So, you’ve bought a Christmas Light projector, or a whole set of projectors and decorations, but don’t have an exact idea how to put it all together? It’s only natural that you don’t want to stick your nose in your neighbors’ backyards, but looking for a setup that already exists out there might be good to give you some ideas.
10 Christmas Light Setups That Will Make You Jealous
Although the following ten places are lit on a grand scale that seems unattainable to us, mere mortals, they might give you an idea what to do with the budget you have.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen – the capital of Denmark holds many treasures, not least of which are Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park and pleasure garden of Danish monarchs from the mid-18th century. Today, this is a renowned tourist site, with many attractions such as the Japanese Pagoda, a popular restaurant.
Every structure here is lit with myriad of lights, and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the 1914 roller coaster, passing under a twinkling canopy, after which they can enjoy glogg (mulled wine) and a popular Danish dessert – apple dumplings.
Brussels, Belgium – not unlike other cities, the capital of Belgium has a rich and vibrant heritage. A part of this heritage is the winter festival Plaisirs d’Hiver (Winter Joy or Winter Pleasures in English), which sees the city brightly and dramatically lit by millions of lights and filled with piped-in music. The historic Grand Palace is particularly carefully decorated, and numerous visitors, both Belgians and foreigners, enjoy the spectacle. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy Belgian waffles sold on 240 chalets at the Christmas Market.
Callaway Garden, Georgia – this peaceful resort complex, situated in a wooded region of Western Georgia, is famous for its thematic scenes made out of sparkling light bulbs. There are some holiday-themed scenes such as the March of the Toy Soldiers or the nature-themed Snowflake Valley, as well as two -scenes that tell stories using moving lights. Moreover, there’s an onsite Christmas village with gift shops, fine dining, and resident Santa.
Medellín, Colombia – this city has come a hard way from a drug town to a thriving community, and they flaunt it at every occasion. During the balmy Christmas season in Colombia, Medellín pulses with light – there are oversized ornaments hanging from every canopy, 3-D figures a-twirl upon the river that bears the same name, as well as carnival-like sidewalks overflowing with food stalls.
Gothenburg, Sweden – Sweden’s cold winter holidays in Gothenburg are brightened by five million twinkling lights strung up throughout the city. This is a cozy Christmas city that attracts visitor throughout the season with its 700 Christmas trees at Liseberg Amusement Park’s Market and a three-kilometer long Lane of Light that leads to the harbor. Visitors may enjoy the biggest open market in Scandinavia and choirs over some glogg and toasted almonds.
Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong has become a byword for ostentation, particularly during Christmas. There is almost no corner of the city that is not covered in bright, sparkling lights, as shops and malls race to outdo each other, and downtown skyline comes to life with vibrant lights and piped-in music. If you find this unremarkable, you might check out the fireworks and lighting for Chinese New Year.
Madrid, Spain – the capital of Spain comes as a counterbalance to the brilliance of Hong Kong. The main square – Plaza Mayor, is tastefully and charmingly decorated with overhead lights, allowing the visitors to enjoy the evening, with the high-point of the holiday being a grand parade on January 5th. Incidentally, the holiday market originates in the mid-1800s, and is the main source of the Nativity figures seen throughout the city.
Kobe, Japan – following the devastating earthquake that shook Kobe in 1995, Italy loaned several thousands of fine-crafted hand-painted bulbs for luminatoria (intricate Gothic-style structures strung with lights), and the tradition has been kept alive ever since.
Saint Augustine, Florida – the colony was set up by the Spanish, and to honor this tradition and a great part of their heritage, the local community decorates the old quarter (a 144-square-block historic part of the city) with two million flickering lights to represent candles that once burned in the windows of the first colonists. The festival is known as the Night of Lights.