2013 St Augustine Nights of Lights Train is coming!

You can go see Christmas lights… or you can go see CHRISTMAS lights!!!  This year, make sure you do the latter & enjoy 2013 St. Augustine Nights of Lights via the Old Town Trolley.

Old Town Trolley’s Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley is a fun and easy way to take it all in.  Experienced drivers take you down the best lit streets, make four stops in case you want to explore on foot, and avoid all the tourists {who weren’t bright enough to ride the trolley} walking down the middle of the road.

Perks of Old Town Trolley’s Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley:
* Free Parking & shuttle to Visitors Information Center, where the Christmas Light Train departs.
* Photos with Santa (use your own camera or pay for professionals to do the work)
* Free admission to Colonial Quarter by Candlelight where you can explore 2 acres of history, enjoy sweet treats like cider and cookies all to the sounds of holiday music.

*** And the BEST PERK: The super-cool Christmas Light Viewing Glasses!  They turn a normal palm tree (pix above) encircled by strands of lights to “Daddy!  LOOK!!!”  Adult and child size available!

A few more details you’ll be glad I shared with you:

When- They begin Sunday, November 24, 2013 and run nightly 6-8 pm (get off & on as much as you’d like) through Jan 4, 2014.
Where- leave from the Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive
Cost- $9 adults, $12 on weekends & $4 children 6-12

And that Free Parking with shuttle I told you about is available 3 places:

  1. The Old Jail Main Depot – 167 San Marco Avenue
  2. Welcome Center at 1700 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd
  3. (US1) Welcome Center – 27 San Marco Ave.

The stores are already putting out their decorations, so I guess I’ll close this with from our familiy to yours… Merry Christmas!!

Website: Old Town Trolley Tours

p.s. You have 2 choices for Christmas light sightseeing trains!  Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train runs as well.


  1. says

    Just wanted to give you the updated details for Old Town Trolley’s Holly Jolly Nights of Lights Trolley. We’ve added a stop at the Old Drugstore this year, where our guests cam visit Santa. The Holly Jolly Trolley runs every night through Jan. 1st, 2013. Please call (904) 829-3800 for more information, including our free parking options. Thanks for letting people know about us!

    • says

      Thanks, Kate! Sounds fun!! We always love riding with you guys!

  2. Arpana says

    Hello, I have a question – if we get off at one of the stops to explore around, can we get back on the trolley without buying another ticket at the same stop to come all the way back to the last stop?
    Also, where would be the best place or stop to get off to get pics with Santa for kids?

    • says

      Great question! That depends on which tour you choose. Ripley’s Red Train does not make stops during nighttime tours. It’s once around and Santa + movies will be at Ripley’s while you wait to board.

      The Holly Jolly Trolley is stopping at Colonial Quarter this year – you can reboard if you have your sticker/tickets but sometimes you have to wait a few trains for empty seats. Call whichever you choose to clarify before making plans as details are subject to change! 🙂

  3. elaine says

    I had this experience for the first time ever last christmas
    I can’t wait to do it again. I’ll most likely do it several times before Christmas, My grandkids enjoyed it as well
    I am trying to get the whole family to go this year.

    see you soon!!!!!!!!!

  4. Heather says

    Are dogs allowed on the Holly jolly train?

    • says

      Wow- you stumped me! I have no idea! I have never seen one aboard so I think it’s safe to say that no pets allowed. With no sides, it’s likely a safety issue. You’re welcome to call Ripley’s or Old Town Trolley to confirm.

  5. Judi Garrett says

    Will the trolley be running on December 25th?

  6. Heather says

    If you ride the trolley around, how long does it take to get back to where you started? Super excited!

    • says

      I believe they say the tours last just under an hour. Traffic & congestion changes this, of course. 🙂

  7. Yolanda S says

    how long should we allow to see the lights at a leisurely pace?

    • says

      If you plan to walk around, give yourself the full evening and stop for dinner or dessert as you stroll. The whole historic district is lit up, so you can take a short walk or long one… it’s completely up to you!

  8. Marlena P. says

    First time seeing the lights and it was amazing. Loved the 3D glasses and that there’s a stop to take a picture with Santa. My kids loved it. Can anyone tell me the website of the photographer to order my pics from him.

    • says

      Contact Old Town Trolley for that info! They’ll be happy to help you.

  9. David N. says

    If I were to experience the lights by foot, where should I start walking?

    • says

      Start walking wherever you get out of your car! Enjoy the entire downtown historic district… either from the Plaza, the parking garage or the Castillo (fort) parking lot. Merry Christmas!

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