24 sparkling holiday light displays

December may be our darkest month, but it also contains some of our brightest celebrations. Here's a sample of the best holiday light displays in the U.S.

Text by Roger Fillion, SwitchYard Media; Crai S. Bower & Kris Collingridge  | Photo editing by SwitchYard Media & Mike Hipple

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Dec 26, 2012 12:36AM

This is billed as a sample of the best holiday light displays in the United States, but lists Niagra Falls, Ontario. Granted, there is Niagra Falls, NY, and this locale should be cited as such or left off the list.

Dec 26, 2012 12:30AM

You missed at least three hoiday lights events that would top most of these: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms (featuring times to ride in your car, or in a horse-drawn carriage, or ride your bike, jog or walk through acres decorated with thousands of LED lights in the largest municipal park in the USA, just outside of Memphis, TN), Zoo Lights, at the world-class Overton Park Zoo n Memphis, and, of course, Elvis Presley's Graceland. Remember these for next year.

Dec 25, 2012 10:16PM

Holiday Lights? Which Holiday are they celebrating? I mean we have many different ones in the USA. Note: the word Holiday comes from Holy Day.

Dec 25, 2012 8:57PM
You need to expand your horizons....check out Bentleville in Duluth, MN
Dec 25, 2012 8:48PM
You should see the Lights of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, AR  downtown square....The kids from the UofA so it all and its just Beautiful. You can ride a light covered horse drawn carriage, ride a camel, and ponies for the little ones..plus more.
Dec 25, 2012 7:43PM
The lights as seen from on high say, "Happy Birthday Jesus."
Dec 25, 2012 7:19PM
What about Rochester, Michigan? The entire historic town is covered with lights. It is a beautiful site.
Dec 25, 2012 6:27PM
McAdensville, N.C. is beautiful this time of year with it display of lights. Use to be a small mill town but is now known as the Christmas Town Lightshow.  You ought to come see it if you are down South at Christmastime.  It's wonderful.
Dec 25, 2012 4:08PM
Can't believe yall left out Santa's Wonderland in College Station, TX.  Beautiful place with millions of lights.  Look it up!
Dec 25, 2012 3:13PM
   This is a childhood memory.  In Wichita Falls, Texas: Midwestern State University does a Festival of Lights every december with different kids stories and other scenes from fond memories displayed in lights with a drive through and sidewalks so you can choose to get out in the cold or stay in your vehicle.  Every year it is wonderful to go back and reminisce of so many childhood memories. 
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