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When the Nights of Lights began its 14th year on Saturday, November 17, it was the continuation of what has become an evening of traditions in this city of age-old traditions, especially for what has come to be called Light-up Night.
It started mid-afternoon as the downtown began to fill with neighbors and friends mingling with visitors from out of town. There was a feeling of anticipation in the air as the streets grew more festive. In the late afternoon the Plaza filled with holiday themed entertainment that drew together the residents and visitors converging on the heart of the Ancient City. Then at 6:30pm, the thousands gathered in the Plaza and spilling over into the streets, all turned their attention to the Gazebo in the Plaza's center where the City's Mayor and other officials stood ready to light-up the city.
Mayor Joe Boles was the first to lead the crowd in the countdown to lighting the city’s tree. From its position of prominence in the center of the Plaza, decorated in traditional style with hundreds of handmade red bows, the tall tree bursts into colored holiday light when U.S. Representative John Mica flipped the switch.
Then Mayor Boles, joined by the honorees of the night, the city’s past mayors, asked for the assistance of the thousands gathered in the Plaza. With onlookers of all ages eagerly waiting, the countdown began: "10…9…8…." Then, as all eyes turn towards the ancient oak canopy over the Plaza and the fanciful spires of the City’s skyline, Walk Bugeski, the most senior of the former mayors flipped the switch. Instantly, over two million white lights filled St. Augustine's every corner with brilliant and magical holiday sparkle, transforming the Nation's Oldest City into an enchanted city of light.
There's never a bad time to visit St. Augustine, but there's something special about visiting during the Nights of Lights with continues through January 31. Before the holidays, there are hundreds of gift shops, galleries and specialty stores in which to shop. During the holidays, there's no better place to spend time with friends and family at dinner or a day of sightseeing. After the holidays, many lodging establishments have special rates that make it easy to enjoy the Nation’s Oldest City.
Then there are the events. The Nights of Lights has grown into a two-and-a-half month long festival of activities that keep visitors busy.
Nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, art walks featuring more than 30 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the First Friday in December and January, special Saturday night antique shopping events, a dazzling regatta, luminaries in the town plaza, holiday concerts – even a Christmas parade – are among the special events to be added to the memory books of visitors and residents alike.
For a full schedule of events during the Nights of Lights click on the link below.
For complete visitor information for St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches, 800.OLD.CITY or visit www.visitoldcity.com.
Those who make it happen
The City of St. Augustine manages the installation and maintenance of displays at over 100 locations, including buildings, parks, medians and gardens throughout the city, but much credit for the continued success of the Nights of Lights goes to area businesses and residents who voluntarily and at their own expense participate in the event. Because they join in, the city truly becomes a city of light. For more information about Nights of Lights, visit www.nightsoflights.com.
The Nights of Lights is funded by the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. For a brochure on all the activities during the 10-weeks of the Nights of Lights, contact the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau at 800.653.2489 or online at www.getaway4florida.com.
St. Augustine’s City Hall, also the home of Lightner Museum,
showcases the beauty of the city’s 19th century architecture
when highlighted with displays for the Nights of Lights.