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The Best Places To See Holiday Lights in North America

ERA Evergreen



Dec 4 5 minutes read

The holidays have arrived!

Not only do we love this time of year, but we love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over North America.

1. Hershey Sweetlights | Hershey Park, Pennsylvania

Experience the magic of nearly 600 illuminated displays from the comfort of your heated car! Hershey Sweetlights, is located inside of Hershey Park and is a part of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, a seasonal festival held every year at the park that includes over 4 million lights, rides and roller coasters and more.

2. Winter Festival of Lights | Niagara Falls, Ontario

This spectacular celebration dates back to 1982 and is Canada's largest illumination festival. Over 1.8 million people flock to Niagara Falls every year to enjoy 15 Canadian Wildlife displays, over fifty trees wrapped in lights, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, a light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark!

3. Illumination at Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Illinois

This award-winning light show is a mile long walking tour through the 50 acre arboretum with stunning lights, music, and projections. You can even warm up by the crackling fire while roasting marshmallows!

4. Austin Trail of Lights | Austin, Texas

See Zilker Park transform into the walk-through Trail of Lights that attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The celebration includes two million lights, 90 holiday trees, over 70 displays, and nightly entertainment. This year marks the 55th annual celebration!

5. Busch Garden's Christmas Town | Williamsburg, Virginia

Busch Gardens goes all out for their holiday celebration, including over 10 million lights, a tree maze, rides and coasters, festive food and drinks, holiday shopping, and heart-warming shows. Even Rudolph stops to make an appearance at the celebration!

6. Denver Botanic Gardens | Denver, Colorado

Celebrate the holiday season at the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens! This event has been a local favorite for over three decades and transforms York Street into a winter wonderland. You won't want to miss the spectacular 360-degree immersive light experience!

7. Disneyland | Anaheim, California

Who wouldn't want to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year at one of the most magical places in the world? As expected, Disneyland goes all out for their seasonal celebration with festive decor, classic park attractions turned into a winter wonderland, and the Season of Lights evening shows.

8. Festival of Lights | Vancouver, Canada

Hosted in the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Festival of Lights is a yearly celebration that includes a carousel, mesmerizing dancing lights on Livingstone Lake, Santa's Lodge for free photos with Santa, and tons of selfie spots and photo opps for the whole family!


1. Dove street light display | Shelter Cove, HHI

The popular Hilton Head Island holiday tradition has finally begun! Catch the Dove Street Festival of Lights at the Shelter Cove Towne Center to experience a colorful welcome to the Christmas season!

2. Harbour Town Lights | Sea Pines Resort, HHI

Enjoy the lights as you stroll around the harbor, complete with illuminated seasonal figures perfectly displayed alongside a towering Christmas tree. Drop by Sea Pines Resort this holiday season and treat yourself with live entertainment and lots of fun holiday activities!

3. South Beach Marina | Sea Pines Resort, HHI

Festive inflatables, thousands of pretty and cheery Christmas lights, and a baby Jesus surrounded by wise men at the center of it all. Indeed, The South Beach Marina Christmas light display is not one to miss!

4. The Village At Wexford | Hilton Head Island, SC

See an assortment of different wreaths, and some Christmas displays, complete with a real-life Santa Claus at The Village at Wexford! Let the shops greet you with some of their best holiday door decors, and get your dose of Christmas spirit every time you drop by!

5. Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Station #3 | Hilton Head Island, SC

Let the Hilton Head firefighters at Station #3 dazzle you with lights-- and we mean the festive kind! Enjoy the whimsical displays that capture the Hilton Head holiday spirit, and cruise by the station to see the firefighter's Christmas light showcase, a tradition that was started in 2007, and has steadily grown each year!

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