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8 of the Best Christmas Light Displays Across the U.S.

The Vacationeer

‘Tis the season to get bundled up, sip hot cocoa, and ooh and ahh at over-the-top holiday light displays.

Here is Hilton Grand Vacations list of best Christmas light displays to raise your level of wintery, festive cheer.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nevada

For more than 20 years, Winterland, Inc., has created an incredible drive-thru light park with millions of glittering lights outside the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re traveling to Vegas without a car, not to worry; you can join one of the Speedway’s driving tours.

Stay: Choose from many merry Las Vegas Hilton Grand Vacation resorts.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver, Colorado

Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Light, an annual holiday lights extravaganza going strong for more than three decades.

York Street is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland, each year with fresh and exciting new features. Seasonal carolers, holiday treats, and warm drinks will get you in the holiday mood while you wander through the interactive light display.

This family-friendly event is a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike.

Stay: Drive into Denver from the Valdoro Mountain Lodge in Breckenridge, or enjoy the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Washington, D.C.

 During the holidays, make sure you include a visit to Washington D.C.’s ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The free event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.

More than 500,000 lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Climb aboard the Zoo Choo-Choo that whisks guests around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the holiday light displays.

Stay: The District by Hilton Club

Silver Dollar City

Branson, Missouri

For the ultimate holiday lights display, travel to Branson, Missouri to be blown away by over 6.5 million lights. Be embraced by the magic and glow of the season by the awe-inspiring Christmas in MidTown Light Spectacular, a five-story Special Effects Christmas tree, a nightly light parade featuring Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and much more.

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned Christmas filled with warmth, smiles, and plenty of holiday cheer, Branson checks off your holiday wish list.

Stay: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Holiday Lights on the River Walk

San Antonio, Texas

The famous holiday lights on the River Walk are turned on each year the day after Thanksgiving and remain on from dusk to dawn daily through the New Year.

Enjoy this spectacular display of stringed lights draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk. View the lights by foot, or sign up for a romantic boat tour.

Stay: Hilton Palacio del Rio  

New York Street Lights

New York City, New York

Grab a hot apple cider, a bag of roasted chestnuts and get into the holiday spirit in midtown Manhattan.

New York City has many well-known, and a few best kept secret places to enjoy the lights. Besides the lights of Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park, plan an evening of window watching. It’s free and gets better and better each year.

Make a list of luxury retailers to visit such as Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Stay: Choose from a variety of Hilton Grand Vacations New York properties.

Honolulu City Lights

Oahu, Hawaii

Kick off the holiday season under palm trees with the Annual Honolulu City Lights. The family-friendly event features the  Honolulu’s official tree lighting ceremony and downtown parade.

City Lights features Christmas trees, larger-than-life Hawaiian-style Santa displays, and the Honolulu City Lights Trolley Tour.

Stay: Choose from our Hilton Grand Vacations Oahu resorts.

The DELights

Hotel Del Coronado, California

The famous Hotel del Coronado put San Diego on the map in 1904 with the first electrically lit, outdoor Christmas tree.

The DELights holiday show features 100,000-plus twinkling lights and an incredible indoor Christmas tree that is perfect for a holiday photo opp.

Have you ever gone ice skating while watching the waves crash on the shore? The holiday festivities at the Del also include Skate by the Sea, a truly magical outdoor ice skating rink.  

Stay: The Hotel Del Coronado, of course. It’s part of the Hilton family.


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