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14 : The Windows And Lights Of Christmas Eve

Jingling with bells and twinkling with lights, Florida boasts a slew of holly jolly towns that will have you feeling festive in no time. Watch Santa skydive and surf in Pensacola, visit the world's largest sand Christmas Tree in West Palm Beach, or tube down a "snow" slide in Sarasota.

14 : The Windows and Lights of Christmas Eve

A wonderland of twinkling lights descends upon St. Augustine's streets (and many of its homes) from mid-November through January. During this annual Night of Lights Festival, you'll find more than three million lights draped on historic buildings, swirling around palm trees, and lining adorable brick-lined roads.

LEGOLAND features a giant LEGO brick Christmas tree, as well as festive shows and lights galore. SeaWorld boasts tasty treats and shopping opportunities in addition to their holiday performances.

Bayfront Park is where you'll find a giant 52-foot Christmas tree adorned with flowers and sparkling lights. Don't miss the Miami Zoo. Its impressive Zoo Lights are on show from November through December and feature animal-shaped lights, carol sing-a-longs, carousel rides, and a visit with Santa himself.

Bet you've never seen a Christmas tree made out of sand! Head to West Palm Beach in December and you can change that. Marvel at Sandi, a 35-foot, 700-ton sand tree topped with a giant star and ringed with more than 5,000 lights. A music and light show can be seen every 15 minutes each night from December 5th though the 30th from 6pm to 9pm.

A sparkling Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is held annually in early December. It begins on the water off the coast of North Palm Beach (a seven-mile drive north) at 6pm, and ends in Jupiter about two hours later. The boats are adorned in everything festive. From twinkling lights to blinking red noses to mistletoe, you'll see it all.

A visit to Pensacola Winterfest is the ultimate way for families to celebrate Christmas in Florida's Panhandle. Festive lights adorn the area, which is flanked by sandy beaches. You can watch holiday shows, drink hot chocolate, and be "snowed" upon while enjoying this fun event.

Shop 'til you drop at University Town Center, which features over four million lights in shapes ranging from reindeer to Christmas trees. This is also where you'll find Holidays on the Green, an event that boasts ice-skating, carousel rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, and "snow" tubing.

The Ellenton Holiday Village, for instance, is packed with family-friendly fun and plenty of exciting activities for children and adults alike. Hop on an amusement park ride, munch on tasty treats, feel awed by a circus performance, or ogle the holiday lights and displays. Don't worry, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see Santa here as well.

Kids will go loopy over the incredible Christmas Light Maze Adventure. You'll weave through a delight of lights and sculptures in this "living storybook," which follows the journey to find Santa's missing reindeer.

If you're dreaming of a bright Christmas, you'll find it in Jacksonville. Gather the fam, buckle up, and head to the Morocco Shrine Center for a glitzy display of holiday lights so bright you'll wish you brought shades.

Tallahassee is blanketed by twinkling lights during the festive season. One of the best cities in Florida, this pretty spot comes to life with a festive Christmas glow. Whether you're wandering the neighborhood streets or shopping in the city's heart, you'll feel a sense of merriment in this top Christmas town.

The annual Winter Festival has been deemed a "celebration of lights, music, & the arts." This popular one-day event elevates the town's holiday charm to a level even Mr. Claus would commend.

Space Coast Lightfest is another beloved holiday event. Held in Wickham Park, this "light spectacular" boasts more than three million lights lining over one mile and includes a 200-foot light tunnel. It's open from late November through early January (including holidays).

A favored spot for holiday visits, Siesta Key becomes a magical wonderland during Christmas. The Village Holiday Parade takes place in late November (usually the last Saturday of the month). It runs from Avenida del Mare and Beach Road to Ocean Boulevard in the Village, and welcomes Santa to town. In its wake, you'll find trees wrapped with sparkling lights and fun decorations in shop windows.

During this special evening on January 9 you can expect the same great ZooLights with some modifications to make it more sensory friendly, including smaller crowds , quieter music, reduced flashing lights and more.

This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November 18, 2022, to January 31, 2023, in historic St. Augustine. During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.

There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the downtown area, from the dazzling lights along the bayfront, to the Christmas tree placed in the center of the Plaza de la Constitución with holiday gifts surrounding it. From dusk until dawn, the lights bring holiday cheer to vacationers and locals in St. Augustine.

Some of the most elaborate light displays can be seen at Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, and on side streets like Cordova and Orange streets. The main plaza, called the Plaza de la Constitución, features lights draped around every tree, with a huge Christmas tree in the center where photos can be taken. The pedestrian-only main shopping area, St. George Street, is also beautifully lit up.

Nights of Lights in St. Augustine traces its origins back to the traditional Spanish practice of displaying a white candle in windows during the Christmas holidays. Candles in the window allude to the fact that Mary and Joseph could find no inn that would give them shelter. When the Spanish put candles in their windows, they were symbolically making room in their homes and hearts for Jesus.

It also reflects the welcoming attitude of the holiday season, showing that guests are welcome to the home. The stunning lights reflect the city's more than 450-year history and illuminate the beautiful cityscape for lasting holiday memories.

Looking for things to do in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights 2023-24? This event features millions of tiny, white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the nation's oldest city. From roof shingle to doorway entrance, the buildings of downtown will glow in holiday cheer.

Vacationers can walk through the Plaza de la Constitución during Nights of Lights and stare up at the glowing lights in the trees, and wander through the brick streets of downtown while taking in the beautiful and magical sights. Visitors can snap photos with outdoor displays, like the holiday tree in the center of the town plaza or grab some hot cocoa from a local restaurant.

Your electric bill will see a significant increase if you keep your lights on for a quarter of the year. The severity of the increase will depend on the type of lights you use. states that powering a six-foot Christmas tree for 40 days with incandescent C9 bulbs will add $10 per month to your electric bill.

Do you need help taking down, installing and maintaining your holiday lights? Mr. Electric is here to help. We can help with your holiday lighting no matter how long you leave it up. Contact Mr. Electric today!

Did you notice your windows are looking a little dirty while taking down the Christmas lights? Consider hiring Window Genie to take care of cleaning them for you. Part of the Neighborly family of home service companies, Window Genie is a business you can trust to care for your home as much as you do.

The Garden at Newfields is aglow with more than a million and a half lights for the sixth season of Winterlights presented by Bank of America. The tradition continues, bringing wonder and warmth to the holiday season. Old favorites return and new additions shine bright.

The second half of this guide includes driving routes you can follow to go on your own residential lights tour in each section of the Chicago suburbs as well as details on each house on the tour. Try the nearest route near you, or try them all throughout the season. Happy Holidays!

We divided this section into walk-thru light festivals that charge a fee (advanced tickets are required) and walk-thru lights displays that are created by municipalities and free to the public, such as parks and downtown areas that you can explore and enjoy without needing a ticket.

Festival of Lights at Old Town Park, BloomingdaleDecember 2-31, 2022 after duskPedestrians are treated to a sparkling display of holiday lights and sights in Old Town Park. Walk through the lights and enjoy the festivities. Visit the Museum throughout the Festival of Lights for its annual holiday show.

We prepared routes for you so you can take lights tours of different areas across the Chicago suburbs! Simply check out the maps below and enter the addresses in your GPS. They are all in order to maximize your enjoyment and minimize driving time.

7209 Richmond Avenue, DarienLights are on by Thanksgiving! A large yard display as well as a holiday LEGO display in the extra garage. The legos are open and lit up all day and night. This family welcome everyone to get out and come see the lego display. The lights are on from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm every day. They are accepting donations for The Wellness House in Hinsdale.

7406 Richmond Avenue in DarienLights are on from 4:30pm to 10:00pm, daily. This display includes driveway arches, flying reindeer, nativity scene, shooting stars, jumping light arches, and an arctic display with blue lights for water. New this year are walk through stars, a giant snowman, and a new manger. 041b061a72


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