6 Days: Take the Kids into Town

There are only 7 days ’til Christmas!  You can read 12 ways I’m celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting with this 12 Days ’til Christmas post or go to the Nights of Lights page for a Christmas Countdown via photos of St. Auggie’s #NightsOfLights. Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links.


Six days until Christmas. There is so much that could be done… but what will your kids remember two decades from now? A tree with coordinating, perfectly wrapped gifts or family walks under millions of lights to get cocoa? Yeah, exactly. Leave the to-do list and take the kids out for ice cream or hot chocolate in St. Augustine!

When to Go: Now is the time. Before weekend Nights of Lights Trolley lines wrap around the parking garage and before just grabbing a coffee or sweet snack is an impossibility… yep, it’s time your family headed into Historic St. Augustine for a night of Nights of Lights sightseeing fun.

Where to Park: Visitors, arrive early and go straight to the garage. It’s not worth wasting 20 minutes looking for a spot. If you’re local, park in the garage on the cheap (so thankful for our Park Now Card!!) or head to a super-secret awesome spot for free. Just remember to do it early! Even mid-week, St. Auggie fills up during #NoL!

Where to Eat: If you park in the garage, walk across the street to Ann O’Malley’s for a quick sandwich & a cold beer on the porch. If it’s late and the porch is full, wave but take the kiddos down St. George Street for a pizza slice from Pizzalley’s. Save room for dessert.

What to See: You have to walk through the plaza. Also, if you’ve never made shadows on the wall of the Castillo, take the kiddos to do that. Let them roll down the grassy slope like children have for centuries and then stroll along the bayfront for a quintessentially St. Augustine experience.


The scoop on the Nights of Lights Tours: There are two main tours to take in the lights. Click on the links to read more.

  1. Holly Jolly Trolly
  2. Ripley’s Big Red Trains

Both give out cool “magical viewing glasses” that make all the lights extra-sparkley AND look super cool in photos (see below). I like each one for different reasons. You can’t go wrong! Great companies and both give back to our community so beautifully.

Have fun enjoying a “night on the town” with your kiddos!


  1. says

    totally didn’t know that you could use the Park Now card at the garage. I thought it was only for the metered spots! That is good to know!

    • says

      It’s $1 to park there now- going up to $3 soon. Either way it’s a huge savings!!

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