Nights of Lights 2018-2019

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 celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The festival traces its origin to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays. In 2018-19, 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 17, 2018, to February 3, 2019.

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., November 16, 2018

Upcoming Things to Do during Nights of Lights

Friday, November 16, 2018

Surf Illumination 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018, 4 - 8 p.m.
Free Event

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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

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

Visit the Oldest Wooden School House during the holidays to experience a traditional Menorcan Christmas.

Nights of Lights Biplane Tour

Every evening from Nov. 17, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019.
4796 U.S. Highway N.

Take an unforgettable ride on a biplane to see St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from above.

Eco Tours Nights of Lights Tour

Nightly, November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Float away from the crowds and view St. Augustine's spectacular holiday lights from the water on this delightful one-hour tour.

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

The Tasting Tours Nights of Lights Holiday Tours

November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019

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 2018–19

November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019

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

Free Park and Ride Shuttle for Nights of Lights 2018-19

On Saturdays from November 17 to December 29, 2018
Free Event

Take advantage of this easy and free park and ride shuttle service on Saturdays from November 17 through December 29 during Nights of Lights 2018.

Nights of Pints

Offered during Nights of Lights, November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Celebrate Nights of Lights with Nights of Pints featuring local craft beers!

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

Nights of Lights 2018-19

Every Night from Nov. 17, 2018 to Feb. 3, 2019
Free Event

The 2018-19 Nights of Lights festival turns the city of St. Augustine into a dazzling holiday display.

Holly Jolly Shopping Spree 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
167 San Marco Ave.

Take a holiday whirlwind shopping tour of Uptown San Marco shops and restaurants aboard the Old Town Trolley, and enjoy some great deals and goodies along the way.

Light-Up! Night Ceremony 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Free Event

Watch the city flip the switch to begin the magical Nights of Lights holiday celebration for 2018.

This handcrafted miniature village of St. Augustine historic buildings will delight visitors with its Christmas themed decorations, including a tiny Santa!

Scenic Cruise Nights of Lights Tours 2018-19

Saturdays from November 17, 2018, thru January 26, 2019

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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

Visit the Oldest Wooden School House during the holidays to experience a traditional Menorcan Christmas.

Gold Tours' Private Nights of Lights Tour

November 18, 2018 - January 20, 2019 | 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.

Nights of Lights Biplane Tour

Every evening from Nov. 17, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019.
4796 U.S. Highway N.

Take an unforgettable ride on a biplane to see St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from above.

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

The Tasting Tours Nights of Lights Holiday Tours

November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019

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.