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.

Naples Island – Long Beach, Califonia

For a beach-y Christmas vibe, check out the canals of Naples. Nestled in a Long Beach inlet, the tiny island provides some really splendid private home light displays, a Christmas Boat Parade on December 21 and a stunning view of the bay dotted with floating lighted trees. A great spot for an evening stroll, the waterfront walkways are child friendly and not adjacent to traffic. To spy our other picks for cool LA-area holiday light displays, click here and read our story.

Photo: Naples Island Facebook page

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