Celebrating 25 Years of Nights of Lights
Let The Festivities Begin on November 17
As it has for 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.
Light-Up! Night, set for Saturday, November 17, begins at 4:00pm 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 St.
Then at 5:30pm 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 6:30pm, 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 7:30pm 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.
- Saturday, November 17, Light-Up! Night
- Friday, November 23 (Thanksgiving weekend)
- Saturday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
- Saturdays in December
Special Light-Up! Night service along Anastasia Blvd.
The Anastasia Island shuttle will offer service only on November 17, Light-Up! Night from locations on Anastasia Blvd. from 4:00pm-11:00pm from parking locations to the east end of the Bridge of Lions. View the map.
- Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340- C A1A South
- R.B. Hunt Elementary, 125 Magnolia Dr.
Light-Up! Night is just the first night of Nights of Lights as the holiday display continues, every night, through February 3, 2019. 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, 10 S. Castillo Dr., 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. Simply put, get out of the car and enjoy the lights.
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.
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 www.NightsofLights.com.
The Nights of Lights and the Nights of Lights Park and Ride Shuttle are funded by the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The City of St. Augustine manages the installation and maintenance of displays at over 100 locations in the downtown area, including buildings, parks, and gardens throughout the city.
Much of the credit for the success of the Nights of Lights must go to the businesses and residents who voluntarily participate at their own expense truly making St. Augustine a city of light.
For guidelines regarding Nights of Lights displays, click here.