Christmas – that magical time of the year where ordinary places are transformed into glittering bastions of Christmas cheer. In this list of the best Christmas lights we detail ten over the top Christmas light displays from the around the world.
Even Scrooge himself would be impressed with the lights in this list. So head out this Christmas season, and enjoy as many of these beautiful light displays as you can!
For even more Christmas related lists, check out our list of the best gifts for men or our list of the best gifts ideas for women. Merry Christmas and to all a good night!
List of the Best Christmas Lights
Already a charming city, Vienna truly comes alive at Christmas time. Everything from the town hall to quaint shopping streets are bedecked with dazzling lights. And, in the midst of all of the lights, stands Vienna’s famed Christmas market, a truly special experience.
With more than 50 light displays under its belt, Zilker Park’s Trail of Lights in Austin, Texas is a truly special light display. The approximately mile long Trail of Lights features everything from a gigantic lighted Christmas tree to an enormous Ferris wheel.
This sparkling port town is illuminated from all angles at Christmas time. An abundance of twinkling lights stretch down to the harbor, while the Liseberg Amusement Park hosts one of Sweden’s biggest Christmas markets. For a truly special Christmas light experience, Gothenburg is not to be missed.
If you want to feel Christmas cheer, but don’t want the cold weather associated with it, Medellin offers a fun tropical inspired Christmas light display. Massive trees are covered in lighted ornaments, and all along the Medellin River lighted figures twinkle in the night. Who says Christmas isn’t the same in warm weather?
Silver Dollar City, located in Branson, Missouri, boasts a truly impressive light display. Millions of sparkling lights cover the theme park, with many light displays coordinated with Christmas music. If you are anywhere near Branson during the Christmas season, Silver Dollar City is not to be missed.
Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Fun themed light displays cover the beautiful grounds of Callaway Gardens. In addition to the millions of glittering lights, the resort also offers a Christmas village complete with shopping and dining. Be warned, however – one visit to Callaway Gardens may quickly turn into an annual event
Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong goes all out with its Christmas lights. Victoria Harbor is beautifully lit up, and the city’s abundance of shopping malls all put out impressive light displays. This is city living and Christmas beautifully married.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista boasts Jennings Osborne’s infamous light display. Millions of twinkling lights greet visitors, along with special Disney touches that are sure to please family members of all ages. If you love Christmas and love Disney, you don’t need to look any further than this light display.
Always pretty Copenhagen transforms Tivoli Gardens, a charming amusement park, into a beautiful light display at Christmas time. Specially designed and curated light displays twinkle between rides, crafts, and festive foods, making Copenhagen a must during the Christmas season.
The already famous City Hall of Madrid comes alive during the Christmas season – the city puts on a no holds barred light display here that is sure to impress even the most die hard Scrooge. For a truly impressive light display, Madrid should not be skipped.
Best Christmas Lights
There is just something about Christmas lights, and as the Christmas season seems to begin earlier and earlier every year, you will hopefully have even more chances to checkout some of these great lights in person.
However, even if you are not able to make the trip to see them in person, they are still pretty spectacular to look at online as well!