Bring your sunglasses. These eight cities are set aglow in dazzling light displays come Christmastime. Expect electrifying exhibits and amped-up takes on tradition, across city skylines and festive town squares alike.
Featured on the CN Traveler Gold List 2014, these are the most extravagant Christmas light displays around the world.
This Colombian city puts Christmas on overdrive with its annual Los Alumbrados festival of lights, a citywide tradition since 1967. Some 27 million flickering bulbs, 10 tons of colored foil, and dozens of animated figures blanket the city—some of the best displays are found along the Medellín River, the Avenida La Playa, and the Cerro Nutibara hilltop.
VIENNAExperience old-world Christmas at its most exquisite in Vienna, a city set aglow in a 2.5-million-bulbs, and trimmed by giant chandeliers, floating globes, and other assorted baubles. Don’t miss the nearly 200-foot-high illuminated tree affixed to the Ringturm building in Schottenring; the sparkling lights of shopping strips Graben and Kärntnerstrasse; or the imposing Rathaus (town hall), with its transporting illuminations and Christmas market out front.
High-tech highlights in Tokyo include the Roppongi Hills district, blanketed in blue and white LEDs; Tokyo Midtown's "Starlight Garden," enveloped in a 360-degree arch of light and some 280,000 blue lights; and the Caretta Shiodome complex, with its "White Xmas in the Sea" theme, featuring an ocean of LED illuminations and 3D projection mapping.
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Cold air, gusty winds and wintry precipitation are expected across Germany into the middle of the week prior to the arrival of a potential windstorm.
An intense and precedent-setting legal battle is ahead after President Trump downsized Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines continued to erupt on Monday, forcing nearly 15,000 to evacuate.
Following an Alberta clipper storm that will spread snow to the central Appalachians through Tuesday, a new coastal storm is poised to blanket much of New England from Tuesday night to Wednesday.
Cold winds will chill the United Kingdom during the coming week with days of wintry showers in advance of a potential storm around midweek.
A storm will form along a new push of cold air and deposit snow on much of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware from Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening.
It would not be a typical Australian Open without a stretch of hot weather putting a strain on players and fans, and that looks to be the case once again during this year’s tournament.