St. Augustine Seasonal & holiday activities

Our most recommended St. Augustine, St. Johns County Seasonal & holiday 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.

St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

3. St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

St. Augustine: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walking Tour

4. St. Augustine: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walking Tour

Follow the storytellers through the Old Town, visiting some of their favorite haunts, on this tour through St. Augustine’s ghostly locations. Meet your guide near the Old City Gates and stroll through the darkened streets, listening to stories of long-deceased residents who have not moved on. While traveling the most haunted areas of St. Augustine, the USA’s oldest city, you will hear the most enchanting and historical accounts of paranormal sightings, captures, and the story behind why they appear. From the Old Cemeteries, to the infamous Castillo de San Marcos, your guide will make sure you have every chance to capture and explore your own paranormal encounters. This is an award-winning tour that has operated since 1998 and welcomes young and old alike — the very best unscripted tour. The experience begins and ends at the same location with convenient parking nearby.

Nights of Lights Celebration in St. Augustine

5. 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

Wasn’t too sure what to expect but had such an amazingly fun time during the tour I’d do it again! There wasn’t a single second I was bored and was thoroughly entertained with the enthusiastic tour guide. Sorry I don’t remember her name but remember her saying she was a history teacher, will definitely go again.

This was actually a lot of fun. We didn't see any ghosts unfortunately, but still loved the whole experience. 10 PM was a perfect time, it was dark enough, but not too late.

Our guide was very professional and kept us entertained throughout our adventure. The jokes he made was a plus as well.

I liked the photos the guide showed us of real ghosts.

We had such a great time! Our guides were awesome!