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The 7 Best Christmas Lights Displays in the World

posted in: Holidays  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on November 17, 2008  |  17 Comments

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and as soon as we finish washing the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner the Christmas decorations will start to come out. Trees will go up in living rooms, candles will find homes in windows, and the Christmas light displays will go up on the lawns of homes and businesses all over the world.

Some are classy, some are plain tacky, and other Christmas light displays show are so incredible they inspire everyone else to visit them year after year. Christians around the globe will be creating amazing Christmas light displays this year. Let’s take a look at some of the best from years past.

The Luberto Home – Boston, Massachusetts

Luberto Home

Shunned for acting just a bit nutty, Dominic Luberto started decorating his gigantic single-family home in Boston back in 2006. He has to get an early start, usually in October, in order to get all $10,000 worth of lights up in time for his holiday party.

Luberto Home Boston

His neighbors don’t necessarily enjoy the early display, but Luberto has been quoted as saying that he only wants to add beauty to life and enjoys the happy gazes of children as they pass by his monstrous creation. It may not be the biggest Christmas light display on earth, but it was definitely created with love.

Pueblito Paisa – Columbia

Pueblita Paisa

On top of Nutibara Hill in Columbia you’ll find the Pueblito Paisa, which is a tiny replica of a traditional of what a traditional Paisa village would look like. Residents flock here each year to see the tiny village decorated for the Christmas holiday. There are plenty of little houses, shops, and courtyards to explore as well, giving visitors no only a chance bask in the glow of the holiday season but to explore what life is like in the country as well.

Rockefeller Center – New York City

Saks Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center in New York City is always decked out for the holiday, but the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday snowflake display is certainly a sight to behold. The animated display incorporates over 72,000 lights and over 50 bright snowflakes.

Rockefeller Ornaments

The incredible LED light show is set to music and, you’ll be happy to know that the show now uses upgraded lights and is now eco friendly, using only enough power to run three toaster ovens!

Frankfurt Christmas Market – Birmingham, UK

Frankfurt Christmas

The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is an incredible place to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

Frankfurt Christmas Market Germany

Not only will you be able to get a bit of shopping done, but you’ll be able to explore the marvelous holiday light displays that go up each year as well. Stop by to see the beautifully patterned stars as they illuminate the night sky.

Christmas Street – Baltimore, Maryland

Christmas Street

Every year the 700 block of West 34th Street in Baltimore, Maryland breaks out the Christmas decorations and goes to town. Unofficially dubbed “Christmas Street” during the holiday season, the light display here rivals those put up by commercial groups and draws local tourists from all over the area!

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights – Ontario, Canada

Niagara Winter Festival

Every winter the Niagara Parks light up their own Winter Wonderland with wonder and cheer at the Winter Festival of Lights. Not only will you see incredible light displays, but every Friday evening throughout the holiday season there are fireworks over the falls as well. The 2008 holiday season opened on November 8th and will run until Friday, January 2nd, 2009. Fireworks displays are at 9pm on each of the scheduled nights!

Festival of Lights – VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Canada

VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Located in British Columbia, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens host their own Festival of Lights each year as well. This year’s event will begin on December 5th and run through January 4th and includes special activities such as visits with Santa, appearances by the Scandinavian Christmas Elves, and special choir concerts. Of course, you won’t to miss the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, which perform on the half hour, ever half hour starting at 5:30pm each evening!

Of course, determining which Christmas light displays are the best each year is really a matter of opinion. Businesses and neighbors all over the world vie for the title of “best decorated” each year and almost every display is beautiful. Enjoy the season, and the illumination, in good spirits!

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Image credits: 1, 1a, 2, 3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4b, 5, 6, 7

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17 Responses to “The 7 Best Christmas Lights Displays in the World”

  1. Sara says on

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful pictures. I liked Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights picture most among all the other pictures. I am planning to Visit Niagara Fall on 27th of Nov i.e on Thanksgiving Day , can i know is there any fireworks program is scheduled on that or not.? Thanks.

  2. Tim Ellis says on

    An interesting collection – but in the interests of accuracy the two pictures you have of mine (4a and 4b above) are from the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham (UK), not Frankfurt, Germany…

  3. Jennifer Gregory says on

    Thanks for the correction Tim! I have made the updates.

  4. ROBERT A. FLOWERS says on

    I enjoyed the pictures of those christmas lights very much, thankyou.At my long time home in Pa:we put many lights on our homes and also the shrubery as in your pictures.I see other light pictures that the homeowners have lighted mostly figures and fewer lights on the home.They are not as enjoyable as your lighted homes etc.Great job and merry Christmas! Bob Flowers,(now in Orlando Florida where people light the figures mostly and they are not as effective.)

  5. becca says on

    I want 2 put fourth a idea, i believe along the way all people have taken a direction heading for misery during the holidays, i propose the idea of bringing back christmas caroling & working in homeless shelters, 2 share the joy & giving of christmas. now days kids are spoiled & get more then they need & further more us poor loving parents hear give me more. the stores need 2 be fully decorated & so do the towns, neighborhoods need 2 have competitions for decorating. I LOVE THESE PICS because they show the best part of christmas the togetherness, and hope and joys. many places dont have stuff like this and it is awesome you do get this joy. great work. who is in with me on these ideas?

  6. Pamela says on

    This is AWSM! But there are better lights somewhere in the world I bet.

  7. Beckie says on

    So beautiful I wish I lived in a place that decorated like this. I wish we could have Christmas lights year round. My favorite was the The Luberto Home – Boston, Massachusetts. Exactly how I would want my home if I could have it done. Thank you so much for cheering my heart again with the Christmas spirit.

  8. Christina says on

    Can you tell me the adress of the first one in Boston Mass? I would like to take my daughter to see it she LOVES people who have tons of christmas lights

  9. Where is the Luberto house says on

    Love this! Where is the Luberto HOuse?

  10. gordo, bc says on

    i wonder if they need second job to cover the power bill??????

  11. don meadows says on

    need to check out wheeling, wv Oglebee park festival of lights also. awesome !

  12. Carolyn Shipley says on

    The house in Boston Mass. that is shown lit up for the holidays. (xmas) Every year it starts around October to have the lights ready and lit for December. Over 10,000 lights are lit up and used. I worked with the owner that does this every year for the past 20 years. A lot of talent and devotion goes into this masterpiece. This home is a must see for all ages! Location is off of Broadway street Everett Massachusetts. Once your there you’ll see the lights on the side street. You can’t miss this! Half way up Broadway near city hall is the exact location.

  13. Kelly says on

    It’s a really old post, but the WDW Hollywood Studios presentation of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is far more elaborate and spectacular than any of the above pictures. Look for videos on youtube if you have never seen them!

  14. Mike says on

    Great selections. I would consider adding Silver Dollar City near Branson, MO. It is beautiful at this time of year with many millions of lights.

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