Over three million lights throughout the historic district make up the extraordinary Nights of Lights display in St. Augustine.

Status of Nights of Lights/Holiday Events in St. Augustine

St. Augustine will absolutely light up each night for the 2020 holidays. Learn about which events are happening, which have changed, and which have been cancelled for 2020.

  • St. Augustine is getting ready to celebrate Nights of Lights 2020 when millions of lights will make the Historic Downtown sparkle from November 14, 2020, to January 31, 2021. Nights of Lights tours will be operating, some with some modifications, and you can find a list of these tours here.

    While St. Augustine will again light up the nights for the holiday season, some holiday events will continue as normal, others have been adjusted to allow for social distancing, and a few have been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From restaurants to churches, and from carolers to tours, everyone in St. Augustine is working to provide a festive holiday season while keeping those who work here and those who visit as safe as possible. 

    Here is a list of holiday events, and changes or cancellations that have been made due to these interesting times.

    Visit here for complete information on Nights of Lights events.

    We are continuing to research the status of holiday and Nights of Lights events, and will post current information as soon as it is available.

    Updated on October 16, 2020.

  • Reviews

    Hi, is there any celebration like fireworks show for New Year Eve?

    Thank you for your question, Yuriannis. The answer was on this page, and as a result of your question, I realized we didn't have a clear description of the event. Beach Blast Off, is the only local New Year's Eve fireworks celebration. It's usually presented by St. Augustine Beach and it has been cancelled for this year. I have edited the page for clarity.

    Do all the lights stay up through Jan 31? I’ll be arriving in St. Augustine on the 31st and am hoping to still get a tour that night. Should I try to change my plans to come earlier?

    Yes, the lights will remain lit through Januray 31. Enjoy!

    Will Santa mad Mrs Clause be setting up again for the children?

    Good morning, Denise. Unfortunately, Ancient City Tours will not be hosting Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves this year. We look forward to seeing them back in town next year and wish you well during the holidays.

    Thank you for all the updates Barbara! Can you recommend a NYE restaurant for families to attend this year? The Aviles at the Hilton looks nice. Thank you.

    Are the downtown shops still open? My wife and I are hoping to visit the week prior to Thanksgiving.

    What times are the lights on until on weekdays and weekends?

    There is no time listed for turning them out, but they are often lit well past midnight. Many businesses stay open later during the Nights of Lights. 

    The horse carriage ride through the town to see the lights. Anyone know if that is a go?? If so, anyone know the cost?

    Yes, the carriage rides are operating. You will have to check with them for pricing. Here are two links. https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/country-carriages  and  https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/southern-carriages

    We will be visiting Christmas Day; what will be open, what tours will be operating, etc on the 25th?

    Few attractions, shops, and tours are operating on Christmas Day, though the Old Town Trolley and Red Trains will have their tours for Nights of Lights after dark.  During the day, the Alligator Farm and the Midieval Torture Museum will be open, as will Escape U (with a reservation). Some restaurants will be open, mostly those who offer a holiday meal and reservations will be required. A few of the smaller, local eateries may be open as well as the ubiquitous national chains. Of course, if it's a nice day there are miles of beaches and a number of parks.

    Will shops and cafes be open xmas eve night?

    Most restaurants will be open at least through dinner, but many do close early on Christmas Eve. You will want to call to check. 

    I'm sure that stores will be open until at least 6:00 p.m. and some beyond. There will be sites to see, places to eat, and shops that are open on Christmas Eve, but many will close a bit earlier than they normally do.

    From what I see here the lights are still a go? Also, will there be shops and restaurants open to public during the Thanksgiving holiday? Specifically Nov. 24-28

    Yes, the lights will all be up by this Saturday. Some of the larger events, such as the lighting ceremony, the Christmas Parade, and the Regatta of Lights have been cancelled for this year. Many of the shops, attractions, and restaurants will be operating on Thanksgiving. All of them will be open for the rest of your trip.

    What time will the lights be turned on?

    There will be no ceremony, so no actually posted time. The lights will be shining after dark on Saturday, November 14th. 

    I see the list of events that have been cancelled in St Augustine this December 2020.
    Will the city and business' be displaying light for walking tours and trolley tours?

    Absolutely. The lights will all be lit by November 14 and most of the Trolley, Train, and water tours will start that day. 

    Just trying to find out if you will have the Christmas lights this year or if everything has been cancelled before we travel there

    The lights will shine beginning November 14 and will stay lit through January 31. The larger events have been cancelled, but shops and restaurants are open and tours are taking place by land and by sea.

    is the largest garage sale still on in early November, or canceled too?

    Absolutely! It takes place on Saturday, November 21 this year. Enjoy.

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Updated: Friday, October 16, 2020

Barbara Hart

Originally from Maine, Barbara arrived in St.Augustine in 2015, after a 5-year Atlantic cruise. Now that St. Augustine is "home," Barb still enjoys acting like a tourist — something she excelled at when she was a cruising sailor.