TOP 10 BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS EVERY!!
Every year, cities, companies, and homeowners across the world work to create impressive hol-iday displays to bring in the Christmas season. While some stick to minimal power usage, others go crazy with their displays, creating amazing light shows that must be seen to be believed. For this holiday-inspired edition from Top10Archive, we look at some of the most impressive lighting displays that can be found around the globe.
This display of holiday lights garnered the attention of the Guinness World Book of Records for breaking the record for largest image made of LED lights. Over 1.2 million sparkling bulbs went into making a 3D image of three Christmas gifts that span over 3,000 square meters. The display, designed by David Richards, includes an amazing arrangement of teamwork between architects and engineers to create a flawless holiday display with an array of bright blues, greens, reds, and purples.
Outside of being a great city for tourism, Medellin, Colombia is also home to one amazing holiday light display. This impressive mix of lights and animated holiday figures creates a picturesque sight to behold. Over 27 million twinkling bulbs and 10 tons of colored foil come together for quite the colorful Christmas display. An array of colors sparkle off of each other to bring awe to the eyes of adults and children alike. For a taste of the best displays, those around the Medellin River, the Avenida La Playa, and the Cerro Nutibara hilltop are considered the most “must see.”
Right in the middle of Tokyo’s Midtown is where you will find the annual Christmas celebration. Accompanying this holiday gala is the “Starlight Garden” within the midtown park square. Covering 2,000 square meters, 280,000 digitally controlled LEDs will turn the park into a holiday miracle. The pulsating lights will put on a show that will wow and amaze with a light show that can only be described as unforgettable. Get your video camera ready – this is one you will want to watch over and over again.
Of course the City of Lights would find its way into this countdown, and with a canopy of over 200 trees draped in gorgeous holiday lighting, it does so with style. The entire city takes part in this holiday tradition, with lighting displays viewable at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the shops along Champs-Elysees, the outdoor shopping area of Bercy Village, and along the shopping strips of Avenue Montaigne and Rue Saint-Honore. No matter where you find yourself in the great city, there’s no question that beautiful holiday lights displays won’t be far.
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
It should come as no surprise that the Happiest Place on Earth would also be amongst some of the jolliest during the holiday season. To fit in with the Christmas season, Walt Disney World in Orlando undergoes a complete overhaul to look like a winter wonderland ideal to bring a smile to any child’s face. Characters sport Santa hats, Mickey and friends participate in festive Christmas parties, and the entire park is coated in over 5 million mesmerizing lights. A bulk of those lights go into lighting up the famed Magic Kingdom on a nightly basis, turning it into an unforgettable Christmas palace.
A sea of white sparkling lights spread across Gothenburg, Sweden, connecting Gothenburg’s harbor to the Lisenberg Amusement Park. Though it’s bound to be cold in Sweden’s harbor village, upwards of 5 million lights lend their own source of heat, making it completely possible to enjoy the display with being uncomfortably cold. The two-mile long “Lane of Light” is both a romantic stroll and a fantastic representation of the beauty that the holiday season can bring out.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
The Canadian side of Niagara Falls has a holiday treat for everyone, known as the Winter Festival of Lights. Using over 3 million lights, the Ontario Power Generation puts forth a miraculous Christmas display that must be seen to be believed. The millions of lights are spread throughout a 5 kilometer or 3 mile route with standing displays to create a memorable experience. The city of Niagara Falls turns into a veritable winter wonderland with events to help bring in that holiday cheer. One of the more impressive additions to the Winter Festival of Lights is when the falls themselves are lit up a bright red and green.
Newport Beach, California
There’s something brewing each year in Newport Beach, California, and it’s a whole new means of enjoying holiday light displays. Rather than dish out the usual land-based displays decked out in hundreds of thousands of lights, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce takes 3.6 million lights and throws them on multi-million dollar yachts, small kayaks and canoes, and other small boats to light up the waters near Bay Island. This unique Christmas display comes in the form of an annual parade that lights up the bay for 5 consecutive nights. Like Hampden’s “The Miracle on 34th Street” display, these lights are all owner designed and decorated so there’s a touch of originality to each vessel.
Hampden – Baltimore, Maryland
Tradition stays strong in the neighborhood of Hampden in Baltimore, surviving 67 years. The stretch of road spans Hampden’s 34th street, making the given name “The Miracle on 34th Street” an appropriate one. Instead of being one big display managed by one company or corporation, the Hampden miracle is put forth by individual houses on the street. Each home is decorated to the homeowners desires, but the lack of cohesiveness is what helps lend to the display’s uniqueness. The 2014 display has even garnered the attention of a Tokyo television crew as well as families traveling from all over the United States.
Ethel M – Las Vegas, NV
The Ethel M chocolate factory in Las Vegas, NV is a tourist attraction all its own, providing guests a chance to see how Ethel M’s delicious morsels are made. One of the factory’s more impressive features is actually on the outside – a massive garden of cacti. During the holiday season, this peaceful walk turns into a wondrous display of lights and Christmas characters – including the chocolatiers own red and yellow M&Ms. Every cactus within the 15,000 cubic yard botanical space is covered in colorful, sparkling lights, creating a grand total of over 500,000 twinkling bulbs. On special nights, the big red jolly man from the North Pole makes a visit to his own little enclave within the garden.