Christmas Eve Special: Best Places to View Christmas Illuminations

Paris illuminationIn a bygone era, candles and gaslight cast a warm glow on public displays during the Christmas season. Today, many destinations create spectacular effects with LED lights and the latest technology.

Paris, France

The annual Christmas illumination along the Champs Elysees, featuring dazzling displays of light, rings of light and over 200 Christmas trees, is legendary.

Watch them come to life during this kick-off when Paris switched on its Christmas lights a few weeks ago.

Quebec City

A winter wonderland, picture perfect scenery fit for a postcard around every corner. The beauty and magic of Christmas is displayed in magnificent splendor each and every year in Quebec City.

Tokyo, Japan

While Christmas is not a public holiday in Japan, based on the stunning Christmas illuminations, you'd never know it. Take a look at the wonder that has unfolded this year in the Roppingi Hills.

New York City

New York City Christmas lightsThis year it was a treat for me to be in New York at the begriming of the Christmas season. Long  known as a great destination for holiday shopping, the Macy's Santa Claus parade on Thanksgiving and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center mark the beginning of the festive season in New York City.

Manhattan has eye-popping decorations. Not only is the city bathed in light, as this video showcases, here is a building that features a light show with stunning projections.

Photo Credits: erasmusofparis, shutterbugMike

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