St. Augustine Nights of Lights Celebrating 25 Years

For 25 years, St. Augustine Nights of Lights has been bringing the magic of Christmas alive for locals and tourists. It’s become a tradition for many over the years with new additions each year. People often ask where is the best place to see the lights?  What’s the best way to see the lights?   The lights are all around town with a variety of ways to take in the magic of the season.

The Lightner Museum
The Lightner Museum is just down the road from the plaza and needs to be on your places to visit.

How to see the St. Augustine Nights of Lights

There are many ways to explore the Nights of Lights with the crowds being the largest on the weekends in November and December. If you would like to take a train or trolley tour, I recommend arriving early or purchasing one of their special boarding options to avoid the lines. January is a special time to leisurely stroll through town and enjoy the magic of the extended season without the crowds.

  • Florida Water Tours
    • 6 pm sailing – family friendly
    • 7:45pm and 9:30pm  18+ sailings (bar on board)
    • reservations required and plan to arrive 15 minutes early
    • hot cocoa or cider available at the office prior to sailing


  • Old Town Trolley Nights of Lights Tour
    • continuous departures every 10-15 minutes 6pm-9pm each evening
    • free cider, cookie, and magical viewing glasses
    • New FAST Track Pass
      • shorter line
      • pre-select check-in time


  • Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train Tours
    • Sunday-Thursday 6pm-8pm
    • Friday and Saturday
      •  6pm-10pm
      • marshmallow pit
      • gifts for the kids
      • costumed characters
      • and more!
    • VIP seating available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
      • pre-select time and day to guarantee seating
    • No tours Christmas Day


  • Schooner Freedom
    • Sunset and Moonlight Sailings
      • 4:15 for a 2-hour tour
      • 6:45 for a 1 hr. 15 min tour
        • complimentary cocoa, soda, wine, beer
        • live musician


  • Old City Helicopter Tours
    • 9-6 daily
    • walk-ins available during normal business hours
    • closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


St. Augustine Plaza
The Plaza is simply breathtaking this time of the year.

Where to take the Christmas Card Photo

There are so many beautiful places to explore the Nights of Lights and catch some family pictures. Here are a few that we try to catch each year…

  • Bayfront with the water/bridge or the beautiful lights of the businesses as the backdrop.
  • The Lightner Museum
  • Christmas Tree in the Plaza
  • Gazebo in the plaza


Need help finding a place to stay, park, or other questions about how to enjoy the town in the time that you have? Send me a message at or comment below! Would love to help make your visit magical!

Merry Christmas!





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