The 17th annual edition of St. Augustine's famed Nights of Lights will sparkle to life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 when the flick of a switch will illuminate the oldest city's historic district with the gentle glow of more than two million tiny, white lights. Selected last year by AAA as one of the 12 best places in the United States and Canada to experience holiday cheer and named this year as one of the top 100 events in the U.S. by the American Bus Association, the Nights of Lights provides a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31.
During the nearly 250 years when St. Augustine served as the capital of Spanish La Florida, the residents marked the holiday season with a single white candle burning in a window at each home. Today, the Nights of Lights continue that happy tradition in a grand style that reflects the city's 445 years of history. In addition to the enjoyment that comes from strolling the ancient streets lit by the glowing lights or enjoying the nightly reflection of lights on the waters of Matanzas Bay, both visitors and residents can enjoy a wide range of memorable events, including: