There’s something magical about brightly colored Christmas lights illuminating the space around us.
The beauty and serenity of a string of twinkling lights brings back childhood memories when things seemed, well, simpler.
And while social distancing restrictions and canceled holiday festivities may have tried to cancel this Christmas season – some places are lit up brighter than ever in all their marvelous glory.
So if you’re looking to brighten your day with some good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer, check out the best Christmas light displays from around the world.
The Zilker Park Trail Of Lights: Austin, Texas
To experience the ultimate wow factor, Texas is where it’s at.
Everything is “bigger and better” in Texas and Austin’s Christmas display is no different!
With a whopping 2 million Christmas lights wrapped around 90 different holiday trees – plus more than 70 different lighted tunnels and Christmas displays – it’s no wonder hundreds of thousands of people flock to Austin each year to see such a wonder.
And while this year’s event is a “drive-in” display – not even COVID-19 could cancel this 56-year-old Christmas tradition.
Medellín Christmas Lighting Festival: Medellín, Colombia
Who says Christmas has to be experienced with a blanket of snow?
Medellín features two impressive primary Christmas light displays composed of 28 million LED lights!
Visitors can check out the Christmas cheer at Parques del Río or Parque Norte amusement park and a handful of other locations.
You’ll also find more than 30,500 handwoven figures on display showcasing the beautiful custom and culture Colombians are proud of.
It’s no wonder previous years have brought in millions of visitors to get a glimpse at the grandiose displays of lights.
Hershey Park’s Sweet Lights: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hershey Park’s Sweet Lights was nominated as one of the top-10 “must see” public displays of Christmas lights in America in 2020 by USA Today!
Here you can drive through two miles worth of 600 illuminated displays of Christmas lights, animation, and fun.
Nearly 2 million lights make up the displays – and they’re sure to brighten your day. I mean, how can you remain gloomy with millions of twinkling lights glowing in the peaceful winter air?!
It’s just not possible.
And while it may not feel the same to view them in your car – you can still make it fun!
Crank up the Christmas music and bring your own hot chocolate – and even some festive treats – for some extra Christmas cheer.
Don’t forget to blast the heat to keep warm!
San Salvador, El Salvador
Don’t let the media scare you – I’m still convinced El Salvador is a hidden gem and a truly magical place, especially during Christmas.
With its kind people and brightly decorated streets, you’ll be in awe at the magic of Christmas in El Salvador.
Christmas is a month-long celebration here with the biggest celebration taking place not on Christmas morning, but on Christmas Eve.
Family and friends gather around to share a homecooked meal and celebrations can be found nearly every day of the week.
And trust me – you’ll never go hungry!
For the whole month of December, fireworks light up the sky, but on Christmas Eve you’ll witness a fireworks display from people all over the country!
Yeah, people just shoot off fireworks from their home – all at the same time at midnight on Christmas Eve – it’s pretty epic.
I was there personally in 2018 for Christmas and there wasn’t a block that wasn’t lit up with Christmas cheer.
And as a Catholic country, you’ll see many people display nativity scenes honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.
As you soak in the sights, don’t forget to sample some of the best food in the world for a bargain deal.
$.25 cent pupusas anyone?!
Merry And Bright
With restrictions and closures consuming most of 2020, it can be easy to feel gloomy about this Christmas season.
But all it takes is venturing out to one of these epic locations (or even your own neighborhood) and behold the magnificent display of Christmas lights to rejuvenate your spirit.
And while the true meaning and joy of Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ – it doesn’t hurt to enjoy a bit of jolly cheer along the way.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Proud American Traveler!
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