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The Best Christmas Lights Around the World in 2012

Santa Claus’s round-the-world flight every Christmas Eve has long been the envy of the travel world. Circling the globe by private jet, er sleigh, and getting to see all the world’s best Christmas lights sounds like it would be the perfect winter holiday. For those who can’t figure out how to hitch a ride with Santa (security is tight at the North Pole), here’s what the big man himself and his reindeer will be admiring in Austria, Estonia, Singapore, Minnesota, Madrid, Athens and Atlanta.

christmas market vienna

Vienna is at its most magical during Christmastime. If Santa needs to buy last-minute gifts, he can stop by the Christmas Market in front of the City Hall.

minnesota christmas

The Christmas lights in Bentleyville, Minnesota, have a nostalgic, down-home quality while still being quite impressive. Photos by Ruin Raider/Flickr.

madrid christmas lights

You can always count on Madrid for modern design that blends perfectly with the Old World architecture — even when it’s Christmas lights.

holiday lights atlanta

The Christmas light display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are simply stunning. Photos by RjCox/Flickr.

greece christmas

If you’re going to hang lights, then why not lamps? Love these holiday lights in Athens. Photo by sixtwelve/Flickr.

singapore lights

The Christmas lights in Singapore feel joyful and exuberant. Photo by Chooyutsing.

Tartu Christmas
The Town Square in Tartu, Estonia, comes alive with a huge Christmas tree and garlands of light. Photo by Axiraa/Flickr

Even Santa can’t travel back in time. Click here for the best Christmas lights in 2011 from Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Victoria, Manchester, Washington, Budapest, New York and Paris. Or click here for the best Christmas lights in 2010 in Sydney, Brussels, Tokyo and Prague, 

6 Responses to The Best Christmas Lights Around the World in 2012

  1. Tiana Kai
    Twitter: tianakaimiami
    December 20, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I love the ones in Athens! I live in Florence now and posted some great shots around town, very Christmasy… beautiful, large tree in Piazza del Duomo and so many wonderful street lights. Happy Holidays!!
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  2. Andi
    Twitter: andiperullo
    December 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    My favorite lights were in San Antonio along the Riverwalk.
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  3. Sofie December 21, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Vienna or Athens for me!
    The lights on Antwerp’s city hall are pretty great as well and I have high hopes for my Christmas trip to Bruges this Sunday!
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  4. Andrea December 23, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    We were just in London and loved the atmosphere of the city there with all the lights. The botanical gardens above are awesome!

  5. Tom Miller January 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Two of my favorite Christmas Lights are the breathtaking beauty of Vienna and the walk-down-memory-lane Athens. Really beautiful!
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  6. Abby
    Twitter: abbytegnelia
    January 13, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    I know I am waaaaay behind on my blog reading, but I really, really loved these photos!
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