Aside from a few grinches out there, who can resist a good light show?
Each year, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, children’s shows, and plenty of glogg. November 20–December 30.
For more than 60 years, the 700 block of West 34th Street in Baltimore (dubbed Christmas Street) has been brightening up its houses with illuminated Santas, reindeers, angels, and wreaths. christmasstreet.com; December 1–January 2.
Warsaw’s central Zamkowy Square is filled with stalls that sell cakes, trinkets, and honey—all surrounding a colorfully lit, 85-foot-tall Christmas tree. poland.travel; December 1–31.
Regent Street, in London, is classic Christmas at its best: on November 3, crowds gather for the official switching-on ceremony, when a mile-long stretch of buildings lights up the sky. visitlondon.com; November 3–January 5.
Winterhaven, a corner of Tucson, Arizona, is known for its elaborate light show, and there are horse-drawn buggy rides through the area. There’s also a tree-lighting ceremony in mid-December in downtown Tucson. For a true desert feel, however, head to the city’s outskirts, where residents decorate the indigenous cacti, which can grow as tall as 50 feet. visittucson.org; mid-December–early January.
Want over-the-top? Check out the Italian-American neighborhood of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn: oversize Santa Claus displays, 30-foot toy soldiers, and, should you get hungry, cannoli from local bakery Mona Lisa. Fourth Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts.; asliceofbrooklyn.com; December 4–28.
View illuminated extravaganzas from around the globe.