Light Up! Christmas Tree Lightings around the World

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 07:58 AM

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We can’t say it enough (and you’ll be hearing it all over the site too), we can’t wait for Christmas. It’s not just the nip in the breeze or the delicious peppermint-themed coffee shop drinks that are getting us giddy. All around the world, major cities are already gearing up to light up the Christmas evenings with gorgeous Christmas trees. 

In the Philippines, people flock from all over the country to Makati’s Ayala Triangle to watch the Lights and Sounds Show, a simple but beautiful display of Christmas lights, dancing to the beats of our gorgeous Christmas music.

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To celebrate its opening, we thought of putting together a list of other great pre-Christmas ceremonies. We guarantee they’ll make you wish that Santa would come to town sooner!

Chicago’s Millennium Park Tree Lighting

 

Celebrating its 103rd year of Christmas Tree lighting, the Windy City is set to light up their gigantic Christmas tree on November 18 at Millennium Park. The tree is a 69-foot tall beauty from Illinois, and the people of Chicago can also enjoy a skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, open on the same day as the Tree Lighting. 

 

New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

 

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You have to admit, you turn on your TV for this. Some of you may have seen on the news that the tree just arrived in Rockefeller Center, standing at a whopping 94 feet tall! This televised tree lighting will feature live performances on the day, and all 50,000 lights will be lit up on November 30. The tradition started in 1931 as a way for the workers of the building to feel a little better in the midst of the Great Depression. 

 

The National Christmas Tree Lighting 

 

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In 1923, US President Coolidge lit up a Christmas tree in the White House and started America’s long history of gathering together to light up a tree. Details have been few on the tree, but it’s sure to be a fun time on December 1st!

 

Trafalgar Square Tree Lighting

 

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London is one of those cities that takes Christmas very seriously. Following a string of light-ups in popular spots like Covent Garden, the Royal Exchange, Carnaby Street and Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square will light up their Christmas tree on December 1st. The tree is a yearly gift from Norway for England’s support in World War II, and people still flock the popular square to witness the festivities, to share a mince pie of sip on mulled wine. 

 

Regent Street Spirit of Christmas

 

Tired of Christmas tree lightings? Here’s something a little different. London’s Regent Street is preparing something madly ambitious for their annual Christmas decorations. Labelled ‘The Spirit of Christmas,’ the street is set to light up to huge fanfare on November 17, spanning from Regent Street, Picadilly, St. James and Waterloo. The lights are called a ‘modern reimagining’ of the very first West End lights in 1954. 

Next: Unique and Creative Christmas Tree Ideas

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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