The 3 Best Ways to Experience Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights is an annual event that brings together historic buildings in downtown St. Augustine to celebrate the holiday season by putting on a stunning light display. Some of the best spots to see the lights during the holiday season are the Lightner Museum the Flagler College, St. Gorge Street, and the Plaza de la Constitución which is home to a large Christmas tree. Book a St. Augustine vacation rental to experience the magic of Nights of Lights this holiday season!

Experience the magic of St. Augustine Nights of Lights from November 18, 2023-January 28, 2024. 

A view of the Lightner Museum

Take the Old Town Trolley. 

During the holiday season, the Old Town Trolley offers nightly tours of the Nights of Lights in downtown St. Augustine. Park at the Old Jail and hop on the trolley! It will take you around town to the best parts of the light display. Along the way, you can sing along to carols and you'll even receive special glasses that give the lights a whole new look. At the end of the tour, you can warm up with apple cider and cookies for a sweet treat to top off the night. This is a popular holiday activity, so book your ticket online in advance!  

Go to the St. Augustine Lighthouse in the Early Evening 

The top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers a bird’s eye view of the downtown area with millions of white twinkling lights. Climb up to the top just in time for sunset to watch the sky’s color change and the horizon become dazzled with the Nights of Lights.  

Visitors can also attend the annual Luminary Night which transforms the lighthouse grounds into a twinkling light display. The property’s historic buildings such as the Keeper’s House will also be decorated with festive flair. Visitors are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items when attending this free event! 

Take a Night Sail on the Schooner Freedom. 

To view the Nights of Light festivities from the water, hop aboard the Schooner Freedom! The largest sailing vessel in St. Augustine, the Schooner Freedom is decked out in festive lights during the holiday season and offers sunset sails. Cuddle up with your loved ones for this unique holiday activity unlike any other. Once the sun goes down, you’ll be able to see the beautiful lights while avoiding the crowds.

Find Your St. Augustine Vacation Rental for the Holiday Season

A living room in a St. Augustine vacation rental

If you're looking for a home-away-from-home this holiday season, look for a St. Augustine vacation rental! Enjoy strolling through the Nights of Lights, exploring historic sites, as well as plenty of outdoor activities allowed by the mild temperatures even in winter.  With oceanfront vacation rentals, pet-friendly properties, and resort-style amenities, you're sure to find your ideal coastal escape this holiday season! 

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