15 Next Level Christmas Lights

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[Music] there's always that one house that takes christmas decorations to the extreme
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lighting up the whole neighborhood with thousands of lights and props today we'll be looking at the top 15
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next level christmas decorations number 15 the hyatt christmas house every year families across the world put
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up christmas decorations around their homes with some striving to outdo their
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neighbors at all costs for residents in plantation acres florida however this was always going to
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be a futile endeavor because they live near the hyatt family who for several years put on one of the
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most fantastical christmas displays you'll ever see known as the hyatt extreme christmas the
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family's plans were always so huge and outrageous that they would have to start construction works in september
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they'd install almost 200 000 lights a 20-foot tall ferris wheel with stuffed animal passengers
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a 30-foot tall christmas tree life-sized gingerbread men a snow machine and a 20-foot screen that
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played disney movies on a continuous loop there are eight homes on the cul-de-sac
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where the highest live each year they dread the noise and the commotion that it would all cause
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but the displays always proved popular for others and people would travel from miles around to see it for themselves
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with some families considering an evening at the house to be a christmas tradition in its own right
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with increasing pressure from the authorities though the hyatts were forced to reduce the number of days that
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their display was turned on and due to family difficulties they stopped it all together a few years ago
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still for those who are fortunate enough to see it in real life the whole experience remains a fond christmas
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memory number 14. the kobe luminary light festival
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in 1995 the city of kobe in japan was struck by a huge earthquake that resulted in the loss of 4 600 lives
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but rather than have a somber memorial each year the locals instead host the kobe luminary light festival as a sign
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of hope and recovery from a time when the city was left in darkness held in december alongside the christmas
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celebrations more than 200 000 individually painted lights are displayed around the city
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and amazingly they're all powered by electricity that's generated from biomass fuel
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making this one of the most environmentally friendly christmas light displays in the world
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the lights are donated to the city by the italian government who've sent artists to japan to help with their
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design creation and installation and they're switched on for several hours each night
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for two weeks it's become an annual tradition for people from across japan and the rest of the world
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and regularly attracts three or four million visitors each year as well as providing a breathtaking
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display there's a serious fundraising side to the festival and it usually raises several million
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dollars to assist the families of those affected by the earthquake and to help the less fortunate residents
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of the city number 13 st augustine florida the city of saint augustine in florida
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was first founded in 1565 by spanish explorers and holds the record for being the oldest continually inhabited
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european settlement in north america as a result this is a place that's steeped in history and one of the most
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spectacular traditions is the annual knights of lights festival held around christmas each year
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it's been running for 26 years and has its roots in the spanish tradition of lighting a white candle in the window
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over the christmas period this is now expanded to the next level in saint augustine though
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and begins with the huge christmas tree in the plaza de la constitution and countless lights illuminating the
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surrounding trees and buildings most businesses and restaurants take part in the festivities and barely a
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window doorway or any part of a building can be seen that doesn't have a twinkling light
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placed in it it's one of the most magical christmas displays that you'll ever see and is
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understandably regularly voted as one of the most recommended places to visit in the world during december
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[Music] 12. robo lights the robolights festival began life at the home of artist kenny
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irwin jr in palm springs more than 30 years ago and it became so popular that in 2018 it
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took place over a four acre site and attracted hundreds of thousands of people each year
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the basic idea was that any object irwin could get his hands on could be turned into a lit decoration
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and so he's made hundreds of unusual objects that are put on display and are interspersed with more
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traditional christmas looking pieces too with almost a million lights pieces of scrap have been turned into moving
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robots futuristic woodland creatures and strange sculptures
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while it may sound bizarre everyone who visited left with fond memories of the place
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but irwin began to run into difficulties first was the cost of powering the display
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which led him to try to crowdfund online the second problem was that his neighbors were less than enthralled by
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having his creation on their doorsteps after the 2018 event he was forced to agree to shut it down for good
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but never one to give up he has now plans to build a robo-light park bigger and better than before in desert
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springs so it may not be too long until he can welcome visitors once more number 11 shiodome carreta illumination
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most of the year the kareta shiodome in tokyo is a shopping center like any other
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its 47 storeys are full of stores cafes restaurants and entertainment facilities but it's during the winter time that the
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building truly comes into its own and draws more than half a million people every year that's because they go
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to the next level with their decorations and fill the spaces with more than a quarter million of led lights
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along with fantastical trees and other structures each year the display follows a theme
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often in collaboration with disney so in 2018 it was designed to look like a christmas ball from frozen
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while in 2019 it was inspired by aladdin it's such a popular event that it runs for longer than most christmas displays
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with the first choreographed light show beginning in mid-november and the last taking place in february
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the 10-minute music and light spectacular takes place every quarter of an hour
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as well as featuring the led lights also uses lasers pyrotechnic effects and music from the movies too
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as well as the main christmas display the space is set aside for exhibitions based on that year's theme
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these often include photograph spots where visitors can take selfies with characters or backgrounds from the
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movies and also have the chance to see memorabilia that was used on the set
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during filming number 10 lego christmas tree since it was first created in 1949 lego has
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become one of the most popular toys in the world allowing you to create virtually
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anything you can imagine it has gone on to inspire movies video games and amusement parks
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and it's at legoland that you'll see some of the biggest and most inventive creations of all
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in recent years the legoland california resort has become particularly renowned around christmas time
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because it's there that they build the largest lego christmas tree on earth standing more than 30 feet tall and
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illuminated with 11 000 led lights it's built from more than 245 000 bricks
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and is surrounded by a range of other structures the switching on of the lights has become an annual tradition
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and it's done by celebrities with recent vip guests including hilary duff and chad michael murray
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during the festive season visitors can also see a brass band playing by the tree
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are covered in artificial snowflakes and can join santa's elves as they sing classic christmas songs
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it's a true celebration of all things lego and christmas and this is by far the most popular time at the resort
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9. lucha de artista cities and towns across the world install light displays to celebrate the
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festive season each year but one that stands out above the rest is the town of salerno in italy
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for 14 years they have held the annual lucid artista festival which sees the streets filled with lights and
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decorations as well as a large christmas market with stalls selling souvenirs
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presents and virtually every type of food you can think of it attracts over a million visitors each
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year and the decorations cover such a vast area that there's no way you can take it all
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in at just one night from the giant christmas tree in the central square to the variety of animals street lights
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illuminated tunnels and fairy tale inspired installations every direction you look there's
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something new and amazing to explore there's also a variety of fairground rides to go on too but the most popular
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has got to be the almost 200 foot tall ferris wheel that gives the opportunity to get a
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bird's eye view of the town and it's only then that you truly realize the scale of the celebrations
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number eight brook green gardens brook green gardens is a botanical garden sculpture park and wildlife reserve in
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south carolina it covers an area of around 9 100 acres and while it's a popular destination
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throughout most of the year it's the christmas celebrations that are truly next level
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known as the knights of a thousand candles 4 500 candles are positioned around the central gardens
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and lit every night by volunteers who also stay on hand to re-light them if they get blown out by the wind or
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visitors along with these are further two million electric lights throughout the rest
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of the site which illuminate the sculptures and plant life in a spectacular fashion
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the christmas tree itself has 130 000 lights on it and the event has become so popular that
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more than 5 500 people visit each night while it's on as you can imagine it takes a huge
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amount of organization to prepare and requires the efforts of 150 staff and volunteers
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begin setting it up three months before opening night and spend a further two months taking everything down again
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[Music] number seven cathedral square cathedral square in the capital city of lithuania
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vilnius is the heart of the city and is where all the major celebrations take place
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it's in the square that the residents hold parades music concerts exhibitions and fairs but the biggest
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event of all takes place at christmas time when a huge 88-foot tall christmas tree
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is installed and is surrounded by other installations such as a life-size nativity scene
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and other monuments that celebrate christmas and the history of the city it's the tree that takes the pride in
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place though and there's nothing else quite like it the decorations on it change every year
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depending on the chosen theme but one thing that remains is a canopy of 70 000
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bulbs that hang from the very top of the tree branch out to stalls that are arranged around it
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it produces so much light that it's visible from planes landing at the airport several miles away
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and said to illuminate the sky so much that it's impossible for residents to see the stars
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and often makes animals believe that it's still daytime number six miracle on 34th street
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every year on the 700th block of 34th street in baltimore maryland residents hold the miracle on 34th
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street display most of the row houses take part in the tradition that began in 1947
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when the movie with the same name was released and it sees thousands of bulbs and decorations adorning the buildings
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which creates a wondrous valley of light people visit from miles around to see it for themselves and can expect to see
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countless christmas trees trains animatronic figures projections disney characters hanukkah menorahs and a
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number of other artworks and installations that are not so traditional
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there is for example a sea of santas and frosty the snowmans and one resident who's lived there for
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decades has become famed for his collection of hubcap christmas trees residents often choose a theme for their
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own individual displays which can range from anything between peace and harmony to pirates and magic and various stalls
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along the street sell refreshments and souvenirs to visitors miracle on 34th street has
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become controversial in recent years however due to the amount of noise and traffic
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it creates the amount of energy that's used to power the lights there have though been efforts to
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introduce led bulbs and other designs that use less electricity and despite the
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concerns the residents insist that they should continue with a tradition that's been going for almost 75 years
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number 5 tivoli gardens tivoli gardens is an amusement park in copenhagen denmark and having opened in 1843 is the
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second oldest amusement park in the world as you'd expect it has plenty of things
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to keep the family entertained from roller coasters and rides to shows and restaurants
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and while summer remains the most popular time of year for visitors it's managed to keep relevant during the
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winter months with an incredible christmas display at least 70 000 christmas baubles are
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hung from the trees and lamp posts and more than a thousand christmas trees are arranged throughout the gardens
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the stunning concert hall at the center of the venue is used as a canvas on which images and
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light displays are projected and hundreds of thousands of lights are strung along the gardens pathways and
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rides furthermore wooden houses are placed at every turn and snow is sprayed
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everywhere to give the feeling that you're in a nordic winter wonderland santa and his reindeer are on hand to
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welcome people to the gardens and to take a last-minute gift request from children and for the adults a large
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christmas market is built that offers everything from decorations to trinkets to snacks meals and overly alcoholic
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beverages for many people in denmark it's the best time to go to tivoli
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and it's a christmas tradition to ride on the wooden roller coaster that's more than a century old
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while eating sugary treats and looking down on the light display beneath number four rio's floating christmas
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tree rio de janeiro is the party capital of the world which is known for its
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carnival and new year's eve celebrations let's see two and a half million people descend upon copacabana beach
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but christmas is also an incredibly important time for the residents and they have one of the most
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spectacular christmas decorations and displays that you'll see anywhere in the world
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there are lots of cities that pride themselves on having the biggest christmas trees
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but rio has gone one better every year they unveiled the world's largest floating christmas tree
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first shown in 2014 the magnificent structure is 278 feet tall and is decorated by more than 3 million
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lights of course it's not actually a living tree but is instead a gigantic metal structure
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that floats on a specially constructed barge in the city's rodrigo de freitas lagoon
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the lights change color throughout the night from orange to represent sunrise to blue for its moon phase green and
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gold so it looks like traditional christmas tree with candles and then multi-colored stars it took
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more than 1200 producers engineers and artists to create it and it floats to different positions in
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the lagoon throughout december each year it's supported by five dedicated generators on barges to provide enough
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power to keep the lights on and on certain nights is also accompanied by an elaborate fireworks
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display since its first introduction the tree has become a point of pride for the
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residents of rio who see it as further proof that they know how to party and celebrate better
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than anyone else in the world and based on how next level they took the idea of a christmas tree they
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aren't wrong number three diker heights there are plenty of places you can go in new york to see incredible
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christmas displays but while most people might think rockefeller center is the place to go
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those in the know head in the other direction to deiker heights in brooklyn it's one of the most spectacular
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neighborhood displays you'll find anywhere in the world and it's a tradition that was begun in
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the 1980s by lucy spata who moved to her new home and wanted to carry on her mom's love of christmas
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lights at first the other residents weren't convinced and even tried to get her to
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take her displays down but as more and more began to join in they were soon overcome by the christmas
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spirit most of the families put their lights and decorations up after thanksgiving
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and it's thought that millions of lights adorn the streets each year some of the homes have so many
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decorations in their front yards that it's hard to know where to look but it's almost guaranteed that whatever
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direction you're headed you're bound to see some santas reindeer elves angels and every other
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creature object or image that you associate with christmas at least one hundred thousand people
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visit diker heights every year which is nowhere near as many as visit other christmas sites in new york
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but for those who do go it's the secret treasure that continues to amaze it's where you'll find for example the
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biggest santa in all of the city who is 15 feet tall and proudly sits outside the palozzano home one of the
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largest collections of nativity scenes and singing toy soldiers one of the things that's most surprising
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though is the sheer scale of the festivities now stretching from 11th to 13th avenues
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from 83rd to 86th street in dyker heights you can go on a guided tour on foot and by bus
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which takes three and a half hours to see everything on display number two lootstopia normally when you
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think of christmas you imagine snow falling down on rooftops and people wrapped up warm drinking hot drinks
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but plenty of people in the world live in hotter climates and they do things a little differently
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one of the best places to go for a warm weather christmas is monterey in northeastern mexico where every year
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they celebrate the lustopia festival it began in 2017 and sees more than 15 000 lights and 250 gigantic illuminated
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figures being put on display along a two-mile stretch of canal through the paseo de santa lucia
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district of the city the lights and sculptures have a distinct mexican flair to them and are
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unlike any decorations you'll see elsewhere they are representations from cultures
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around the world and you'll see a variety of famous world landmarks given the lustopia treatment
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as well as famous characters images structures and things that are on the verge of bizarre and strange
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there's a 60-foot tall christmas tree a 49-foot tall castle a magical tunnel and of course a
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christmas villa where santa lives it's not all about bright colors and unusual imagery though and there's a
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whole section devoted to a more controlled use of white lights to illuminate tree canopies
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and create a romantic and peaceful setting amongst the mayhem that surrounds it
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furthermore there's an extensive christmas market that sells toys and gifts
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as well as souvenirs from the festival and instead of being served a hot chocolate or mulled wine
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you can sit back and relax in the warmth with a nice cold beer or iced chocolate number 1. the fete de lumiere
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france is undoubtedly one of the cultural centers of the world and having been the country that's inspired so many
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artists and creatives throughout history it should come as no surprise that when they put on a celebratory display
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they're almost certain to go a step above what anyone else is capable of the city of lyon is a place steeped in
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history with its own traditions and causes for celebration and every year the residents take part
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in the festival of lights which is a way of showing their gratitude towards the virgin mary on and
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around december 8th multi-colored candles would be placed on the outside of windows across the city
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which would create an incredible effect but more recently with the advent of electric lights
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things have gone to the next level the celebrations focus around the basilica of forviere which is lit up in an array
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of color and a palestine terrell where a special light installation is displayed each
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year the creative minds from lyon most of whom have grown up with the festival
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incorporate as many new technologies and techniques as they can with each display as well as the main performances that
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usually include projected images and lasers which are choreographed with music
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various artworks are positioned around the city which encourage people to interact with them in unique ways or to
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simply watch from a distance the festival attracts lighting designers from across the world
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you'll normally see museum curators design consultants amusement park operators special effects
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producers and people from a wide range of industries roaming the streets during the four days that the festival takes
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place in search of the next best thing the ftd luminaire never fails to surprise and
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astonish visitors leads the way in showing the incredible experiences that can be created with
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light if you ever get the chance to visit this is one christmas celebration you don't
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