Where To See the World’s Best Christmas Lights
Christmas – that magical time of the year when cities are covered in layers of white snow, the holiday spirit runs high and laughter rings all around. Christmas brings with it the most gorgeous lights displays too – bright, awe-inspiring and unbelievably grand. Here is a list of the most majestic Christmas light displays in the world.
Shiodome, Tokyo: If you find yourself in Tokyo this holiday season, don’t miss out on one of the best light shows ever: The “Canyon D’Azur” illumination at the Shiodome will make you immediately feel like a fairy tale character, if only for just twenty minutes (the length of each show). And the 250,000 LED lights are practically made for Instagram. The illumination show runs until February 14th (that's Valentine's Day plans, sorted) from 5 p.m until 11 p.m. every night.
Village de Noel, Nice: Just because there are bobbing yachts and palm trees everywhere doesn’t mean Christmas isn’t in the air. In Nice, not only is the Promenade Des Anglais decorated in the holiday spirit, the Village de Noël at Place Masséna has all the lights, entertainment, food, and shops to fill up your itinerary. If you're in France, don't miss partying in Paris.
Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen: Ever since it opened in 1843, Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens have been a holiday tradition for both locals and tourists. And extravagant light shows are part of the festivities, too: In addition to a Christmas light show, which illuminates Tivoli Lake, there are fireworks and even more lights in the week between Christmas and New Year's.
Champs-Elysées, Paris: The iconic Champs-Elysées takes things several notches higher during the holiday season. The 200 trees that line the iconic thoroughfare are lit with hundreds of LED lights, which change color from white to purple to red over the course of an evening. Beautiful Paris looks even more magical during this time of the year, if that is even possible!
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York: Prepare to be thoroughly overwhelmed by the Christmas spirit in this neighborhood, which goes all out on the decorations each year. Lights go up after Thanksgiving and last through the New Year, so there's plenty of time to see the layers upon layers of lights, plastic Santas, and lawn-ornament reindeer.
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila: This is natural haven with a diverse population of trees, including kamuning, golden palms, and fire trees. The gardens are a courtyard for the surrounding business district, and the festivities started as a way to brighten up the evenings for the workers. As you make your way through the park, Christmas hymns and songs are synchronized with the lights to create an immersive holiday experience.
Kobe Luminarie, Kobe: Each year, the town of Kobe, Japan holds a brilliant light show to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. The theme for the piece changes each year; for example, for the festival's 20th anniversary in 2015 the theme was "Kobe, City of Dreams and Light."
Jena, Germany: Jena’s Christmas market (also known as Christkindlmarkt) is a street market that commences at the start of Advent. It takes place on the picturesque main square of the city, and open stalls, food, and drink accompany traditional singing and dancing. Every day at 5 p.m., the Christmas trumpet sounds from the tower of the town hall, and as dusk settles, the market lights up to create a glow that can be spotted for miles around the city.
Callaway Gardens, Georgia: Eight million lights sparkle in the wooded landscape of this resort complex, which this year stages its 20th annual Fantasy in Lights (November 18-December 30). Woodland displays depict such holiday scenes as the March of the Toy Soldiers or nature themes such as Snowflake Valley. Two beach scenes with moving lights tell the stories of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Nativity. The resort’s onsite Christmas Village features shopping, dining, and Santa.
Rockefeller Center, New York: A must-see for every Christmas fanatic, the tree at Rockefeller Center is decorated with some 45,000 lights to cover its 80 feet. The first tree was lit in 1933 and today, more than half a million people walk by the tree each day, stopping to try their luck at skating the famed ice rink along the way.
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