Nights of Lights 2020-2021

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 27th 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 2020-21, 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 Saturday, November 14, 2020, to Sunday, January 31, 2021.

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

Friday, December 4, 2020

Florida Water Tours: Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly from Nov. 14, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021
(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 2020-21

November 14, 2020 – January 31, 2021
(904) 325-3911
47 Cordova St

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

Explore Tours Nights of Lights

Saturday, November 14, 2020, to January 31, 2021 | See details.

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

First City Helicopters Nights of Lights Tours

Thursdays – Mondays, November 14, 2020 – January 31, 2021
(904) 824-5506
4900 U.S. 1 North, Suite 400

Experience St. Augustine Nights of Lights from the air with First City Helicopters.

Elkton's Bright Nights of Drive Thru Lights

November 28, 2020 through January 2, 2021 on Thursday through Sunday Evenings.
(904) 692-1370
A tractor and trailer lit for the holidays at Elkton's Bright Nights of Drive-thru Lights in Elkton, just west of St. Augustine.

Sykes Family Farm in Elkton presents a socially-distance drive past fields and equipment decorated for the holidays.

Gold Tours' Private Nights of Lights Tour

November 15, 2020 - January 31, 2020 | See below for details
(904) 325-0547

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

Sabrage: Nights of Lights 2020

December 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
(904) 310-4999
117 Dockside Drive
A view of the Nights of Lights from the deck of Sabrage in St. Augustine.

View St. Augustine's Nights of Lights from the water, while cruising on a 63-foot custom-built power catamaran.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Nights of Pints 2020-21

Offered during Nights of Lights, November 14, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
(904) 217-3278

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

Surf Illumination 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020, 4 - 7 p.m.
(904) 347-8007
Free Event

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

Light Up the Beach Art Walk

Nov. 28, 2020 and Dec. 19, 2020 | 4 to 8 p.m.
(904) 471-2122 x112
Free Event
Locally made holiday decorations and gifts can be purchased at Light Up the Beach's Art Walk/Shop and Dine.

Guests may wander along A1A from Pope Road to A Street, viewing the art of potters, sculptors, jewelers, and more.

Nights of Lights Sunset Sails

November 14, 2020 – January 31, 2021
(904) 810-1010

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

St. Augustine Sailing Nights of Lights Charters

November 14, 2020 to January 31, 2021 | See details below.
(904) 829-0648

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

Villa Zorayda's Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Event

Select dates from Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
(904) 829-9887

Guests can tour the Museum and enjoy the spectacle of the red-and-gold Christmas tree as it lights up, floor by floor.

Nights of Lights 2020-21

Every Night from Nov. 14, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021
Free Event

The 2020-21 Nights of Lights festival turns the city of St. Augustine into a dazzling holiday display.

Tours for Nights of Lights 2020–21

November 14, 2020 - January 31, 2021

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

Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour

November 14, 2020, through January 31, 2021
(904) 335-3155
10 West Castillo Dr.
Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour offers guests an exciting way to see the holiday lights in St. Augustine.

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.

Ripley's Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly Nov. 14, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021

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 2020-21

Select Dates from Nov. 14, 2020 thru Jan. 31, 2021
(904) 824-1806

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

Florida Water Tours: Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly from Nov. 14, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021
(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 2020-21

November 14, 2020 – January 31, 2021
(904) 325-3911
47 Cordova St

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

Explore Tours Nights of Lights

Saturday, November 14, 2020, to January 31, 2021 | See details.

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

First City Helicopters Nights of Lights Tours

Thursdays – Mondays, November 14, 2020 – January 31, 2021
(904) 824-5506
4900 U.S. 1 North, Suite 400

Experience St. Augustine Nights of Lights from the air with First City Helicopters.

Elkton's Bright Nights of Drive Thru Lights

November 28, 2020 through January 2, 2021 on Thursday through Sunday Evenings.
(904) 692-1370
A tractor and trailer lit for the holidays at Elkton's Bright Nights of Drive-thru Lights in Elkton, just west of St. Augustine.

Sykes Family Farm in Elkton presents a socially-distance drive past fields and equipment decorated for the holidays.

Sabrage: Nights of Lights 2020

December 5, 2020 - 7:00pm
(904) 310-4999
117 Dockside Drive
A view of the Nights of Lights from the deck of Sabrage in St. Augustine.

View St. Augustine's Nights of Lights from the water, while cruising on a 63-foot custom-built power catamaran.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Nights of Pints 2020-21

Offered during Nights of Lights, November 14, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
(904) 217-3278

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