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.
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.
The Christmas lights in Bentleyville, Minnesota, have a nostalgic, down-home quality while still being quite impressive. Photos by Ruin Raider/Flickr.
You can always count on Madrid for modern design that blends perfectly with the Old World architecture — even when it’s Christmas lights.
The Christmas light display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are simply stunning. Photos by RjCox/Flickr.
If you’re going to hang lights, then why not lamps? Love these holiday lights in Athens. Photo by sixtwelve/Flickr.
The Christmas lights in Singapore feel joyful and exuberant. Photo by Chooyutsing.
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,