St. Augustine Christmas activities

Our most recommended St. Augustine, St. Johns County Christmas activities

St. Augustine: Nights of Lights Pirate Ship Tour

1. St. Augustine: Nights of Lights Pirate Ship Tour

Hop aboard a pirate ship and take in St. Augustine's Nights of Lights from the water. Get into the festive spirit with Christmas music and jokes, then admire the downtown lights at Christmastime. After boarding the pirate ship, set off on your ride under the Bridge of Lions. Watch the sunset before seeing millions of lights turning on in downtown St. Augustine. As you marvel at the world-famous lights from the deck of a pirate ship, join the pirate crew in singing and dancing to holiday music. Throughout the tour, take advantage of the snacks and drinks from the onboard bar, at your own expense. Enjoy an experience that's only available during the holiday season.

St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

2. St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

Voted one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World”, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is celebrating its 28th year. With over 3 million sparkling white lights adorning every corner of the city and stretching for nearly 20 blocks, it creates an enchanted wonderland that will put a smile on your face and warm holiday memories in your heart. The open-air trolleys are perfect for sightseeing and taking pictures. Complimentary magical viewing glasses allow you to enjoy an enhanced, fully immersive Holiday Experience. 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! To provide guests with the safest and most comfortable sightseeing experience, only full rows for up to 4 people are available this year, to assure social distancing.

Nights of Lights Celebration in St. Augustine

3. Nights of Lights Celebration in St. Augustine

Travel north east to the oldest inhabited city in the USA – St. Augustine – where the nights of lights celebration is in full bloom. During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops – as millions of tiny white lights create a magical atmosphere. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 448-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. Caroling, hot cider and homemade cookies add to the magic of the evening that includes a ride on the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley around the town, a great way to put you in the holiday mood! 

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What people are saying about St. Augustine, St. Johns County

It was really fun. The biggest downside was having to pay for 4 seats when there was just two of us. Also, though they tell you to arrive 20-30 minutes early, they still didn’t check our tickets or board us until 6:00, the time the tour was to start.

Heavy traffic on a Sunday evening but all went smoothly. Pepper was great! Had a great group on board and a lot of fun. Beautiful city

Our guide was delightful and the whole team friendly and helpful. The hot cider and cookie at the end was especially welcome.

Fantastic ride to see all the lights! Lots of fun, well organized… With hot cider and a cookie as a treat after you get off.

What an excellent way to see the lights. We enjoyed every second.