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The Best Christmas Lights Around the World

All travel buffs are secretly jealous of Santa Claus. Who wouldn’t to travel around the globe in a single night, in a flying sleigh led by nine reindeer. The speed! The comfort! And no baggage restrictions! Plus, he gets to see all of the world’s best Christmas decorations. With Rudolph leading the way, here’s a preview of the Christmas lights Santa will be seeing in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Victoria, Manchester, Washington, Budapest, New York and Paris.

Barcelona Navidad

Christmas comes to Placa Catalunya in Barcelona; photo by Barcelona.Cat

Rio de Janeiro Christmas Tree

The World's Largest Floating Christmas Tree in Rio de Janeiro; photo by Beckstei

Hong Kong tree lights

Charter Garden in Hong Kong; photo by Ding Yuin Shan

Empress Fairmont Christmas

The Empress Fairmont in Victoria, Canada, gets colorful for Christmas; photo by Nick Kenrick

Manchester Christmas Market

Santa aka "Zippy" overlooks the Christmas Market in Manchester, England; photo by Zawtowers

National Christmas Tree Pageant of Peace at President's Park

The National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC; photo by Elvert Barnes

Budapest Basilica

Budapest's Basilica; photo by Zsolt Bugarszki

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City; photo by Mark Sardella

Galeries Lafayette Noel

A very fashionable Christmas tree in Galeries Lafayette Paris; photo by Lunembule

4 Responses to The Best Christmas Lights Around the World

  1. Cathy Sweeney
    Twitter: TravelingWithS
    December 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Certainly can’t argue with NYC and Paris! I haven’t been to the other cities — they look great in their Christmas lights. P.S. Chicago does a nice job, too!

  2. Steve
    Twitter: vangrizz
    December 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    They’re all great, but I’m really floored by the Hong Kong tree. I do tend to be of the “more lights the better” persuasion though.
    Steve recently posted..Merry Christmas From More Kids Than Suitcases

  3. Abby
    Twitter: abbytegnelia
    December 25, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    I love seeing different cities light up — although I so rarely travel to new places this time of year, as I go home to my family. Great post!
    Abby recently posted..Rain, rain, go away?

  4. Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    Twitter: thetravelchica
    December 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Love that people are posting photos of Christmas lights around the world because there are none here in Patagonia.
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..Foto of the Week from … Peninsula Valdes – Lines and Contrast

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