December is here and cities around the world have started decorating for the best holiday ever: Christmas. So, pack up your suitcases if you want to enjoy some of the best views for Christmas, because there’s nothing more electrifying than a display of holiday lights.
Even if you’re not a Christmas fan, it would be a shame not to visit a Christmas market (any!) to see millions of brilliant lights.
According to National Geographic, the best places to see the Christmas lights are: Vienna (Austria), Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen), Brussels (Belgium), Callaway Gardens (Georgia), Medellin (Colombia), Gothenburg (Sweden), Hong Kong (China), Madrid (Spain), Kobe (Japan) and Saint Augustine (Florida).
Although New York and Paris are not on that list, these cities cannot be ignored. I suppose it’s a matter of taste. Not everybody can love and enjoy the same views. As a matter of fact, all these cities have distinctive ways of celebrating this beautiful holiday and some iconic decorations as well.
Here is my top 10 most beautiful city lights for Christmas holiday.
Every year, this Austrian city is decorated beautifully with garlands and giant chandeliers, which take you to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in the center of the city.
#2 New York
New York is a full display of holiday lights. An important moment is the very famous tree-lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller Plaza. Bryant Park is decorated with twinkling lights while the American Museum of Natural History is lit up by giant animal figures.
Vitality and fantastic lights pulse within the Colombian city, Medellin. Oversize ornaments and giant 3-D figures illuminate the Medellin River during the holidays, transforming this city into one of the world’s most beautiful displays of animated lights and color.
London is instantly changed into a festive look by all the sparkling lights when the Christmas lights are switched on. Must see Bond Street, Covent Garden’s traditional shopping arcades, Oxford Street, Regent Street and the Southall Christmas Market.
The City of Lights truly shines on this holiday. From the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, the famous Champs-Elysees lives by millions of sparkling lights from the avenue’s trees. Don’t miss Galeries Lafayette and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, where a holiday tree is lit up.
When in Moscow, ride through the forests on a horse-drawn sleigh or sail down the Moskva River on an ice-breaking boat.
Brussels’ Grand Place is the place to be for Christmas because there’s an hourly light show in the evenings. Filled with twinkling lights, this winter wonderland offer you traditional Belgian waffles – a must if you ever find yourself in the city.
Gorgeous lights are featured in the Plaza Mayor and its market, which is a main source for figures for the Nativity scenes – Belenes, that are revealed throughout the city. The parade is the core moment of the holiday.
#9 Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s city center is crowned by a giant Swarovski crystal tree, while Victoria Harbour is fantastically illuminated. Each year, the city malls do their best to shine in colorful lights, to light up the sky with fireworks and to bring some joy with music.
Up to 5 million lights illuminate this city of Sweden, where the largest Christmas Market in Scandinavia takes place. While taking a walk on the 3 kilometer Lane of Light, you can hear choirs singing and can indulge on some toasted almonds.
Anywhere you go, there are places and Christmas Markets for you to admire. Cherish them, for Christmas happens only once upon a December…
Which is your favorite Christmas destination?
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