The city of Okeechobee will celebrate its centennial on Jan. 21 but it got things started early with the Dec. 17 opening of an exhibit driving home the vital importance of its namesake lake. The Smithsonian …
Lighting up the Nights Before and After Christmas in St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Fla.– America’s oldest city– takes its Spanish heritage VERY seriously. For more than 450 years, it has celebrated Spanish food and wine; art and architecture; and during the winter holiday season, the old tradition of burning a single white candle in a window of each home.
But today the Ancient City elevates holiday illumination to truly the next level: more than three million twinkling white lights decorating public buildings, homes, museums, restaurants, parks, trees, bridges, light poles, vehicles and pretty much anyplace else you could string a light in the historic district. “Nights of Lights” is a sight not to be missed and thousands make their travel plans around it from Nov. 19 through Jan. 31.
There are many ways to take in and appreciate the display: the Old Town Trolley Nights of Lights Tour; Ripley’s Red Train; horse and carriage rides; Gold’s electric car tour; Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tour; Nights of Lights biplane tour; Plaza Stroll by City Walks; and on the water with the Schooner Freedom and St. Augustine Eco Tours.
The epicenter of the celebration is the Plaza de la Constitucion where you can gaze at the city’s brightly-lit Christmas tree, sing Christmas carols — or just listen to the joyous sounds of carolers riding by on the trolley.
Nights of Lights has won accolades from fans as varied as National Geographic, celebrity chef Rachel Ray, AAA Auto Club, and the American Bus Association.
If you are in St. Augustine for New Year’s Eve, don’t miss the Beach Blast Off at the pier Dec. 31. The event features live music, food, and fireworks to ring in 2017.
Stay tuned in 2017 for Guy Harvey Outpost coming soon to St. Augustine Beach, the best oceanfront location. Be sure to stay with us next year for Nights of Lights!
For event information, visit http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com