Travel News: America’s Oldest City Bathed in Spanish-Influenced
(St. Augustine, Florida) – In late
November, a single flick of a switch brought the 15th
annual edition of the Nights of Lights to life creating
a magical holiday atmosphere in St. Augustine, Florida
- the Nation’s oldest city. Lit by the gentle
glow of more than two million tiny white lights, the
historic buildings, plazas and narrow, brick-paved streets
have been transformed into an enchanting destination
where lasting holiday memories can be easily made for
the entire family.
In a manner befitting the Nation’s
Oldest City, this inspiring display of light is based
on the tradition of the town’s original Spanish
colonists who placed a white candle in their windows
to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays.
The Nights of Lights, reflect in the waters of Matanzas
Bay, outline the colonial city, and sparkle along the
beaches to include the picturesque lighthouse and create
a holiday wonderland in a place with real history on
every street corner.
The Nights of Lights is on display nightly
through January 31 and during that special time a dazzling
array of special events and activities await visitors.
Nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by
storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and
trolley tours through the festive streets, holiday shopping,
art walks featuring more than 20 galleries on the first
Fridays in December and January, 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.
In addition to the Nights of Lights,
this year’s Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine
Amphitheatre is sure to be popular with young and old
alike. Visitors are able to enjoy outdoor ice skating,
a 100-foot ice slide, sleigh rides, winter games, an
elf village, performances of The Quiltmaker’s
Gift, lighted nature trails, Santa, s’mores on
an open fire and much more. The Winter Wonderland is
open to the public through January 4 each Monday through
Friday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays
from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free to Winter
Wonderland, ice skating is only $8 (skate rental is
$2) and tickets for sleigh rides are $10 for adults
and $4 for children. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
is located at 1340 A1A South on Anastasia Island just
south of the Lighthouse. For more information on Winter
Wonderland, call 904.471.1965 or go to www.staugamphitheatre.com.
For more details on the Nights of Lights,
including a complete listing of nearly 50 related events
in St. Augustine, a map of their locations, a photo
slide show and trip-planning information, simply go
to: www.NightsofLights.com .
To plan your visit or to find out the
latest on festivals and events in St. Augustine, Ponte
Vedra and The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention
Bureau’s website www.Getaway4Florida.com
or call 1.800.653.2489.