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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in the USA


As the holidays come around, the trees lose their leaves and the landscape begins to look so barren.  Fear not!  These blank canvases are now perfect for showing off holiday lights!

Your family, neighbors, and local town all seem to get in the spirit of displaying lights for the holidays.  Some just do it so much more gracefully than others!  Here are our top 5 holiday light displays in the USA:

1.  Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY

Even if you’ve never seen it in person, you’ve seen it in Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone 2, or maybe Elf.  The most well-known holiday lighting in the world occurs in the concrete jungle of New York City.  The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting is witnessed in person by thousands and watched on television by millions.  It’s the unofficial start to the holiday season and if you get the chance to witness in person, you’ll enjoy all the celebratory singing and dancing that comes along with it.  Just make sure to bring some 14” Flutter Flickers customized with all white tissue FETTI to celebrate the moment when the lights go on!  Afterwards, strap on some skates and whirl around the famous ice rink.

2.  National Christmas Tree Lighting, Washington, DC

Featuring a star-studded performance and the most symmetrical American fir you could find, this stately affair is more about the show than the lights, but we still think it’s pretty darn cool!  The National Christmas Tree Lighting is located on the Ellipse, a grassy park directly south of the White House.  The President is always on hand to make joyful remarks and the tree is always decorated with such precision.  If you can’t get tickets to the actual lighting, you can come any other time to visit the Pathway of Peace, Santa’s Workshop, and other fun things.

3.  Grand Illumination, Williamsburg, VA

This small colonial town puts on an awesome display of might during its annual Grand Illumination!  It’s an entire weekend of festivities, featuring orchestral ensembles, town parades, brass bands, special tours, and tavern dinners.  The entire event caps off with the illumination of the entire town’s lights and a wicked fireworks display!  Join the revelry with your own 14” FireCracklers Confetti Snappers and celebrate the coming holiday season.  For such a small place, it certainly offers big holiday fun.

4.  Trail of Lights, Austin, TX

This iconic Austin event is back and better than ever!  Crowds descend on Zilker Park to wind their way through more than a mile of holiday light displays known as the Trail of Lights.  Of course, this is more than just a light show – it’s a classic Austin experience packed with concerts, eating, and caroling.  Don’t miss the majestic Zilker Holiday Tree and sign up for the 5K if you prefer to go a faster pace under the Trail of Lights.

5.  Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO

Only Branson could create a holiday light display at a theme park and make it feel truly special.  With over 5 million lights, a thousand decorated trees, and Christmas-themed events, Silver Dollar City transforms itself into a holiday spectacle!  Visiting the park is a family tradition for some folks and for other visitors it’s a great way to enjoy the park’s everyday features with an added bonus of twinkling Christmas displays.  Purchase some hot cider, wave hello to Kris Kringle, and enjoy a great night under the holiday lights!

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