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18 Beautiful Christmas Lights Displays Around the World

If you think your neighbor's flashing Christmas lights are impressive, you should see how cities around the world decorate for the holidays.

With a little creativity - and a few million light bulbs - these displays attract tourists from far and wide.

Just thinking of all the hard work that went into setting up these lights makes me tired! Maybe we should leave decorating to the pros and just enjoy these stunning photos.

Candy Cane Lane, Los Angeles

Lots of neighbourhoods in LA go all out for Christmas, but for the past 60 years the eight block extravaganza of Candy Cane Lane has stood out.

Rhema Bible College, Oklahoma City

Every year more than 2 million lights are strung up all over the campus, drawing more than 200,000 visitors every year.  

Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach

This stunning Christmas display combines 5,500 hand-lit candles (!) and hand-blown glass sculptures for a beautiful holiday experience.

Austin's Trail of Lights

Everything's bigger in Texas - including Christmas spirit! More than 2 million lights line this 2 mile trail which includes a Christmas village and a miniature North Pole.

Vienna, Austria  

Vienna has a number of gorgeous Christmas displays, but the chandeliers above Graben street shine brightest. Each one has more than 200,000 LED lights.

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

You might not have heard of this amusement park but it's beloved throughout Europe for its gorgeous Christmas lights. All of the park's unique "pleasure gardens," including a Japanese tower and this Moorish palace, have their own displays.

Gran Place, Brussels

Throughout December Brussels' historic town square comes alive with Christmas trees and high tech light shows.

Medellin, Colombia

The city of Medellin takes Christmas lights VERY seriously. Tourists visit from around the world to see the dozens of light displays including the main attraction over the Medellin river.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Three kilometers of lights down the city's streets and a fully illuminated amusement park - including a Ferris wheel - make Gothenburg a must-see destination for Christmas light fans.

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The malls in this tourist district compete with enormous light displays every year.

Makati, Manilla

International visitors flock to Makati every year for both business and pleasure, so the city's Christmas displays have to compete with the best in the world. Tourists love to see the illuminated skyscrapers and walk under the glimmering trees in Triangle park.

Christmas Wonderland, Singapore

This yearly attraction's illuminated garden features more than 60 handmade sculptures, including the enormous Italian-inspired "Spalliera."

Tokyo Illuminations

Many Christmas light aficionados consider Tokyo's lights to be the world's best. The 250,000 blinking LED lights in the "Shiodome" are just one of the city's unforgettable attractions.

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

While the 22 meter Christmas tree is impressive enough on its own, the illuminated buildings and skating rink make this Christmas display one of the world's best.

The Eiffel Tower

There is only one city of lights, after all. No matter where you go in Paris, there are beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower decorated with Christmas Lights.

Kobe Luminarie

The 200,000 lights decorating this structure are hand painted! They're also powered with renewable energy, which means these lights are both stunning and environmentally friendly.

34th Street, Baltimore

While it may be humble compared to other cities, Baltimore's annual "Miracle on 34th street" draws more than a million visitors each year. The street's residents organize and set up the displays each year, paying for the lights themselves.

Disneyland, LA

It's hard to compete with "the most magical place on earth" any time of year, but during the Christmas season the park is even more impressive.  Even Sleeping Beauty's Castle gets a Christmas makeover, with lights, garlands, and glimmering snow transforming it into the Winter Castle.

Share these beautiful lights to spread some Christmas cheer!

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