When the holidays arrive each December, many families put up a Christmas tree or decorate their homes according to their customs.
Several cities around the world do the same. From the smallest towns to the largest population centers on the planet, you’ll find some holiday tree lighting ceremonies are consistently huge and spectacular.
The following destinations are the best ones you’ll find to celebrate this holiday season and all the others to come.
1. New York City
The tree lighting tradition in NYC has happened since 1933. A massive tree gets placed in Rockefeller Center, and its lighting is often treated as the symbol that starts the holidays. The ceremony is free and open to the public each year, although COVID protocols might change some aspects of it.
Norway has given a Christmas tree to the people of London each year since 1947. It’s typically a Norwegian Spruce, with many of them measuring over 60 feet high. You can see different caroling groups singing while the vertical strings get lit.
3. Washington, D.C.
President Calvin Coolidge started this tradition in 1923. Local choirs and the Marine Band often perform, along with international artists and a few messages of hope. It has become such a popular event that a ticket lottery has been instituted.
4. Zilker, TX
This tree is human made, feature dozens of streamers and bulbs to show off more than 3,300 lights. It stands over 150 feet tall, and one lucky winner in the crowd gets to flip the switch.
5. Beverly Hills, CA
Lighting the palm trees along Rodeo Drive is a wonderful tradition in this city. You’ll find live music and performances waiting to enjoy while the 42 palms get lit to celebrate the season. It tends to be over the top and with lots of celebrities, so you never know what to expect.
The best Christmas tree lighting ceremonies are the ones that mean the most to you and your family. What are some of the best holiday moments you’ve had over the years?