Best Christmas Lights Around the World 2023

Annabel’s (London, UK)
In partnership with the Caring Family Foundation, Annabel’s, a private members club in London, has decked out its façade in festive form. The display, designed by Birley Club’s Creative Director Tatiana Kharchylava, is a nod to the idea that anything is possible. The central hot air balloon spans three stories and symbolizes hope and humanity’s ability to rise above its challenges.

Oxford Street (London, UK)
Oxford Street in London is flanked by some of the city’s best shopping spots—it’s an ideal place to find gifts for everyone on your list. Add in the annual Christmas lights that twinkle above the street, and it’s a one-two punch for getting into the holiday spirit.

Saks Fifth Avenue (New York, NY)
Each year, Saks Fifth Avenue displays a unique Christmas light show on the façade of its New York flagship store. This year’s installation is in partnership with Dior, with the display titled Carousel of Dreams. The giant bronze sphere contains various Dior-themed motifs as well as zodiac symbols. Better yet, it’s just across the street from arguably New York’s most iconic Christmas attraction: the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Calle Marques de Larios (Malaga, Spain)
Malaga’s most famous shopping street, Calle Marques de Larios, sparkles with holiday cheer every year. This time around, the city created a processional pathway that looks like something out of a royal castle. Many of the buildings along the iconic road were designed by Spanish architect José María de Sancha.

Dyker Heights (Brooklyn, New York)
It appears that the residents of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, New York, spare little to no expense when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Full of stately, single family homes, the festive façades are a decades-long tradition in the neighborhood, offering a free holiday spectacle for New Yorkers across all five boroughs. In 1998, The New York Times described the annual displays as “Con Ed’s warmest heartthrob.”

Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri)
Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in Branson, Missouri, uses over 6.5 million lights to illuminate its Old Time Christmas festival. In the main square, guests will find the centerpiece of the event, an 80-foot Christmas tree.

Kohlmarkt Street (Vienna, Austria)
Winding through central Vienna, Kohlmarkt Street offers a more restrained take on Christmas lights. The twinkling skylights add a warm glow to the luxury shopping avenue without overstimulating the senses.

Parques del Rio (Medellin, Colombia)
Medellin has been lighting up for the holidays for 56 years in a festival known as Alumbrados. With festive displays and other event programing happening throughout the city, it makes an enticing case to visit the City of Eternal Spring in the winter too. This year, the city is celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary with 14 different characters on display along the river in Parques del Rio.

Bavarian Village (Leavenworth, Washington)
Throughout the ’60s, the small town of Leavenworth in Washington underwent a nearly community-wide renovation to transform into something that would resemble a Bavarian village. Spearheaded by two local businessmen, Ted Price and Bob Rodgers, they saw the initiative as a way to promote tourism in the Pacific Northwest town. During the holidays, the downtown area turns into Christmastown and includes various holiday-themed activities.

Luci d’Artista (Salerno, Italy)
Salerno’s annual holiday festival, Luci d’Artista, has earned the city the unofficial title of capital of Christmas lights in southern Italy. Now in its 18th iteration, the celebration includes illuminated displays throughout the main street, the city gardens, and numerous public squares. On strolls this year, visitors will encounter arrangements inspired by jellyfish, butterflies, and polar bears.

Shibuya Blue Cave (Tokyo, Japan)
There’s no shortage of holiday light displays in Tokyo. Among the most popular is the Shibuya Blue Cave, which features over 770,000 LED lights strung along trees between Shibuya Koen Dori and Yoyogi Park. This year, there will also be a market selling treats and other festive goodies.

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