SAINT AUGUSTINE – Former St. Augustine Mayor Ramelle Petroglou and Paul K. Williamson, who recently retired as public affairs director for the city, will flip the switches Saturday, marking the beginning of the 26th year of Nights of Lights.
The two were names by Mayor Tracy Upchurch, Petroglou was the first woman mayor of the city; and Williamson, who served the city for nearly 20 years. Pegroglou will flip the switch which lights perhaps three million lights around the city; and Williamson will light the city’s tree in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Lights will go on at 6:30 p.m. but the celebration begins earlier in the day when Showtime dance troupe performs at 4 p.m. in front of St. Augustine City Hall/Lightner Building, 75 King St.
At 5:30 p.m. attention moves to the Plaza de la Constitucion Gazebo, when the All Star Orchestra presents a concert leading up to the lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Nights of Lights continues through Feb. 2.
Road closures/restricted parking
Cathedral Place: Cordova St. and Avenida Menendez. Parking prohibited all day; street closed to vehicles 5:00pm – 8:00pm
King Street: Cordova St. and Avenida Menendez. Parking prohibited all day; street closed as determined by police to ensure pedestrian safety.
Details for Light-Up! Night can be found on the city’s website at www.CityStAug.com/LightUpNight.
Special island shuttle on Light-Up! Night
From Anastasia Island on Light-Up! Night ONLY
Light-Up! Night ONLY- Saturday, November 23
From: Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South
St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South
To: East end of the Bridge of Lions
Free Park & Ride Shuttle – north of downtown
When: 8:00am – 11:00pm
Light-Up! Night – Saturday, November 23
Friday & Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend, November 29 & 30
Every Saturday in December
From: St. Johns Co. Health Department, 200 San Sebastian View
North San Marco Lot, 301 San Marco Ave.
To: St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Dr.
Complete details are online at www.CityStAug.com/LightUpNight