St. Augustine's Famous Nights of Lights Trolley Tour in St. Augustine, FL

Historic Tours of America10 West Castillo DriveSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

Experience St. Augustine’s Night of Lights tradition with an immersive trolley tour. As you navigate St. Augustine via a trolley, you’ll stare in awe at the award-winning light displays, hum along to Christmas carols, and take in the glow of the city at night. Complimentary viewing glasses are also included. Tours operate nightly through January 31st and depart every 10 to 15 minutes.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our St. Augustine Travel Experts
  • Experience over three million white lights adorning St. Augustine’s Historic District.
  • Complimentary hot apple cider, homemade cookies, and magical viewing glasses are included in your tour.
  • Voted One of the Top 10 “Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World” by National Geographic.
  • Operates nightly from November 18th-January 31st, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Trolleys depart continuously ever 10 to 15 minutes.

Description

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Experience St. Augustine’s 25th Annual Nights of Lights with St Augustine's Famous Nights of Lights trolley tour. Guests of all ages will delight as the award-winning holiday light display dazzles the city with more than three million white lights adorning every corner of the historic district. See the lights twinkle even brighter with your complimentary viewing glasses.

Highlights:
-Enjoy Listening and Caroling to Your Favorite Holiday Music
-Experience Over Three Million White Lights Adorning St. Augustine’s Historic District
-Complimentary Hot Apple Cider, Homemade Cookies, and Magical Viewing Glasses
-Voted One of the Top 10 “Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World” by National Geographic

The Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour is a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike. Experience St. Augustine’s 25th Annual Nights of Lights in the cozy comfort of Old Town Trolleys. Guests of all ages will delight as St. Augustine’s historic district is transformed into a winter wonderland with more than three million white lights. This tour is a holiday tradition for thousands and is sure to become one of your favorite holiday memories.

Guests will receive complimentary hot apple cider, homemade cookies and magical viewing glasses handcrafted by Santa's elves exclusively for our guests. These amazing glasses will enhance St. Augustine’s award-winning light display to twinkle and shine even brighter.

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights has been voted one of the top 10 “Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World by National Geographic” and has also received accolades from AAA Auto Club (as one of the 12 Favorite Places to Catch the Holiday Spirit) and the American Bus Association (as one of the top 100 events in the country).

Vote for your favorite light display in this year’s 6th Annual Light Up the Night Contest. Guests of the Old Town Trolley will help to decide which three businesses will be awarded for having the best light displays in St. Augustine’s original Nights of Lights contest.

Come share this experience with loved ones and make this your holiday tradition.

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

Diane Fehr
Ormond Beach, FL
1 Review
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"Fun night"
January, 2019
Experience with reserve direct was spot on BUT website for nights of lights directed you to go to visitors center for shuttle to trolly. The shuttle does no run in January. VERY luckily we were able to find trolley lot and got the last parking space!
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Tip: Definitely spend the extra 2-3 dollars for the fast track boarding, we did not wait st ally!

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ChillinTheWorld
Boston, Massachusetts
"Good for overview of sites but don't need stops to commercial businesses which aren't historic."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
This is an average tour around some of the historic sites in St. Augustine. When it's crowded with traffic, it is better than trying to drive through the narrow streets. You can hop on and off at different points. The drivers give general info as you pass each site but you need to sit up front, as most people are not listening and chatting or on their phones. We wish that the guides would point out or the company would print tour times for some of the sites, as we missed the last tour for the Tiffany windows at Flagler College because we didn't know when we hopped off before the stop that there was a time deadline. I hated having stops at the brewery and winery and chocolate shop... it's a history tour not an eat and drink tour.
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Jacquelyn P
St. Augustine, Florida
"Great tour."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
I live in St. Augustine and have been on the trolley tour five times. Learn something new every time.Every visitor to the city should do this tour first. Then decide where you want to go. The on and off allows you to ride all day getting on and off. Plus you learn so much from the trolley drivers. They are all great and very knowledgeable. A plus is the free parking with the tour. Also discounts on several other tours. Also have two day passes very reasonablyl priced. Best tour in the city.
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bobbi5star
St. Augustine, Florida
"Not worth buying extra packages "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
Liked the trolley tour, but made the mistake of buying a package including the jail, ghost tour and alligator alley. Other than the alligator place the rest was a complete waste of money. Spent $185 for the package for 2 and it wasn’t worth $50. I suggest doing the trolley only, get on and off and just enjoy the area. We paid for Castillo San Marco which was well worth it, the best part of our weekend. the lighthouse was again additional money and not worth it I can see a $5 admission but not $12 per person
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paulkG3500FF
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
"Well worthwhile"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
Guides vary in their presentations, recommend that you sit near the front to hear them...too much chatter farther back. Learned a great deal from them....they know the city and its history.
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Sarahkate020
Jacksonville, Florida
"Usually good but not today"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
We are local to Saint Johns County and visit Saint Augustine often. Our children love to ride the trolley and anytime we have guests in town it’s a staple for us to show them around our favorite city. Normally, the drivers are fantastic. Most are very family-friendly, funny, and entertaining. Today, we had Melanie. She made inappropriate jokes and missed about half of the historical material usually shared. Honestly, we couldn’t wait to get off and we’re really disappointed we talked it up to out of town guests.
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Frequently Asked Questions about St Augustine's Famous Nights of Lights

When does the trolley operate?
Trolley tours are available from November 18th through January 31st, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm each night.

Do I need a reservation?
No. Reservations are not accepted or required. Tickets can be used on any operating day.

How long are the tours?
Tours are approximately 30 minutes long.

Where do the tours leave from?
Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center located at 10 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL.

Is parking available?
Yes. Free parking and a shuttle service are available at the following locations:

  • Old Town St. Augustine, 167 San Marco Ave.
  • Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 1700 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
  • Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 1305 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Discounted parking within walking distance to the tour is located at:
  • Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave.
  • Old Drugstore/Potter’s Wax Museum, 31 Orange St.

Is there an age requirement for the trolley tours?
No. Children under the age of 3 are free.

Are the trolleys wheelchair accessible?
The Nights of Lights queue is wheelchair accessible and guests can remain in their wheelchair or ECV while waiting. Currently, we have 5 wheelchair accessible vehicles in service that will allow guests to remain in their wheelchairs during the tour.

To ensure we can accommodate your conveyance (wheelchair/scooter, etc.) please assure that the maximum weight of the rider, any cargo, and the conveyance do not exceed six-hundred (600) pounds and is no more than thirty inches (30”) wide and forty-eight inches (48”) in length. Guests with wheelchairs or ECVs that cannot be accommodated due to exceeding the maximum vehicle’s lift load or wheelchair area will be given the option of transferring to a seat while a CASTmember will move the wheelchair or ECV for the guest and will have it waiting for them at the end of the tour.

If your wheelchair is collapsible and the guest utilizing it is ambulatory and able to use any of the seats provided on the tour vehicle, the wheelchair can be collapsed and stored on the tour vehicle.

Old Town Trolley’s goal is to accommodate guests who aren't able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). Guests should visit any Old Town Trolley CASTmember to discuss their assistance needs.