How to Visit St. Augustine, Florida during the Night of Lights

Family in St. Augustine NIght of Lights

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We recently went camping in St. Augustine, Florida to see Night of Lights.  If there is one thing I have learned when it comes to travel, it is to be flexible and ready to go with the flow.  But this weekend, my expectations were flying high. 

First of all, I love St. Augustine.  It happens to be one of my favorite places to visit.  But most of all, I was ready to see some Christmas lights.  I can assure you, St. Augustine did not disappoint.  

Where to Stay – Camping Edition

We stayed at Compass RV Resort.  This quaint little resort was the perfect weekend getaway. 

It has a heated pool, ping pong, corn hole, and beautiful leveled sites with fire pits, and their laundry and restroom facilities were clean. 

The staff was friendly and helpful with lots of great tips to offer.  They even delivered our firewood to our site by golf cart  It was a camping feel with a close-to-the-city locale.    

Not Camping? St. Augustine if filled with adorable home rentals. Search Airbnb below.

Exploring Downtown St. Augustine Food, Drink, & Activities

We took to the city perusing St. George’s St. going in all the shops and experiencing the unique foods. 

We stumbled into Auggie’s Tap Room.  What a treasure! It was like frozen yogurt but for adults.  In this taproom, you get a card and can try any of the beers on tap.  They charge by the oz.  It was actually super cheap and the beer is changed frequently so you could go back and have a different experience. 

Now, the burgers at this place were insane!  They have double patties, tons of bacon, and unique toppings.  They even offer a burger with egg.  We ate like kings and queens and walked away fat and happy!  Good thing we walked about 7 miles that day. 

Of course, we visited The Oldest Schoolhouse and took pictures in The Old Jail.  There were street performers on each corner adding a sweet touch to the atmosphere.  

There is a reason we support small businesses as often as we can.  We stopped in Gypsy Moon Boutique & Soap Shop to pick out some hand made soaps that smelled delectable. 

But my favorite part of that shop was the lady who offered our youngest son his own soap at no charge.  The girls and I got soaps and he wanted one the was called Monkey Farts.  Let me add here; he’s 7.  She wanted him to have his own so she cut a piece off and wrapped it up!  She was so sweet and it made his whole day.

That leads me to Hyppos Gourmet Ice Pops.  I never knew a popsicle could taste so good.  We sat in the courtyard just to eat and my middle daughter dropped hers after about 2 bites.  They were quick to replace it without even blinking an eye. 

Small businesses, my friends.  They have a vested interest in happy customers.  And these places had a family of 5 leaving as thoroughly satisfied and happy customers.

If you have more time in St. Augustine, look into these Living History events that happen year round.

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    St. Augustine Night of Lights

    The highlight of the trip, of course, was the spectacular Night of Lights.  This event has been running for 27 years. 

    We did the Old Town Trolley’s Night of Lights Tour.  You should definitely go expecting traffic.  It took us about 30 min to get into the parking garage.  You must book a ticket in advance. 

    Upon getting on the trolley, they give you special glasses to see the lights.  The kid’s glasses turn the lights into dancing reindeer and the adults make them stars.  Such a neat little touch. 

    Then the fun really began.  Our driver turned on Christmas music and the whole trolley was singing. 

    The businesses in the area were competing for best decorations so as we drove down the streets, she would point them out and the trolley could cheer for the ones they liked best! 

    Everything was lit up and you can’t help but get in the spirit.  Well, everyone, that is, except for that green guy from Mt. Crumpit!  As if the music and the lights weren’t festive enough, we got a drive-by from the Grinch on a golf cart.  

    San Sebastian Winery

    To finish off our trip, we made a trip to San Sebastian Winery.  This beautiful is loaded with charm and history.  The Cellar Upstairs has amazing food and they have music playing on the weekends.  We chose their sparkling wine, Blanc de Fleur,  to toast my birthday with a Bistro Cheese and Meat Board and Fresh Baked Brie. 

    The way I described my weekend as we drove home into a stunning sunset is like the star in the movie Stardust.  She glows when she’s most happy.  This weekend, I was spoiled and I was glowing like a star.

    So long St. Augustine.  Until next time.

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