Top 10 Insta-worthy Holiday Lights Destinations

By Editorial Staff

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s nothing better than bundling up with a cup of hot cocoa and sight-seeing dazzling holiday lights. In fact, most of the world would probably agree with that statement, unless of course, their holiday season falls during the summer months, in which case they’ll probably be looking for a cool, tall glass of water. Nonetheless, dazzling displays of holiday lights can be found globally, some even attracting travelers from near and far to experience the spectacle. Wondering what some of the best holiday lights destinations look like? Look no further. Out of thousands of displays around the world, we’ve chosen the top ten holiday lights destinations that will leave you mesmerized and will look great on your Instagram feed. Get ready to want to pack your bags because these destinations are truly jaw-dropping. 

1. The Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London, England 

The beauty of Oxford Street strikes every winter leaving visitors in awe. Enormous decorations hang between buildings and lights dangle from the branches of trees. To add to the delight, Oxford Street is full of incredible shopping and delectable eats. 

2. Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, New York

This 77-foot tall tree may arguably be one of the most iconic light displays in the world and draws in almost 1,000,000 people every year just to see its towering beauty. Not only has the Rockefeller Tree claimed its name to fame, so has the Rockefeller ice rink. The location’s fame and appearance in many TV shows and movies make it easy to pair a fantastic Instagram caption with your favorite picture.

3. Christmas City, Gothenburg, Sweden

If you’re looking for a serene spot, Christmas City is surely the perfect place to go. The city is adorned with twinkling lights and has a plethora of festive markets and scrumptious foods. 

4. Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

When you walk up and down the sidewalks of Champs-Élysées, you’ll most certainly get into a festive spirit. Holiday lights are draped all along the avenue creating a wonderful sight to see. 

5. Winter Illuminations, Tokyo 


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Bright lights line the streets of Tokyo illuminating the night sky. Experiencing these stunning displays should certainly be something on everyone’s bucket lists.

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6. Luci d’Artista, Salerno, Italy 

Luci d’Artista lights Salerno’s city and streets showcasing unique and colorful displays. Not only do they have giant animal shaped lights but also a ferris wheel, a variety of Christmas markets, and a staggering 98 foot lit tree.  

7. VanDusen Festival of Lights, Vancouver, Canada

The VanDusen Botanical Garden hosts its annual light festival creating an immersive winter experience while making your way through the garden. It’s a perfect destination for families, couples, and even a solo trip.  

8. Christmas Market, Frankfurt, Germany

The Frankfurt Christmas Market is a longstanding tradition for Germany, dating all the way back to 1393 when it was first documented. The decorations, shops, carousel, and food are all great ways visitors can enjoy their time!

9. Casino Square, Monte Carlo, Monaco 

No casino is as grand or famous as the Casino de Monte-Carlo and their holiday decor even sets high standards. The next time you want to splurge during the holiday season, take a trip to Monaco and explore the casino and it’s extravagant holiday lights.

10. St. Augustine, Florida


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♬ It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas – Michael Bublé

St. Augustine is a slice of Winter Wonderland for the sunshine state drawing thousands of visitors each year. If you’re looking to catch some rays during the day and awe over twinkling lights at night, this is definitely the place for you. 

Although these were our top choices of holiday light destinations around the world, there are so many other stunning locations. Check out our list of honorable mentions for some other great places! 

Honorable Mentions

Medellin, Columbia
Plaisirs d'Hiver, Brussels, Belgium
Floating Christmas Tree, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This article was written by Lauren Conklin

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