Nights of Lights 2017-2018

Dazzling holiday display of three million lights in St. Augustine.

During the Christmas holidays, the city of St. Augustine lights up and becomes a festival of twinkling white lights as it hosts its annual Nights of Lights holiday display. Visitors and long-time residents alike are treated to a wonderland of lights adorning the ancient city, beginning at the Plaza de la Constitución, with its stunning holiday tree in the center and oaks strung with lights, and stretching out to illuminate all of St. Augustine's historic district. From roof shingle to doorway entrance, the downtown buildings take on a glow of holiday cheer, with millions of twinkling white lights covering the historic sites, bed and breakfasts, museums, restaurants and shops of the nation's oldest city.

St. Augustine's Nights of Lights festival traces its origin to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays. In 2017 the tradition continues, with some three million white lights twinkling on the wonderful old buildings and landmarks along the bayfront and throughout the city's brick-lined streets. The lights will be up from November 18, 2017, to January 31, 2018.

Nights of Lights has become famous around the world as one of the finest places to see holiday lights. The festival has been featured on top ten lists in publications like National Geographic and Rachael Ray magazines.

E.g., December 16, 2017

Upcoming Things to Do during Nights of Lights

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Annual Candlelight Tours at Villa Zorayda

On select dates from Nov. 25, 2017, to Jan. 6, 2018

Special Candlelight Tours of the exotic Villa Zorayda are available on select evenings throughout the holidays.

The St. Augustine Community Chorus presents "From Prophecy to Peace!" in its annual holiday concert at the Cathedral Basilica.

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

The St. Augustine Ballet Performs The Nutcracker

December 16 & 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. each day

The St. Augustine Ballet presents their annual production of the holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," with four performances over two days.

View St. Augustine's breathtaking festival of lights from the bay with Florida Water Tours.

The Tasting Tours Nights of Lights Tours

November 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018

See St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from a horse-drawn carriage or an old-fashioned roadster with The Tasting Tours.

Be dazzled by St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights on this relaxing one-hour boat tour.

Nights of Lights Tours

November 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Here are some of the best tours to see St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights holiday display by land and sea.

Nights of Lights Segway Glide

Nightly from Nov. 18, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018

Experience St. Augustine's Nights of Lights with this up-close and personal tour on a Segway.

Apex Theatre Studio presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" with three performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Lightseers can take in the Nights of Lights holiday displays from the water aboard a private charter.

Nights of Lights

Every Night from Nov. 18, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018
Free Event

The 2017-18 Nights of Lights festival turns the city of St. Augustine into a dazzling holiday display.

Firefighter Chili Cookoff

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Free Event

This event will offer samples of chili made by firefighters from all over Florida and will feature fire engines, ladders, and ambulances on site.

Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour

Nightly from November 19, 2017, to January 31, 2018

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.

Take a ride on Ripley's Big Red Christmas Train for a "lightseeing" tour of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights.

Scenic Cruise Nights of Lights Tours

Saturdays from November 18, 2017, thru January 31, 2018

See St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights from the water aboard the Victory III.

VIP Nights of Lights Walking Tour

Friday & Saturday nights, Nov. 24, 2017, – Jan. 27, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
4 Granada St.

See the very best of St. Augustine's Nights of Lights on this guided walking tour offered by Tour St. Augustine.

Las Posadas del Viejo San Agustín

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.
Free Event

This candle-lit procession and heritage event is based on a 400-year-old Spanish colonial Christmas tradition.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The St. Augustine Community Chorus presents "From Prophecy to Peace!" in its annual holiday concert at the Cathedral Basilica.

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

The St. Augustine Ballet Performs The Nutcracker

December 16 & 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. each day

The St. Augustine Ballet presents their annual production of the holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," with four performances over two days.

Gold Tours' Private Nights of Lights Tour

November 19, 2017 - January 12, 2018 | Nightly except Saturdays
6 Cordova St.

Gold Tours offers another option for viewing St. Augustine's Nights of Lights - up close and personal, with no waiting.

View St. Augustine's breathtaking festival of lights from the bay with Florida Water Tours.

The Tasting Tours Nights of Lights Tours

November 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018

See St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from a horse-drawn carriage or an old-fashioned roadster with The Tasting Tours.

Be dazzled by St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights on this relaxing one-hour boat tour.