30 Years of Nights of Lights!

November 14, 2023

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For new or prospective residents, there’s nothing quite as exciting or memorable as your first Nights of Lights festival! Now entering its 30th year, what started as a small business initiative to drive visitation during the slow season is now a globally-recognized phenomenon. Downtown St. Augustine glistens as small businesses, private homes and municipal buildings and structures are draped in millions of white twinkly lights, beginning the Saturday before Thanksgiving through the end of January. We’ve got the best ways to experience this unique festival of lights.


Nights of Lights kicks off Saturday, November 18th, with Light Up! Night. Wander through downtown with a warm drink from The Kookaburra Coffee, then join the crowd of excited holiday-goers in the Plaza de la Constitución as the light switch is flipped to kick off the start of the festival. Light Up! is a free event beginning at 6pm. The City of St. Augustine offers a free Park & Ride Shuttle for Light Up! night, and during peak days throughout the Nights of Lights season. Multiple pick-up and drop-off locations are available.

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