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.

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Upcoming Things to Do during Nights of Lights

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Holiday Shoppes at Ponte Vedra Beach

Thursday – Saturday, November 9 – 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This annual event, presented by the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, offers one-of-a-kind items for holiday shopping.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Shoppes at Ponte Vedra Beach

Thursday – Saturday, November 9 – 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This annual event, presented by the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, offers one-of-a-kind items for holiday shopping.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holiday Shoppes at Ponte Vedra Beach

Thursday – Saturday, November 9 – 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This annual event, presented by the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, offers one-of-a-kind items for holiday shopping.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Surf Illumination

Friday, November 17, 2017, 4 - 8 p.m.
(904) 347-8007
Free Event

St. Augustine Beach's Surf Illumination lighting festival kick off the holiday season.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails

November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2018
(904) 810-1010

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

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.

Florida Water Tours Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly from Nov. 18, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2018
(904) 827-7728

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
(904) 325-3911
47 Cordova Street

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

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.

Enjoy the convenience and personal perspective offered by Explore Tours Nights of Lights Tours.

Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Free Event

Watch the city flip the switch to begin the magical Nights of Lights holiday celebration for 2017.

Celebration of Lights

November 18, 2017 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

A dazzling Nights of Lights fundraiser and party held at the Government House.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails

November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2018
(904) 810-1010

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

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.

Gold Tours' Private Nights of Lights Tour

November 19, 2017 - January 12, 2018 | Nightly except Saturdays
(904) 325-0547
6 Cordova St.

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

Florida Water Tours Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly from Nov. 18, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2018
(904) 827-7728

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
(904) 325-3911
47 Cordova Street

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

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.

Enjoy the convenience and personal perspective offered by Explore Tours Nights of Lights Tours.

Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour

Nightly from November 19, 2017, to January 31, 2018
(904) 829-3800
10 West Castillo Dr.

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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails

November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2018
(904) 810-1010

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

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.

Gold Tours' Private Nights of Lights Tour

November 19, 2017 - January 12, 2018 | Nightly except Saturdays
(904) 325-0547
6 Cordova St.

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

Florida Water Tours Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly from Nov. 18, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2018
(904) 827-7728

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