The holiday season is a time for festive cheer, and what better way to get in the spirit than by visiting some of the best Christmas light destinations in the US? From New York City to Texas, there are plenty of places to see dazzling light displays, sparkling Christmas trees, and stunning decorations.
These cities are our top choices. It may be months before cooler weather returns but it is never too early to plan a holiday in a city with epic Christmas lights.
1. New York City, NY – The Big Apple is home to the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is lit up with over 50,000 LED lights and topped with a Swarovski star. The streets of NYC are also adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations.
2. Branson, MO – Branson is known for its spectacular drive-through light displays, including the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village and the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.
3. San Antonio, TX – The River Walk in San Antonio is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, with over 100,000 lights decorating the trees and bridges. (We know those are multicolor C7 twinkle bulbs hanging in the trees!) The River Walk is an epic place to eat great Tex Mex and see lights. Visitors can also enjoy a holiday boat parade on the river.
4. Asheville, NC – The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is a must-see during the holidays, with over 55 decorated Christmas trees and thousands of lights. The estate also offers candlelight tours and live music. Be sure to book a Christmas-season room months in advance.
5. Chicago, IL – Chicago's Magnificent Mile is transformed into a holiday wonderland during the season, with over one million lights and festive decorations. The city also hosts a Christkindlmarket, a traditional German Christmas market.
No matter where you go, these top Christmas light destinations in the US are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Don't forget to bundle up, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy the magic of the season.
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: https://www.rockefellercenter.com/holidays/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/
- Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village: https://bransonchristmas.info/ozark-mountain-christmas-lights-village/
- Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights: https://www.theshepherdofthehills.com/trail-of-lights/
- San Antonio River Walk: https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/holiday-lights-on-the-river-walk/
- Biltmore Estate: https://www.biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmore/
- Chicago Magnificent Mile: https://www.themagnificentmile.com/explore/christmas/