January 18, 2019

Slideshow of the World’s Best Hanging Holiday Lights

Ever dream of taking a tour around the world so you could see some of the best displays of hanging holiday lights?  With plenty of us obsessed with seeing the finest outdoor Xmas light displays in our communities, it’s only fitting that we want to branch out and see what the world has to offer.

If you’re one of those who’d love to see these Christmas light displays from around the world, be forewarned. We can’t take you in person for free to see this outdoor Christmas lighting, but we can do the next best thing.  We can lead you to a slideshow where you can see the absolute finest in exterior Christmas lights the world over. So come on, be an adventurous armchair traveler and see the highlights, with the help of Travel and Leisure magazine, what we have picked out for you.

This slideshow starts out with clips from Disney World, Tokyo, Brussels, Branson, Johnson City and Mexico City.  For more on these decorative holiday lights refer to our companion story, “The World’s Best Displays of Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights”.  Following clips from these locations the show moves on to cover the lights decorations of 5 additional outstanding light displays from around the world.  Stick with the slideshow and treat yourself to bold and bright holiday greetings from the following locales:

Slideshow of the Worlds Best Hanging Holiday LightsTivoli Gardens-Copenhagen: Tivoli’s amusement park Christmas decorations were designed by John Loring of Tiffany and Co.  With 20 acres of trees, buildings and rides decked out with festive lights, this is the place to be if you happen to land in Copenhagen at Christmastime.

Plaza de Comunicaciones, Madrid: This awe-inspiring display occurs only on Christmas Eve at the new city hall in Madrid. Unusual in the sense that it combines a whole lot of smoke and fireworks with the Christmas lights, it will remind you that cultures around the world each have a different take on what constitutes a successful light display.

Dededo, Guam: Smack in the middle of the Micronesia Mall, this Christmas light display includes a holiday lights train as well as a 35 foot tree and lights that blink in time to music.  Most unusual is the aroma machine that pumps out the smell of Christmas’ familiar pine trees.

Harbor City, Kowloon, Hong Kong: Thousands of blinking light in this shopping area serve to make the whole experience an overwhelming and dizzying one.  When it comes to Christmas lights, if you’re looking for excess–this is the place!

Take me to the show!


The World’s Best Displays of Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

A World Wide Extravaganza of Xmas Light

Travel and Leisure Magazine editors have searched the world over for the world’s best displays of hanging outdoor Christmas lights.  You can be sure they are plenty of contenders for this honor and although you might expect the United States to have the monopoly on this category, you’ll have to guess again.  Although the US has entries on the list, Travel and Leisure’s awards span the globe. Let’s take a look at who’s in the top 6 of this list.

Disney World’s Hollywood Studies–No surprise here.  Nobody does an extravagant show like Disney and the Christmas Extravaganza is no exception. Known as the “Osborne Dancing Christmas Lights”, this show incorporates music with over 5 million lights blinking along in time.

Complete with snow, (artificial of course) after all this is Florida, the show comes ablaze every 15 minutes.

The Worlds Best Displays of Hanging Outdoor Christmas LightsBrussels Town HallA bit scary, this 15th century gothic building is covered with spires and lights that blink eerily to music every night during the month of December.

Tokyo–Roppongi Hills Galleria–when the midtown shopping district of Tokyo unveiled the first of its outdoor Christmas light displays, the amazing Milky Way display in 2007,  people the world over took notice.  It remains to be seen what they have planned for this year and years to come.

Johnson City, Texas–a small town of just 1500, this hamlet does outside Christmas lights Texas style–in a big, big way.  This 1 block park space is adjacent to Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Historic Park and features more than 1 million lights.  People come from the big Texas towns, Austin and San Antonio just to see what the Pedernales Electrical Cooperative has put together for the season.

Branson, MissouriSilver Dollar City is Branson’s theme park.  Although the entire park gets decked out for the holiday what’s really impressive is the 5-story special effects outdoor Christmas tree lighting.

Mexico CityThe vendors at the Tepito flea market go all out.  When not selling all kinds of cheap goods, they’re busy decking out their stalls to celebrate Navidad with their take on commercial holiday lights.

Like to see these displays up close and personal, without travelling the globe?  If so, you’re in luck.  Simply click on the link below and see Travel and Leisure’s selections for Best Holiday Light Displays


Editor’s Review of Christmas Lighting and Decorating Sites–Part 1

Let Our Fingers do the Walking–Follow us to the Best of Holiday Decorating

Looking for a reliable source to give you novel ideas and sure-fire tips for Christmas lighting and decorating?  Look no further.  Our review editor has done the work for you.  She’s taken the time to hunt down the best of the websites that profess to offer fool-proof tips and ideas to make your holiday decorating a winter breeze.

Xmas Light–Holiday Decorations with Magazine Style

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Rating: A+

www.BHG.com This is the website of Meredith Publishing’s Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.  It doesn’t get much better than this for ideas on Christmas lighting and decorating.  With some of the best writers in the industry, this site’s staff is equipped with a spot-on taste for American trends–including holiday decorating ideas.  You’ll find more ideas than you could ever implement in just one Christmas season. There are so many you’ll have to search through and pick out the ones that best appeal to your sense of style.  Our reviewer noted everything from outside Christmas light ideas to easy Christmas tree lighting tips, as well as suggestions for last minute, holiday décor and more time consuming techniques that evoke elegant vintage themes of days gone by.  Check this one out. You’re sure to find something that appeals to you.

Up Close and Personal–Designers share their Best Holiday Decorating Tips


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Sea Glass Ornaments

For those who prefer getting their holiday ideas from talk-show-style television, there’s this 1 hour on-line holiday decorating show from HGTV with designers Angelo Surmelis and Erinn Valencich.  Here you’ll find ideas submitted by homemakers just like you as well as simple, down-home ideas from the HGTV pros.  Not as uptown-elegant as BHG but certainly full of usable ideas. The only downside here is losing time to the plentiful interruptions of the advertising sponsors.  Check out the novel sea glass ornaments submitted by a viewer–pretty & original.  

This is the first of a series of articles reviewing holiday decorating sites on the internet.  Check back with us for Part 2 and frequent updates with new sites to visit.