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Free Event

Light-Up! Night Ceremony 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Plaza de la Constitucion

Watch the city flip the switch to begin the magical Nights of Lights holiday celebration for 2017.

Near the Bridge of Lions.
1 Cathedral Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 825-1004
  • The Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony, also known as Light Up! Night, takes place on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Locals and vacationers from all over join together to watch the City of St. Augustine flip the switch on three million white lights decorating the Plaza and buildings all over historic downtown.

    Leading up to the occasion is a free concert and a countdown, and the ceremony is followed by more live music. This has been a popular annual tradition in St. Augustine for over 20 years, and is all the more festive now that the Nights of Lights has garnered worldwide attention as a top destination to see holiday lights.

    Details on the live entertainment for this event are still to be announced. In past years, the event opened with a live performance at 4:30 p.m. outside the Lightner Museum, followed by a rousing concert at the city's Plaza de la Constitución at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the countdown for the lighting begins. After the lighting, the band will play again until 8:00 p.m. The large Christmas tree in the Plaza will also be turned on so visitors can get photos for their holiday Christmas cards.

    There is no designated parking. Meter parking is free after 5:00 p.m. Pay-to-park lots are available downtown. The Historic Downtown Parking Facility charges $12 per car for all-day parking, but handicapped parking is free.

    Admission: Free.

    When? Saturday, November 18, 2017, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    Where? The Plaza de la Constitución on King Street in historic downtown St. Augustine.

    For more information, check out our Ultimate Survival Guide to Nights of Lights.

    For information on Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, check out our full event profile.

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