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 sparkling white lights adorning every corner of the city, stretching for nearly 20 blocks, take a ride on Old Town Trolley’s Nights of Lights Tour!
Spend less time waiting in line and more time with your loved ones by reserving a private row for you and your family or for that special someone. Your Nights of Light Trolley will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Sing along with carolers on your holiday tour! Don’t forget to wear your complimentary magical viewing glasses for an enhanced, fully-immersive holiday experience and be sure to join us at the end of the tour for complimentary sugar cookies and warm apple cider!
“This tour is a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike and is sure to become one of your favorite holiday memories.”
Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive.
Nightly from November 20, 2022 – January 28, 2023.
Approx. 30-45 minutes. Times vary by date. See calendar for times.
Please arrive 20 minutes prior to check-in as seats are subject to cancellation after the final boarding call.
Due to the popularity of the city’s Nights of Lights, be sure to give yourself enough time to park and check in as traffic can be heavy.
Private Charters available nightly. Please call customer service for group bookings: (904) 829-3800.
Admission Reservations: Reservations are required. Reservation based tickets are non-refundable. You may reschedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time by calling 904-337-3780. Maximum of 4 guests per row.
1 to 4-guest trolley row: Starting at $69.99
(Private row for your use – maximum of 4 guests per row)
Age Requirements: Children 3 years and younger may be considered a lap child. Toddler carriers and children ages 4 and older are required to have their own seat and must remain seated at all times.
24-hour parking is conveniently available at the adjacent Historic Downtown Parking Facility. The cost is $15 per vehicle, per entry. Cash, credit, and debit cards are all accepted. For more information on parking in St. Augustine, please visit the City of St. Augustine website.
Discount parking for trolley guests is available at the nearby Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., on a first come, first served basis.
For wheelchairs and scooters, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hour notice is recommended. Please call (904) 829-3800 for scheduling. This will allow us time to ensure that a properly equipped vehicle will be made available for your use. Wheelchair accessible trolleys are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
Each year guests of the Old Town Trolley are asked to help choose the city’s Top 3 lighting displays. Winners of these prestigious awards will receive cash, prizes and one of the most sought-after trophies in the city!
Sunday, November 20
R.J. Murray Middle School Jazz Band and Chorus
Friday, November 25
Florida Brass Quintet
Saturday, November 26
St. Augustine High School Musical Theatre
Thursday, December 1
Allen D. Nease High School Chorus
Friday, December 2
Pedro Menendez High School Dance Ensemble
Saturday, December 3
Ponte Vedra High School Jazz Band
Wednesday, December 7
Ponte Vedra High School Drumline
Thursday, December 8
Beachside High School Chorus
Friday, December 9
St. Augustine High School Concert Band
Saturday, December 10
St. Augustine High School Guitar Ensemble
Sunday, December 11
Gamble Rogers Middle School Choir
Wednesday, December 14
Otis Mason Elementary Steel Band
Thursday, December 15
Sebastian Middle School Band/Orchestra
Friday, December 16
Tocoi Creek High School Jazz Band
Saturday, December 17
Valley Ridge Academy Jazz Band
Sunday, December 18
Pedro Menendez High School Cabaret
Tuesday, December 20
Freedom Crossing Academy Musical Theatre
Wednesday, December 21
Wards Creek Elementary Chorus
Thursday, December 22
Pacetti Bay Middle School Vocal Ensemble
Tuesday, December 27-29
Ancient City Brass Band
Friday, December 30
Florida Brass Quintet
Saturday, December 31
Gainesville Brass Quintet