Northeast Florida is known for its spectacular holiday lights, but none shine brighter than historic St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. In fact, Rachael Ray magazine named St. Augustine one of the Nation’s “Twinkliest Towns” in 2014. National Geographic also dubbed St. Augustine one of the Top 10 Places in the World to view holiday lights in 2012 and 2013.

This year’s event looks to be just as “twinklie” as previous years with more than 3 million lights going up through the town. The celebration will run from November 19 through January 31, 2017.

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We’re all busy with holiday hubbub and Christmas preparations, but before you know it we’ll be asking each other the same post-Christmas question: “What are your New Year’s plans?” Yes, the time has come to solidify where you will be ringing in 2016!

The First Coast has no shortage of great options no matter where you are in Northeast Florida. Here are some of the big events this year.


New Year’s Eve with Crescendo Amelia (Crescendo Amelia, Fernandina Beach, starts at 8 p.m.) With all-night entertainment from a 21-piece band, who wouldn’t want to go? Enjoy a classic cocktail or glass of wine while you dance the night away. Silent auction and raffle prizes will be offered, and all event profits go to the Nassau Humane Society.

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