Nights of Lights begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving and continues nightly through January 31 in downtown St. Augustine, Florida
Light-Up! Night — Saturday, Nov. 17
- 4 p.m. A spirited performance by Showtime USA in front of St. Augustine’s City Hall, the Lightner Museum, located at 75 King St.
- 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 8 p.m. 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.
As it has each year for the last two decades, the Nights of Lights begins with Light-Up! Night on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year that is November 21.
The program begins at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 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 USA’s performance will be in front of the St. Augustine City Hall (the Lightner Museum), 75 King St.
Then at 5:30 p.m. from the historic Plaza de la Constitucion’s Gazebo, the 16-piece 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 and 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 p.m. as the thousands who have gathered for the lighting linger in the historic downtown area for dinner, some early holiday shopping and to simply enjoy the beauty of the city and the company of good friends.
Nights of Lights continues through February 3
But of course, Light-Up! Night is just the first night of Nights of Lights for 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 and parking is much easier.
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.
Free park & ride shuttle during Nights of Lights
Service will be offered on annual holiday event’s peak dates
The City of St. Augustine will once again offer a free park and ride shuttle on the peak dates of the 25th Annual Nights of Lights.
The shuttle operates from 1 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with pick-ups approximately every 20 minutes.
Starting on Light-Up! Night, Saturday, November 17, the opening night of the annual holiday lighting event, the free park and ride shuttle will continue on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23 & 24) and then every Saturday in December.
The shuttle, first launched during Nights of Lights in 2016, will operate this year from 1:00pm-11:00pm and from two parking locations north of the downtown:
On Saturday, November 17, for Light-Up! Night only, free park and ride shuttle services will be expanded to include service along Anastasia Blvd., from 4:00pm to 11:00pm, picking up passengers at the following locations:
- Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340- C A1A South
- R.B. Hunt Elementary, 125 Magnolia Dr.
Shuttle service on Anastasia Island on Light-Up! Night is provided by Historic Tours of America and Ripley’s Red Train Tours. A map of the Light-Up! Night shuttle service route is available here on the website.
Please call (904) 209-4211 with any questions, or send an email to Mobility@CityStAug.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, but much of the credit for the success of the Nights of Lights belongs to the businesses and residents who voluntarily participate at their own expense truly making the St. Augustine a city of light.
For more information, go to NightsofLights.com