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These aren't your average neighborhood Christmas decorations—think 80-foot trees, illuminated ice skating rinks, and LEDs so dazzling that they set actual world records.
From California to Copenhagen, here are 15 of our favorite places around the world to see holiday lights.
Winter Illuminations, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo's winter illuminations see districts around the city trying to outdo each other with their sensational displays. Travelers have certainly taken advantage of the jolly competition—the illuminations are so popular, that lights remain up in the city until February. You can't lose at any location, but we're particularly fond of Blue Cavern ("Ao no Dokutsu") in Shibuya, an electric version of blue grottos you'd find in the Mediterranean.
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Luci d'Artista, Salerno, Italy
Each year, the streets and squares of Salerno light up for Luci d'Artista, a festival of light installations and Christmas activities. This year's additions include an LED replication of the night sky, an illuminated zoo, and lemon tree-shaped lights serving as a tribute to the nearby Amalfi Coast. Also new this year? A 60-foot ferris wheel, which provides sweeping views of the displays from above.
Trami remains a powerful typhoon on Wednesday as it slowly meanders toward the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.
Cold air will plunge into the north-central United States by week’s end, possibly bringing the first snowflakes of the season to some communities.
A medida que las temperaturas globales continúan aumentando, es probable que más personas recurran al aire acondicionado para mantenerse frescos. Como resultado, se espera que la demanda de electricidad aumente.
Even though the official start of the South Pacific tropical season is still more than a month away, an area of low pressure could become a named cyclone in the next day or two.
Imagine returning home after a major storm wreaked havoc on your neighborhood to discover that your precious family photos are unrecognizable due to mud, rain or floodwater.
A rapidly spreading wildfire ignited in the hills of Pisa, Italy on Monday night and continued to burn into Tuesday.
More than a week after Hurricane Florence’s landfall, evacuations are still taking place around the Carolinas.
While crests have occurred along the major rivers in the Carolina Midlands, the surge of water has reached areas just inland of the coast and will keep some coastal rivers, such as the Waccamaw, at major to record flood stage into October.