Free Event

Light-Up! Night Ceremony 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 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 2018.

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 17, 2018. 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.

    Free Park & Ride Shuttle

    The information below is from the 2017-18 Nights of Lights season. We will update it for 2018-19 as soon as details becomes available.

    The City of St. Augustine provides a free park and ride shuttle service during the busiest dates downtown for visitors who have come to see the lights. The shuttle operates from 1 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with pick-ups approximately every 20 minutes.

    The shuttle operates from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., starting on Light-Up! Night, November 18, 2017, which is the opening night of the annual holiday lighting event.

    The shuttle brings visitors to the Visitor Information Center at 10 S. Castillo Drive from two locations north of the city:
        •    St. Johns County Health Department, 200 San Sebastian View
        •    Parking Lot at the northern end of San Marco Ave, 301 San Marco Ave.

    On Light-Up! Night from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., shuttle runs from the following locations to the east end of the Bridge of Lions.

    Please call (904) 209-4211 with any questions, or send an email to

    Admission: Free

    When: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 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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