Florida doesn't come to mind when people think "Christmas," but this can change if one takes an amazing Nights of Lights excursion. Every night at 5:30 pm, beginning before Thanksgiving and through to the end of January, St. Augustine glows and shines with holiday magic. One of the best holiday light displays in the world, according to National Geographic, St. Augustine's Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny LED lights.
The oldest city in the US seems indeed magical. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, the city still follows a Spanish tradition of putting a candle in the window for holidays, which creates a beautiful setting.
Best places to see the lights
To enjoy Nights of Lights fully, walk through downtown, stopping at central Plaza de la Constitución and along the bayfront. Massive light displays are available at Flagler College and the Lightner Museum. Enjoy the view of the bayfront from the Bridge of Lions—an Instagram hit! Then take a ride through Ponte Vedra and the beaches along Florida's Historic Coast.