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St. Augustine old town trolley nights of lights tour driving past lightner museum at night decorated with holiday lights
St. Augustine nights of lights holiday tour trolley
st. augustine holiday tour driving at night past various buildings lit up with holiday lights
St. Augustine's Casablanca Inn decorated with holiday lights during nights of lights holiday tour

A Holiday Tradition Celebrating 30 Years

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.

nights of lights glasses

Over $100 of money saving coupons per guest.

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.”

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Now in its 30th year, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is well known as one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World” by National Geographic Traveler.

44 Spanish Street Inn in St. Augustine, FL
You'll be caroling to your favorite holiday music!
Holiday Cheer
St Augustine holiday cookies
Complimentary sugar cookies and warm apple cider.
These amazing glasses will enhance the twinkle and glimmer of the lights, making this ride even more special.
Complimentary Magical Glasses
St. Augustine Nights of Lights
St Augustine nights of lights holiday trolley and guests
Nights of Lights decorations
Nights of Lights guests with Santa
Nights of Lights decorations

Tickets & Schedule


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


November 19, 2023 – January 28, 2024


Approx. 30-45 minutes. Times vary by date. See calendar for times.

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St. Augustine Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

11th Annual Light Up the Night Contest!

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!

“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.”

Enter Nights of Lights Contest


2023 Performance Calendar

Sponsored by Old Town Trolley Tours 

All groups perform from 6pm to 8pm at the Old Town Trolley Nights of Lights Guest Queuing Area – Visitor Information Center.

Sunday, November 19
Beachside High School Chorus

Monday, November 20
Ponte Vedra High School Jazz Band & Sharkapellas

Friday, November 24
A Swing and A Miss (Jazz Ensemble)

Saturday, November 25
St. Augustine High School SJCCA Musical Theatre

Sunday, November 26
Pedro Menendez High School Dance Ensemble

Friday, December 1
Beachside High School Musical Theatre

Saturday, December 2
Palm Valley Academy Jazz Band

Sunday, December 3
Ponte Vedra High School Drum Line

Thursday, December 7
Beachside High School Chorus

Friday, December 8
Bartram Trail High School – Voice of Bartram

Saturday, December 9
Murray Middle School – SJCCA Jazz Band and The Jolly Jingling Bulldog Choir

Sunday, December 10
Fruit Cove Middle School Flyers Jazz Ensemble

Friday, December 15
Valley Ridge Academy Jazz Band

Saturday, December 16
Pedro Menendez High School – Falala Falcons Christmas Cabaret

Sunday, December 17
St. Augustine High School SJCCA Jazz Band

Monday, December 18
Freedom Crossing Academy Musical Theatre

Tuesday, December 19
St. Augustine High School SJCCA Band

Wednesday, December 20
Gamble Rogers Middle School Chorus

Thursday, December 21
Pacetti Bay Middle School Vocal Ensemble

Friday, December 22
Tocoi Creek High School Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, December 23
A Swing and A Miss (Jazz Ensemble)

Tuesday, December 26
Ancient City Brass Band

Wednesday, December 27
Ancient City Brass Band

Thursday, December 28
Ancient City Brass Band

Friday, December 29
Pedro Menendez High School Falala Falcons Christmas Cabaret

Saturday, December 30
Ancient City Brass Band

Sunday, December 31
Gainesville Brass Quartet

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