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.

Candy Cane Lane – Seattle, Washington

A Seattle institution since 1949, Candy Cane Lane (otherwise known as NE Park Road, just off the main drag of Ravenna Boulevard at the cross street of 21st Avenue NE, just north of U Village) is actually a curved row of 23 adorably decorated houses – mostly 1920s-era Tudors that are so sweet they look like you could have plucked them right off a gingerbread house display.Also--be sure to be on the lookout for the big guy in red--he can be found handing out candy canes to the brave (and well bundled!) bunches out for a stroll. For the full scoop on this bright area, click here.

Photo: Michiworm on Flickr creative commons

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