a huge St. Augustine attraction. Each year, from late November through January, over two million white lights illuminate the city. Based upon the 445-year-old Spanish custom of displaying lighted white candles during the Christmas holidays, this year marks the 21st anniversary for St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration.
Once the millions of soft white lights have enlivened the city, take part in one of the nighttime tours of the ancient buildings and inns around the city. The Nights of Lights tour guides are dressed in period clothing, which will send you further back through history as you weave through the city’s narrow streets.
There are train and trolley tours if you’re not up for the walking. Hitch a ride with Holly Jolly Trolleys to catch the season’s lights. The trolley tour is a tradition for thousands of people, as caroling, hot cider and homemade cookies are all part of the deal.
Other St. Augustine events happening during the Nights of Lights include holiday concerts and a parade. There are art walks, which feature over 30 galleries, and special Saturday night antique shopping events.
St. Augustine: a Great Year-Round Vacation Destination
If you’ve never been to St. Augustine, wintertime is actually a great time to visit. Located on the northeastern Florida coast, temperatures are comfortable and cool, the skies are usually clear and sunny, and the seas are calm and clean. If it’s too cool for the beach, spend some time on the links at one of the many area golf courses, go for a relaxing stroll along the water’s edge, or explore the historic district, home to the Castillo de San Marcos which was built in 1607. The Nights of Lights Celebration also offers evening events and attractions throughout the holiday season that are sure to get every member of your family into the holiday spirit!