Nights of Lights in St. Augustine | The Ultimate Guide

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Your Guide to Nights of Lights in St. Augustine

So you want to visit St. Augustine and heard to go during Nights of Lights. First off, what is Nights of Lights and should you go? We’ll answer all of the main questions below. 

What is Nights of Lights?

According to National Geographic it’s one of the “Top 10 Holiday Light Displays in the World”. There’s not a specific event that happens or defines Nights of Lights…..it’s just a very pretty sight to see the city lit up as businesses and parks all string up white lights which makes a very pretty scene.

When is Nights of Lights?

Nights of Lights in St. Augustine happens every year in the fall from mid-November until January 31st. There’s not a specific event that happens…..it’s just a very pretty sight to see the city lit up as businesses and parks all string up white lights which makes a very pretty scene.

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Best Places to See Nights of Lights?

Below we’ll highlight a few places that you should checkout to get the perfect social media or Instagram post.

Plaza de la Constitucion:

This is ground zero or the epi-center of Nights of Lights. This square is ornately decorated with lights strung all over from tree-to-tree and the gazebo will have bands playing on opening night and select weekends throughout the Nights of Lights period.

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Lightner Museum + City Hall

There are opening night performances. The building is beautifully light up. An orchestra band takes the stage at with swing and big band sounds at the historic Plaza de la Constitucion Gazebo. 

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St. George Street

This is the main (walking only) street in St. Augustine where the majority of the Vendors, shops, restaurants and bars are located. Be sure to stroll down this street and enjoy the sites.

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Tour Pass Logo Want to Really Experience St. Augustine? Buy a TourPass!

Want to save money and visit all that St. Augustine has to offer? If so, then we recommend purchasing TourPass St. Augustine. You can purchase a 1-day pass which will more than pay for itself by visiting only 3 attractions. 

Best Way to View Lights & Experience Nights of Lights?

Below we’ll highlight a few places that you should checkout to get the perfect social media or Instagram post.

Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

Tours depart nightly from the Visitor Center. Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes and reservations are required.
(Tour Pass St. Augustine includes daytime tour admission, however it does not include Nights of Lights tour admission.)

 

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See the Lights from the Water on a Boat Cruise

Experience the Nights of Lights from the water is special! Tour Pass deals with two boat tour companies that do offer Nights of Lights on Tour Pass.

 

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Where to Park & Transportation 

Parking is hard to come by during Nights of Lights since it’s very busy. To avoid the peak crowds, try to visit mid-week. The parking garage at the Visitor’s Center is the best option.

Park & Ride Shuttle: You can park outside of the busy areas downtown and ride the shuttle bus in for free. Shuttles are offered on opening nights, Thanksgiving Weekend, on Saturdays in December (except Christmas Day) and the week between Christmas and New Years. For more info on the shuttle visit this page

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