Winter is upon us and the holiday spirit is coming to life. Take part in some special holiday magic with a visit to St Augustine’s Night of Lights. From November 18th to January 31st, you can walk the streets, take various tours, and enjoy some evening fun at the local businesses. Staying at hotels in St Augustine FL will also keep you close to the fun, so check out Southern Oaks Inn for a spectacular stay while in the area.
A Dazzling History
For the 24th year, St Augustine is celebrating a tradition from the first Spanish occupants of the area. The 450-year-old culture of St Augustine would originally light candles in their windows. Locals continue the tradition with beautiful strings of holiday lights in a reflection of the welcoming spirit of the holiday season. This is your chance to experience a four-century-old tradition that still lights up the streets and hearts of locals.
Tour The Town
There are several tours available to view the lights from the streets and water. There are old town trolleys available between 6 and 9 pm nightly. You could also consider one of Ripley’s Red Train Light-seeing tours that also offers glasses for a bit of special effect viewing. There are nightly tours to see the lights from the water on Eco Tours at 6 pm and 7:30 pm, or you can take a Scenic Cruise offered every Saturday during the Night of Lights celebration. The other water tour is Florida Water Tours that is provided nightly on their featured charter, the “Osprey.”
Your Night Of Lights Experience
An opening ceremony for the Night Of Lights, “Light Up! Night” is held on November 18th, 2017 beginning at 4 pm. The lights all through town will be turned on with a celebration including free live music and a lighting ceremony for all to enjoy. There are free parking and shuttles for easy transportation to the heart of town nightly.
Your St Augustine Stay
To keep your holiday adventure running smoothly, it is a great idea to stay somewhere close to everything. The Southern Oaks Inn is one of the very few pet-friendly hotels in St Augustine FL that offers comfortable accommodations for both you and your four-legged friend. Give Southern Oaks Inn a call and start planning your Night Of Lights excursion to St Augustine today.