6 Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S.

Published on : Saturday, December 4, 2021

U.S. rounds up the top Christmas light displays across America. The small displays that pack a festive punch or flashy shows full of glitz and glamour, the colourful spectacles on our list are sure to bring you plenty of holiday cheer. The decorations, starry lights, religious displays and multicultural celebrations light up cities and towns everywhere from November to January.

The best Christmas light displays in the U.S. are as follows-

Mesmerizing lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens: Pine Mountain, Georgia

The gardens sit about 80 miles southwest of Atlanta, glow each year with colourful dragonflies, butterflies, ice skaters, toy soldiers and more. The Enchanted Rainbow Forest, where lights cascade down from tree branches and listen to festive music as you explore the property. The Winter Wonderland walk-through experience, complete with decorated trees, nutcrackers and snowflakes. Fantasy in Lights runs from Nov. 19 through Jan. 3. The light show begins at 6 p.m.and ends around 9 p.m.

Trail of Lights holiday: Louisiana

The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, have the chance to see five different light collections in various cities and towns, including Alexandria and Pineville; Minden; Monroe and West Monroe; Natchitoches; and Shreveport and Bossier City. Natchitoches is known for its lights that adorn the downtown area and for hosting a plethora of events, including its annual Christmas Festival, fireworks shows and tours of historic and highly decorated homes. Minden is a nutcracker lover’s paradise.

A Thousand Candles of nights at Brookgreen Gardens: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Make a full evening at the gardens by enjoying dinner at one of several on-site dining venues before grabbing a hot drink at a beverage station to keep you warm as you stroll. Live music every night. Multiple visitors applaud Brookgreen Gardens’ display and particularly enjoyed seeing the oak trees aglow with cascading lights. The installation is open 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2. The gardens sit less than 15 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet.

Chicago Botanic Garden in Lightscape: Chicago

Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual light display “beautiful” and “wonderful” with plenty of holiday cheer. Walk the 1 ¼-mile path, be treated to displays including favorites like the Winter Cathedral and the Singing Trees as well as new installations featuring laser lights, red poppies dangling above your head and much more. Lightscape runs from Nov. 12 through Jan. 2 from 4:30 to 11 p.m. each evening, with the last entry typically at 9:15 p.m. The garden is located about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago.

Nights of Lights: St. Augustine, Florida

To avoid winter’s chill should head south to St. Augustine for its annual Nights of Lights celebration. Around 3 million lights illuminate the town’s Historic District, including must-visit sights like the Lightner Museum and St. George Street. A tour of the lights with a local company like Old Town Trolley Tours or The Tasting Tours. The Villa Zorayda Museum’s holiday decor or partake in the Nights of Pints event, which lets participants sample beers from local breweries. The lights are viewable every night from Nov. 20 through Jan. 31.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: Brooklyn, New York City

Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood is a favorite holiday attraction for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Residents wrap their windows in fairy lights, twine colorful bulbs around the trees and erect wireframe displays atop their roofs. A plenty of Santa Claus, nutcracker, snowman and elf figurines. The neighborhood is situated in the southwest corner of Brooklyn; the best displays are typically found between 11th and 13th avenues, from 83rd to 86th Street. Lights go up after Thanksgiving and generally stay lit from 5 to 9 p.m. through New Year’s Eve.

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