Travel theme: Sparkle

Nights of Lights: St. Augustine, FL

Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida — November 22, 2014 to February 1, 2015

With over three hundred million lights, St. Augustine, Florida’s Nights of Lights lives up to its listing in The World’s 10 Best Holiday Displays by National Geographic. Now that’s a lot of sparkle!  All over the city, historic buildings, plazas, trees, and even horse-drawn carriages are decked out in tiny lights.

Lightner Museum, St. Augustine, FL

The Lightner Museum (formerly the Alcazar Hotel) decorated for the Nights of Lights celebration.

Tourists and locals alike seem to enjoy the displays.  On the nights we were there in January, people roamed around the city taking pictures and enjoying the lighted venues.

Enjoying the Nights of Lights, St. Augustine, FL

Enjoying the Nights of Lights, St. Augustine, FL

The lighting goes back to Spanish origins when people placed lighted candles in their windows during the Christmas holidays.  Now celebrating its 449th year in existence, St. Augustine is proud to continue the tradition with its Nights of Lights celebration from November 22, 2014 to February 1, 2015.

Lighted trees, shrubbery, and buildings in St. Augustine, FL

Lighted trees, shrubbery, and buildings in St. Augustine, FL

For more information and a photo gallery showing scenes from St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, click here.

For more entries in Ailsa’s Travel theme: Sparkle on her blog Where’s My Backpack, click here.

Photo credit:  Picture One:  Images of Nights of Lights


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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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11 Responses to Travel theme: Sparkle

  1. Rusha, we lived on St. Augustine Beach for 5 years (a long time in one place for us), and it’s our favorite place in FL. One of our annual Christmas traditions was to get a hotel room across the bay from downtown, bundle up and spend the night on the balcony admiring the lights. It’s a magical time in St. Augustine. ~James

    • I can see why that view would be terrific. We loved this old city, but we weren’t expecting so many similarities to New Orleans, even Key West. There’s a laid-back vibe there that could really grow on us, and so many more places than we saw to explore. We also suspect that there are great events at the college, too. Thanks for sharing your Christmas tradition — you might have to do it again someday!

  2. I love sparkly lights – they make me feel very happy! What a stunning place and how St. Augustine looks magical.

    • It was our first trip to St. Augustine, but we can see why it was packed with tourists — all having fun, or so it seemed. It’s a festive atmosphere in the courtyards and down the shopping streets. Even on the trolleys, people were singing and waving. It’s sort of a cross between Key West and New Orleans with that Southern feel and mild temperatures. We’d love to go again. Thanks for reading!

  3. susanissima says:

    Great shots! Looks like you had FUN!

  4. Amy says:

    So beautiful! Love how you captured the lights, Rusha!

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