Famous Landmarks Decked Out For The Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, before we know it, we will be waiting in anticipation for Christmas. The magic of the holiday season kicks off with glimmering lights and charming displays. Christmas calls for the emergence of spectacular light shows.

White House, Washington, DC

Classy and without excessive or glamorous flashy decorations. Did you know that the White House is one of the most haunted places in the country, certainly in the capital?

Oxford Street, London, UK

This is what you can expect to see if you walk down Oxford Street, which is Europe's favorite shopping area. It's a major street in the City of Westminster in the West End of London, running from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road via Oxford Circus.

Niagara Falls, Canada

This is the American side of the Fall. You can also see Niagara River illuminated with festival lights and the moon. Niagara Falls is one of the most Instagram-worthy travel locations in the world.

Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France

The view of the famous boulevard leading to the even more famous Arc de Triomphe is stunning during Christmas time. Everyone thinks of Paris as the ultimate romantic destination, but it's also a great place to visit for fun adventures. Sign up for walking and food tours. There's no limit to beautiful sights, and they are made even more beautiful in the sunset.

London Eye, UK

Enjoy an avenue of trees leading to a London Eye. Everything is decorated for Christmas and New Year. The London Eye is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel. It has won over 85 awards for national and international tourism.

Tokyo Tower, Japan

This is Christmas Special lighting in Tokyo in 2015. Standing 1,092 feet high in the center of Tokyo, the Tower is the world's tallest, self-supported steel tower and 42.6 feet taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower.

Rockefeller Center, New York

Thousands of people gather for the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center every year. The entire are is all decorated, looking magical. Skating on the ice rink in the winter is a popular tourist activity. If you find it too crowded, skate at Bryant Park's free rink which is a few minutes away from Rockefeller Plaza.

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

The iconic Red Square in Moscow becomes a whole different place come Christmas. A market is set up in the city center, decorated and illuminated for the holiday, which is celebrated on January 7 in Russia. You can hear the carousel swings frim far away.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Rome is the cultural heart of Western Europe, and offers a journey through history from the days of Ancient Rome through to the Holy Roman Empire. The Colosseum, the ancient gladiatorial battleground, occupies the heart of Rome.

Empire State Building, New York

Did you know you can get married on top of the Empire State Building? Weddings are only held on Valentine's Day and they occur at the 86th floor Observatory. 

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

This is definitely one of the most famous, and most gorgeous, bridges in the world. Walking across this bridge is on, or should be on, the bucket list of tourist attractions in America. The suspension bridge is spanning the Golden Gate strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Notre Dame, Paris, France

The sunset over Notre Dame of Paris during the Christmas time is stunning. This medieval Catholic cathedral is one of the largest, most well-known church buildings in the world and one of the oldest and most prominent cathedrals in France.

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

This is Saint Peter's Square Christmas Tree, with stars in the sky. Worldwide satellite telecasts of Papal Christmas celebrations have been broadcast since 1974.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The iconic cathedral was designed by Antoni Gaudi. You see it here with colorful illumination to celebrate Christmas time. This photo is from Dec. 22, 2012.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney has always been known as one of the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve. The fireworks show at the Opera House tops the charts every year.

Tower Bridge, London, UK

Step inside one of the most famous bridges in the world and a must-see London attraction. Explore this unique structure, stunning views, glass floor, modern exhibitions, and incredible Victorian Engine Rooms.

Buckingham Palace, London, UK

This is possibly one of the most iconic royal buildings in the world. Take a tour of the palace and visit the beautifully furnished State Rooms, then see the specular garden – "walled oasis in the middle of London" – and see over 350 different species of wild flowers and gorgeous lake views.