St. Augustine, Florida transitions into a place of wonder every holiday, turning the oldest city in the United States into a city of lights, festivity and cheer. Visit St. Augustine this holiday to see some of the most unforgettable sights.
Listed as one of the top 10 holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic, St. Augustine’s annual Night of Lights sees the historic town twinkling all winter. The nightly event began Nov. 20, and will stay up until Jan. 31, 2022.
From large oaks wrapped in sparkling lights to the rooftops of Spanish Colonial buildings lined with lights and tinsel, St. Augustine transforms into something truly magical. The lights adorn about 20 blocks of the Nation’s Oldest City’s historic district and has some special spots for the perfect family picture; the Plaza de la Constitución holds a large Christmas tree in the center of the plaza while The Bridge of Lions features lights along its edges, its reflection sparkling along the surface of the St. Johns River.
If you can’t get enough of the lights, St. Augustine’s famous lighthouse will host the all-new Lighthouse Illuminations through Jan. 21, 2022. The black-and-white spiral lighthouse will feature 21 different themed Christmas trees on select nights at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Visit here to purchase tickets for this special event.
Through Jan. 1, 2022, colorful light displays will adorn A1A Beach Boulevard and St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park. Held every evening, the lights will run up the coastal road for a beautiful view of not only the lights, but also of the Atlantic Ocean.
On Dec. 18 and 19, visitors can celebrate Las Posadas, the celebration of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, 5–10 p.m. at Mission Nombre De Dios. The two-day event includes five available tours and two performances of the Living Nativity and Eucharistic Adoration.
The 19th-century Villa Zorayda Museum will hold a special Christmas Experience on Dec. 18, 20, 27, 28 and 30. Filled with a larger-than-life Christmas tree and more than 100 candles, the museum incorporates Spanish and Moorish influence in this festive celebration.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Toys”R”Us will open a new, two-story Toys”R”Us flagship store inside American Dream, an entertainment/retail center in Bergen, New Jersey. Designed for kids of all ages, the flagship will feature a modern, two-level retail concept spanning 20,000 square feet, reminiscent of the beloved toy store customers used to love.
Through Jan. 6, 2022, families can experience the many wonders New York City’s PaleyLand has to offer this holiday season. Run by The Paley Center for Media, PaleyLand is a beloved event featuring countless holiday events across four floors to get everyone into the holiday spirit. PaleyLand is open 12–6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Advanced ticketing is encouraged.