America’s Most Famous Christmas Light Shows
Christmas, perhaps more so than any other holiday, is an event full of tradition. With that, there’s no denying the Christmas tradition of putting up a flashy display of lights. From our Christmas trees to the outsides of our homes, the season is an excuse to string up as many lights as possible. Though you might have a modest set-up that you enjoy putting up and taking down every year, some take this tradition very seriously, even competitively, leading to some quite awesome displays. Here are a few of the standouts.
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
The Magnificent Mile, which runs down Chicago’s downtown Michigan Avenue, is a tourist hotspot through the year. But, come Christmastime, the street transforms into a hub of bright lights, music, parades, and families getting together to celebrate the holidays. While the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival lasts only a weekend (in November, no less), it’s still worth visiting, as tons of people do every year.
Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights
Two million lights across three miles: there’s no denying that, if anything, the Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston impresses by numbers alone. While most of the festival revolves around a driving tour, which lets you dazzle at the lights from the comfort of your vehicle, there are many other fun activities that visitors can take part in after parking their car, including carousel rides and a visit with Santa. Notable past displays include light models of lighthouses, ships, and even pineapples!
Las Vegas’ Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas might be known for its glittery Sunset Strip, but you have travel a little outside the city to find the real Christmas magic. The Glittering Lights Festival takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but don’t let the location fool you – this impressive, calming drive-through attraction boasts millions of lights arranged into all sorts of shapes and sizes. Those aren’t all stationary displays either – the event is home to more than 400 animated exhibits, too.
Atlanta’s Garden Lights
A heavy snowfall is a rare occurrence in Atlanta, meaning that, when compared to other parts of the United States, the outdoor attractions are a bit more pleasant to take in. That definitely goes for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the 30-acre plot of land located in the city’s Midtown area. While the park is pleasant enough to visit during the warmer months, it’s something else to see the garden’s botanical structures lit up with a colorful panoply of lights. The attractions don’t end at the lights either, with events like a reindog parade–which is exactly what it sounds like–bringing visitors back year after year.
Orlando’s Disney World
It’s Disney World… need anything more be said? Anyone would be happy to take a trip to the Magic Kingdom at any point during the year, but visiting during the world’s most popular theme park during the holiday season is an especially good time. Not only do visitors get to see the famous Disney castle adorned with white, icicle-like lights, but they also get to take part in many holiday-themed events, including an amazing fireworks display.