Top 10 Ways to See St Augustine’s Nights of Lights

  • by 904 Newsroom
  • September 28, 2020

Nights of Lights has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic. During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s Oldest City, and it's free of charge.

When is Nights of Lights?

The 2020-2021 Nights of Lights will take place every evening from November 14, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Top 8 Ways to See Nights of Lights

1. See The Lights On The Holly Jolly Yachty Party Cruise

The Holly Jolly Yachty Tour is the ultimate St. Augustine experience on the water, as we provide a positive, feel-good environment while exploring the Old Town Bayfront illuminations. Views of notorious St. Augustine sights while entertaining the balance of BYOB, flowing LEDs, and musical ambiance to set the mood proper. Let’s embark together in this enlightening of festive feels surrounded by the high sprits of St. Augustine.

Pre-booking is now available for The Night of Lights Tour: Holly Jolly Yachty that runs November 14th-January 31st! Reserve soon as nights will sell out!

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2. Ride Through Nights of Lights in a Slingshot

Looking for a thrilling way to see the lights? Then listen up! Rent a Seaside Slingshot and explore the Old City the best way possible, with no roof!

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3. Tour the Lights by Trolley

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights Tour. Tours depart nightly beginning at 6 p.m. from the Visitor Information Center.

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4. Tour by Train

Get on track for Nights of Lights on the Ripley’s Red Express Tours. The tour begins at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.

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5. See the Sparkle from the Water

Nights of Lights shines from the water, too. St. Augustine Eco Tours harbor tour of the Nights of Lights provides a peaceful way to experience the illuminated city aboard 6 or 12-passenger boats. Take in the view of Nights of Lights from the sea aboard the Schooner Freedom on the ship’s Sunset Sail. Florida Water Tours, Scenic Cruise and Red Boat Water Tours also offer Nights of Lights boat cruises, and the Black Raven offers light show views plus an entertaining pirate show.


6. See the Lights from Above

For a completely different perspective, climb 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. The sight of the entire city dressed in tiny white lights is a view to behold. Or, enjoy a bird’s eye view of St. Augustine during Nights of Lights aboard Old City Helicopters. It’s a breathtaking view unlike any other

7. Enjoy A Wine & Carriage Tour

Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets on this 45-minute group ride. Enjoy the sparkling scenery as well as a bottle of delicious boutique wine to share! Ride Includes: VIP Boarding, complimentary wine to enjoy on the carriage ride and souvenir wine glasses. The Tasting Tours offers nightly excursions starting at $49 per person. Private Carriage Rides are also available, as well as ‘family oriented’ Roadster Rides with the Grinch!

8. Go On a Guided Tour

On most Fridays and Saturdays in December and January, Tour Saint Augustine guides lead a 90-minute walking tour where participants can enjoy St. Augustine’s history while learning about unique colonial folklore and holiday traditions amid the backdrop of the glow of the city’s white lights. Sites include the opulent Lightner Museum courtyard, Plaza de la Constitución, and the enchanting Bayfront. Beginning with homemade hot chocolate or ice cream, the tours start at 6:30 p.m. and are $20 per person.

9. Take A Group Tour by Luxury Golf Cart

Small groups can book a Nights of Lights tour with St. Augustine Gold Tours. Enjoy St. Augustine's Nights of Lights in the comfort of a luxury 8-seat golf cart, attended by a knowledgeable tour guide.

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10. Cuddle Up For A Romantic Ride

Enjoy a romantic horse and carriage tour. Tours depart from the Bayfront near the Castillo de San Marcos daily. Rates vary from $125 for a group of 4 and up. Reserve your carriage with Southern Carriages or with Country Carriages.


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