Historic City News will be on hand when Nights of Lights begins its 16th year on Saturday, November 21st; continuing what has become an evening of traditions in this city of age-old traditions.
The city’s historic Plaza de la Constitución is the setting for “Light-Up! Night” ceremonies, including the dramatic “flipping of the switch” to kick off the 10-week long Nights of Lights.
St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles will continue the tradition of inviting one of the city’s past Mayors to accept the honor of lighting the city for the start of the Nights of Lights.
The festivities begin at 4:00 pm with a spirited holiday performance by Showtime USA. The high energy, fun filled singing and dancing troupe will perform under the King’s Balcony of Government House at the west end of the Plaza.
Then at 5:30pm, the All Star Orchestra returns for an encore performance after an outstanding performance last year. The popular 20-piece band, performing from the Gazebo, will fill the Plaza with great swing music and big band sounds all in grand holiday style.
The thousands gathered in the Plaza will be asked for their assistance in the lighting. With onlookers of all ages eagerly waiting, the countdown begins: “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, the moment arrives: “3…2…1!”
Instantly, over two million white lights fill St. Augustine’s every corner with brilliant and magical holiday sparkle, transforming the Nation’s Oldest City into an enchanted city of light.
Once the lights are on, it’s time to enjoy downtown St. Augustine. With its narrow Old World streets filled with the glow of holiday lights, there is no better opportunity to stroll casually, stopping for dinner or dessert and of course some early holiday shopping.
Light-Up! Night parking
Parking will be available throughout the city except around the Plaza de la Constitución. The Historic Downtown Parking Facility at the Visitor Information Center will charge a flat, all-day rate of $7.00, payable on entry. For a map and more information, visit www.vicparking.com.
Streets in the vicinity of the Plaza will be closed after 5:30 p.m. as needed to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Vehicular traffic throughout downtown will be very congested after 5:00 p.m. and through the early evening. Those not attending the Light-Up! Night ceremonies may wish to use alternative routes.