As it has for over 25 years, St. Augustine's city-wide, holiday lighting displays, the Nights of Lights, will begin on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, with the celebration of Light-Up! Night. And, just as the holidays are filled with traditions for so many families, so is Light-Up! Night for the city welcomes back to this year’s event performances by groups that have been a part of Light-Up! Night for nearly the entire quarter century of the event.
Beginning of the Season
Light-Up! Night is just the first night of Nights of Lights as the holiday display continues, every night, through the end of January 2020. The best way to experience the Nights of Lights and get the best views is to park at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, adjacent to the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center at 10 S Castillo Drive, and enjoy the displays by strolling the city's Old World Streets, or taking a horse and carriage ride, or board one of the special holiday tour vehicles.
Also, since the lights burn bright every night, many have discovered a more leisurely pace by visiting the city midweek when many lodging establishments offer reduced rates, wait times at restaurants are less, and traffic and parking are less of a challenge.
Light-Up! Night, set for Saturday, November 23, 2019, begins at 4 p.m. with a spirited performance by Showtime USA, a high energy song and dance troupe of young people that deliver a wide variety of holiday musical favorites. Showtime’s performance will be in front of St. Augustine’s City Hall, the Lightner Museum, 75 King Street. Then at 5:30 p.m. from the historic Plaza de la Constitución Gazebo, the All Star Orchestra takes the stage with great swing and big band sounds all in grand holiday style.
At 6:30 p.m, the lighting ceremony begins that culminates with the turning of a switch that fills every corner of the city with brilliant, magical holiday sparkle. Entertainment continues in the Plaza until 7:30 p.m. as thousands gathered for the lighting ceremony linger in the downtown area to start their holiday shopping, have dinner the company of good friends, or to simply enjoy the beauty of the city in the glow of millions of while lights.
For complete visitor information, including a calendar of events during the 10-week long Nights of Lights and details on the city's wide variety of accommodations, restaurants and dining opportunities, visit the Night of Lights website.