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The 5 Best Ways To Enjoy St Augustine’s Nights Of Lights Holiday Festival

Nights Of Lights St Augustine

Nights Of Lights St Augustine

There are already many reasons to visit historic St Augustine, however during the holidays the already beautiful historic downtown turns into a twinkling wonderland! You will feel like you are walking straight into a dream as you stroll along the streets of St Augustine’s historic district. For more than 20 years, the annual Nights of Lights celebration begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through the last weekend of January and every year the over 3 million holiday lights seem to glow brighter and be more magical.

Nights Of Lights St Augustine

The oldest city in the United States really knows how to get you into a holiday spirit. St Augustine has been declared one of the best holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic; this is a magical holiday event you won’t want to miss. There are many ways to enjoy the lights and here are some of our favorites.

1. Stay the night:  The best way to experience Nights of Lights is to plan an overnight stay in one of St Augustine’s historic bed and breakfasts inns or downtown hotels. You will be right in the middle of all the holiday magic so you can soak up the sparkly, festive atmosphere and enjoy all the dining, tours, and entertainment this award-winning holiday celebration has to offer.

2. Take a walk: Park in the Historic Parking Facility located off Castillo Drive and enjoy the sights on foot as you walk leisurely along the narrow brick lined streets and beautiful avenues. You can also book a walking tour with Tour St. Augustine and learn more about St Augustine’s intriguing and exciting history along the way.

3. Hop on the Old Town Holly Jolly Trolley: A trolley tour is a great way to see the lights with family and without getting tired. While you ride the trolley you will learn about the rich history of the oldest city in North America.

4. Take a carriage tour: What could be more romantic than snuggling with your loved one while you sit in a horse drawn carriage and take in the beautiful holiday lights. You can also grab your friends and take an after dark wine and carriage ride with the Tasting Tours.

5. See the lights from the water: See the remarkable display from the water with tours aboard the Schooner Freedom, the Osprey or with Ripple Effects Eco Tours.

Nights Of Lights St Augustine

Nights Of Lights St Augustine

Many local attractions offer special Nights of Lights tours that attract hundreds of merrymakers: some of our favorites are The Holiday Tour of Homes and the Tour of Bed and Breakfast Inns. Some of the most popular landmarks aglow with white lights include the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum and the Villa Zorayda.

The Regatta of Lights, one of only a few holiday boat parades in Florida, is not to be missed! Sailboats, shrimp trawlers, schooners and private vessels large and small decorated with lights and other holiday décor float past a sea of onlookers that line the bay front and bridge after dark.

For a complete list of holiday events and for more information, visit www.NightsofLights.com.

 

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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