Light Up! Night
25th Anniversary of the Nights of Lights begins with Light-Up! Night, November 17
As it has each year for over two decades, the Nights of Lights begins with Light-Up! Night the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
The program 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, located at 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 8:00pm as thousands gathered for the lighting linger in the downtown area for dinner, some shopping and to simply enjoy the beauty of the city and the company of good friends.
Getting Ready for Light-Up! Night
With just days to go until the start of the city’s annual holiday celebration, Nights of Lights, preparations by city crews are nearing completion on public buildings and throughout the city’s many parks as strands of lights are hung over massive live oaks and wrapped around the tall straight palms that line the streets.
Equally busy are the hundreds of residents and business owners who are working diligently outlining nearly every roof line and arched doorway of the Spanish Colonial buildings and the tall sturdy towers of the 19th Century hotels.
Then on Light-Up! Night, Saturday, November 17, all the hard work pays off as the Nation’s Oldest City becomes a city of light with a magnificent display of white lights that shine through January 31.
Light-Up! Night is just the first night of Nights of Lights as the holiday display continues, every night, through the end of January. 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, and then enjoy displays by strolling the city's Old World Streets or taking a horse and carriage ride or board one of the tour vehicles. Simply put, get out of the car and enjoy the lights.
Also, since the lights burn bright every night, many are discovering a more leisurely pace, shorter lines and less traffic by visiting the city midweek when many hotels and bed and breakfast inns offer reduced rates.
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 is 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 the St. Augustine a city of light.
For guidelines regarding Nights of Lights displays, click here.