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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Holiday Light Decoration Destinations

Posted by Sharon Gundrum in Florida, Holiday, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Top 5, Virginia


This year, as we close in on Christmas, I thought it might be fun to find out where the top five destinations are for viewing Holiday Decorations. Even more fun that that, finding out if/what resorts Tripbound may have nearby. I have spent the last few days fighting the dreaded respiratory flu, and finally feeling a little better, I happily did the research on this while listening to my “Country Christmas Radio” Pandora station, and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.

After reading many lists, I extracted the cities where we have resorts and placed them in my own top 5 titled Tripbound’s Top 5 Holiday Light Decoration Destinations. Kind of a mouthful but best to be accurate. Now it might be too late to book your trip for this year, but you can bet that Tripbound has these stays available for next Christmas!

Orlando, Florida

We often talk about Orlando, but Holiday fun at Walt Disney World is truly on overdrive. Five million bulbs light the park in varying music laden, choreographed interpretations of your favorite holiday themes. The piece de resistance is the “Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights,” over at Hollywood Studios. This light show started as an Arkansas family’s own home light show before it was moved to Orlando! Of course you won’t want to miss Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party over at the Magic Kingdom. You can also enjoy a holiday show peppered with real snowflakes, and a special parade including Santa, himself!

Tripbound’s Orlando Resorts stays:

Wyndham Bonnet Creek
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Reunion at Orlando
Mystic Dunes
Cypress Palms
Star Island

  • Location Of Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort Rentals

    The Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  • The Wyndham Vacation Resorts Reunion at Orlando.

  • Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Celebration, Florida.

  • Star Island Resort, Kissimmee, Florida

  • Cypress Palms Resort

Chicago, Illinois

Each December for the last twenty years the windy city rings in the holiday season with their Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Over a million lights will drape the trees and buildings that flank the famous shopping district. The stores do their best to outshine each other with the most beautiful holiday window displays. During the opening weekend, visitors can expect a fireworks display, the Tree-Lighting Parade, Lights Festival Lane – an interactive holiday wonderland that the whole family will enjoy, a series of musical performances on the  BMO Harris Bank Stage, and more!

Macy’s will display their 45’ high tree through March 1, so don’t miss a chance to duck in and see it. Head back outside to see the official Magnificent Mile Christmas tree in Daley Plaza, Santa’s workshop, and a German-style Christmas market.

During your visit, make sure to head to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderland Fest.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will start again on November 21, 2015, so mark you calendar, and call Tripbound to reserve your space at Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. Don’t wait too long, this boutique resort will have you staying right in the middle of the fun, and is in high demand all year long.

  • Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront

  • The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Branson, Missouri

This winter wonderland is nestled in southwestern Missouri’s scenic Ozark Mountains. In fact, locals call it “the Ozark Mountain Christmas,” and it starts November 1 and continues through January 1. If the beauty of the snow topped mountains isn’t enough to stoke your holiday spirit, the city lights up with countless Christmas and holiday events and shows. Topping many of the best of lists is “An Old Time Christmas,” show at Silver Dollar City. This show includes Rudolph’s Holly JollyChristmas Light Parade, decorations including over 5 million lights, two broadway-style productions of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, 1000 Christmas Trees, Home-style Christmas feasts, and much more.

The city also boasts two different holiday themed parades and ample shopping opportunities. Too cold to get out of the car? Stay warm and enjoy over a million lights in animated and static holiday scenes as you drive through the Trail of Lights.

Tripbound has three resorts to offer travelers hoping to stay in Branson:
Wyndham Branson at the Falls
Wyndham Branson at the Meadows
Wyndham Mountain Vista

  • Wyndham Branson at the Falls

  • Wyndham Branson at the Meadows

  • Wyndham Mountain Vista

San Antonio, Texas

Anyone who has traveled to San Antonio’s River Walk will agree, it’s a can’t miss. Already known as a festive city, during the holiday season the city decks the streets and the Riverwalk with lights enough that even Santa could see it from the North Pole.

The season kicks off with “A Cardinal Christmas” where nearly a million lights decorate the University of Incarnate Word. At this event, campus leaders literally “flip the switch,” lighting the campus.This San Antonio tradition is open to the public, this past year welcoming over 3,500 visitors. Special guests included Santa and Mrs. Claus, performances by the school Chorale and Cardinal Marching Band, the UIW dance team and local high school choirs and UIW alumni.

The River Walk holiday parade, one of the country’s only nighttime river parades, is made up of decorated floats that wind through the river.

The Ford “Fiesta de las Luminarias” lights the banks of the San Antonio River with over 6000 luminaries. These warmly glowing candles symbolically light the way for the Holy Family. Beginning at dusk, this tradition takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December before Christmas.

Tripbound can offer accommodations at Wyndham Riverside Suites, located directly on the banks of the San Antonio River. Holiday season or not, a stay at this resort promises to be a great escape to award winning restaurants and a bustling nightlife.

 

  • Wyndham Riverside Suites

  • River Walk, San Antonio

Coastal Virginia

Tripbound just might be partial to this final location on our list. We are located in Williamsburg, after all. But, Williamsburg isn’t the only reason that we love this entry. Virginia Beach, just a short hour drive away boasts “McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.” Here the boardwalk is dressed up with lights and decorations, with a nautical – holiday theme, crowned with a 40 foot tall Christmas tree. It also happens to be the only time of year that vehicles are allowed to drive right on the boardwalk.

Norfolk, even closer, launches the season with their “Grand Illumination Parade,” complete with dancers, marching bands, floats, balloons and Santa Claus, himself. This parade celebrates the illumination of the downtown Norfolk area.

The Newport News Celebration of Lights is a two mile drive through the forests of Newport News Regional Park. Over 700,00 lights and 200 illuminated displays are offered for your entertainment through January 1.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination happens the first weekend of December, offering multiple shows and activities throughout the Historic Triangle. The Revolutionary City tops things off with a spectacular fireworks display that is not to be missed. Christmastown, Busch Gardens’ holiday transformation of its Williamsburg park, is truly a delight. With lights and rides and more hot cocoa than you can drink, it offers fun for the whole family!

Tripbound’s Williamsburg, Virginia Resorts:

Greensprings Resort
Powhatan Plantation
Governor’s Green 
Kingsgate Resort

  • Kingsgate Resort

  • Governor's Green

  • Greensprings Resort

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