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Where to see the best Christmas lights?

The Christmas countdown is on and we have put together a list of places we think have the best Christmas light displays...

Medellin, Columbia

Festival of lights in Medellin is one of the biggest in the world, beginning in 1965 millions of lights follow the river through the city with a different theme each year. Experience the massive displays featuring 27 million LEDs, the best places to visit are Parque Norte amusement park and Parques del Río.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio kicks of the Christmas advent in style with the lighting of a giant floating Christmas tree and a spectacular fireworks display. Christmas celebrations are fast becoming as popular as carnival! So why not soak up some winter sun on one of Rio's famous sandy beaches whilst you enjoy the Christmas spirit.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil floating Christmas tree

Edinburgh, Scotland

Not only is Edinburgh a top place to visit for the Christmas market and Hogmanay, the city is made even more beautiful by the different light displays. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens from Nov 25th to Jan 2nd follow the festive music and sounds on this stunning trail of lights. Or why not pop in to Edinburgh Zoo, take a journey through the enchanted forest see Santa's workshop and the moonlit penguin rock. Lastly the Castle of Light is returning from Nov 14th to January 9th see the castle brought to life with a festive light show.

Gdansk, Poland

In the bustling city centre you will find a stunning Christmas market with plenty to keep you occupied with carousels and market stalls. But if you want to enjoy the festive atmosphere in a calmer, peaceful environment take a stroll through Oliwa Park. Throughout the winter months the gardens are illuminated with thousands of Christmas lights. Due to the pandemic there have been a few lighting displays moved to different areas, make sure you also visit Ronald Reagan Park and the illuminations on Targ Węglowy in Gdańsk Old Town.

Moscow, Russia

The streets of Moscow erupt with colour Christmas is an excellent time to visit the city. There are a selection of Christmas events right the way across the city, the Christmas Festival starts on the 22nd Dec and is spread across 30 venues. Enjoy the shows, ice theatres and art classes as well as all the delights the famous Kremlin Russian Christmas Market and Red Square Christmas Tree has to offer, the celebration continues right into the new year

Moscow Russia beautiful Christmas lights

Salerno, Italy

Visit the streets and square of Salerno to view the best the Luci d'Artista has to offer. The festival of light features light installations and Christmas activities for all the family, why not enjoy the view from the 60ft Ferris wheel to really take in the stunning displays. On the first weekend in December the beautifully lit Christmas tree will be put up for everyone to gather round and enjoy.

Tokyo, Japan

The Winter Illuminations in Tokyo runs typically throughout November and December however some run longer starting in October and running right the way through to February. The different districts across the city compete to produce the best light displays for visitors and locals.

London, England

The whole city sparkles throughout the festive period with millions of twinkling lights. Take a stroll down Oxford Street enjoy the dazzling lights and the iconic Christmas windows at Selfridges. After finishing your Christmas shopping why not visit Somerset house, skate around the ice rink in this beautiful wintery haven, with a 40 ft. Christmas tree enjoy music into the night.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is in our list for the Top European Christmas Markets, the city is lit up for the festivities with the famous Advent Feast at St Stephen's Basilica. Ice skate underneath a canopy of lights around the giant glistening Christmas tree, and make sure you don't miss the nightly light projections set to music displayed on the beautiful architecture of the church façade.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Starting from Dec 2nd right the way through to Jan 23rd you can enjoy the highlights from the last 10 years of the festival of lights. Wander along the canals of Amsterdam where you will find light installations from artists across the Globe, or better yet book a cruise to see the lights from the comfort of a heated canal boat.

Amsterdam Netherlands Festival of lights

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