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A Holiday Tradition

The holidays are popular for enjoying time-honored traditions like gift-giving, bonding with family, and decorating your home in the spirit of the season. Here in America’s Oldest City, we take the latter to a whole different level. Inspired by an ancient holiday practice brought here by the Spanish of displaying lit candles on window sills, The Annual Nights of Lights is set to brighten up the holidays in The Ancient City once again! To experience the glow of the season and the more than 3 million lights adorning every corner of the city’s historic district, take a ride on Old Town Trolley’s Nights of Lights Tour!

“This tour is a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike and is sure to become one of your favorite holiday memories.”

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Sing along with carolers, sip on some hot cider, enjoy delicious cookies, and don’t forget to wear your special complimentary glasses for an enhanced, fully-immersive holiday experience in one of Florida’s most beautiful and historic destinations!

Voted One of the “Top Ten Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler.

44 Spanish Street Inn in St. Augustine, FL
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You'll be caroling to your favorite holiday music!
Holiday Cheer
St Augustine holiday cookies
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Hot cider and homemade cookies add to the magic of your evening
Special Treats
night time picture of St. Augustine plaza with large trees and Christmas tree decorated with holiday lights
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These amazing glasses will enhance the twinkle and glimmer of the lights, making this ride even more special.
Complimentary magical viewing glasses
night time picture of lightner museum decorated with holiday lights and in the foreground, hedges and palm trees decorated with holiday lights

Nights of Lights – Fast Track Pass

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Experience St. Augustine’s 26th Annual Nights of Lights FASTER with your Fast Track Pass. Guests receive PRIORITY CHECK-IN to Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights Tour.

  • Fast Track Pass ticket holders access a separate line with a shorter wait time.
  • The Fast Track Pass allows guests to pre-select a reserved check-in time.
  • Fast Track Pass priority check-in is valid up to one hour following your reserved time.
  • Fast Track Passes are limited and times vary according to date. Please see the calendar.

 

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TOUR SCHEDULE

WHERE

Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive.

WHEN

Nightly from November 24, 2019 – February 2, 2020.

DURATION

30 minutes. Continuous departures every 10-15 minutes from 6pm to 9pm.

Private Charters available nightly. 
Please call customer service for group bookings: (904) 829-3800.

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Price for General Admission:

Adults: $13.99
Children 3-12: $6.99
Children under 3 are free

General Admission Reservations: Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day through February 2, 2020.

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Price for Fast Track Pass:

Adults: $18.99
Children 3-12: $11.99
Children under 3 are free

Fast Track Pass Reservations: Reservations are required. You may re-schedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time by calling 904-826-3663.

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Free Parking and Free Shuttle to Tour:

Old Town St. Augustine, 167 San Marco Ave.

Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 1700 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 1305 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.

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Discounted Parking and Walking Distance to Tour:

Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave.

Old Drugstore/Potter’s Wax Museum, 31 Orange St.

St. Augustine Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

Vote in this Year’s 7th Annual Light Up the Night Contest!

Guests of the Old Town Trolley will help to decide which three businesses will be awarded for having the best light displays in St. Augustine’s original Nights of Lights contest.

“Nights of Lights has also received accolades from AAA Auto Club as one of the 12 Favorite Places to Catch the Holiday Spirit and the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 events in the country.”

 

COMING SOON!

2019 Entertainment Schedule

Old Town Trolley Tours and Investing in Kids (INK!) are happy to announce the Entertainment Schedule for this year’s Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights Tour! We would like to thank INK! Executive Director Donna Lueders and St. Johns County Fine Arts Program Specialist Antonio Scott for all of their hard work in scheduling this year’s entertainment.

Beginning Sunday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 31st, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Old Town Trolley and INK! Investing in Kids presents free entertainment with St. Johns County school groups and local musical acts hosted at the City of St. Augustine Visitor Information Center on select nights (see below for schedule). Guests can enjoy holiday entertainment in queue for the Famous Nights of Lights Trolley Tour.

The performance venue is located at the corner of W. Castillo Dr. and San Marco Ave., 10 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine.

The Nights of Lights Old Town Trolley Tours entertainment schedule is as follows:

November 24
SJCCA Chamber Singers

November 29
Florida Brass Quintet

November 30
St. Augustine High School Orchestra

December 1
Florida Brass Quintet

December 6
Double Headliners:
Landrum Middle School Jazz Band
Fruit Cove Middle School Jazz Band

December 7
Ponte Vedra High School Jazz Band

December 8
St. Augustine High School Jazz Band

December 13
Nease High School Chorus

December 14
Ponte Vedra High School Drum Line

December 15
St. Augustine High School Chorus

December 16
Heather Loveland Dance Academy Performance Company

December 18
The Belles of St. Augustine Handbell Ringers

December 19
Showtime USA

December 20
Double Headliners:
Sebastian Middle School Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble
St. Augustine Concert Band

December 21
St. Augustine High School Band

December 22
St. Augustine High American Music Group

December 23
St. Augustine High School Guitar Group

December 26-29
Ancient City Brass Band

December 30
Voices of St. Augustine

December 31
Voices of St. Augustine

2019 Holiday Events

It’s always a special time when you visit America’s Oldest City; but its history and beauty really shine during the holiday season on a Nights of Lights Tour! Check out what else St. Augustine has in store for you with these holiday events!

 

November 21 – December 22, 2019
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Select show times
Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave.
Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to tropical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!

 

Saturday, December 2, 2019
63rd Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade
9 am
Floats, Santa, marching bands, horses, pirates and other units will travel down San Marco Avenue as part of the 63rd Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade. The parade begins on San Marco Avenue at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine along the bayfront, and ending behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Drive. San Marco Avenue and other downtown streets will be closed during the event. Arrive early to find parking and claim your spot.

 

December 8-9, 2019
A Bethlehem Visit
6-8:30pm
Free entrance, $5/vehicle parking
Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach
Take a walk through the town of Bethlehem and see how it might have looked on the night of Jesus’ birth. Seek out the lowly manger and the Christ Child. A cast of more than 200 people, plus live animals, portray the residents, merchants and craftsmen.

 

December 21-22, 2019
11th Annual The Nutcracker 
Select Showtimes
Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.

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