Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour

Nightly from Sunday, November 24, 2019, to Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Visitor Information Center

Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour is an entertaining and family-friendly way to see the best of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights.

Corner of W. Castillo Dr. and San Marco Ave.
10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 335-3155
  • Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour is an excellent way to see St. Augustine's Nights of Lights. This holiday spectacle of traditional white lights (some three million of them) has its roots, like everything in St. Augustine, in history. For the nearly 250 years that St. Augustine served as the capital of Spanish Florida, residents would place a lighted candle in their windows to mark the holiday season.

    Now the lights are electric, but they remain white, and they are dazzling to see as they decorate the wonderful old buildings, historic homes and bayfront vistas in the nation's oldest city. National Geographic magazine included St. Augustine's Nights of Lights in its recent list of the ten best places in the world to see holiday lighting displays.

    The 26th Annual Nights of Lights begins on the evening of Saturday, November 23, 2019, when the Mayor turns on the lights in the annual Lighting Ceremony. On the following evening (Sunday, November 24), the Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour will begin touring visitors around the historic district to see the best of the Nights of Lights displays.

    The trolley tours depart continuously every night from Sunday, November 24, 2019, through Sunday, February 2, 2020. Operating hours are from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. through the end of December, changing to from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in January. No reservations are required. The tour departs from the Visitor Information Center at 10 West Castillo Drive.

    A Holiday Tradition

    For many residents and visitors, Old Town Trolleys' Famous Nights of Lights Tours has become a part of their family holiday tradition during the annual Nights of Lights festival, offering a convenient and fun way to see the best of the lights and join with their tour guide and fellow passengers in impromptu caroling all along the way. Guests will even get a chance to vote on the displays they like the best in the annual Light Up the Night! contest sponsored by Old Town Trolleys.

    The Old Town Trolley Famous Nights of Lights Tour includes complimentary magical viewing glasses (which turn the lights into glittering snowflake or star shapes) and complimentary hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Tour participants also get a chance to vote in the 7th Annual Light Up the Night Contest, where guests help to decide which three businesses will be this year's winners for the best light displays in St. Augustine.

    Entertainment on Busiest Nights

    Tours begin at the Visitors Information Center, located at 10 W. Castillo Drive, next to the downtown parking facility. On weekend nights and on the busy nights around Christmas, there will be live entertainment at the Visitors Information Center, making the trolley tour a true Christmas experience from start to finish. The holiday entertainment is provided in partnership with INK! (Investing in Kids). The entertainment schedule is below.

    Parking

    Old Town Trolley offers free parking and shuttle to the tour from three locations:

    • Old Town St. Augustine (167 San Marco Ave.)
    • Old Town Trolley Welcome Center (1700 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.)
    • Old Town Trolley Welcome Center (1305 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.)

    Discounted parking (within walking distance of the tour) is available at two locations downtown:

    • Old Town Trolley Welcome Center (27 San Marco)
    • Old Drugstore/Potter's Wax Museum (31 Orange St.)

    Parking is always available for a fee of $15.00 a day at the City of St. Augustine's Downtown Parking Facility.

    Admission: General admission tickets are $13.99 for adults and $6.99 for children 3 - 12, while kids under 3 are free. No reservations are required or accepted for general admission seating.

    The Fast Track Pass, which does require reservations, is $18.99 for adults and $11.99 for children 3 - 12, with kids under 3 riding free. To purchases tickets and to make reservations for the Fast Track Pass, visit here. To re-schedule a Fast Track Pass ticket up to 24 hours in advance of tour time, call (904) 826-3663.

    Tickets includes free viewing glasses, cookies, hot apple cider, and a 30-minute trolley tour around St. Augustine's Nights of Lights.

    When: The Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour departs every night from Sunday, November 24, 2019, through February 2, 2020. Tours run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. through the end of December and then switch to a shorter schedule (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) through Sunday, February 2, 2020.

    Where: Tours leave continuously from the Visitors Information Center located at 10 West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, just across from the Downtown Parking Facility.

    For more information, call (904) 829-3800 or visit here.

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  • Schedule of Events

    Entertainment at Visitors Center (point of departure)

    November 24, 2019

    St. Johns County Center of the Arts Chamber Singers

    November 29, 2019

    Florida Brass Quintet

    November 30, 2019

    St. Augustine High School Orchestra

    December 1, 2019

    Florida Brass Quintet

    December 6, 2019

    Landrum Middle School Jazz Band & Fruit Cove Middle Schoole Jazz Band

    December 7, 2019

    Ponte Vedra High School Jazz Band

    December 8, 2019

    St. Augustine High School Jazz Band

    December 13, 2019

    Nease High School Chorus

    December 14, 2019

    Ponte Vedra High School Drum Line

    December 15, 2019

    St. Augustine High School Chorus

    December 16, 2019

    Heather Loveland Dance Academy Performance Company

    December 18, 2019

    The Belles of St. Augustine Handbell Ringers

    December 19, 2019

    Showtime USA

    December 20, 2019

    Sebastian Middle School Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble & St. Augustine Concert Band

    December 21, 2019

    St. Augustine High School Band

    December 22, 2019

    St. Augustine High American Music Group

    December 23, 2019

    St. Augustine High School Guitar Group

    December 26, 2019

    Ancient City Brass Band

    December 27, 2019

    Ancient City Brass Band

    December 28, 2019

    Ancient City Brass Band

    December 30, 2019

    Voices of St. Augustine

    December 31, 2019

    Voices of St. Augustine

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