Where to See the Best Christmas Lights

Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow


Kinsey Bundrant, News Co-Editor

1.Macy’s at Center City

Located in Philadelphia, Macy’s puts on an extravagant light show every year since 1956. They use 1,000 LED light in their display. Macy’s puts on a show, telling the Christmas story through their lights while Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) narrates the story.

  1. Zilker Park

In the wilderness of Austin, Texas there is a light show held every year. Your Christmas journey takes place on a 1.25-mile walking trail. The trail includes 50 different displays, 100 fully decorated Christmas trees, and a 90-foot Ferris wheel.

3.Santa Claus House

In North Dakota, Alaska a light show is held in the famous Santa Claus House. In the Christmas display there are ice sculptures, ice slides, and even and ice bowl for skaters to have fun.

  1. Cheekwood Gardens

Even music city gets in on the Christmas lights extravaganza spirit. At the Cheekwood gardens there are over 1 million holiday lights and several different themed displays. They even have real reindeer to play with and pet.

  1. Lincoln Park Zoo

Located in Chicago, Illinois the city zoo holds a light show yearly. They have over 400 lighted Christmas trees throughout the zoo and have a 2.5-mile trolley ride through the zoo to see all the lights, decorations and animals.

  1. Peppermint Trail

In Knoxville, Tennessee they have a Victorian inspired light display. The Peppermint trail will lead you down the streets of downtown Knoxville where you will find all the different shops decorated for Christmas. They also display a 42-foot decorated Christmas tree and there is an ice skating rink for the people to enjoy.

  1. Silver Dollar city

A marvelous parade takes place in Branson, Missouri with 9 fully lighted floats and 45 different Christmas characters. The parade includes Rudolph, elves, dancing candy canes, and Santa Claus.  The parade has gone on since 1960 and has over 5 million lights in total.

  1. Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Apart of the Smithsonian museums, the zoo in Washington, D.C. puts on festive Christmas lights. Every year they set 500,000 environmental friendly LED lights to festive music to bring together a magical light show for the whole family.

  1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway

In the popular Las Vegas city, the speedway has a 2.5-mile circuit to experience all of the magic Christmas lights. They also provide cookies and hot chocolate at the end of your journey.

  1. Disney Hollywood Studios

In Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Walt Disney World has been putting on a light display since 1986. In total, Hollywood Studios uses over 3 million lights to decorate and even has themed displays to go along with different Disney movies.