|It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to look at holiday lights! When it comes to holiday traditions, few things get better than bundling up in coats and scarves, traveling to a new or familiar location, and admiring the dazzling lights of the season.
So grab a loved one, make yourself some hot cocoa, and take a tour of some of our favorite place to view holiday lights.
Rockefeller Center in New York, New York, United States
Since 1933, the lighting of the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a tradition loved by generations. Usually a Norway Spruce, the 100+ foot tree is the highlight of the bright and colorful Rockefeller Center. In addition to boasting thousands of sparkling seasonal lights, Rockefeller Center is also a great place for shopping, catching a show, or even ice skating at the famous Rockefeller ice skating rink.
Where to stay: Radisson Martinique on Broadway
Champs-Elysées in Paris, France
It’s been said that the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is “la plus belle avenue du monde” (“the world’s most beautiful avenue”), and any visitor to the beautiful and historical avenue would be hard-pressed to disagree. This famous boulevard, full of shops, cafes, museums, and ending at the Arc de Triomphe, becomes only more glamorous during the holidays.
Where to stay: Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysées, Paris
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
Opened in 1843, Tivoli Gardens, has become the second-most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most-visited theme park in Scandinavia, and the fourth most-visited in Europe. This popular Copenhagen amusement park consists of gardens, rides, and other attractions. During the holidays, Tivoli Gardens goes all out, festooning the entire park with bright and sparkling lights.
Where to stay: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
Somerset House in London, United Kingdom
Overlooking the River Thames, the Somerset House, which was designed in 1776, is an iconic Neoclassical building that has seen a myriad of uses and tenants during its history. Today, the East Wing of the building forms part of the adjacent Strand campus of King’s College London, while the West Wing is home to the Representative of Anguilla. Visitors to the Somerset House during the holidays will be greeted to a building adorned in festive lights and decorations.
Where to stay: The May Fair
Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Every holiday season since 1853, Temple Square in Salt Lake City has been a magnet for celebrators across Utah. The grounds, as well as the Gardens at Temple Square, often host concerts and other events. During the holiday season, approximately 100,000 Christmas lights sparkle from trees and shrubs around Temple Square each evening. The lighting of Temple Square is a popular event, usually attended by more than 10,000 people.
Where to stay: Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown