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Places With Dazzling Holiday Light Decorations

By Rukweve Ochuko
21 December 2021   |   8:42 am
The holidays are here and various places are beginning to look a lot like it. One prominent feature of the holidays is the light decorations. Many, a dreamy scene to behold. This time of the year, we see light decorations set up in various places in celebration of the holidays. From lights to Christmas trees…

The holidays are here and various places are beginning to look a lot like it. One prominent feature of the holidays is the light decorations. Many, a dreamy scene to behold.

This time of the year, we see light decorations set up in various places in celebration of the holidays. From lights to Christmas trees amongst others, all are a symbol of the beauty and cheer in Christmas and New year’s celebrations.

Over the years, some holiday decorations have stood out amongst others with their magnificent display of lights. Here are five places with exceptionally stunning holiday light decorations.

Kobe, Japan 

Attracting over 3 million people, including tourists and indigenes, during its display each year, Kobe Luminaire stands as the most beautiful winter light display in Japan and is top of the list in the world. The lights display is held as an event free to all, each year. The lights are placed high up to illuminate the ceiling of the walkway in Kobe. The decoration goes all the way from the beginning to the walkway to the end, displaying different designs. The display runs from early to the middle of December. Kobe’s luminaire is a significant one to the people of Japan. It serves as a memorial of the victims of the 1995’s Great Hanshin Earthquake. 

The disaster claimed over 6,000 lives, incurred over $100 billion in damages and put many places in Kobe, Japan in darkness due to prolonged power outages. Kobe Luminarie was thus set up as a symbolic display to raise spirits and promote hope in recovery. The lights used for the decoration are donated by the Italian government which is why there is an infusion of the word ‘luminaire’ an Italian word for illuminations.

As the name implies, the sight is truly one that illuminates. Every year, over 200,000 hand-painted miniature bulbs are used for the Kobe luminaire. Each year, the style of decoration changes, giving its visitors a fresh sight to behold every time.  

Victoria Island roundabout, Nigeria

This is one of the most captivating holiday lights set up in Nigeria. The decoration features a wonderland display of lights straight out of a fairytale scene. 

The display runs from the 1st of December till after the New Year. The decoration is sponsored every year by the Zenith Bank of Nigeria in a bid to contribute to the beatification of Lagos State, Nigeria and ignite the holiday jolly spirit.

The light decoration runs from the beginning of the roundabout to the end of the road, illuminating its environs with stunning designs. The brightness the light brings makes it hard to miss from afar. 

The display is one many look forward to each year. The decoration showcases new designs each year. Thus, it is certain to see something different and thrilling each year.

Honolulu, Hawaii

In addition to the exotic beaches and resorts in Hawaii, the island also has one of the most spectacular light decorations you will find this holiday season. 

The streets and city hall of Honolulu lights up with decorative lights and an opening night parade in celebration of the yuletide season every December. This month-long light display is a festive event and tradition carried out each year. 

The event is generally referred to as the Honolulu city lights ceremony. The Honolulu City Lights is presented by the city and county of Honolulu, in partnership with the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, a non-profit organisation. The decoration features life-size lightning of different Christmas characters, a 50 foot Christmas tree with dazzling lights, and many other Christmas ornaments. 

Honolulu city lights is an enchanting sight that attracts a crowd of people each year. Thereby promoting togetherness, and the holiday’s cheer. 

Joburg zoo, South Africa

To kickstart the holiday celebration, the Joburg Theatre in association with Joburg zoo and city parks, and city power, presents the Joburg annual festival of lights.

The Joburg zoo lights up with decorations, showcasing an astonishing collection of illuminated life-size animal figures. It is a sight one doesn’t get to see in many places.

Johannesburg festival of lights offers visitors entertainment and a sparkling never before seen, night view of different animals in the zoo. The light display is open to the public all through December, from 7 pm – 10 pm daily. 

Guess you could say the reindeers are the only animals that can put your heart in awe when adorned in decorative lights. 

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn 

Each year, in the spirit of the holiday season, grand decorative lights are set up at the Grand army plaza.

The lights illuminate the soldier’s plaza from the first week of December till January. This year, the decoration features a sprawling 27 foot Christmas tree adorned with over 16,000 led lights and other Christmas tree ornaments.

The tree lights up with lighting decorations alongside buildings, walkways and sculptures in the area dedicated to fallen battle heroes.

The decorations here are very symbolic and heartwarming, mainly because the area holds many memories of events that changed the course of time in history. 

The holiday season decorations are not just mere. It is an expression of various life forms (joy, love, hope and grace) through creativity in the most beautiful way. 

Happy Holidays!