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Where To See Holiday Lights

Dec/17/2023 / by nancy-amon

Sparkling sights that will bring joy this festive season

Evening Christmas lighting display with trees
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December brings cheer and happy memories as families and friends get together to celebrate. You can also use the holidays as an opportunity to visit places that shine bright with Christmas lights and more.

SEEMA recommends some wonderful spots from around the U.S.

Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, you’ll find a generous display of chic lights adorning Longwood Gardens. Longwood is a city known for its long-standing traditions and way of life and some Christmas traditions here date back to the 1920s. In fact, the Christmas light display here has been around since 1921. In the 1970s, the light display in the ballroom also became very popular, featuring Christmas trees adorned with decorations.

Lightscape at San Diego Botanic Garden, California

Picture endless routes of lit tunnels with stunning lights that go on for one mile at the San Diego Botanic Garden. This is best viewed when it’s dark, so make time to visit this beautiful spectacle after sunset. During peak times, adult tickets are $35. 

Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado

The Denver Botanic Gardens feature large light displays called Blossoms of Light. There is also a must-see 3-D experience that is a must see. The destination is also popular among couples looking for a romantic experience. Families can also enjoy the stunning display. There are different levels of entry fee with veterans and seniors paying $21 and other adults $25-$30. Blossoms of Light also has events throughout the year like the “day of the dead” and other themed events.

Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas

The Garvan Woodland Gardens are a mystical and enchanting experience. The place comes to life especially around the holidays, bringing the magical charm of holiday lights. Christmas holiday lights are usually from November through to December, and you can also enjoy the natural hot springs in the region.

Enjoy festive shows, great food, drink, and joyous energy. Adults pay $25 and children 4-12 $15. You can also opt for a golf course tour at the Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Tweetsie Railroad, North Carolina

The Tweetsie Railroad theme park is family-owned and during the holidays, visitors can explore a one-of-a-kind ride on the train with Christmas lights. There are many things to appreciate, including live Christmas shows and a real gingerbread house with candy furniture. The park’s location between Boone and Blowing Rock allows for other activities in the nearby areas, like horseback riding, skiing, fishing, fitness centers, and a winter fest, to name a few.

Southern Lights, Lexington, Kentucky

When visiting the Southern Lights presented by Friends of Coal at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, you will drive through long stretches as you marvel at the Christmas lights display. There are also animated characters in this experience. You can later enjoy other sights and scenes in the neighboring areas, such as vineyards. The Southern Lights drive costs $35 per car and tickets can be bought online.

Other Places to Visit for Christmas Light Displays

Gardens Aglow is as fitting as its name. Based in Boothbay, Maine, it features the coastal botanical garden Christmas lights display.

Wild Lights at Detroit, Michigan showcases light displays in the form of the resident zoo animals.

National Harbor in Maryland has a grand display of 2 million lights adorning the harbor.

The Magic Christmas in Lights in Bellingrath Gardens, Alabama is a showstopper and a festive light show not to be missed.