There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with an evening at Nights of Lights, a favorite among St. Augustine holiday events. Inspired by the Spanish tradition of displaying white candles in windows at Christmas time, St. Augustine Nights of Lights allows visitors to bask in the glow of millions of stunning holiday lights while exploring 450 years of art, culture and history.
Here’s everything you need to know about safely experiencing Nights of Lights when you visit Florida’s Historic Coast this holiday season:
Strolling Nights of Lights
This year, the event will run November 14, 2020 through January 31, 2021. The easiest way to experience it is by simply strolling along St. Augustine’s European-inspired, brick-lined streets. Nothing compares to the feeling of exploring a small European city, surrounded by the best restaurants, live music, galleries and historic sites in Northeast Florida.
Did you know National Geographic called our holiday lights one of the top 10 light displays in the world?
Downtown St. Augustine is home to a number of phenomenal art galleries. While you’re exploring, stop in to take in the work of the city’s best artists, browse and even shop for the art lover in your family.
Plus, if you plan your trip at the right time, take a peek at the area’s best craft markets and festivals – filled with handmade gifts and goods you won’t find anywhere else.
Visitors throughout Nights of Lights can also stop by the St. Augustine Art Association for La Vie en Bleu – an exhibit showcasing the French Impressionist works of Marguerite Castaing, on display for the first time!
Things to Do
If you’re hoping St. Augustine holiday events include live performances, you’re in luck! The St. Augustine Art Association and the talented musicians of the St. Augustine Music Festival come together for a gorgeous afternoon of Art & Music.
Socially distanced seating will be available on a limited basis and the show will also be streamed live for those who can’t attend in person.
Is history more your speed? On Saturday, December 19, stop by the Mission Nombre de Dios for Las Posadas, a Historic Florida Militia Living History event showing how residents of America’s Oldest City could have celebrated the holiday season in 1586.
Or, November 12-22, take a break from the holiday lights to enjoy The Independents, a humorous and entertaining play about the tumultuous connection between French Impressionist Edgar Degas and American Mary Cassatt.
Of course, as with anything else this year, you’ll want to practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Things to Eat
When it’s time to eat, savor local flavors at one of St. Augustine’s many farm-to-table restaurants. Nearly every restaurant in town is open and ready to serve, and the best part is Florida’s mild winters are perfect for outdoor dining!
Masks may be required for indoor dining.
Other Ways to Explore
Don’t feel like walking? Private wine and carriage rides offer a more intimate, crowd-free way to experience the beauty of St. Augustine Nights of Lights.
Or, for an experience perfect for the whole family, try a Trolley Tour! They’ve implemented new safety measures, like clear shields between rows and frequent sanitizing, that will help you breathe easy while you take in the holiday lights.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a relaxing place to stay after the fun is over, there’s no place better than one of St. Augustine’s Historic Inns.
Located throughout the city, these charming inns and B&Bs are within walking distance of everything you could want or need during your stay. Rest and relax in a historic home, complete with all the modern amenities you expect, from local innkeepers committed to your comfort and safety.