Best Places to see Christmas Lights in the USA in 2018

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‘Tis the season for merriment, Christmas lights, holiday treats, The Nutcracker, and overall Holiday cheer. Nothing spells Christmas quite like bright lights or decorations to really set the holiday moodWe, at Chloe Johnston, are so excited for all the winter fun, food, outdoor activities, lights and the ability to spend time together with our families and friends. If you love going out to find the best Christmas lights in 2018 as much as we do then look no further, as we have compiled our list of the best places to see Christmas lights in the USA.

 

Las Vegas

It’s always Christmas in Vegas when you think of the ornate installations and light shows. Finding a Christmas tree in the desert may be a difficult task, but the locals know how to make the most of the abundant cacti. Ethel M.Chocolate Factory has 300 species of cacti decorated with millions of colorful lights, drumming up the holiday cheer and earning it a spot on this list of the best places to see Christmas lights in the USA.

Driving down the Las Vegas Speedway is as visually appealing as that first look at your fully decorated Christmas tree.

The Vegas Christmas town boasts a giant Christmas Tree, Polar Express, a 100-foot hill for sledding, an ice rink, and a zillion twinkling lights – all the makings of Christmas.

New York

Christmas in New York is like no other. Millions of people flock to New York each year and we understand why!

When it’s cold enough for snow, the lights glisten off of the white snowflakes making for a truly picturesque moment. The lighting of the tree in Rockefeller center is a must see, at least once. Our favorite part of Christmas in NYC are the Holiday window displays. We could spend hours just walking down 5th Avenue to see the windows truly come alive. Head down to Soho for some smaller, yet just as spectacular displays. The Holiday markets are great for getting your Christmas shopping done. Also, make sure to try some of the best treats of the season. Afterwards head to a nearby rink to try your hand at some ice skating.

Over 100,000 people visit Dyker Heights for its over-the-top decorations. Think life-size reindeers, huge inflatable snowman, giant Santa, and don’t forget the Christmas carols. If you want a perfect winter postcard, Brookfield Place winter garden is a great place to snap your photo. Last and certainly not least, leave time to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Colorado

Colorado is known for its picturesque ski towns and we can attest to their absolute beauty, throw some Holiday cheer in the mix and you have your perfect Winter Wonderland. Gardens of Spring Creek decorate their unique sculptures in lights, Denver Botanical Garden goes all out during the Holiday season. Taking in the spectacular displays while sipping on hot chocolate with marshmallows has never felt better.

The Electric Zoo at Colorado Springs is a fun place for kids with its 85 impressive light sculptures! Littleton, Colorado is a glittering town, taken straight out of a Hallmark movie (hey we know you love them as much as we do!) with amazing winding roads that leave you with the perfect Instagram photo.

Illinois

Illinois has some of the best Christmas light displays every year. The Larsen Christmas light show combines impeccable lights with coordinated lasers, and sound effects to keep the audience captivated the entire show. Be sure to also visit the Aurora Festival of Lights as well as the Mooseheart holiday lights.  Candlestick lane features more lights, inflatables decorations, along with new, innovative displays.  Lincoln Park Zoo,  Morton Arboretum, Candy cane lane, and Mcferren Park display all have the most iridescent displays enthralling fans from the area every year.

The iconic Chicago Around The World at the Museum of Science lives by its claim ‘ Nobody does holidays like MSI’; with its floor-to-dome Grand tree, along with displays representing different Christmas traditions and cultures from around the world – a must see for a dazzling Christmas experience.

Florida

There may not be any snow, but Florida is overflowing with holiday fanfare. If you need any convincing, the spectacular displays at St. Augustine, Downtown Mount Dora, Santa’s enchanted forest in Miami, magical celebration at Disneyland, the colorful Oakdale Christmas House at St. Petersburg, and Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo will change your mind.  

Stetson Mansion at DeLand exudes every bit of luxury it boasts of, especially during Christmas.

It might seem you have landed in the enchanted forest when you explore the glittering Rainbow Springs’ State Park. The State Park is packed with lights that will certainly put you in the Christmas mood.

Massachusetts

Home to New England’s biggest Christmas tree in Quincy Market, Boston is a symphony of lights, colors, sounds, and food!

Bright Nights at Forest Park, is another place for you to stop and marvel as carriages whisk you through the different themed light displays.

Head to Worcester if you are looking to hit the rink. Rose Kennedy Greenway displays an iridescent ribbon of lights.  Massachusetts is filled with hidden Christmas nooks and corners that will leave you with jaw-dropping wonder. Furthermore, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston and Festival of Lights at Edaville should be on your bucket list if you want to experience a magical Christmas, as they are all some of the best places to see Christmas lights in the USA.

Philadelphia

Temperatures are low;  holiday cheer is high. Traditional affairs are plenty, and enchanting decors are many.

The festive mood oozes out of every shop, restaurant, theatre, stadium, and park.  The City of Brotherly Love’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s is a tradition for many each year with a stop at the Blue Cross Ice Rink afterwards.  

Boathouse Row and Christmas Village at Love Park are highly recommended. However, Jeweler’s Row – a beautifully lit up street comprising 300 craftsmen, retailers, and wholesalers – is a hidden treasure. The Christmas Spectacular at Smedley Street is another hidden holiday gem with trees glowing with lights and blow-up Santas. Even more, the holiday light show at Shady Brook Farm and Peddler’s Village are magnificent. Our favorite spot to visit each year is Longwood Gardens. Their water show combined with light displays and eye dropping floral arrangements are sure to get anyone in the Christmas spirit.  For the kids, don’t forget to stop by Sesame Place to meet Rudolph amidst the twinkling lights and enchanting wonderland.

These are our favorite picks for the best places to see Christmas lights in the USA; in case if you want to plan an unforgettable visit or arrange a customized luxury-immersive exploration send us a note via our contact form, or, call us at +1 (888) 371-0527.

No matter what destination/s you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the local flavors and culture from many unique vantage points. Exploring with our multilingual guides, you’ll get to know each city’s elite, underground, or emerging talents, trends and traditions in art, architecture, fashion, gastronomy, history, interior design, wellness, and wine & spirits.

Keep in mind, only your preferences limit us; we can recreate the majority of our sample in-destination experiences and activities in the cities you most want to visit.