Everything gets a little bit brighter when it’s Christmastime. Thousands of glittering lights illuminate the streets in cities all over the world, infusing Christmas cheer into the air and putting locals and tourists in the right holiday spirit.
These bright displays mark the start of the holiday season—and a handful of destinations really go all out with the seasonal lights. Here, we list down five of the many dazzling Christmas light shows and displays that you can visit this holiday season.
Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up (Singapore)
As an upscale shopping hub, Orchard Road is one of Singapore’s busiest and most popular streets, but during the holidays, it transforms into a real Christmas wonderland. Millions of visitors flock to soak in the festive mood every year with colorful lights and sounds brightening up the famous lane.
This year, the theme of the Christmas Light-Up is “The Greatest Gift” with the festivities now including Grange Road and Orchard Link. The Christmas Light-Up in Orchard Road will run until January 1, 2020.
Book a bus tour of Singapore’s Christmas Light-Up Display and enjoy the festivities aboard an open double-decker bus.
Kobe Luminarie (Japan)
Travel to Kobe, Japan for a light display with roots in tragedy. The Kobe Luminarie is an annual light festival that pays tribute to the victims of the devastating Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995. Every year since that year, downtown Kobe gets decked out in thousands upon thousands of tiny hand-painted light bulbs. From December 6 to 15, 2019, the lights will be turned on for a few hours a night.
If you find yourself in another part of Japan, drop by Osaka to witness Universal Studios Japan’s Crystal Christmas Show. Get a ticket via KKday and see the incredible Universal Crystal Tree filled with lights.
Ayala Triangle Gallery of Lights (Philippines)
Hands down, the best place in the Philippines to see Christmas lights outdoors is Ayala Triangle in Makati City. From November to January, the Gallery of Lights illuminates the outdoor park, running every 30 minutes for a few hours every night.
Many locals in Metro Manila make the trip to see the light and sound show every year, enjoying the dancing Christmas lights and festive music. For tourists who are visiting the country, there are few destinations in the metro more spectacular than Ayala Triangle during the holidays.
Tivoli Gardens (Denmark)
Since 1843, Denmark’s amusement park and so-called pleasure garden has become a must-see for tourists in the country. During the holidays, it becomes an even more enchanting sight with the entire park all lit up. Visit the historic Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen for one of the best Christmas lights around, from the Christmas light show to the carousel to dazzling fireworks throughout the last week of the year.
LuminoCity Festival (New York, United States)
Every year, New York City delivers some of the best Christmas lights in the world with thousands making the trip to Rockefeller Center to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting event.
There’s plenty of Christmas light shows in the Big Apple, though, including the new LuminoCity Festival on Randalls Island. The immersive lights festival consists of huge LED art installations, from a glowing castle in the sky to mesmerizing sweets forest with a candy mountain. Treat yourself to a ticket to the LuminoCity Festival via KKday.
Which of these experiences are you adding to your holiday plans? Make sure to make your vacation more memorable by booking your activities and essentials on KKday!
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