Throngs of spectators gathered on the evening of November 22 for the 21st annual Nights of Lights celebration. The light-up ceremony took place in the Plaza de la Constitucion and officially begins the holiday season in St. Augustine. An estimated 2.5 million lights are draped through out the massive oak trees and on the historic buildings. It is a sight to behold!!
The event would not be possible without the City of St. Augustine and its partners, private businesses and city residents who took the initiative to put out lights on their own. St. Augustine will glow from the streets to the rooftops nightly through February 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The Nights of Lights was selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the 10 best holiday lighting displays in the world.
Nights of Lights traces its origins to a Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays. Go to http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/nights/ for information on events in the area.