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The Holly Jolly Trolley Rides Again

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
And here in Saint Augustine no Christmas is complete without our traditional Nights of Lights display.
With the flip of a switch, 2 million twinkling white lights burst into life over the Historic District of Saint Augustine on November 21, 2009.  This sudden burst of light was the official start of the 2009 Nights of Lights display, now entering its 16th year as a holiday tradition for the city.

With each passing year the display grows bigger as more businesses and private homes join in the celebration of the season.  The lights will shine until January 31, 2009, giving visitors to the city two months to enjoy the display.
The Nights of Lights display in St. Augustine is a beloved city tradition, right up there with the Christmas Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks.  Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, crowds of locals cram themselves into the Plaza to see the traditional flipping of the switch.  What most folks don’t realize is that two switches are activated, one for the Christmas tree and another one for the lights throughout the rest of the city.
Winding their way through the lighted trees and lampposts are the orange and green vehicles of Old Town Trolley Tours Holly Jolly Trolley.  Each vehicle sports LED Christmas lights around the roof perimeter while upbeat holiday music streams from the speakers.  Guests are equipped with complimentary 3-D glasses that transform the lights into snowflakes and stars as they progress through the city.  The tour route includes three stops where coupons attached to the glasses can be redeemed.  Get 10% off at Kilwin’s Chocolates, 15% off at South-A-Philly Cheesesteaks, a free domestic pint at Ann O’Malley’s Pub and either $5 off a private horse drawn carriage tour or a $10 per person special lights tour.  The first stop on the Holly Jolly Trolley route also offers complimentary cider and cookies at Potter’s Wax Museum.  Be sure to look out for Santa’s Elves behind the table!
Tours begin nightly from the Visitors Center on West Castillo Drive and tickets are available at all Old Town Trolley sales locations throughout the city, as well as online at www.trolleytours.com.  The trolleys depart approximately every 15 minutes until 6pm until 8pm.  The Holly Jolly Trolley will be running on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Night.

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