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By: Maria King
Date: December 10, 2017
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December 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
Since 1985, over 40 spectacular displays consisting of over a million colorful lights displayed throughout 300 rolling acres of the 6 mile drive. Businesses participate with decorations to add to the festive atmosphere. There are craft demonstrations, a laser light show and train exhibits as well. This is a free event, however donations are graciously accepted.
1,000,000 Attendees
Nov 10, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
Half a million twinkling lights, rides, games and seasonal entertainment transform Hershey Park into a winter wonderland. Enjoy rides on five of our favorite coasters: Cocoa Cruiser, sooperdooperLooper, Wildcat, Wild Mouse, and Laff Trakk which – new this year – is decking its halls with Christmas-themed décor in the spirit of the holiday season! Get your list ready and check it twice before a sweet visit with the jolly one himself, Santa Claus. And, meet his 9 live reindeer, including the fan favorite – Rudolph! Plus, make sure to reserve a meal to mingle with Kris Kringle! Treat your eyes to a festive light display wrapping on for more than 2 miles – all from the comfort of your car! It’s the brightest way to get in the holiday spirit! Check website for schedule.
100,000 Attendees
Nov 03, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses. Wrap yourself in the fragrant smell of fresh evergreens while admiring holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 70 magnificent Christmas trees. The theme of "Hearth and Home"—inspired by stories of Vanderbilt family hospitality—draws attention to Biltmore House’s many fireplaces highlighted by extravagant decorations. The celebration continues across the estate, from colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory to our commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, to special menus in estate restaurants.
Nov 21, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Since 1997. The Pine Bluff Festival Association proudly announces their 21st Season of the award-winning "Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends." This holiday event has long been recognized as the state's largest drive-through display of holiday lights, the 1.2 mile display will open on November 21st and will continue nightly until December 31. Admission to the drive-through is free but donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the tour, to be invested in making future exhibits bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last.) Just beyond the collection station is a new photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch.
Dec 13, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
Since 1908. As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor this December, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, with the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, announces its new parade starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 13 – 17. Parade participants will start from the east end of Lido Island following the celebrated route, with the first public viewing destination now at the new 10.5-acre Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities. Residents and visitors will have optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine and Watch waterfront and Dine and Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots. The new start and end location will adjust previous pass-by times along the parade route. - - - Beautifully decorated boats, yachts, kayaks, canoes, if it floats and it's decorated you just might see it. One of the most spectacular sights at the holidays. Homes along the 14 miles of the harbor decorate for the occasion as well. For the child in all of us. Beautiful multi- million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes, accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century. The Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by the New York Times, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.
1,000,000 Attendees
Dec 01, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015
Since 1991, Every December in Hildago, more than 3,000,000 bulbs light up in the largest, award-winning Christmas light display in Texas. Throughout the entire month, visitors can travel through 9 different trails featuring 900 festive displays, starting at the City Hall Plaza. Join the community of Hidalgo as they celebrate the holiday spirit with fun, family-friendly activities and live performances at the Festival of Lights.
Nov 18, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017
This 1.5-mile drive through endless, vibrant Christmas lights is one of the largest holiday light displays in southern Oklahoma. Come to the Ardmore Festival of Lights to see more than 125 animated displays in a beautiful winter wonderland. The Ardmore Festival of Lights will delight visitors of all ages and is quickly becoming one of the most popular light displays in state. Make your way to Ardmore's Regional Park, tune your car stereo to a favorite Christmas music station and meander through rows and rows of holiday cheer come to life. Admission is free; however, donations are much appreciated.
80,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
Since 1996. The Lake Havasu City Festival of Lights really brings out the Christmas spirit -- bring the family for a stroll under the London Bridge along the walkway or take your boat on a night cruise through the Bridgewater Channel as over 500,000 lights set the water aglow. Those who live here year-round know Santa traditionally visits the day after Thanksgiving -- AND, Santa will hang around Lake Havasu to get out of the cold, making regular visits every Friday and Saturday from 6-8pm. So remember to bring your camera to capture the moment and create lasting memories. There's plenty of free parking underneath the London Bridge in the English Village or The London Bridge Resort and Convention Center. Lights go out at 10pm nightly. Event dates and times are subject to change. Please contact event coordinator to verify information.
Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
Newport News Park will be transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.  For its 25th Anniversary year, the event will add two giant 25’ x 16’ screens created by netting covered in color-changing LED lights.  The screens will create animated holiday scenes at the end of the two mile route through the displays.  The Forest of Lights display area will have upgraded color-changing LED bulbs to create more complex colors and patterns on the trees.  The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2018. Over 300 individual display pieces, 43 arches, and three miles of rope lighting enhance the natural beauty of the two-mile drive along Newport News Park’s main road. All new display pieces added since 2007 use LED lights which result in a savings of approximately 30% on electrical cost compared to incandescent bulbs and last 100,000 hours verses 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre 2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights.
112,000 Attendees
Nov 22, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
Since 1983, Join over 200,000 annual visitors at the Rhema Christmas Lights display and witness over two million lights and over 100,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to Christmas music. This much-loved lights display in Broken Arrow began in 1982 and has been attracting thousands of visitors ever since. Visitors to the Rhema Christmas Lights event can drive through the lights in their own vehicle, get out of the car and walk around the park, or view the spectacular displays from a carriage. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available on select evenings. Don't miss the Rhema Park bridge, complete with over 90,000 lights draped across the bridge alone. Synchronized to both classic and modern Christmas music, these lights have delighted visitors of all ages. While there, enjoy concessions that include cups of hot chocolate, piping hot coffee or sweet apple cider while venturing into the displays. Popcorn, funnel cakes and other treats will also be available. Pictures with Santa will be available on select nights for a small fee. Admission to Rhema Christmas Lights is free; however, donations are appreciated.
100,000 Attendees
Nov 18, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017
Walk through our gardens and explore our enchanting and animated holiday displays including our beautifully lighted gazebo, cascading fountains, Arctic zone with lighted polar bears and penguins, a melodic “It’s a Small World” display, spectacular manger scene, 6-foot Hanukkah Menorah and our newly renovated pond. Brilliant colorful lights and festive ornaments will adorn the trees throughout the garden, and our magnificent 12 foot Christmas tree will stand in front of the store. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors and pose for photos with the kids or the entire family. Be sure to bring your cameras so you can take home that memorable snapshot. Holiday bell ringers, magicians, musicians and local talent of all kinds will perform throughout the holiday season.
20,000 Attendees
Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018
Christmas at Callaway featuring Fantasy In Lights, in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler. The show begins Nov. 18, lasts through Jan. 6, 2018, with several specialty nights the prior week including the annual March of Dimes Night Walk (Nov. 11), Bicycle Night (Nov. 12), and Photography Night (Nov. 13). And, guests can welcome the arrival of 2017 at the Fantasy and Fireworks New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31). A Unique Holiday Experience Imagine traveling through a whimsical Christmas storybook, by Jolly Trolley or personal vehicle, as lights sparkle against the Winter night’s sky to tell the story amid wonderful music. In addition to the classics, such as Snowflake Valley and Magical Christmas Garden, this year guests will be especially delighted to enjoy “Snow Day,” the newest scene added to Fantasy In Lights. Every child in the South looks forward to hearing those two wonderful words and enjoying the fun that comes with them … sledding, hot chocolate, and, of course, building snowmen. Tickets Include Fantasy In Lights Admission and So Much More Tickets to Fantasy In Lights can easily be purchased three ways: online at; by phone at 1.800.463.6990; or in person at the Fantasy In Lights Christmas Village on U. S. Hwy. 27 in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The Christmas Village opens nightly at 6 p.m. No ticket is required to visit the Christmas Village which features photos with Santa, unique gifts shipped to us from the North Pole, and the Village Cafe. Whether you’re looking for a special Santa, a personalized gift or Christmas candy we’ve got you covered.
Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Since 2002. The Annual Southern Lights holiday festival will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, November 17 to December 31, 2017. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents Southern Lights annually, a greatly anticipated holiday tradition for families all across Kentucky, in support of the programs, activities and facilities of the Kentucky Horse Park. From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of majestic lights. The drive will begin at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state. Non-Driving Holiday Festival activities closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 24- 31.Campground Entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park (3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511) *Please note that you must access Southern Lights ONLY from Iron Works Parkway through the Campground Entrance. LISLE ROAD IS NOT AN ENTRANCE TO THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK.
125,000 Attendees
Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
During this year’s holiday season, the “World Center of Racing,” the largest lighted sports facility in North America, will transform into a holiday wonderland with the Magic of Lights™. Daytona International Speedway is among seven cities that will host the all-new 1.5-mile long Magic of Lights holiday experience. Beginning Nov. 17 and running every day through Dec. 31st from 5 to 10 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy this new holiday drive- through tradition at Daytona International Speedway. A portion of the proceeds from the Magic of Lights will benefit Florida Hospital Foundation. The experience will include a drive behind the Ticket and Tours building, through the world’s only motorsports stadium and conclude in the Midway display area outside the facility. The Magic of Lights entrance is located at 441 Midway Ave. Daytona Beach, FL.
Nov 23, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Dazzling lights, holiday activities and flavors, shopping and the famous man in red are sure to fill everyone with holiday cheer Nov. 23 — Dec. 31 during Christmas Light Fest, an annual holiday extravaganza nestled on picturesque ranchland just outside of San Antonio in Boerne, Texas. Open nightly, the light spectacular features more than two million lights twinkling across light tunnels and holiday displays along a two-mile path and Santa’s Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday flavors, family fun, terrific shopping and of course, Santa. Event times are 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays. Weeknights are 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Santa will be visiting his favorite Texas ranch each weekend before Christmas, as well as Thanksgiving night (Nov. 23-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17, Dec. 21-24). Even better: come out for Wonderful Wednesdays and enjoy free cookies with Santa every Wednesday night in December! Enjoy a sweet treat and give Santa your wish list Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Decorate cookies, play games and stroll through even more lights for perfect picture opportunities and fun. To enjoy Christmas Light Fest, drive through the festive displays in the comfort of your own vehicle, or experience everything ranch-style, catching a hayride to tour the lights.
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