A tradition for 27 years, the Nights of Lights will set St. Augustine aglow on November 14th until January 21, 2021. This magical, visual feast featuring millions of tiny white lights canvasing the Spanish Colonial architecture spanning approximately 20 blocks draws visitors from far and wide. National Geographic calls it one of the top ten light displays in the world.
There are plenty of places to experience this lit celebration. For one, the Lightner Museum will host the St. Augustine Orchestra (SAO) at its venue, where the orchestra will offer festive cheer on Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th from 6:30-8:30PM. They will be performing throughout the museum: in the grand lobby, in the music room, and in the historic casino of the former Alcazar Hotel. While enjoying the music, you can also shop for unique holiday gifts, tour the museum, and enjoy drinks on the museum’s garden terrace.
Other suggestions to view the lights would be to hop on the Old Town Trolley or Santa’s Red Express Tours, where you can sing carols while gliding through all of downtown St. Augustine. You can do the same on the water as well, with St. Augustine’s Eco Tours and Old Town Cycle Cruise. You can simply walk, enjoying a guided tour by Ancient City Tours. You can hoof it with the various carriage ride options, such as Southern Carriages, or even The Tasting Tours where you lead your horse to the beverage of your choice – and you can drink it. Or you can get high up in St. Augustine Lighthouse – or even higher with First City Helicopters.
With plenty to experience, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights is sure to brighten your entire holiday season.