Eleven Incredible Christmas Light Displays

Eleven Incredible Christmas Light Displays

As we gear up for the holidays, one thing we can be certain of is that holiday decorations will be appearing everywhere – that is, everywhere they haven’t already! And any time you decorate something, there’s always a chance to get really expressive and creative – or really competitive. Christmas light displays offer all of that, with incredible opportunities to play with light, color, and design. Let’s kick off the season by taking a look at some people who really went above and beyond!

We’ll start grand, shall we? This privately-owned house in Jamaica Plain, Boston had over a quarter million lights running in 2006; the electric company had to install special wiring to make it possible. The electricity bill was over $2000 a month for the lights alone while they were running:

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In downtown London each year, lights line the streets overhead (photo by David Anstiss):

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The Waddeston Manor Winter Lights, photographed here by Christine Matthews, are over 9000 lights placed in a winding path to form a field of light throughout the winter months:

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Not all amazing light displays need an entire city or manor-house; sometimes smaller is better, as in this amazing gingerbread replica of an Edmonton hotel photographed by Flickr user Wilson Hui:

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And it’s not only buildings you can light, as the US Navy is ready to prove with their decorations of the guided missile destroyer USS Russel. Each year, ships compete on their light displays, and the Russel’s crew have won first place three years running:

071224-N-1008D-004 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Dec. 24, 2007) Guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) displays a brilliant spectacle of holiday lights. The ship won first place during the Pearl Harbor Naval Bases holiday lights decorating contest. The ship has placed first for the last three years. (Released)

Some people like to mix up their holidays a little, as in this spooky Halloween/Christmas display:

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Sometimes the best place to see lights is a place you were already going, as in this photograph of Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” ride:

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And sometimes the contrast is the most important thing; the loneliness of this tree in Cardiff set against the backdrop of the road at night adds even more glamour to its sparkles:

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We’ve seen houses and ships get in on the action; why not cars? Watch this parade of lights drive down a highway:

This tree might just be my favorite: the gnarled old wood makes the lights feel perfectly natural:lights-940249_960_720

And finally I’d feel remiss if I left out air travel after including cars and ships! This Hornet fighter jet plays host to Santa Claus on the deck of an aircraft carrier:

101219-N-6632S-012 NORFOLK (Dec. 19, 2010) An F/A-18 Hornet is decorated with Christmas lights on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)

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