Holiday Christmas lighting is used to decorate homes during the Christmas season. The tradition of using Christmas lights dates back to the time when people placed candles on Christmas trees to symbolize Christ being the light of the world. Today, Christmas lighting is used to celebrate the holiday in countless ways. Here are a few places to see holiday Christmas lighting around the United States and Canada.
New Jersey’s Rockefeller Center
The Rockefeller Center holiday christmas lighting ceremony is one of the biggest events of the holiday season. A free public event, it features the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and features performances by the Radio City Rockettes. The ceremony begins at 9 pm and is live-broadcast on N.B.C. The event features a special Swarovski star that weighs over 900 pounds and is covered in over 3 million crystals.
The tradition of lighting the Rockefeller Center tree dates back to the early twentieth century. It started when the publicist for the center decided to make the event an annual event. In 1931, the publicist lit the 50-foot tree for the first time, and two years later, the ceremony became formal, and it was televised on national television.
The 30,000-light Christmas tree was donated by the Varanyak family of Hamilton Township, N.J., which lives near Rockefeller Center. Bob Varanyak, the son of Joseph Varanyak, donated the tree to Tishman Speyer for the event. It arrived in Manhattan on November 14 and was erected in preparation for the December 3 lighting ceremony.
Secaucus’s holiday lights
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and it’s time to put up your holiday lights. The town of Secaucus is holding two contests this year to award its residents with the best holiday lights. The first contest will award the best light display, while the second will recognize the best light block.
Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights
The Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights is one of the nation’s premier holiday light shows. The event draws millions of visitors every year. It features more than one million LED lights in nearly 90 displays. The lights are set amidst the 300 acres of Oglebay Park. The festival is open nightly through Jan. 10 and is less crowded on weekdays.
Visitors can find the festival at Oglebay Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003, United States. You can drive or take a cab. There is a nominal transportation fee. You can also use your GPS in your phone to find the festival.
The Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition that has been held for more than 20 years. It features over a million twinkle lights trees and 90 lighted tourist attractions. This is the largest blinking Christmas lighting festival in the country. It is open from dusk until 11:00 pm. Safety is a priority here and there are staff on site to ensure the safety of all guests.
Bozeman’s Silver Dollar City
For nearly 50 years, Bozeman’s holiday Christmas lighting has been a signature event in downtown. Strings of tinsel drape across street corners and connect to a tree suspended in the air. Each strand is a different color. Main Street is also decorated with what locals call “spiders” and the Community Food Co-op is an especially enchanting house.
Located at 111 S. Grand, the Emerson Hotel’s Christmas decorations are stunning. The beautiful historic homes of the Willson Street district are covered in garland and bows, and their lighting adds a festive ambiance to the streets. While you’re on Willson Street, you can check out the holiday lights and holiday decorations at home and office buildings.