Christmas season gives you the perfect excuse to cover everything you own in twinkle lights, and to spend many nights under the inspiring glow of vibrantly decorated home, streets and buildings. Since it’s inception in the 17th century, Christmas lights have grown tremendously into a popular tradition of elaborate decoration to cherish every December. With many Christmas light festivals starting the day after Thanksgiving, it is officially Christmas lights season, and here are some of the best rated Christmas light festivals in the World.
- Riverside, California
Don’t let the palm trees fool you, Christmas is in the air in Southern California just as much as anywhere with snow covered pine. Each year, crowds flock to the Mission Inn in Riverside, California that is covered in 5 million colorful lights.
2. Village de Noël, Nice, France
The Promenade Des Anglais and the Village de Noël at Place Masséna has lights, entertainment, food, and shopping in the Christmas spirit with a stunning Christmas Lights display.
4. Shiodome Caretta Illumination, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is home to one of the most enchanting Christmas lights displays, with vibrant blue lights illuminating for the “Canyon D’Azur” light show at the Shiodome. The display features 250,000 LED lights for the 20-minute show that runs from December to February.
5. Rockefeller Center, Manhattan
The foot traffic around NYC’s most iconic holiday attraction grinds to a halt as soon as 30 Rock’s famous Christmas tree is unveiled. The holiday tree first appeared at Rockefeller Center during its construction in 1931, when the city was mired in the Great Depression. If you’re visiting NYC for the holidays, snapping a postcard-worthy picture of the massive spruce, dressed in tens of thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights, is a must-do for tourists.
6. Kew Gardens, London
The Kew gardens are a beautiful place to visit year round, and it becomes even more special during the festive light show at Christmas time. 60,000 lights illuminate the mile-long trail through the garden along with singing Christmas trees, 1,700 swaying flowers and a roaring fire garden set to the sound of classic Christmas songs.
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