Family-Friendly Holiday Events in St. Augustine, and Jacksonville (Light Shows and more!)

Nights of Lights from the Water, St. Augustine

The holiday season is here and with it comes lots of family fun and memory making. From incredible light shows on both land and sea to amazing animal fun – St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and the surrounding St. Johns county area promise to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Let’s explore some of the family- friendly holiday events for you to enjoy in and around the region!

Nights of Lights at Plaza de la Constitución, St. Augustine  

The always popular Nights of Lights runs this holiday season through February 2, 2020. In its 26th year, the annual Nights of Lights is a dazzling holiday display, featuring more than three million lights adorning historic St. Augustine. Photo opportunities are abundant – from the shimmering bayfront displays to the Christmas tree in the center of Plaza de la Constitución.

In the spirit of the season, businesses are open late, allowing visitors to enjoy delectable dining and unique shopping. Whether you choose to walk, enjoy a horse carriage ride, take the train or trolley, or see the lights from the air or the water, not to miss are the extravagant displays at the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and the expansive bayfront view.

Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show, Jacksonville

Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show, Jacksonville

Source: Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show

The 7th annual Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show promises to get everyone in holiday spirit through January 4th, 2020. Load the family in the car and head to the Morocco Shrine Center (only five minutes from the St. John’s Town Center) to enjoy more than one million lights complete with holiday music.

On arrival, tune your radio to the event’s special station and sing along to holiday favorites as you join the shimmering, dancing lights. With two massive Christmas trees and a dazzling tunnel of lights, plus Christmas scenes galore, the entire family will enjoy the drive thru holiday light show in Jacksonville.

Prices:

  • Sunday-Thursday: $20 per car (up to 7 people)
  • Friday & Saturday: $25 per car (up to 7 people, $35 for passenger vans

Nights of Lights from the Water, St. Augustine

Nights of Lights from the Water offers a unique waterfront view of St. Augustine’s incredible holiday lights through January 31st, 2020. St. Augustine Eco Tours lets you view St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights from the water, complete with your own expert Captain tour guide pointing out special areas of interest and answering your questions.

With room for up to twelve guests, Nights of Lights from the Water offers a relaxing way to get in the spirit of the season. This year, guests can even enjoy a special Sunset Sail along with Nights of Lights viewing aboard the Stiletto catamaran.

ZOOLights at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville

ZOOLights at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Source: ZOOLights

What could be better than a night of fun with the family’s animal friends at ZOOLights at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens? Open December 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, this year’s events includes nightly visits from Santa Claus, along with children’s activities, including the chance to build a snowman and have a fun plush snowball fight with the family!

Amid the sparkling wonderland of ZOOLights, be sure to join in the singing and dancing at the holiday show, Swingin’ at Santa’s Place, as well as the Jingle Bell Jukebox Review.

Member Tickets

  • $8.00 for Zoo Members
  • $12.00 (includes train rides, 4D theater, and carousel for children 12 and under)

Non-member Tickets

  • $10.00 for Non-members
  • $15.00 (includes train rides, 4D theater, and carousel for children 12 and under)

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

For those who call St. Johns County home, the holidays offer amazing events in and around the area. Beacon Lake, a beautiful new lakefront community in St. Johns, puts all these great holiday events around St. Johns County, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville at your fingertips with the family-friendly lifestyle you’re looking for.

What’s better than creating lasting holiday memories and continuing beautiful holiday traditions with the family?

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