Holly Jolly Trolley stops at Colonial Quarter!

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 short to see over the sides.  {pick me up, Mommy!}

View from Colonial Quarter's Watchtower on a foggy night.

This year, the Colonial Quarter is opening their doors to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  Explore the darkened, candlelit grounds, order a s’mores kit or a spiked apple cider or just stroll through for a free preview of the attraction- free to all who come!

warning: After strolling through Colonial Quarter, you’ll want to return during daytime hours for a full tour!

Can we go see the lights yet, Mom?

When you ride the Holly Jolly Trolley, you’ll have the option to get on & off the train at several stops- but you can only ride the nighttime loop once.  So disembark at Colonial Quarter & enjoy the sleepy version of the attraction, but then I suggest getting back on at the Colonial Quarter so you enjoy the full Nights of Lights Tour!

protip: Get back on the trolley wherever you disembarked so you don’t miss anything!

I mentioned a giveaway… Thank you to those who entered!  Using Random.org’s number generator, the winner is Karen of SavingTheFamilyMoney.com!  Congrats, Karen!  Enjoy your Christmas Staycation in St. Augustine!
The Holly Jolly Trolley boards at the Visitors Information Center (by the parking garage) and at the end of pedestrian St. George Street- on the Plaza.  


  1. nancy says

    I still have not seen the lights! I know, I know, thats criminal in this town.

    • says

      *gasp* So YOU’re the one holdout! 😉 Good luck- maybe this giveaway will be your chance!

  2. kate says

    A Christmas story. I die when the little boy is encouraged to eat like a little piggy.

  3. Susan says

    Hi! I’m a new fan! We are visiting your beautiful city from N.J from Dec. 26-30th. can’t wait to see the lights! Thanks for the web-site..
    Favorite Christmas movie…It’s a Wonderful Life!!

  4. says

    I haven’t done the Holly Jolly train ride yet! And my fave movie is definitely A Christmas Story, I can watch it as many times as they play it!

  5. says

    I love The Christmas Story! It’s just a classic.

  6. Jude says

    My favorite Christmas son is What Child is This.

  7. says

    I love watching the Grinch with the kids, and all of the classic christmas movies: Frosty, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and more. I can’t pick just one.

  8. Crystal Malphrus says

    My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation… Makes me laugh and its a classic that never gets old!

  9. amy says

    My favorite Christmas Movie is Christmas Vacation. So silly yet so fun to watch. I love watching it with my mom because she will start giggling before the funny parts happen.

  10. says

    You want me to pick one movie? I LOVE Christmas movies I’ve been watching them daily since November 2nd when Hallmark started playing them.

    But my all time favorite has to be Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year my mom threatens to get a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree 😉

    Angels we have heard on high is my favorite Christmas song because the long GLORIA phrase is fun to sing and one time at midnight mass my uncle was singing it and he wasn’t very good at it my cousin and I just busted out laughing.

  11. Adelaida Thomen-Fernandez says

    Would love to take my kid on the train and see nights of lights from there. Favorite movie: it’s a Wonderful Life

  12. Amanda Rose says

    Hi, Allie! I really enjoy reading your blog and facebook posts. St. Augustine is my family’s favorite spot to go. My husband knows that I will use ANY reason to go to St. Augustine…lol

    I have to say my favorite movie is White Christmas. I spent years watching it with my mom. I don’t get time to do that like I use to. 🙁 My favorite song is O, Holy Night. Great message in that song.

    Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!!!!

  13. Sloane says

    My favorite Christmas movie is “White Christmas” and my boyfriend’s is “It’s A Wonderful Life”. We’re from NW Pennsylvania and will be in St Augustine Dec 27-Jan 6….CAN’T WAIT!!!

  14. Gloria Boyett says

    I have my reservations to go to my first Night of Lights this new year’s! I can’t wait to see it. I’ve heard about it forever. My favorite holiday movie is a tie between “White Christmas” and “Elf”. Love them both!

  15. Denise says

    A Christmas Carol…past present and future!

  16. Cathy Newman says

    Hi! Thanks so much for the great posts on both the trolley and train light tours…I’m thinking that our family will just have to enjoy both! My favorite Christmas movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I have so many fond memories of watching it with my mom as a kid.

  17. Jan Vroegindewey says

    This looks like something a history buff like me would love to do this season! Beautiful photos, BTW!

  18. Ronnie says

    This would make a great night out with the kiddos! Thanks Allie for always sharing such great ideas to enjoy St. Augustine!!! Favorite Christmas movie is While You Were Sleeping! Love me some Sandra Bullock!

  19. Amy J says

    I’d have to say It’s a Wonderful Life and The Shop Around The Corner. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. says

    Being unemployed makes the holiday season very challenging. We would LOVE to win! Thanks for the chance!

  21. says

    I just subscribed, so here’s my 2nd comment. Being unemployed makes the holiday season a bit challenging. Winning the tickets would be great. Thanks for the chance!

  22. Steve Donahey says

    I would have to go with “All I want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus” because it makes my kids laugh. Thanks for the great blog and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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