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Published on : Tuesday, November 29, 2016
There is no mystery as to why the Christmas season is often described as the most wonderful time of the year. Towns and cities often decorate the streets with lights to celebrate Christmas. Let’s take a look at the dazzling streets which defines the spirit of the festival in USA.
Fulton Street, New Orleans
Fulton Street, a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans, will once again transform the Fulton Street pedestrian corridor into a winter wonderland. The celebration will go on till Dec. 27th 2015. During the month-long celebration, New Orleans residents and tourists of all ages will be entertained by the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Visitors will enter Miracle on Fulton Street from Poydras Street, walking through a giant ornament and be greeted on the other side by twinkling lights and a 30-foot Christmas tree. “Snow,” which is rare for New Orleans, will occur at intervals throughout the day on Fulton Street. A gingerbread display in the lobby of the Harrah’s Hotel will feature a replica of Harrah’s Casino.
Freemont Street, Las Vegas
The crisp winter air brings its share of exciting activities to enjoy and with Christmas around fun becomes even more in Las Vegas as it is known for doing everything big. Freemont Street also known as “Vintage Vegas,” is the center of revitalization with a booming entertainment and dining scene. Downtown Las Vegas might be the place for you if you’re looking for a fun filled Christmas. The Freemont East District has a happening nightlife, culture and unique vibe you won’t find anywhere else. It has become one of the major tourist attraction sights with the giant Christmas tree right in the centre makes it even more cheerful and vibrant. There are around 50 Christmas trees displayed at Freemont Street, Las Vegas.
34th Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the Miracle on 34th Street between Thanksgiving and early January each year.
Peacock Lane, Portland, Oregon
Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighbourhood has been decorating for Christmas. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.
At The Grotto in Northeast Portland, the Christmas Festival of Lights uses more than 500,000 lights and 150 choral performances to share the Christmas spirit at the internationally renowned Catholic shrine. People of all faiths are welcome to the 62-acre park that features a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff.
Some of Portland’s other natural wonders, the Columbia and Willamette rivers, also shine this season with the Christmas Ship Parade. This long-running tradition sees around 60 festively decorated boats floating on the area’s waterways nightly, delighting shore-bound onlookers in local hotels and restaurants. The entirely volunteer-run event has been lighting smiles since 1954.
Peacock Lane is one block east of Southeast 39th Avenue/Cesar Chavez Boulevard and runs from Southeast Stark to Southeast Belmont streets.
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York City
The world-renowned Christmas lights in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn—where neighbors work to outdo each other with outrageous installations—are the most impressive holiday decorations in the five boroughs. Dyker Heights is an Italian neighborhood that boasts great pastry shops, so a cannoli and cappuccino are part of the evening’s fun.
The famed Christmas lights of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, are undeniably striking. ‘Dyker Heights’ luminous displays are very flashy. It’s easy to kid about the scale and cost of the displays. Still, once you look past all the wattage—and, we know, it might take awhile—there’s much more to the neighbourhood tradition than gaudiness, braggadocio and a desire to win the holiday-spirit arms race.
Market Street, San Francisco
While San Francisco’s December temperature may seldom dip below a brisk 55 degrees, that doesn’t prevent the Christmas Spirit from taking hold. From shimmering snowflakes on Market Street light posts to Santas in their undies, San Francisco knows how to fab it up for the most wonderful time of the year.