What puts a twinkle in a kid’s eyes? Seeing holiday lights. From a brilliant Loch Ness Monster in D.C. to a classic Candy Cane Lane in Seattle, we rounded up the country’s coolest light displays. Flip through our photo album to see it all and get in the spirit.

Widmer World – Pleasanton, Califonia

What started in 1980 with a plastic Santa and some other ordinary decorations has over the years turned into almost an acre of glittering lights. You'll find a mini Christmas village, computer animated displays and more than a dozen scenes such as the “Expanded Arctic Penguin Scene” and “Santa’s Golf Fantasy.” For more great Bay Area light shows, click here.

Photo: Bob Widmer/Widmer World Facebook page

Cover photo: Osborne Family Lights Festival via HarshLight on Flickr creative commons