We all know that, aside from spending time with loved ones and some holiday gifting, seeing Christmas lights is the pinnacle of holiday festivities. Whether you are willing to travel the world or just look around your own neighborhood, we are here to give you a sneak preview of the most magical light displays around the world.
1. Brussels, Belgium
Outside the Brussels Stock Exchange, a 20-minute synchronized music and light show takes place every night from late November to early January, showcasing a new display of Christmas lights every year.
2. Medellín, Colombia
For almost thirty years, El Alumbrado, or 'The Lighting' in Medellín, has been a key tourist attraction during the holidays. Situated alongside a river, El Alumbrado has grown to include over 100 decorated buildings, is publicly funded, and helps with sustainability initiatives around the river all year long.
3. Kobe, Japan
Started in 1995 as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Kobe earthquake, Kobe Luminarie has been a holiday festival, as well as a tribute to hope and recovery in the country, for over twenty years. In its inaugural year, Kobe Luminarie operated by lightbulbs donated from Italy and has run on audience donation ever since.
4. Anaheim, USA
For four straight nights, a huge crew of Disney Imagineers installs the holiday light spectacle throughout Disneyland, concentrated on Fantasyland and It's a Small World. Complete with parades, light shows, and snow, the original Disneyland in Anaheim is an essential Christmas light show experience.
Orchard Street in downtown Singapore hosts a light display almost two miles long. Beginning with an inaugural lighting ceremony in late November, the spectacle lasts almost two months and includes a carnival and other holiday-themed festivities.
6. Paris, Francis
Nothing is more magical than Paris but Paris at Christmastime. Attracting both international tourists and Parisians, Paris truly lives up to the name 'City of Light' during holiday season.