ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two and a half million lights will light up historic St. Augustine from now until the beginning of February.
Nights of Lights returned to the nation's oldest city for it's 20th anniversary Saturday.
The big holiday event is just one of the reasons St. Augustine was named one of National Geographic's top 10 places to view holiday lights.
Nights of Lights is not just enjoyable for the holiday season, it's also a big boost for businesses in the area.
Last year central St. Augustine saw a four percent rise in tourism thanks to the months long event.
"The economic impact is primarily on the weekends because it's still school time," said St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles.
"But when you fill up the hotels, you're filling up the restaurants, you're filling up the bars, you're filling up the gift shops. So everybody benefits by this event," Boles said.
Nights of Lights will shine in St. Augustine through February 2nd.