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While Iowa’s Jolly Holiday Lights (pictured here) normally reign supreme in The Hawkeye State, heavy rains have put them out of commission for the rest of 2015.
But worry not—take your cheer to Keokuk for the City of Christmas display, which features 100 illuminated displays and 1 million lights.
Throughout the years, the winter light tradition changed forms from the early Yule Log to candles on the German Christmas tree—perhaps the most flammable iteration—to the LED version of holiday cheer we have today.
But the evolution is still going strong, and we’ve come a long way from a incandescent strands weaved through the branches of a few front-yard pines.
The Waikele neighborhood lights—a multi-house, synchronized holiday experience spearheaded by the Yoshida family—has become so popular that it’s a contender on this year's The Great Christmas Light Show on ABC.
Tune in to see if they win, but know that for this community, it’s about more than just the prize. We want to take it and represent Hawaii well, but really it’s about giving back.”Setting itself apart from the other displays in the state, Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene features lights on a lake.
In fact, Christmas lights have a history that dates all the way back to the pagan rituals of northern Europe.
Three of the best displays in the state can be found in Du Pont mansions: Yuletide at Winterthur, featuring a Christmas tree decorated with 60 varieties of dried flowers, the French-inspired Holidays at Hagley Museum and Library, and Nemours Mansion & Gardens, which showcases ornaments dating back to the early 1900s.
Disney World might be called "The Most Magical Place On Earth” all year round, but it certainly kicks the pixie dust up a notch during the holidays.
Hotels are decked out with Christmas trees, and gingerbread-themed decor, Cinderella’s castle gets a -themed makeover, and with fireworks, a themed parade, and even snow flurries, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is certainly worth the additional admission fee.
Next door, Christmas in Ice features frozen slides and an intricate ice maze, and beautifully lit ice sculptures abound. Simply make do with what you have à la Chandler, Arizona’s Tumbleweed Tree.
A 50-plus-year-old-tradition, the community centerpiece is, quite literally, a pile of nearly 1,000 tumbleweeds formed into a tree shape, sprayed with white paint, dusted with 65 pounds of glitter, and adorned with 1,200 lights. For years, the brightest lights in Little Rock belonged to the Osbourne Family Spectacle—that is, until Disney came knocking and took the display to Florida.