10 Inspirational Christmas Light Displays From Around The World

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No yuletide celebration would be complete without the magic of Christmas lights. From humble fairy lights to bodacious displays that adorn the entire facade of a house, every home aspires to capture the magic of the festive season.

If you need ideas for your Christmas light display, here are the 10 most awe-inspiring Christmas lights from around the world.

1. Village de Noël, Nice, France

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The large Christmas bauble wrapped in colourful Christmas lights at the Village de Noël is quite the sight to behold. You can even enter inside the bauble. Village de Noël is elegant yet whimsical, inspiring the childlike wonder that only Christmas can bring. While you may not be able to cobble together a display like this yourself, you might have an insight into how to take your Christmas lights to a more out-of-the-box.

2. Shiodome Caretta Illumination, Tokyo, Japan

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The Caretta Illumination at the Shiodome is made up of 250,000 LED lights. Surrounded by trees and a floor full of lights, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. Music also plays in the background. This year the theme will be “Beauty and the Beast”, featuring candle-like décor that brings to mind a banquet hall.

3. Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York

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Dyker Heights is a hub for colourful and bombastic Christmas displays. If you’re more inclined towards theatrical scenes of Christmas, this is the inspiration for you. Here you’ll see light-up snowmen, snowflakes, stars, angels, and Santa Claus. Lawn ornaments such as toy soldiers and reindeer are wrapped in Christmas lights. Entire trees and gardens are also aglow with lights.

4. Somerset House, London, UK

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A gigantic Christmas tree stands in front of Somerset House next to an ice-skating rink. The tree is decorated with lights, baubles, and bows. The rinkside pop-up shops are also decorated with Christmas lights. The ice-skating rink and exterior walls of Somerset House change in colour as well, from purple and blue to red and yellow.

While you may not have an ice rink on hand, bathing your home in floodlights like Somerset House will give your Christmas display a simple yet nostalgic quality that stands out from the crowd.

5. Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila, Philippines

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Colourful string lights and blast ice star ball LED lights hang from the trees at Ayala Triangle Gardens. Tree trunks are also wrapped in Christmas lights. There are even lights on the ground. More than one million lights dance to the beat of Christmas music, transforming the landscape into a magical paradise. This look is perfect for transforming your home into a mysterious Christmas fantasy land begging to be explored.

6. Kobe Luminarie, Kobe, Japan

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Kobe holds a light festival every Christmas, with over 200,000 hand-painted lights. The theme changes each year. For the festival’s 20th anniversary in 2015 the theme was “Kobe, City of Dreams and Light”. The town was draped with brilliant yellow lights and other colours – it’s like stepping into the hall of a golden castle. How can you use this in your home? Try continue the display from your yard into your home, giving your visitors the impression they are stepping into another world.

7. Christmas Market, Jena, Germany

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When dusk settles, the Christmas Market in Jena lights up. Trees, buildings, and stalls are adorned with Christmas lights. There’s also an enormous Christmas tree in the centre of the market. The whole area creates such a bright glow that you can spot it for miles around the city.

8. Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

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Standing at 24 metres tall, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is decorated with some 45,000 colourful lights. On top sits a large Swarovski star with 25,000 crystals. You’ll also find lights around tall shrubs, other trees, the fountain monument, and the ice-skating rink. On the other side of the rink is a garden of lights, baubles, and angels trumpeting in Christmas.

9. Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania

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The design for the Christmas tree at Cathedral Square changes every year. One of them was a storybook tree – a metal frame covered in branches, and a fairy tale cottage is hidden inside. Another tree had fairy lights that look like a wedding veil. The tree stands next to the Vilnius Cathedral, which is also illuminated with stunning light shows.

10. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Tivoli Gardens entrance is lit up with fairy lights. Once inside, you’ll find stalls, trees, and pathways adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. What’s more, a light show illuminates Tivoli Lake and you’ll see the Tivoli Castle sparkling at night. Christmas music also permeates the Christmas market, adding festive cheer to the area.

Remember, safety first!

Like other electrical items, display your Christmas lights safely, turn them off during the day, hide power cords from view, and make sure none of your lights have exposed or frayed wires. Likewise, when putting up your lights make sure you use the correct safety equipment and do so in the company of another person.