There is something truly magical about seeing holiday lights. Around the world, the arrival of the season is announced in towns and cities by the use of light, and wow, do some places go all out. Spectacular holiday light displays in gardens, on the seafront, and on tree-clad streets pull in crowds and have become a central event in winter vacations. From the gingerbread-style houses adorned with bulbs in France to the 3D light projections on the world-famous Monte Carlo casino, here are the best Christmas light displays around the world.
Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of the festivals listed here have either been scaled down or canceled for 2021. Check the listing’s homepage for more information.