The aroma of toasted almonds and glogg heralds the arrival of Saint Lucia to this charming river town illuminated all season long. Five million lights glitter on the buildings and on the 700 Christmas trees at Liseberg Amusement Park’s Christmas Market (Scandinavia’s largest). Choirs sing and sweethearts smooch along a two-mile Lane of Light leading to the harbor beginning in December.

Gothenburg, Sweden

The aroma of toasted almonds and glogg heralds the arrival of Saint Lucia to this charming river town illuminated all season long. Five million lights glitter on the buildings and on the 700 Christmas trees at Liseberg Amusement Park’s Christmas Market (Scandinavia’s largest). Choirs sing and sweethearts smooch along a two-mile Lane of Light leading to the harbor beginning in December.
Photograph by Roberto Rinaldi, SIME

10 dazzling holiday light displays around the world

These seasonal displays brighten cities, salute time-honored traditions, and infuse busy corridors with a festive air.

Every winter thousands of twinkling lights illuminate cities across the globe to celebrate the season. From Japan’s hand-painted bulbs to Europe’s Christmas markets, here are 10 places to brighten up your holiday. Whether you’re cozying up at home or jetting off to a far-flung destination, capture the sites with these quick tips for photographing holiday lights.

This story was originally published in November 2011 under a different headline and updated December 2018.
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