One of the prettiest and most popular times of the year in St. Augustine is our annual Nights of Lights! The town is awash in three million tiny white lights every year that adds a real sparkle to our city!
This year the lights switch will be turned on this Saturday November 17th and the lights will stay on until February 3rd. If you have the opportunity to visit, it truly is a beautiful time of year. You can view the lights by just walking around the Historic Downtown St. Augustine area, you can take a trolley for a sing-a-long tour, or you can take a boat ride – like the Schooner Freedom – to see the lights from the water! Whichever way you choose it is a special treat!
The city’s Nights of Lights has even been recognized by National Geographic magazine as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world in 2011 and 2012! What an honor!
This is the 25th year of this beautiful display but how did it start?? Well, I know the story! A local business man named Bill Lennon was a City Commissioner back in 1994 when he sparked the idea! He lived in Davis Shores just over the Bridge of Lions from downtown with his family. Each year they would see the glow of a few white lights as they would drive over the Bridge into the Historic Downtown and his boys would love the lights. Bill Lennon got the idea to expand the display and brought his idea to the City Council. The rest, as they say, is history! We owe Bill Lennon a debt of gratitude for his vision and decision to make it happen!! Thanks, Bill!
You can read about the history of the Nights of Lights in this article that appeared in the St. Augustine Record back in 2014 – Nights of Lights transforms St. Augustine into bright holiday destination.
You can make plans to view this beautiful display by visiting any number of sites such as:
I invite you to come to our beautiful city and enjoy this festive light display. If you decide you would like to stay and be a part of this Historic First Coast, please let me know how I can help!