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Paying a tribute to the loss suffered in 1995’s Great Hanshen Earthquake, which left 6,000 dead and much of Kobe covered in darkness, the city’s annual Luminaire lights up for two weeks every December as a symbol of hope for better times.
On the last Friday of November, the cold streets of Madrid warmed up with magical overhead light displays, imagined by Spain’s most-acclaimed designers, architects and artists. The lighting installations vary from street to street, with each having their own, unique personality.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
The pseudo-amusement park and fantasy gardens in the centre of Copenhagen are wonderfully lit when Christmas arrives. An amazing little Christmas market, combined with fairytale-like lights brings Christmas joy in the purest form to the visitants.
The enormously wonderful illuminated Christmas tree in Freedom Square is the centrepiece of Tbilisi’s gorgeous Christmas decorations. Around it, beautifully designed overhead lighting displays adorn the streets in the surrounding areas, particularly notable on the Rustaveli Avenue.
Rockefeller Center, New York City
Thousands of visitors flood Rockefeller Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting which is televised for an audience of millions. The tree and the surrounding area, including the world-famous ice rink, remain lit from 5:30 p.m. to midnight until January the 7th.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Well, there’s no place that can keep its classy look quite like Monte Carlo, especially in the holidays. The Christmas lights in the Monte Carlo’s Casino Square are a true must-see, illuminating the place in wonderfully magic colours.
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila, Philippines
Running from November through early January, Manilla’s annual Festival of Lights illuminates the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. The light and sound show, which has a new theme each year, runs every thirty minutes between 6 and 10 p.m.
Beginning December 7, which is known as the Night of the Candles, Medellin, Colombia lights up with holiday displays. The Medellin River area is the most elaborately decorated—and visited—light display area in the country.
One of the most popular features of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival, which runs between November 27 and December 25 each year, is the colourful, dynamic and illuminated images projected onto Melbourne’s Town Hall between 9 and 10:45 p.m. nightly.
Dubbed the “Miracle on 34th Street,” the over-the-top lighting displays along a row of houses on 34th Street in Baltimore’s Hamden neighbourhood draw crowds of spectators each December.
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