Travel Picks: Top 10 Christmas lights displays

Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:04am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - There's nothing like a good holiday lights display to spark off the festive season.

Just the thought of a steaming hot drink cupped in your gloved hands, a woollen cap on your head, a fluffy scarf wrapping you up tight as you soak up the seasonal spirit in a city sparkling with the glow of lights has prompted online travel adviser Cheapflights.com (www.cheapflights.com) to offer its list of Top 10 Christmas lights displays. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Singapore

In recent years, the magic of Christmas lights has spread even further afield to countries throughout Asia. Every evening from November 20 to January 2, Orchard Road and Marina Bay in Singapore are lit up in full-on seasonal splendor with its Christmas in the Tropics light display. Singapore's famous shopping district celebrates with twinkling street lights, dressed-up shop windows, concerts, musicals and exhibitions.

2. Toronto, Canada

In Toronto, the annual Cavalcade of Lights marks the official start of the holiday season with music, skating, dancing and a whole heap of Christmas lights. Now in its 46th year, the Cavalcade was created in 1967 to showcase Toronto's newly constructed City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. The festive usually falls on the final weekend of November when the Square and a giant Christmas tree are illuminated by more than 300,000 energy-efficient LED lights that shine from dusk until 11pm, November 17 to January 1.

3. Paris, France

With a name like the City of Lights you'd expect Paris to shine at Christmas and it certainly doesn't disappoint. During the day you'll come across the usual bustle of tourists at the iconic sites, but night time is when the magic really happens. With the sparkling Eiffel Tower, glitzy Champs-Élysées and starry streets, the city feels like a real-life fairy tale after dark.

4. Medellin, Colombia   Continued...

 
Christmas holiday lights hang from trees to illuminate Champs Elysees in Paris as rush hour traffic fills the avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Charles Platiau