St. Augustine's Regatta of Lights takes place annually on the second Saturday of December during the Nights of Lights Festival. Free Event

Regatta of Lights 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 6 p.m.

A St. Augustine holiday tradition, the St. Augustine Regatta of Lights brightens the bayfront with festive lights and decorations adorning boats of all shapes and sizes.

Downtown on the bayfront
  • The annual Regatta of Lights takes St. Augustine’s world-famous Nights of Lights onto the water, with an amazing variety of vessels showing off their brilliant lighting displays as they parade along Matanzas Bay. The regatta takes place on the second Saturday of December each year, which is December 11, 2021. Hosted by the St. Augustine Yacht Club, it’s a dazzling sight for spectators along the bayfront between the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos.

    From sailboats to trawlers, from yachts to shrimp boats, the Regatta of Lights participants compete for best theme, most colorful, best in class and best overall. The Regatta is an annual must-see event for visitors and locals alike during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights holiday festivities. 

    This event reflects the maritime roots and rich nautical heritage of St. Augustine. To view this nautical parade, visitors can sit along the bayfront by the seawall or enjoy the view from the many restaurants that face the bay, such as Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille and A1A Ale Works, among others.

    For more information on the Regatta of Lights, call (904) 824-9725 or visit here.

    Admission: Free for spectators 

    When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021

    Where: Along St. Augustine's bayfront between the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos.

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