We have made visiting historic St. Augustine, Florida during the Nights of Lights celebration an annual trip and one we look forward to each year. St. Augustine celebrates the Christmas holiday season with its 22nd annual Nights of Lights. This time of year in St. Augustine is simply magical. From November 19, 2016 to January 31, 2017 you can enjoy a festive atmosphere in a dazzling display of over three million white lights. The downtown and historic area have many dinning, shopping and lodging choices to select from. We plan on going back this year to take better photos at a later time of night. In some of the photos we took, we don’t think all of the lights were on yet.
The Nights of Lights Display in Historic St Augustine
Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place, during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights is a beautiful display in celebration of the holiday season in the Nations oldest city. Read more about how St. Augustine, along the east coast, played a major part in Florida’s 500th birthday! Visit St. Augustine and experience our nations early history for yourself. Every year there is a full calendar of events and activates to see and do.
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The Lightner Museum and the City of St. Augustine’s City Hall are both housed in the Alcazar Building. During the Nights of Lights the building, fountains and gardens make a brilliant showpiece.
Flagler College during the world famous Nights of Lights sparkles with tiny white lights. The tradition can be traced back to the Spanish custom of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holiday. This impressive display reflects St. Augustine’s 448-year history and lights the city for all to enjoy.
Casa Monica Hotel in downtown St. Augustine, Florida glows with tiny white lights when the sun goes down creating a festive holiday atmosphere.
Downtown St. Augustine is bright from its world famous light display. National Geographic selected St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world. It is one you and your family are sure to enjoy! Nights of Lights is not only something to see – it is something to do! Holiday concerts, a brightly lit boat parade, luminaries in the town plaza, night-time tours led by story tellers in period clothing of historic buildings and inns, train and trolley tours through the historic brick streets and even a Christmas parade are some of the special events and activities you will find to do both day and night.
Yummy Food to Enjoy in St. Augustine
Shops are full of treats to be enjoyed – from tasty Gelato to delicious candy apples…
and mouth watering pizza. You will find it all waiting for you in St. Augustine! As you can see it’s hard to stay hungry in this city. As a matter of fact, you can read our recent post about St. Augustine and the history of America’s first Thanksgiving!
Shopping in St. Augustine
Shopping in St. Augustine is always a treat. You will find, jewelry, fashion, fine art and much, much more.
Lodging in the Historic District of St. Augustine
St. Augustine’s Historic district has charming Inns and Bed & Breakfasts sure to make your holiday visit enjoyable. During the Nights of Lights they are simply more charming!
The Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida is sure to create lasting memories for you and your family. The city is sparkling with the glow of white Christmas lights, live music, entertainment, and holiday decorations. The smell of freshly baked pizza and warm fudge fills the air along with the sounds of Holiday music.
I hope you have the opportunity to spend time strolling along the historic streets of St. Augustine this Christmas season and make lasting memories of your own.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
For more information on St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights and a Calendar of Events, we would suggest the links below:
Have you been to St. Augustine during the Nights of Lights celebration? What were some of your favorite activities while you were there? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear about your experience too!