Created: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 04:18:59 EST
Updated: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 04:18:59 EST
Christmas and sparkling lights just seem to go together. Lighting it up for the holidays, next -- on Stocking Stuffers.
From busy city centers to quiet neighborhood streets, America lights up for the holidays. And for many people, seeking out the best displays is a holiday tradition.
New York has Rockefeller Center, Chicago has its Magnificent Mile, and most cities across the country light up their downtowns and shopping centers. Places like Disney World and Branson, Missouri put on dazzling displays, as do civic and charitable groups at parks, zoos and gardens. Waterfront communities illuminate their docks and boats.
In some places, the decorations harken back to the days before electricity. The Biltmore Estate in the North Carolina mountains puts on a Victorian-style Christmas, with ornately decorated trees and candlelight tours at the mansion built by George Vanderbilt. At Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, the Christmas decor consists of candles and wreaths of fruit and boxwood sprigs. In the Southwest, many celebrations feature rows of flickering candles in sand-filled paper bags, known as luminarias.
Then there are the private displays that pop up in neighborhoods everywhere, where individuals caught up in the spirit of the season go all out.
Want to find a good light show in your area? The website christmaslightfinder.com might be able to steer you in the right direction.