“Enjoy a scenic drive with your family along Florida’s A1A Scenic & Historical Coastal Byway in Flagler Beach to see businesses, residences, the pier and Veterans Park illuminated with holiday lights,” the event summary says.

In a time of COVID, Starry Nights was exactly what the community needed to inspire holiday cheer in 2020.

From the community involvement that included the building and hand-painting of lighted stars to adorn the Flagler Beach pier by Nicholas Kimble and friends, to the decorating of Christmas trees in Veterans Park and the homes and businesses that line the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, it was a boost of holiday cheer that helped put the sparkle back in the holidays as so many observed celebrations at home during the pandemic.

Fast-forward to 2021, and the Starry Nights team – loosely comprised of residents and business owners from Flagler Beach and Palm Coast, supported by Flagler County’s tourism office began the planning process early this year, ready to build on the success of last year in creating a signature event.

Flagler Beach Business Bureau President John Lulgjuraj, co-owner of Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill was a driving force behind initiating the effort with business bureau colleagues, and was proud to see the event being taken to the next level this year.

“It feels good when people come together to do great things,” said Lulgjuraj.  “This event brings joy and happiness to everyone of all ages in a safe way. We our proud of what our businesses bureau has been able to accomplish with the help of wonderful citizens, the tourism office and elected officials. United we stand in Flagler Beach.”

New this year is the “Deck the Chairs” opportunity, allowing businesses to decorate one of 8 official lifeguard chairs in Veterans Park to help celebrate the season. While this year’s stock is all spoken for, it’s not too late to plan for next year, and an inquiry page is already set up for the area’s early birds.

Tourism officials hope to continue growing the the event, helping to put Flagler Beach top of mind for residents and visitors during the holiday season.

“After last year’s success, we’re pleased to have Starry Nights in Flagler Beach return for the 2021 holiday season,” said Flagler County Tourism Development Director Amy Lukasik.

“The 2020 inaugural event played a key part in driving tourism numbers in Flagler County, which benefitted our local small businesses and economy during a tough year for many. With its positive effect on both tourism and overall community spirit, we’re hopeful that Starry Nights in Flagler Beach will become a cherished tradition for locals and visitors.”

Starry Nights kicks off on December 3rd and will run through January 31st.