On our way home from Savannah, after two hours of carpool karaoke with 80’s and 90’s country music, we decided to make a quick stop in St. Augustine. I mean when one of the top ten places in the world according to National Geographic to look at Christmas lights is close to our route, why not?!?!? Let me just say, they did not disappoint. It was AMAZING! The atmosphere, the lights, the sounds, the colonial feel mixed with modern, this place should be on everyone’s Christmas bucket list.
St. Augustine is the first permanent settlement by Europeans in America. Pedro Menendez established it in 1565. The pilgrims didn’t even land on Plymouth till 1620. It also is home to the first Catholic Parish, the first city government, first port for transatlantic trade, and we must include the first hospital and tavern. To say this place has history is an understatement. They have done an amazing job of keeping the “old” feel. There is an area of town near the forts that is called the Colonial Quarter.
There were Christmas Light tours that were packed with people. They were driving all around the area blaring and singing Christmas music while yelling Merry Christmas at all the passersby. If it stood still in this area it had Christmas lights on it, but in a very magical less tacky way.
I am so glad we took a detour on the way home. We will for sure have to go back when we have more time. The amount of things this town has to offer will for sure take up a couple weekends. I am glad this know about a place to explore two hours from our house. Have you ever found a gem close to your house?