10 Holiday Light Shows Around the World (PHOTOS)

11/29/2010 05:15 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

From illuminated boat parades to spectacular light extravaganzas, towns and cities around the world each have distinctive ways of celebrating the holiday season.

Though New York City and Paris lead the pack with iconic holiday decorations, the cities of Madrid, Melbourne, and six other destinations around the world are arguably just as festive and brilliant.

Text by Laura Kiniry. Photos courtesy of (unless otherwise noted), where you can plan trips and connect with other travelers.

10 Holiday Light Shows Around the World