‘Tis the season to get bundled up, sip a to-go-cup of hot cocoa (with a splash of peppermint schnapps!), and ooh and ahh at over-the-top holiday light displays. Here is our list of epic holiday light displays that will certainly raise the level of wintery, festive cheer!
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
Drive through millions of glittering lights that have dazzled Las Vegas year after year. For more than 20 years, Winterland, Inc., has created an incredible drive-thru light park to enjoy outside of the glitz and bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. If you are traveling to Vegas without a car, not to worry; you can join one of the Speedway’s driving tours.
Where to Stay: Choose from our many merry Las Vegas HGV resorts!
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado
Visit the 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. Enjoy seasonal carolers, holiday treats, and warm drinks while you wander through the interactive light display. This family-friendly event is a holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike.
Where to 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.
Washington D.C. offers so much for families to enjoy together all year round. During the holidays, make sure you include a visit to 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 LED 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.
Where to 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 (yes, 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 are looking for an old-fashioned Christmas filled with warmth, smiles, and plenty of holiday cheer, Branson checks off your holiday wish list!
Where to Stay: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
Holiday Lights on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
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.
Where to Stay: Hilton Palacio del Rio
New York Street Walking, New York City, NY
Grab a hot apple cider, a bag of roasted chestnuts and get into the holiday spirit in midtown Manhattan. New York City has so many well-known, and 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. Which is your favorite window display?
Where to Stay: Choose from our three HGV New York properties.
Honolulu City Lights, Oahu, Hawaii
Kick off the holiday season under palm trees with the 33rd Annual Honolulu City Lights. The family-friendly event features the City of Honolulu’s official tree lighting ceremony and downtown parade on December 2nd. City Lights features Christmas trees, larger-than-life Hawaiian-style Santa displays, and the Honolulu City Lights Trolley Tour.
Where to Stay: Choose from our five HGV 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.
Where to Stay: The Hotel Del Coronado of course! It’s now part of the Hilton Family of Hotels.
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