December 8, 2017
Article by: Jessica Leigh Mattern, CountryLiving.com
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a visit to one of these enchanting holiday light displays across the U.S., from a racetrack in Nevada and a museum in Texas, to gardens in Pennsylvania and a theme park in Missouri. Happy lightseeing!
St. Augustine, Florida: Night of Lights
Hop on the Nights of Lights trolley tour or stroll through the historic city center now through January 31 to take in three million holiday lights at this annual event. Walking around the area is free, while trolly tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for kids.
Syracuse, New York: Lights on the Lake
Planning to visit the Finger Lakes in New York this December? Better make your way to Onondaga Lake Park where you'll find a dazzling two-mile twinkling light show that you can drive through. Admission is just $10 per car.
Austin, Texas: Trail of Lights
With four light tunnels, a giant ferris wheel, and 40 festive displays featuring over two million lights, this spectacular event is bound to thrill everyone in your family. Check out the Trail of Lights event calendar to see when you can visit for free, otherwise general admission costs just $3.
Charleston, South Carolina: Holiday Festival of Lights
Drive through this three-mile lakeside attraction and you'll see millions of lights, Christmas carolers, and more festive fun. The Holiday Festival of Lights costs $15 per car.
Fort Worth, Texas: The Modern Lights Display
Now through January 6, you can check out the Modern's brilliant display by strolling around the grounds, or from the comfort of the museum's interior, thanks to its new extended hours. Admission costs $10 per person, $4 for students and seniors, and is free for children under 12.
Las Vegas, Nevada: Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
You don't know how beautiful Christmas lights can be until you've made your way through this 2.5-mile holiday attraction complete with several tunnels of twinkling bulbs. Now through January 7, you can load up your car to see the show for just $20 per vehicle.
Lexington, Kentucky: Southern Lights
Through December 31, families can drive through Kentucky's largest light festival—complete with thousands of bulbs and animated scenes—at the Kentucky Horse Park. Monday through Thursday nights, admission costs $15 while weekend admission is $25.
Branson, Missouri: Christmas in Midtown at Silver Dollar City
Everywhere you look in this Midwest theme park, you'll be greeted by the sight of a colorful Christmas display. Through December 30, adults can take in An Old Time Christmas at the Silver Dollar City theme park for $62 per person, while kids can enter for $51.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Longwood Gardens
If you're looking for a Christmas experience that offers more than just lights, this garden and conservatory presentation is for you. Be sure to check out its Open Air Fountain show, which features water jets in tune with your favorite holiday songs in a sea of lights. Tickets start at $30 for adults, $16 for kids and teens, and children under 4 can enter for free.
Duluth, Minnesota: Bentleyville Tour of Lights
This enormous walk-through Christmas extravaganza features four million lights displayed on a 20-acre park adjacent to Lake Superior. The best part? It's free!
Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!