“The River of Lights,” Albuquerque from The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in the U.S.
The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in the U.S.
Bright lights, illuminated displays, nightly festivals, and attractions are some of the many things you have to look forward to during this time of the year.
Holiday light displays are a popular seasonal attraction; they have long been a tradition throughout the United States and essential part of Christmas celebrations. Communities come together and families make new memories as towns, parks, and popular sites are transformed into magical displays.
“The River of Lights,” Albuquerque
“Lights on the Bay,” Annapolis, Md.
“Holiday Festival of Lights,” Charleston, S.C.
Millions of multicolored lights will shine bright in the sky at James Island Park for the Holiday Festival of Lights from Nov. 11 through Jan. 1. Journey through three miles of more than 700 light displays. USA Today named this display one of the “10 Best Light Shows in America.”
“Trail of Lights,” Austin
“Wild Lights Festival,” Palm Desert, Calif.
“Circle of Lights,” Indianapolis
“Lights of Dyker Heights,” Brooklyn
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights via Vincent Gulizio
When many of us think about Holiday Lights in New York City, we usually think about Rockefeller Center, but the truth is that Dyker Heights Brooklyn goes over and beyond. Home-owners participate in an unspoken competition for the most lavish holiday light display. Walk through Dyker Heights or drive through in your car to experience the joy.
“Fantasy of Lights,” Pine Mountain, Ga.
Located in Pine Mountain is the famous Callaway Gardens. Visit during the winter months for a chance to experience the Fantasy in Lights holiday lights and sound show. Admire glimmering lights, watch fireworks, visit the Christmas Village for photos with Santa, and bring the kids to an hour of storytelling and Christmas carols with Mrs. Claus.
“Gardens Aglow,” Coastal Main Botanical Gardens, Maine
“Glittering Lights,” Las Vegas
This is a two-and-a-half-mile drive-through LED glittering course with sounds and vibrant colors that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. View more than 3 million lights and about 500 animated exhibitions. More than 2.2 million people have visited the display over the past 15 years, and 190,000 people visit annually.
“Lights on the Lake,” Liverpool, N.Y
“Bentleyville,” Duluth, Minn.
Stroll under the sparkles of more than 4 million lights in a 20-acre park set on the shores of Lake Superior at one of America’s largest, free, walk-through lighting displays. Take photos with Rudolph, visit Santa, roast marshmallows, eat cookies, and drink hot cocoa. The display will run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 26.
“Festival of Lights,” Galveston Island, Texas
The 15th Annual Festival of Lights is one of the largest holiday celebrations in this region. Admire more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. Listen to live entertainment nightly, take photos with Santa, and skate around the areas only outdoor skating rink. The festival will run from Nov. 12 through Jan. 8.