2016 Nights of Lights In St. Augustine

  • by Joseph Cartolano
  • November 16, 2016
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St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event - the famed Nights of Lights celebration – will glow with more than three million brilliant white lights again this year attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the Nation. Nights of Lights runs November 19, 2016, and continues nightly through January 31, 2017, in St. Augustine, Fla. 

During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in previous years as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Many historic landmarks and locations are beautifully illuminated during Nights of Lights. The waters of Matanzas bay glow from the nightly reflections of lights strewn along the bay walk and displayed on the Bridge of Lions.

The Plaza de la Constitucion shines from the top of trees and throughout the famous center of St. Augustine’s historic district. The 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon, now the campus of Flagler College, is outlined in lights. And the Lightner Museum, once a resort hotel also built by Flagler, is lit so brilliantly it is a favorite among visitors.

Nights of Lights is inspired by the tradition of marking the holiday season with a single white candle burning in a window at each home during the nearly 250 years when St. Augustine served as the capital of Spanish La Florida. Today, Nights of Lights continues that tradition in a grand style reflecting the city’s 449 years of history. Nights of Lights continues to garner accolades.

In 2014, Rachel Ray magazine named St. Augustine one of the Nation’s “Twinkliest Towns.” National Geographic declared St. Augustine one of the Top 10 Places in the World to view holiday lights in 2012 and 2013. The American Bus Associationnamed Nights of Lights a Top 100 Event in North America.

Parking for a fee is available in the St. Augustine Downtown Parking Garage, located off Castillo Drive. On select dates during Nights of Lights, there is a free Park 'n Ride Shuttle available. To learn more about parking options and the Park 'n Ride Shuttle, visit our ParkStAug.com site. To download the Park 'n Ride Shuttle schedule and map, click here. 

Nights of Lights can always be enjoyed on foot, by bicycle or pedicab, on the Old Town Trolley's Famous Nights of Lights Tour or the Ripley’s Red Train, or by horse and carriage.

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