The World’s Best Holiday Light Displays

By: Casey Gerber

December 8, 2016

Photo via Curbed NY


It’s tough to get into the holiday spirit when the only light show you’re seeing is the glow of your MacBook and gridlock on the highway. But all you grinches begone, we’re shedding some light on the most illuminating holiday displays from around the world. Whether you’re in Paris or Palm Springs, Brooklyn or Idaho, there’s a light show to spread some serious cheer. Scroll through to find out which light displays are on our “nice” list this year!

1. The Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn: Named “Best Public Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today, this illuminating display looks like Disneyland and Christmas had a baby, moved to the suburbs (Riverside, CA), and built the most festive house on the block. Consisting of over 4.5 million individual lights, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, firework shows, carriage rides, and fresh snow, this is a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience.

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2. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: Located in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, this light display stretches across 8 blocks and can be seen by foot, or on an organized bus tour. Each year, the competition among the houses gets more and more fierce with some homeowners spending over $20K in professional light displays. Consider their monetary loss your gain!

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3. RoboLights: When we’re not dreaming of a White Christmas, we’re dreaming of a warm winter wonderland in the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Located on a quiet residential street, Robolights is anything but your traditional front-yard display. In fact, it’s the largest of its kind in the U.S., with over 8.4 million lights spanning across 4 acres of land. The brainchild of artist, Kenny Irwin, Robolights is definitely one of the weirdest, yet most interesting ways to get into the holiday spirit!

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4.Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées: The City of Lights burns even brighter around the holidays. With festive displays taking over the world’s most lavish streets, picking just one is like deciding which flavor of crepe to indulge in — sweet, yet challenging. And you can’t make a trip to this magical city without perusing the world-famous Christmas Markets. Our favorite, the Champs-Elysées, takes place from November 11th to January 2 and consists of over 200 vendors selling everything from glass work and jewelry to Belgian Waffles and foie gras, all beneath the beautiful glow of lights.

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5. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show: This light show is no doubt every kids’ Christmas wish come true (and now, ours too!). With over 1.5 million twinkling lights spread across Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene, it comes as no surprise that it’s the world’s greatest “on the water” display. Visitors can even take a decked-out cruise ride up the lake to “Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole,” where they are greeted by the majestic man himself, and can ooh and aah at America’s Tallest Floating Christmas Tree.

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