The Best Places To See Holiday Lights in North America
The holidays have arrived!
Not only do I love this time of year, but seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over North America brings a special joy to me as I reminisce about wonderful memories of friends and family.
Below are some of the communities that really knock it out of the park when it comes to Christmas Time decorations.
1. Denver Botanic Gardens
Celebrate the holiday season at the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens! This event has been a local favorite for over three decades and transforms York Street into a winter wonderland. You won't want to miss the spectacular 360-degree immersive light experience!
2. Hershey Sweetlights | Hershey Park, Pennsylvania
Experience the magic of nearly 600 illuminated displays from the comfort of your heated car! Hershey Sweetlights, is located inside of Hershey Park and is a part of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, a seasonal festival held every year at the park that includes over 4 million lights, rides and roller coasters and more.
3. Winter Festival of Lights | Niagara Falls, Ontario
This spectacular celebration dates back to 1982 and is Canada's largest illumination festival. Over 1.8 million people flock to Niagara Falls every year to enjoy 15 Canadian Wildlife displays, over fifty trees wrapped in lights, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, a light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark!
4. Illumination at Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Illinois
If you have to be in Illinois for the holidays take this one in. This award-winning light show is a mile long walking tour through the 50 acre arboretum with stunning lights, music, and projections. You can even warm up by the crackling fire while roasting marshmallows!
5. Austin Trail of Lights | Austin, Texas
Texas is known for big things and Austin is known for weird... Zilker Park transforms into the walk-through Trail of Lights that attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The celebration includes two million lights, 90 holiday trees, over 70 displays, and nightly entertainment. This year marks the 55th annual celebration!
6. Busch Garden's Christmas Town | Williamsburg, Virginia
Busch Gardens goes all out for their holiday celebration, including over 10 million lights, a tree maze, rides and coasters, festive food and drinks, holiday shopping, and heart-warming shows. Even Rudolph stops to make an appearance at the celebration!
8. Disneyland | Anaheim, California
Who wouldn't want to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year at one of the most magical places in the world? As expected, Disneyland goes all out for their seasonal celebration with festive decor, classic park attractions turned into a winter wonderland, and the Season of Lights evening shows.
9. Festival of Lights | Vancouver, Canada
Hosted in the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Festival of Lights is a yearly celebration that includes a carousel, mesmerizing dancing lights on Livingstone Lake, Santa's Lodge for free photos with Santa, and tons of selfie spots and photo opps for the whole family!