It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is here. As the weather starts to cool down around the United States, pulling out our boots and scarves is only one of the most exciting things we have to do. Once holiday season comes around, so do all of the best events to bring us joy and feel the holiday cheer. 

If there’s one thing we enjoy the most out of all the annual holiday season events, there’s no doubt that it’s a Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. Gathering together with the locals and visitors of that city or town, all bundled up and sipping hot chocolate while viewing the lighting of the town’s tree is simply one of the most festive events of the year. Be sure to check out one of the following Christmas Tree Lighting Festivals in one of the beautiful destinations below.

St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine is famous for its beauty and rich history. It’s the oldest city in America and is widely known for its annual Night of Lights event. This year will be the 24th annual Night of Lights festival where about three million lights cover the historic district for just about two months. Don’t miss Night of Lights kicking off on November 18, 2017, and running until January 31, 2018. You can hop on a horse and carriage tour for a real up-close-and-personal experience!

Chicago, IL

Known as the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, this fun-filled two-day event lighting up Chicago will take place on November 17 at 4 pm and will run up until November 18th. The evening of November 18th is where the main event takes place – the tree-lighting parade! Don’t miss out on this once a year event to put you in the holiday spirit.  

blurred christmas lights on dark background

Oklahoma City, OK

They’ll be having a ball in Oklahoma City at the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival this season! Never heard of it? Well, you’re in for a treat. The lighting festival is easily the most anticipated event of the year and kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24th from 5 pm – 7 pm. Watch the Christmas Tree light up with Santa Clause  – a fun event for all!

Milwaukee, WI

Catch the holiday spirit up in Milwaukee this season at the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. There will be music, events, lights and so much more. The event kicks off on November 16th when Milwaukee flips the switch on the lights that will brighten the city! The festival will run through January 1, 2018. 

Leavenworth, WA

There’s one reason to get excited about this holiday season – the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival! If you’re looking for some holiday magic, this is where you’ll find it! The event takes place each weekend night in December (the 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th & 17th) when the whole town illuminates with twinkling lights.

Where do you plan on watching a Christmas Tree Lighting? Are you thinking of attending one of the festivals above? Head on over to our sister site, to check out the best deals before you go! And feel free to drop us a line- We’d love to hear all about your trip!

Christmas tree in park with sparkling lights