Thomas Cook’s Top… Christmas Illuminations

We’re all secretly jealous of Father Christmas, aren’t we? Who wouldn’t want to travel all around the world in a single night, all tucked up in a sleigh? And you can be sure he gets to see the best of the world’s Christmas decorations too! Below is our pick of the top destinations that will be getting Santa in the Christmas spirit with their festive lights this year.

Seville, Spain

A classier take on the ‘Christmas lights’ tradition, Seville lights up its famous orange trees with glittering blue lights, lending Spain’s best kept secret an almost angelic glow.  Holidays to Spain don’t come more festive than this! Although southern Spain is traditionally associated with beach holidays, it can be the perfect destination for a winter break – the mild weather and fiesta-mad Spanish combine to create the perfect place to bring in the New Year.

New York, USA

A Norway Spruce Christmas tree has been erected outside New York’s iconic Rockefeller Centre each year since 1931. This stunning festive display was featured in the film Home Alone 2 as the site where Macaulay Culkin’s character was finally reunited with his mother after his escapades around America’s most famous city – the kids will feel like they’ve stepped onto the set if they are lucky enough to visit here. With over 30,000 LEDs and 5 miles of electrical cabling used to illuminate the tree in recent years, the end result is nothing short of breathtaking.


Berlin, Germany

No one does the festive season quite like the Germans, and Berlin is perhaps the best place to see in the Christmas season, with the entire city lit up for the season of joy. Be sure to take in the white lights adorning the trees on the Unter den Linden Boulevard before heading to visit the giant illuminations of Father Christmas on the Tauentzienstrasse– Berlin really does go all out at this time of year. And of course, a must on any wintertime visit to Germany’s capital is the famous Christmas Market – enjoy a glass of mulled wine or three and pick up a unique Christmas gift as you take in the unique sights and smells of this classic festive experience.

Unter den Linden - Berlin Christmas Lights

But if that hasn’t whetted your appetite for Christmas illuminations, there’s always this house in Austin, Texas which has taken the internet by storm.