Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Austin Trail of Lights
Bright lights, illuminated displays, nightly festivals, and attractions are some of the many things you have to look forward to during this time of the year.
Holiday light displays are a popular seasonal attraction; they have long been a tradition throughout the United States and essential part of Christmas celebrations. Communities come together and families make new memories as towns, parks, and popular sites are transformed into magical displays.
Whether you would rather walk through a synchronized music light show, drive through three miles of more than 700 light displays, or take a stroll through a glimmering Botanic Garden, there is something for everyone on this list.
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Celebrate the holiday and get out there once the sun goes down to experience the thrill of these mesmerizing displays; you will not be disappointed.
“Wild Lights Festival,” Palm Desert, Calif.
Admire more than a million twinkling lights at the 24th Annual WildLights festival from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. Explore newly added pathways with holiday lights and luminescent animal lanterns. Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy live entertainment, carousel rides, and arts and crafts.
“Circle of Lights,” Indianapolis
More than 100,000 people gather on Monument Circle the Friday after Thanksgiving to participate in the Circle of Lights. The 4,784 lights strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will leave you breathless. This display continues through early January.
“Lights of Dyker Heights,” Brooklyn
When many of us think about Holiday Lights in New York City, we usually think about Rockefeller Center, but the truth is that Dyker Heights Brooklyn goes over and beyond. Home-owners participate in an unspoken competition for the most lavish holiday light display. Walk through Dyker Heights or drive through in your car to experience the joy.
“Fantasy of Lights,” Pine Mountain, Ga.
Located in Pine Mountain is the famous Callaway Gardens. Visit during the winter months for a chance to experience the Fantasy in Lights holiday lights and sound show. Admire glimmering lights, watch fireworks, visit the Christmas Village for photos with Santa, and bring the kids to an hour of storytelling and Christmas carols with Mrs. Claus.
“Gardens Aglow,” Coastal Main Botanical Gardens, Maine
Visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to experience the largest light display in Maine: Gardens Aglow. Experience more than 350,000 LED lights that decorate the central gardens and buildings. The display will be held from Nov. 18 through Dec. 31, Thursdays through Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m.
“Bentleyville,” Duluth, Minn.
Stroll under the sparkles of more than 4 million lights in a 20-acre park set on the shores of Lake Superior at one of America’s largest, free, walk-through lighting displays. Take photos with Rudolph, visit Santa, roast marshmallows, eat cookies, and drink hot cocoa. The display will run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 26.
“Festival of Lights,” Galveston Island, Texas
The 15th Annual Festival of Lights is one of the largest holiday celebrations in this region. Admire more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. Listen to live entertainment nightly, take photos with Santa, and skate around the areas only outdoor skating rink. The festival will run from Nov. 12 through Jan. 8.