Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails

November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019 at Schooner Freedom

See St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights from the water aboard the tall ship Schooner Freedom.

Downtown at the City Marina
111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 810-1010
  • St. Augustine's world-famous Nights of Lights traces its origin to the colonial Spanish tradition of displaying a single white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays. In 2018, the tradition continues, with some three million white lights adorning the wonderful old buildings and landmarks along the bayfront and throughout the brick streets of the nation's oldest city. The lights are up throughout the city from November 17, 2018, to February 3, 2019. The Schooner Freedom sails will run nightly (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) from November 17, 2018, through January 6, 2019.

    There are lots of ways to see St. Augustine's Nights of Lights, and the Schooner Freedom provides a new dimension with its Nights of Lights sails, offering a breathtaking view from the water of the cityscape and the lights reflecting in the water.

    Advance reservations are required for all the Nights of Lights sails, and seating is limited. Reserve by calling (904) 810-1010 or visiting here. All sails depart from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, which is located at 111 Avenida Menendez.

    Nights of Lights Grand Illumination Ceremony Sail

    On Light Up! night (Saturday, November 17, 2018), when the mayor of St. Augustine throws the switch to turn on the lights, the Schooner Freedom offers a special Nights of Lights Illumination Ceremony Sail. The two-hour sail departs from the marina at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate if the weather is cold. Seating is limited, so early reservations are recommended.
    When: On Saturday, November 17, 2018, only.

    Nights of Lights Sunset Sails

    After the Illumination Night Sail on November 18, the Schooner Freedom offers nightly Nights of Lights Sunset Sails through January 6, 2019. The Nights of Lights Sunset Sail departs at 4:15 p.m. and lasts two hours. The $50 per person rate includes complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate.
    When: Nightly sails from November 18, 2018  to January 6, 2019.

    Nights of Lights Moonlight Sails

    Schooner Freedom also offers Moonlight Sails on Fridays and Saturdays only during Nights of Lights. These sails go out from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., and include live music along with soda, water, beer, win, and hot chocolate. Blankets are provided on chilly nights. Reservations are required.
    When: Fridays and Saturdays from November 18, 2018, to January 6, 2019.


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