U.S. Cities with the Best Christmas Light Attractions
How do you plan on having a holly, jolly Christmas? One way that millions of Americans enjoy the holiday season is by venturing out to enjoy a Christmas light attraction. Many of these spectacles are put on by local communities and they are nothing short of spectacular. While a lot of cities and towns offer drive-thru light displays, others have walking tours of lights, light festivals, and major city landmarks and special locations are designated for these events. Here are some of the most festive Christmas light attractions across the country.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
This drive-thru light attraction offers millions of lights for Las Vegas residents and visitors to enjoy. Las Vegas’ “Glittering Lights” is produced by Winterland, Inc. of Marion, Indiana. This year, the speedway will be celebrating its 17th year. Considered Nevada’s largest drive-thru light show, the attraction features more than 3 million LED lights that take guests through a 2.5 mile course. It was also named one of “7 best places to see Christmas lights” by CNN Travel.
Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri
Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas” holiday lights celebration added more than a million new lights to their displays this year. People flock to this Christmas light extravaganza for its over 6.5 million dazzling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees, two Broadway-style productions, and a 5-story special effects Christmas tree. While at Silver Dollar City, guests can also enjoy rides, over two dozen unique shops, and restaurants. Silver Dollar City is the perfect Christmas destination the whole family can enjoy!
Macy’s at Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This Philadelphia tradition is over half a century old. Philadelphians love their Christmas lights and you can enjoy them too! Visitors to the historic Wanamaker Building can enjoy snowflakes, ballerinas, and a reindeer float beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium. If you plan on visiting Philadelphia for the holidays, make it a season to remember at Macy’s at Center City!
Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver, Colorado
If you love a good botanical garden, you should check out the Denver Botanical Gardens’ “Blossoms of Lights” display. This interactive Christmas lights event is held annually and has seasonal entertainment on select nights. The botanical gardens’ York Street location offers over 24 acres of plants for year-round visitors as well. Garden members get two free passes to the “Blossom of Lights” display. Your membership not only offers great perks but it also helps to fund research and the preservation of the garden’s plant species.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
This free event in the nation’s capital is worth the trip! Visitors can enjoy live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of holiday shopping. With over 500,000 environmentally-safe lights, guests can enjoy a glow-in-the-dark party, a European-style outdoor market, and CulturalDC’s SPACE4 – DC’s first mobile art gallery. This light celebration is great for hipsters, environmentalists, and families alike!
Can’t get enough of Christmas lights? Consider finding your dream home near one of these cool Christmas light attractions. From everyone at Homes.com, Happy Holidays!