Nights of Lights
The annual tradition that lights up the night sky in the Ancient City is back! The Annual Nights of Lights in St. Augustine will run from November 20, 2021, to January 31, 2022.
During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting customers dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings. Organizers say the tour for the display is 45 minutes in duration.
The tour will include an eight-seater electric golf cart that has a plexiglass screen between driver and passengers. Workers will disinfect between each tour. The tour will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
- Ticket costs are as follows:
- Over 12 years old – $25
- 5 – 12 years old- $10
- Under 5 – free
The tours will run seven days a week at the following times:
- 6pm – 6:45pm
- 7pm – 7:45pm
- 8pm – 8:45pm
- 9pm – 9:45pm
- 10pm – 10:45pm
There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the downtown area, from the dazzling lights along the bay front, to the Christmas tree placed in the center of the Plaza de la Constitución with holiday gifts surrounding it. From dusk until dawn, the lights bring holiday cheer to vacationers and locals in St. Augustine.
The 28th Annual Light-Up! Night begins at 4 p.m. with a performance by Showtime USA presenting a wide variety of holiday musical favorites. Showtime’s performance will be in front of St. Augustine’s City Hall, 75 King St. At 5:30 p.m.
The All Star Orchestra takes the stage with great swing and big band sounds all in grand holiday style at the historic Plaza de la Constitución Gazebo. During the Light-Up! Night ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the plaza, the switch to the Nights of Lights is flipped to illuminate the city. The concert continues after the ceremony until 7:30 p.m.
This is the local winter holiday celebration in St. Augustine where each historic downtown business and many residents participate by lighting up their buildings. The celebration was chosen in 2011 and 2012 by National Geographic as one of the 10 dazzling holiday lighting displays in the world. The dazzling display continues to dazzle, becoming more and more popular each year as a holiday destination for vacationers from all over the world.
Nights of Lights in St. Augustine traces its origins back to the traditional Spanish practice of displaying a white candle in windows during the Christmas holidays. Candles in the window allude to the fact that Mary and Joseph could find no inn that would give them shelter. When the Spanish put candles in their windows, they were symbolically making room in their homes and hearts for Jesus.
It also reflects the welcoming attitude of the holiday season, showing that guests are welcome to the home. The stunning lights reflect the city’s more than 450-year history and illuminate the beautiful city scape for lasting holiday memories. The city of St. Augustine has been celebrating this event for 27 years.
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