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Photos of stunning Christmas lights in America

From Christmas lights in NYC to L.A., here are our favorite festive displays in the U.S. from the past and present
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Whether your holiday tradition involves stuffing yourself full of the most delicious pies, kicking back with a Christmas cocktail, or running around town for last minute holiday gifts, the season wouldn’t be complete without gorgeous Christmas lights. Feast your eyes on these extravagant displays across the country from decked-out houses in NYC’s Dyker Heights to festive lights in L.A.’s Candy Cane Lane.

Silver Dollar City
Photograph: Courtesy Branson CVB

Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Dyker Heights in New York City

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Trail of Lights in Austin
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Valerie Hinojosa

Trail of Lights in Zilker Park, Austin

National Christmas Tree Lighting
Photograph: John Harrington

National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C.

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Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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ZooLights in Boston

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Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
Photograph: Courtesy Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Christmas Tree Lane in Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/David Prasad

Christmas Tree Lane in Los Angeles

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Photograph: Max Herman

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago

Holiday Festival of Lights
Photograph: Courtesy Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston, South Carolina

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Venetian Christmas Tree
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/James Marvin Phelps Jr.

Christmas tree at the Venetian in Las Vegas

Grace Cathedral
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Steve McClanahan

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

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Christmas Castle
Photograph: Courtesy Christmas Castle

Christmas Castle in Miami

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Rockefeller Center in New York City

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Christmas sail
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Marian Stanton

Christmas on Charles River in Boston

Union Square
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Raman B

Union Square in San Francisco

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Christmas lights in New Orleans
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Erik Larson

Christmas lights in New Orleans

Christmas lights in Los Angeles: Candy Cane Lane
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/donielle

Candy Cane Lane in Los Angeles

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Magical Forest
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ron McDonald

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas

Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Krazy Diamnd

Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida

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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Dyker Heights in New York City

Santa's Enchanted Forest
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Tach_RedGold&Green

Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami

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