How to Enjoy Nights of Lights AFTER Christmas

Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. I love hearing from readers! I read and answer every question I receive. The most recent one was about #NightsOfLights and I get it so regularly I thought I'd respond in a post for everyone! Sabrina will be visiting in January and asks: "I love St. Augustine but have never seen the lights. Are the lights in one area or all thru the town? ... should we be prepared to walk or take a tour? Thanks for the help." ~Sabrina St. Augustine's Nights of Lights adorn the city until January 31, 2016. Visiting after the busyness of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Enjoy St. Augustine’s Light up Night {without getting lost in the crowds}

Saturday, November 18, 2017 St. Augustine closes roads, brings in live music and celebrates the beginning of the holiday season in a big way with light up night! Our Plaza de la Constitution is home to the Nights of Lights kickoff party and everyone comes out for it. Live music, a giant real Christmas Tree and over 2.5 million lights transform historic St. Augustine into a winter wonderland- one of the 10 best light displays in the entire world according to National Geographic! St. Augustine's Nights of Lights has been a tradition with our family for as long as … [Read more...]

St Augustine Christmas Shopping Tour

Shop Local & Help a Local Family in need! Are you making a list and checking it twice? St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours is offering a great new tour this season to help you knock that list out with unique & meaningful gifts, have a lot of fun and support local small businesses! I'm super excited about this holiday season tour- my Mom is coming up next weekend for the inaugural tour and we can't wait to shop locally for those we love! Whether you come solo, book a private tour with all your girlfriends or make this a unique date with your honey, … [Read more...]

National Geographic names St Augustine Top 10 Places to See Lights

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As all the locals know, St. Augustine is a great place to live. In this part of my site, I share news articles from around the nation where our fair city has been featured. In this one, National Geographic names St Augustine Top 10 Places to See Lights! National Geographic's Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights {excerpt} Once under Spanish rule, this 16th-century city fetes its heritage. Single white candles once flickered from colonists’ windows; during Nights of Lights, the 144-square-block historic district twinkles with two million bulbs (each white, per city … [Read more...]

Holly Jolly Trolley stops at Colonial Quarter!

Colonial Quarter free at Christmas

One thing I love about St. Augustine is things are always the same and yet always changing.  For example, we ride around to look at Christmas lights every year during St. Augustine's Nights of Lights, but there are new aspects to enjoy this season like a stop at Colonial Quarter when you ride the Holly Jolly Trolley! Our family loves, loves, loves the Colonial Quarter.  The boys like the musket demonstration, the girls love playing in the hands-on archaeology section and everyone wants to climb the tower and look out over the city of St Augustine... even if they're too … [Read more...]

St Augustine Named America’s Twinkliest Town by Rachel Ray

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As all the locals know, St. Augustine is a great place to live. In this part of my site, I share news articles from around the nation where our fair city has been featured. In this one, Rachel Ray names us America's Twinkliest Romantic Town. St Augustine Named America's Twinkliest Town by Rachel Ray {excerpt} St. Augustine has been named one of America’s Twinkliest Towns byEvery Day with Rachael Ray magazine.The Ancient City was the top winner in the “For the Romantic” category. The story by Alex Pecci talks about the more than 3 million lights in the historic … [Read more...]

Families: Try Ripley’s Nights Of Lights Train!!

Ripleys Balloon Nights of Lights

Ripley's Nights Of Lights Train has become a favorite family tradition... even our 17 year old asked us to schedule it on a night he could come! I'm sure you already know that Ripley's knows how to make a memory inside the crazy museum. Well, they've put all their experience into making #NightsOfLights Trains fun for all ages. Instead of the line feeling interminably long, families pass the time by watching a fire dancer, taking photos with Santa, roasting marshmallows and playing in the bubble snow! Ripley's Red Train is full of surprises and is hands-down the best Nights … [Read more...]

The Tasting Tours ~ Nights of Lights Carriage Ride

St. Augustine Wine Tour

This blog is from Nights of Lights 2013. Please call The Tasting Tours (number at end) for current prices. The Tasting Tours of St. Augustine took a brilliant idea (foodie tours like one I took with City Walk) and combined it with the oldest mode of transportation in St. Augustine (horse-drawn carriage rides) to offer several unique tours of St. Augustine.  We joined them on our last date night for their Holiday Wine & Carriage Tour as a relaxing way to take in Nights of Lights. Our van squealed in to the parking garage on two wheels.  By the time my hubby was home … [Read more...]