Light-Up! Night Ceremony 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Plaza de la Constitucion
The Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony, also known as Light Up! Night, takes place on Saturday, November 21, 2020. 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.
The event opens with a live performance by Showtime USA at 4:00 p.m. outside the Lightner Museum, followed by a rousing concert by the All Star Orchestra at the city's Plaza de la Constitución at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the countdown for the lighting begins. Honorees for this year's ceremony include Paul K. Williamson, retired City of St. Augustine Public Affairs Director, and former Mayor Ramelle Petroglou.
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.
Cathedral Place and King Street are both closed to vehicles from Cordova St. to Avenida Menendez from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Historic Downtown Parking Facility is available for parking ($15 per car for all-day parking, handicapped parking free), but fills up quickly.
Free Downtown Park & Ride Shuttle
The City of St. Augustine provides a free park and ride shuttle service on the busiest dates in November and December for visitors who have come to see the lights.
The shuttle service begins on Light Up! Night on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., dropping off at the Visitor's Center, from these locations north of downtown:
- St. Johns County Health Department at 200 San Sebastian View
- San Marco Parking Lot at 301 San Marco Ave
For more information about the Free Park and Ride Shuttle during the Nights of Lights season for 2020-21, please visit here.
Anastasia Island Shuttle Service only on Light Up! Night
On Light Up! Night only (Saturday, November 21, 2020), an additional park and ride shuttle will be offered on Anastasia Island from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Anastasia shuttle will pick up from two locations (Anastasia Baptist Church at 1650 A1A S and the St. Augustine Beach Police Department at 2200 A1A) and drop off at the east side of the Bridge of Lions.
When: The Light-Up Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (The lights remain up through January 31, 2021.)
Where: The Plaza de la Constitución on King Street in historic downtown St. Augustine.
For more information, check out our 7 Ways to See the Nights of Lights.
For information on Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, check out our full event profile.