12 places with the most beautiful display of holiday lights

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Decorated shops, Christmas trees, shopping discounts, it’s officially the most beautiful time of the year!

The holidays are that time of year when you can feel the joy in the air. Decorated shops, Christmas trees, shopping discounts, hot drinks and festive culinary offerings are just a few of the festivities. Add beautiful lights and illuminated screens to it all, and then it’s absolutely magical.

Many cities around the world go out of their way to decorate the streets with Christmas lights. Many even organize special light festivals, have themed exhibitions, and turn certain areas into a winter wonderland. So, if you are planning to travel this holiday season, here are some places you can consider visiting.

12 places with the most beautiful display of holiday lights:

London, England – Oxford Street

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Once in London, head to Oxford Street for a dazzling light show. Over a million LED bulbs were used to illuminate the area. As well as taking countless photos under the starry screen (pictured), you can also go shopping at stores like the ‘Stables Christmas Market’ in Selfridges or the making of winter wreaths in Lush. There are many workshops and experiences to participate in as well as new menus to try.

Malaga, Spain – Calle Larios

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Málaga is famous for its twinkling Christmas lights across the city. Calle Larios is one of the famous areas of the city that presents its decorations with great pomp. A sound and light show will be one of the highlights of this year’s exhibition for which five pieces, including that of Mariah Carey All i want for christmas, were recorded by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra.

New York, United States – Rockefeller Center

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The grandeur of Christmas at Rockefeller Center was perfectly captured in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when Kevin prays in front of the Christmas tree for a chance to see his mother. Visit this New York City landmark for a memorable day of basking in the holiday lights and ice skating. This year’s Christmas tree will be lit up on December 1.

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Festival of Lights

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Amsterdam’s canals will be illuminated for the 10th Amsterdam Light Festival from December 2, 2021 to January 23, 2022. The magnificent holiday light show spread over 6.5 km can be experienced on foot or by boat.

Copenhagen, Denmark – Tivoli Gardens

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If you are looking for a truly magical experience under thousands of Christmas lights, Tivoli Gardens will be a perfect place to spend the day with your loved ones. Open to the public from November 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, this famous Copenhagen site was decorated with 1,000 Christmas trees and 70,000 balls.

Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Christmas Festival

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The Melbourne Christmas Festival started on November 12, 2021 and will run until December 25, 2021. One of the highlights of each edition of this festival is the screenings made on various buildings in the city. This year Melbourne Town Hall, Chapter House Lane and Hamer Hall will be lit up with Christmas screenings.

Singapore – Orchard Road

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As part of the 2021 High Street Christmas edition, the Orchard Road Holiday Lights exhibit is themed ‘Christmas in Bloom’, which celebrates hope and resilience in these difficult times. The illuminations will be visible along Tanglin Road and towards Plaza Singapura until January 2, 2022. In addition to Christmas carols and other Christmas music, discover the 3D projections on the walls of the Mandarin Orchard.

Medellín, Colombia – Alumbrados Navideños

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The Christmas Lights Exhibition in Medellín is known as Alumbrados Navideños Where El Alumbrado. This is one of the biggest events and this year visitors will be able to see the lights from December 3, 2021 to January 10, 2022. The main Christmas decorations and lights will be seen at Parques del Río (Medellín River Park), and the exhibit features 6 million LEDs and 26,000 hand-woven figurines.

Vancouver, Canada – VanDusen Festival of Lights

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If you are looking for enchantment this holiday season, the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden will transport you to a world that is no less than a fairy land. Millions of lights adorn the 15 acre grounds which include a lake and rose garden. If the night is clear, you might also be able to see the Northern Lights. You can visit the Winter Garden until January 3, 2022 and enjoy themed activities, melodious holiday music and delicious food, among other things.

Salerno, Italy – Luci d’Artista

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If you are in Italy or heading there this holiday season, make time to stop by Salerno for their Christmas light display known as the Luci d’Artista. The lights illuminate different parts of the city and include giant sculptures. This year’s art exhibition includes a “White Horse”, installed at Villa Comunale in via Roma, and a giant “Santa Hat” in Piazza Caduti di Brescia.

Denver, USA – Blossom of Light

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Held in the Denver Botanical Gardens, the Blossom of Light Festival turns the place into a winter wonderland with its dazzling Christmas light show. A place to spend the day with friends, family or partner, this year’s exhibit features a special addition – O’Fallon Perennial Walk, a tunnel decorated with animated lights.

Makati City, Philippines – Ayala Triangle Gardens

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Many countries have not fully opened up and are still keeping things low. The Philippines is not yet back to “normal”, which is why the annual festival of lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens has gone virtual. This one is for those who plan to stay. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful facilities from the comfort of your home this year.


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