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.

River Walk – San Antonio, Texas

What’s that white glow all along the riverfront in San Antonio? It’s not snow, but thousands of lights decorating storefronts, trees and walkways, transforming this already bustling riverfront area into a magical wonderland. While the shops are busy with holiday festivities, the real show takes place along the water, where a floating parade of celebrities, holiday displays, costumed participants, live bands and more float by. For more info, click here.

Photo: San Antonio Riverwalk Facebook page

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