Christmas Crazy

Go "Christmas Crazy" with a German-style market, a gingerbread house competition and the brightest light displays, plus the coolest ice sculptures and the most extreme Santas on Earth.

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Alabama

Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas in Lights in Mobile, AL. 960 1280
Alaska

Alaska

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, AK. 960 1280
Arizona

Arizona

Mesa Arizona Temple Christmas Lights in Mesa, AZ. 960 1280
Arkansas

Arkansas

The state capital building in Little Rock, AR, at Christmas time. 960 1280

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California

California

Enjoy the 100-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Grove in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Colorado

Colorado

Colorado is full of beautiful buildings but perhaps none shines brighter than the Denver City County Building on Christmas. 960 1280

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Connecticut

Connecticut

Constitution Plaza is decked out for the holidays in Hartford, CT. 960 1280
District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Attend the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Delaware

Delaware

A curvy lit path leads to a cottage on a wooded lot in Ardentown, DE. 960 1280

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Florida

Florida

Mark and Kathy Hyatt celebrate the holidays with an outrageous display of holiday lights decorating their home in Fort Lauderdale, FL, known as the Hyatt House. 960 1280
Georgia

Georgia

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Georgia puts on quite a show for the holiday season. 960 1280
Hawaii

Hawaii

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy sits piered during the annual Pearl Harbor Festival of Lights in Hawaii. 960 1280

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Idaho

Idaho

Take in the holiday display outside the Idaho State Capital Building in Boise. 960 1280
Illinois

Illinois

Christmas lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. 960 1280
Indiana

Indiana

Drive through PeteyVille in Hammond for one of the best displays in all of Indiana. 960 1280
Iowa

Iowa

Leading up to the big tree in front of the Iowa State Capital Building, the Des Moines streets are lined with various Christmas decorations. 960 1280

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Kansas

Kansas

Dubbed "The Christmas City of the High Plains," WaKeeney, Kansas been celebrating Christmas in a big way since 1950. On the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year, Santa Claus flips a switch lighting up a wonderland of over three miles of electrical wiring, 2,000 perimeter lights, a 35-foot pine Christmas tree and 1,400 pounds of fresh greenery. Photo courtesy of WaKeeney Travel & Tourism 960 1280

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Jefferson Square lights in Louisville, KY. 960 1280
Louisiana

Louisiana

Stop by the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for some of the best holiday lights in Louisiana. 960 1280
Maine

Maine

Check out the holiday displays at one of the many lighthouses in Maine, including the Nubble Lighthouse in York (pictured above). 960 1280
Maryland

Maryland

Baltimore, MD, recreates its very own 'Miracle on 34th Street' as neighbors decorate their homes in the quirky Hampden neighborhood. 960 1280

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Take in the holiday cheer at the Quincy Market in Boston. 960 1280
Michigan

Michigan

Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, MI. 960 1280
Minnesota

Minnesota

There’s no better place in Minnesota to celebrate the holidays than at Bentleyville "Tour of Lights." 960 1280
Mississippi

Mississippi

City Hall is lit up for the holidays in Meridian, MS. 960 1280

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Missouri

Missouri

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, always puts on a spectacular show, especially during the holiday season. 960 1280
Montana

Montana

The Anaconda ‘Christmas Stroll’ in Montana. 960 1280
Nebraska

Nebraska

The county courthouse in Kearney, NE. 960 1280

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Nevada

Nevada

A 7-story Christmas tree sits on display in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. 960 1280

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Stop by Enfield’s La Salette Shrine in New Hampshire to celebrate the holidays. 960 1280
New Jersey

New Jersey

Take in the festivities at the Holiday Light Show at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. 960 1280
New Mexico

New Mexico

Enjoy the luminarios and holiday lights at Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, NM.
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New York

New York

The bedazzled Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City is draped with 5 miles of LED lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski crystal star. 960 1280
North Carolina

North Carolina

Take in the holidays at one of the most famous estates in the country, the Biltmore Manor in Asheville, NC. 960 1280
North Dakota

North Dakota

Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Fargo-Moorhead Holiday Parade in North Dakota. 960 1280
Ohio

Ohio

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Clifton Mill in Ohio. 960 1280

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Take a stroll down the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, OK, to enjoy the many holiday decorations. 960 1280

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Oregon

Oregon

There is no better place in Oregon to see holiday lights than Peacock Lane in Portland. 960 1280
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Koziar’s Christmas Village near Bernville, PA, embodies the holiday spirit. 960 1280
Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Spend Christmas at the Breakers in Newport, RI. 960 1280
South Carolina

South Carolina

Christmas time at Homeland Gardens in Aiken, SC. 960 1280
South Dakota

South Dakota

Several light-laced trees at Christmas at the Capital in Pierre, SD. 960 1280
Tennessee

Tennessee

Revisit classic Christmas scenes while exploring the Enchanted Garden of Lights in Chattanooga, TN. 960 1280
Texas

Texas

Christmas along the San Antonio riverwalk in Texas. 960 1280

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Utah

Utah

Temple Square Christmas Lights Celebration in Salt Lake City, UT. 960 1280
Vermont

Vermont

The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. 960 1280
Virginia

Virginia

Part of the Tacky House Tour in Richmond, VA. 960 1280
Washington

Washington

Enjoy the lights at the world-famous Pike Place open-air market in Seattle. 960 1280
West Virginia

West Virginia

Drive by one of the many holiday-themed covered bridges in West Virginia. 960 1280

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee, WI. 960 1280
Wyoming

Wyoming

Holiday lights decorate the antler arches on the Town Square of Jackson, WY. 960 1280

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PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

Strolling entertainment awaits visitors to Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights, who will also be privy to a "Wild Lights" show at Swan Lake and a black-light puppet show. It's possible to see the lights from aboard the North Polar Express Train, and pay a visit with Santa -- and Mrs. Claus. 960 1280

  

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

More than 3 million lights spread holiday cheer to adults and children at the Wildlights celebration. Kids can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and get photos with Santa; it's even possible to take a camel ride or whirl around an ice skating rink. 960 1280

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Zoo Lights 2015 at Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights 2015 at Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo's holiday light safari leads visitors through 38 acres of dazzling light displays, including more than 150 animal sculptures that leap across lawns, dangle from trees and appear in the most unexpected places. You'll even hear holiday songs from children's and handbell choirs. 960 1280

  

Zoo Lights at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Zoo Lights at Utah's Hogle Zoo

You'll feel festive amidst the 250 illuminated sculptures and displays at Utah's Hogle Zoo. Walk through the 135-foot twinkling tunnel while wearing hologram glasses before riding the carousel or telling Santa what you'd like for Christmas at Santa Station -- with real, live reindeer. 960 1280

  

Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo

Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo

Millions of lights deck the halls -- and trees and lawns -- at the Toledo Zoo, included a dancing lights display near Cheetah Valley. The celebration is marked by carolers, live reindeer, and a glowing ice slide, as well as a buffet-style Festive Feast in The Lodge. 960 1280

  

Houston Zoo Lights

Houston Zoo Lights

Millions of holiday lights are draped in displays throughout the Houston Zoo, and visitors can experience the world from inside a life-size snow globe or stroll through the illuminated African Forest past enormous glowing ornaments. Carolers sing nightly at the Reflecting Pool stage. 960 1280

  

Los Angeles Zoo Lights

Los Angeles Zoo Lights

Those aren't the flashes of LA's paparazzi cameras -- its simply LA's Zoo Lights, designed by Bionic League, who have created light shows for Daft Punk and Kanye West (only in LA, right?). The park fills with LED-sculptures and lasers that visitors can see on a 90-minute self-guided tour. 960 1280

  

SunTrust Zoo Lights at Memphis Zoo

SunTrust Zoo Lights at Memphis Zoo

There's guaranteed to be "snow" at the Memphis Zoo's holiday display; folks looking to see the white stuff can visit Snow Alley, or take a stroll past twinkling light displays to meet Santa in his shop, and even get a peek at his helpful reindeer friends. There's even a Zoo on Ice performance. 960 1280

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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

More than 2 million lights dazzle ZooLights visitors at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, and the zoo has made the event an extravaganza beyond the twinkling lumens. Visitors can take a spin around the park's ice skating rink, snap photos with Santa, and watch "arctic artists" carve ice sculptures. 960 1280

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ZooLights at Oregon Zoo

ZooLights at Oregon Zoo

Ride through the Oregon Zoo in twinkling style aboard the ZooLights train, past more than a million sparkling lights. You'll see tunnels of light near the African Rainforest and can warm up with hot chocolate and the zoo's signature elephant ear treats from vendors along the ZooLights path. 960 1280

  

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Zoolights at Point Defiance bedazzle the Pacific Northwest with more than 500,000 LED lights and animal-themed displays, including a 3-D light display of an entire polar bear family. Visitors can take spin on the zoo'z antique carousel and see scuba diving Santa at the aquarium. 960 1280

  

ZooLights at National Zoo

ZooLights at National Zoo

Visitors to the National Zoo will feel the electrified as more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights fill the park with a sparkly glow. You can warm up with hot chocolate or watch the nightly live performances, while little ones can take a spin on 150-foot-long "snow tubing" tracks. 960 1280

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Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo transforms into a Winter Wonderland, and you can admire the lighted animal sculptures while riding the Twinkle Light Trolley through the zoo. You'll hear Dr. Zoolittle's version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," hear carolers  sing and gape at Toy Shop Hop acrobats. 960 1280

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ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo

ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo

Feel the glow at the Phoenix Zoo's celebration of nearly 4 million lights, where in addition to the glowing displays, visitors can also experience The Polar Express in 4-D, with special effects like snow and fog. Ice sculptors carve a 300-lb. block of ice and the zoo even has camel and wagon rides. 960 1280

  

Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo

Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo comes to life after dark with animated Wild Lights displays like the Arctic Wonderland, Swan Lake and fantasy butterfly garden illuminating the property. Storytellers like Tundra Tom spin tales around a fire as visitors stay warming sipping hot cocoa. 960 1280

  

Atlanta

Atlanta

There may be no better place in the South to catch this year’s fireworks than Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The Fourth of July celebration features live entertainment, followed by an impressive display of fireworks. Doors open at 6 p.m. 960 1280

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis

Get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence, Midwest style, at Minneapolis’ annual Red, White and Boom festival. Located at the city’s downtown riverfront, the two-day celebration from July 3rd and 4th features live music and family fun, as well as one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. 960 1280

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Addison, TX

Addison, TX

Kaboom Town in Addison, Texas, is the largest fireworks display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With more than 1,500 pounds of fireworks, this Texas-sized party — complete with live entertainment, air shows, family-fun and more — has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the country.  960 1280

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Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Visible for a 1-mile stretch of the boardwalk and beach, the fireworks in Atlantic City, NJ, are a show not to be missed. For more bright, colorful fun, check out the nightly 3-D light show on the Boardwalk Hall facade.  960 1280

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Boston

Boston

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular attracts more than 500,000 visitors to the Charles River Esplanade for the annual July Fourth celebration. The spectacle includes concerts and fireworks. Many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston's fireworks is across the river in Cambridge, Mass. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Navy Pier offers the perfect view of Fourth of July fireworks in the Windy City. Make the holiday even classier and take in the show from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, where fireworks are also shot off every Wednesday and Friday during the summer.  960 1280

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Miami

Miami

What would Miami’s South Beach be without a little flair? Take in the dazzling fireworks display over the picturesque downtown landscape as the celebration on the Fourth is every bit as spectacular as the city’s world-famous nightlife. 960 1280

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Houston

Houston

Houston proves that everything is bigger in Texas with the country's largest land-based fireworks show. The annual "Freedom Over Texas" Fourth of July celebration features six hours of family activities and entertainment, followed by a fireworks show perfectly choreographed to music. 960 1280

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Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe, CA

Dig your feet into the sand at Lake Tahoe, Calif., and take in the display that the "Today" show has recognized as one of the country's top fireworks shows. The Lights on the Lake spectacle, which takes place twice a year, on July Fourth and Labor Day, can be seen from all over town, but it doesn't get much better than watching fireworks from the two best spots on the beach — Edgewood and Lakeside Beach.  960 1280

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Nashville

Nashville

You’ll find fun for the whole family at the annual Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing celebration in Nashville, which attracts the largest Fourth of July crowd in the South. The event features daylong activities, musical performances by A-list country artists and the region's largest fireworks show — a 27-minute spectacle choreographed to a live performance by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony.  960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Barges battle on the Mississippi River at Go 4th on the River. The fireworks display, set to music provided by the Navy Band, can be seen from many places in New Orleans if you want to avoid the downtown scramble. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

The annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration in New York City is the country's largest pyrotechnic show, with fireworks shot from multiple barges along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to fireworks, the event features performances by A-list artists such as Meghan Trainor, Kenny Chesney and 5 Seconds of Summer. 960 1280

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Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, CA

AmericaFest celebrates its 90th fireworks show at the Rose Bowl stadium this year. It's the largest fireworks show in Southern California. The family event begins at 2 p.m. and includes live entertainment, motorcycle stunts, exhibits, vendors and a Pyro Spectaculars by Souza fireworks show at 9 p.m.  960 1280

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia

For the best fireworks viewing in Philadelphia, lay out a blanket along Boathouse Row or in Schuylkill River Park. 960 1280

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Launching from Municipal Pier and barges in San Francisco Bay, fireworks can be seen all along the waterfront. But before the show begins, don't miss performances by local bands at San Francisco's Fourth of July celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf. 960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

Celebrate July 4th at "America's biggest birthday party" under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day kicks off with a 4-mile run, followed by a parade, concerts and, of course, fireworks. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument during the annual Capitol Fourth celebration. If you’re looking to avoid crowds on the National Mall, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River for another great view of the fireworks.  960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

No matter where you are in Los Angeles, the fireworks displays are as big as the movie stars who roam the streets. From the famed Hollywood Bowl to the quaint waterfront in Long Beach, Los Angeles County is quickly becoming one of the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate America’s independence. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

It’s hard to imagine even more bright lights illuminating the skies of Nevada’s most electric city, Las Vegas. However, they don’t call it the entertainment capital of the world for nothing! To get the best views in town, head to one of Sin City’s many rooftop bars overlooking the Strip. 960 1280

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Denver

Denver

Believe it or not, the biggest Fourth of July celebration in the Mile High City actually takes place July 3rd at the annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. Overlooking the Denver City and County Building, this elaborate light and fireworks show attracts people from all over Colorado. 960 1280

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