Nights of Lights in St Augustine, FL

Information and a schedule of events for the 21st Annual Nights of Lights Celebration in Saint Augustine, FL  2016-2017

Some of the Locals’ Guides favorite things to do in town are on the events schedule. The Christmas Tour of Homes is a must but sells out early. We love  Gold Tours electric bus tours, St. Augustine Biplane Rides, The British Night Watch and the Tasting Tours. Want to know one of  best ways to see the town all lit up?  Get your tickets early and take the Ripley’s Red Train Nights of Lights Tour.  Don’t miss the Lighting ceremony on  November 19th, the Holiday Regatta on December 10th or Beach Blast Off on New Years Eve!

There is plenty to do and see in this enchanting city by the sea so check out the calendar and plan your holiday cheer here!!!

The City of St. Augustine is offering a free Park & Ride Shuttle on the first night of Nights of Lights  on November 19.

This free Park & Ride Shuttle will run November 25th and 26th, and every Saturday night in December.

Parking for St. Augustine Nights of Lights

The shuttle will bring passengers to the Visitor Information Center and will operate from 1pm – 11pm with pick-ups approximately every 20 minutes.

Pick up locations:

•    St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View

•    St. Johns County Health Department, 200 San Sebastian View

•    North San Marco Lot, 301 San Marco Avenue

Here is a map of the Nights of Lights Park & Ride Shuttle pick up locations. For questions regarding the Park & Ride Shuttle, please call 904-209-4211.

Need more parking info? Click this link.

November 18th

Surf Illumination at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park

This colorful and exciting event complements the seasonal lighting of A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach.  The event, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the pier, includes the ceremonial lighting of the Holiday Tree by the mayor, food and beverages offered by local restaurants and many local arts and crafts vendors providing convenient shopping for the holiday season.  Santa, musical performers, face painting, bounce house and traditional carolers make it fun for all!

350 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org

 

November 19th – January 31st

Nights of Lights

St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops.  Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city.  Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 450-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.

Ripley’s Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours –  Get your tickets early!

Take an enchanting trip through St. Augustine’s spectacular Nights

of Lights aboard one of Ripley’s famously festive red trains — holiday

carols and free magic viewing glasses included! Plus, as a special

Friday and Saturday night treat through December 24th, Ripley’s

offers free holiday movies, a chocolate fountain, gifts from Santa,

balloons and snow. For the first time, Ripley’s also offers a VIP Tour

that avoids waiting in line. The Red Train tours depart from Ripley’s

Believe It or Not! from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 6 – 10

p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through January 5th.

Purchase tickets here. They sell out early.

November 19th

“Holly Jolly Shopping Spree”

Now that summer is over and cooler winds prevail, our eyes turn to our football, décor, and favorite recipes. At season’s end comes Thanksgiving, then colder weather and the enchanting noels of Christmas. The months come upon us so quickly. For those savvy planners who want a head start on holiday shopping – a chance to find thoughtful gifts and seasonal clothing – Colonial St. Augustine Foundation has organized a unique event just for you.

The 7th annual Holly Jolly Shopping Spree will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00a.m.- 3:00p.m. Gifts, holiday decorations, and other special treasures will be there for the picking. It’s also an opportunity to support local Uptown businesses who so generously support our community.  you’ll catch a sightseeing trolley (Old Town Trolley Tours) for a journey designed specially for you—a whirlwind shop-a-thon that meanders from along San Marco Avenue, with lots of stops along the way. Oh, and there’s a scheduled layover at Raintree Restaurant. That’s where you’ll be served a tasty lunch. You will have a chance to win raffle prizes (sponsored by Spanish Dutch Convoy, Leather Goods & Bags) and bid on fab silent auction items.

The ticket price is only $47. The cost includes the trolley ride, lunch, shopping bag (sponsored by Spanish Dutch Convoy) samples, silent auction, and special offers from our community retailers. http://www.colonialstaugustine.org

November 19th –  January 31st

Nights of Lights

November 19th – January 3rd

Oldest Wooden School House:

A Traditional Menorcan Christmas

Celebrate a Traditional Menorcan Christmas at The Oldest Wooden

British Night Watch

British Night Watch

School House. Located in what was known as the Menorcan

Quarter of historic St. Augustine, the School House dates back

to the 1700s. Stop in to see the beautiful museum and garden

lit by the soft glow of the Nights of Lights as well as a traditional

Christmas tree and decor. Winter hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

– Thursday & 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as the

week of December 23 – January 3. Admission is $4.95 for adults;

$3.95 for children ages 6 -12, under 6 free. 14 St. George St.,

St. Augustine. 904-824-0192 www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com

Holiday Regatta of Lights

Holiday Regatta of Lights

November 20th – January 5th

Ripley’s Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours Get your tickets early!

Take an enchanting trip through St. Augustine’s spectacular Nights

of Lights aboard one of Ripley’s famously festive red trains — holiday

carols and free magic viewing glasses included! Plus, as a special

Friday and Saturday night treat through December 24th, Ripley’s

offers free holiday movies, a chocolate fountain, gifts from Santa,

balloons and snow. For the first time, Ripley’s also offers a VIP Tour

that avoids waiting in line. The Red Train tours depart from Ripley’s

Believe It or Not! from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 6 – 10

p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through January 5th.

For tickets and prices and purchase, click here

 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.

November 22 – January 25

Gold Tour’s Private Nights of Lights Tours –

This is the Locals’ Guides favorite tour of the town.

See the world renowned St Augustine lights on a tour aboard a

quiet electric vehicle. Travel the narrowest and quaintest streets

of the ancient city to see all the lights and historic buildings up

close. These narrated tours last 45 minutes and accommodate a

maximum of 6 adults and one child. Reservations are required.

Individual reservations are available nightly for our 8:30 p.m. tour.

Group tours available nightly only by prior reservation at 6 and 7:15

p.m. $15 per person or $80 for the whole bus. All tours leave from

the Love Tree, 6 Cordova St., St. Augustine. 904-325-0547

www.staugustinegoldtours.com

November 23 – January 25

Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tour

Enjoy the sparkling Nights of Lights and a bottle of boutique

wine aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage. This group

tour (8 persons maximum) meanders through the historic streets

of St. Augustine for an unforgettable 45 minutes. Includes souvenir

wine glass. Presented by The Tasting Tours, the carriage departs

nightly at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. $49 per person. 59 Cuna St.,

St. Augustine. 904-325-3911 www.thetastingtours.com

November 23 – January 25

Nights of Lights Lovers’ Carriage Tour

Take a romantic, private tour for two through St. Augustine’s

magnificent Nights of Lights. This 45-minute tour aboard an oldfashioned,

horse-drawn carriage includes a bottle of wine (red or

white), and two souvenir wine glasses. The cost is $145 per couple.

Presented by The Tasting Tours, this private carriage departs nightly

at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. 59 Cuna St., St. Augustine. 904-325-3911

www.thetastingtours.com

November 23 – January 25

Nights of Lights Biplane Tour

Return to the Golden Age of Aviation on this magical sunset

biplane flight that features an aerial view of St. Augustine’s

unforgettable Nights of Lights! Heated open cockpit holds two

passengers for a view of the Oldest City glowing in its holiday

finery. $112 per person; $198 solo. 4796 U.S. Highway N.,

St. Augustine. 904-625-1450 www.staugustinebiplanerides.com

November 24 – January 31

Nights of Lights Sunset Sail on Board the Schooner Freedom

See the beautiful Nights of Lights from aboard the Schooner

Freedom. Daily sunset two-hour cruise on Matanzas Bay departs

from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 and

include complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate.

111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-810-1010

www.schoonerfreedom.com

November 26th – January 3rd

6th Annual Candlelight Tour of Villa Zorayda

Reservations are required as space is limited. Please phone 904-829-9887.
2016/2017 Candlelight Tour Dates:

Experience a holiday Candlelight Tour of St. Augustine’s beautiful

Villa Zorayda Museum. A spectacular Christmas tree and over

100 candles are aglow throughout the museum. Refreshments

are served at 6 p.m. and the tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission of

$18 for adults; Children 7 – 12 are $8. Children 4 – 6 are free. The

candlelight tours are not recommended for children 3 and under.

83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com

November 28th – January 31 (Saturdays Only)

Nights of Lights & Holiday Traditions Plaza Stroll

Tour Saint Augustine hosts a free Nights of Lights & Holiday

Traditions walking tour to take in the amazing views while learning

the historical significance of these ‘white lights’ and exploring

how this colonial-era tradition has become a famous modern day

spectacle. Tours depart at 7 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine

office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087

www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

DECEMBER

December 1 – 31

Nights of Lights

During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic –

from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic

in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays

in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of

tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s

oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying

a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays,

the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 449-year history and

illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.

www.NightsOfLights.com

December 1 – January 3

Oldest Wooden School House: A Traditional Menorcan Christmas

Celebrate a Traditional Menorcan Christmas at The Oldest Wooden

School House. Located in what was known as the Menorcan Quarter

of historic St. Augustine, the School House dates back to the 1700s.

Stop in to see the beautiful museum and garden lit by the soft glow

of the Nights of Lights as well as a traditional Christmas tree and

decor. Winter hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday – Thursday & 9 a.m.

– 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as the week of December

23 – January 3. Admission is $4.95 for adults; $3.95 for children ages

6 -12, under 6 free. 14 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-824-0192

www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com

Gold Tour’s Private Nights of Lights Tours

See the world renowned St Augustine lights on a tour aboard a quiet

electric vehicle. Travel the narrowest and quaintest streets of the

ancient city to see all the lights and historic buildings up close. These

narrated tours last 45 minutes and accommodate a maximum of 6

adults and one child. Reservations are required. Individual reservations

are available nightly for our 8:30 p.m. tour. Group tours available nightly

only by prior reservation at 6 and 7:15 p.m. $15 per person or $80 for

the whole bus. All tours leave from the Love Tree, 6 Cordova St.,

St. Augustine. 904-325-0547 www.staugustinegoldtours.com

 

December 1- January 25

Nights of Lights Biplane Tour

Return to the Golden Age of Aviation on this magical sunset

biplane flight that features an aerial view of St. Augustine’s

unforgettable Nights of Lights! Heated open cockpit holds two

passengers for a view of the Oldest City glowing in its holiday

finery. $112 per person; $198 solo. 4796 U.S. Highway N.,

St. Augustine. 904-625-1450 www.staugustinebiplanerides.com

December 1 – January 31

Nights of Lights Sunset Sail

See the Nights of Lights from aboard the Schooner Freedom’s

daily sunset cruise on Matanzas Bay. The two-hour cruise departs

from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 and

include complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate.

111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-810-1010

www.schoonerfreedom.com

December 1 – January 4

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach

The fourth annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features

palm trees decorated in holiday finery — A Celebration of Coastal

Living. The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists,

businesses, clubs, schools, and organizations. Vilano Beach Main St.,

St. Augustine. 904-910-8386 www.VilanoBeachFL.com

December 7th

Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

7:00p.m.

The highlight of the holiday season at the lighthouse is Luminary

Night. Visitors are invited to enter the lighthouse grounds for a free

evening of children’s holiday crafts, warm refreshments, live music

performances (including a string quartet inside the lighthouse

tower), visit with Santa, and an up-close look at the museum’s

Christmas decor. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745

www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

December 2nd – 3rd

41st Annual British Night Watch and Grande Illumination

Re-live the British Period (1763-1784) in St. Augustine in this

colorful and exciting re-enactment featuring hundreds of British

troops, their Native American allies and civilians. On Friday from

noon to 5 p.m., visit the British Night Watch Encampment at Francis

Field located behind the city’s parking garage. Visit with soldiers,

stroll the Colonial Market, meet the Native Allies who guided the

British troops. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the encampment re-opens

with a full day of entertainment by 18th century musicians and

performers. At 2 p.m. is the Trooping of the Colors followed by

drilling by British Redcoats, cannon firings and music by the Fife

and Drum Corps. At 7:30 p.m., the public gathers in the Plaza

and at 8 p.m. the Grande Illumination Parade begins through the

historic streets. Bystanders are encouraged to join the parade

(candles provided for a small donation) that ends with a musketry

volley of joy and best holiday wishes for King George! 48 King St.,

St. Augustine. 904-829-5318 www.britishnightwatch.org

December 3rd

62nd Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade

St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in

North Florida and includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses

and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts promptly at 10 a.m.

by the Mission of Nombre De Dios, continues through the

downtown streets of historic St. Augustine and ends behind the

Visitors Center on Castillo Drive. 904-824-4997

6th Annual Candlelight Tour of Villa Zorayda

Experience a holiday Candlelight Tour of St. Augustine’s beautiful

Villa Zorayda Museum. A spectacular Christmas tree and over 100

candles are aglow throughout the museum. Refreshments are

served at 5:30 p.m. and the tour starts at 6 p.m. Admission of $18 for

adults; Children 7 – 12 are $8. Children 4 – 6 are free. The candlelight

tours are not recommended for children 3 and under. 83 King St.,

St. Augustine. 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com

Reservations are required as space is limited. Please phone 904-829-9887.
2016/2017 Candlelight Tour Dates:

December 5 – January 31 (Saturdays Only)

Nights of Lights & Holiday Traditions Plaza Stroll

Tour Saint Augustine hosts a free Nights of Lights & Holiday

Traditions walking tour to take in the amazing views while learning

the historical significance of these ‘white lights’ and exploring

how this colonial-era tradition has become a famous modern day

spectacle not to be missed. Tours depart at 7 p.m. from the Tour

Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087

www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

December 4th

48th Annual Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes –

This annual tour showcases holiday decorations at a selection of

St. Augustine’s most outstanding private homes.  Enjoy a taste of nostalgia in the

colorful and natural floral decorations and arrangements designed

and hand crafted by members of The Garden Club of St. Augustine.

A delightful tea is included in the ticket price. The tour takes place

from noon – 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in

advance because of limited availability; $30 the day of the tour. 904-

797-0660 http://gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html

December 10th

Regatta of Lights

Annual holiday parade of motorized vessels – sailboats, trawlers,

shrimp boats and many other vessels all-a-glitter with brilliant lighted

displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical. Awards will be made

for the best theme, most colorful, best in class and best overall.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the boats will light up St. Augustine’s Matanzas

Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos.

The Regatta of Lights is hosted by the St. Augustine Yacht Club.

904-824-9725 www.staugustineyachtclub.com

December 10th – 11th

23rd Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour

A two-day tour from 1- 5 p.m. each day

featuring inns throughout historic St. Augustine. Each day, 12 inns

open their doors to display entertaining decorations and scenes based

on Christmas carols, holiday pop tunes and other music of the season.

Each inn is paired with a distinguished St. Augustine restaurant or

other culinary partner offering savory nibbles, sweet treats and other

refreshments. A special tour shuttle also will offer transportation along

the route. Tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance on the

website (partial proceeds benefit a local charity).

www.staugustinebandbtour.com

December 31st

Beach Blast-Off 2016 – 2017

Kick off 2017 in seaside style at this special St. Augustine Beach

event! Voted the Best Family New Year’s Event in Florida, Beach

Blast Off features The Comfort Zone offering 30 food vendors and a beer, champagne and wine tent. Local bands provide the music and a 65-inch TV keeps everyone up-to-the-minute with the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square and around the world. This year’s event features a rock wall, and a mechanical bull, and other rides. The Kids’ Zone area includes several inflatables and activities such as face painting and balloon twisting.

The event is 4-10 p.m. at  8:30 p.m., a huge fireworks show ushers in the New Year! Admission is free.

350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

December 31

Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala

Ring in the New Year and celebrate 126 years of the Hotel Ponce

de Leon with an evening of historic elegance – dining and

dancing the night away. Flagler College’s New Year’s Eve Gala

takes place in the Ponce de Leon Dining Hall from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Black tie attire. The evening will include cocktail hour, dinner and

dessert buffets, open bar, dancing, and a champagne toast at

midnight. Tickets are $250.00 per person and benefit the Flagler

College Scholarship Fund. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-6481