Popular Tours For Exploring Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, FL

If you are planning your Christmas vacation, St. Augustine, FL is a great choice. You can find great things to do in St. Augustine that the entire family will enjoy.

If Christmas light tours are part of your holiday tradition, then you are in luck! When you book your St. Augustine vacation rental, you can book one or several light tours at the same time.

These light tours are world famous and are sure to be one of the highlights of your stay in St. Augustine.

Old Town Trolley

Sit back and enjoy the view of millions of lights on this 20-block light tour. The Old Town Trolley’s Nights of Lights Tour follows the age-old tradition of light tours where you enjoy a glass of hot apple cider and a cookie, sing carols with your fellow tour companions, and even get a pair of magical glasses.

The Old Town Trolley tour lasts anywhere from 30-40 minutes and runs every night from late November to the end of January. You do need to reserve tickets and seating, as this tour is very popular.

If you are coming with a larger group, you can book a private tour just for you and your guests. This might be a great way to celebrate a family event or to start a new family tradition. Be sure to call and book it well in advance. 

It’s a great way to see the city and you can all just relax and enjoy the trolley ride. If you need special accommodations, please call at least a day ahead so they can make arrangements for you.

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Florida Water Tours

This tour allows you to see the lights from a different angle. The Florida Waters Tour takes you out on a boat to see all the splendor of the Christmas lights. This tour lasts about 75-90 minutes and is extremely popular and not to be missed. 

There are two different vessels you can take, one, the Island Breeze allows you to bring your snacks and beverages. They do sell alcohol onboard, as well as snacks, and offer free hot chocolate. 

The Osprey has a full bar and does not allow outside drinks. You can bring your own snacks or choose from a variety they have for sale. This cruise is 75 minutes, and they do offer an adults-only tour for people over 21. It is highly entertaining.

This is a great way to see the lights and enjoy a calm and peaceful tour on a boat. It’s a great deal of fun, so whether you take the one for the whole family or the adults’ trip, a good time will be had.

Consider booking this light tour when you book your St. Augustine condo rental. It makes planning the rest of your stay that much easier. You will likely want to take more than one tour, so book them all at the same time!

Ripley’s Red Express

Yes, that Ripley’s. This fantastic little train takes you around the oldest city in the nation all year round. Get a guided tour and learn some history when you hear details of over 100 historical locations.

These tours are very popular, and you must book them online. You can reserve your tickets when you book your St. Augustine beachfront rental. That way, you will know exactly when your tour leaves and you will have plenty of time to prepare.

When you visit old historic sites like the old jail, the Castillo de San Marcos, and The Plaza de la Constitución, you can take a poke through Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum.

The museum had hundreds of items and exhibits, all as fascinating as the next. It’s a great way to spend the day and you are guaranteed to be entertained and you may even learn a little something, as well.

The tour is great fun and educational, but imagine it in the full splendor of Christmas lights! The already fascinating tour just upped its game to showcase the amazing lights that also date back to the beginning of the city’s history.

Plan Your Visit

There is so much to do and see in St. Augustine that you will wonder how time flew by so quickly. As it is a very popular destination for the Christmas holidays, book your vacation rental well in advance. 

First City Helicopters

For those who like their tours with a side of adrenaline, then First City Helicopters might be just the ticket. There are several helicopter tours to choose from and all are very popular.

This is a trip you will not soon forget. Imagine the thrill of flying over the city center and getting a bird’s eye view of all the twinkly and sparkling lights of the season. Don’t forget your camera.

The light tour takes you up and circles around the downtown area two or three times, because you likely missed some the first time around. What a spectacular way to see the city and enjoy the beauty of all those Christmas lights.

The flight starts half an hour after the sun sets so you can enjoy the lights and the view of the city to its fullest. It only lasts while the Christmas lights are up, so be sure to book it early so you don’t miss out.

Why not book the helicopter tour when you book your downtown St. Augustine vacation rental? As this light tour is very popular, you want to make sure you get it in while you are visiting the city.

The Tasting Tours

The Tasting Tours have several different packages available, and all of them are fantastic. Enjoy a carriage ride and visit various places to taste and sample wines, food, and so much more. 

There are also walking tours for the food and drinks tours, a guided tour in a trolley, and even romantic packages available for those special evenings with your loved one. There are several choices, and the food tours will have different options available. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, just let them know when you book your tour.

There are so many choices, you may want to book more than one! If you have opted for a waterfront St. Augustine vacation rental, then you can easily find the tours and explore the city. Some of the tours have alcohol and are not available for minors. However, there are tours with Santa, rides with Scrooge, and a trip to steal Christmas with the Grinch!

Where To Stay in St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a city that is full of history, so you may want to book a few tours and events well before you arrive. It makes it much easier to plan your trip when you take care of the things you want to do.

This incredible destination has it all: History, entertainment, beautiful scenery, and gorgeous rentals. Book a weekend trip or a week-long getaway. Contact St. Augustine Vacation Rentals and book your perfect condo or house for the best Christmas vacation ever!