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.

Belardo Lights, Tierrasanta

This one-house masterpiece at 5306 N. Belardo Dr is truly a must-see. It started in 2006 as a way for the Schimka family to give their two autistic sons, Brandon and Stephen, their very own light show for the holidays. This labor of love has more than 100,000 lights and is a heartwarming tradition for many families, and continues to be an anxiously anticipated event each holiday season. Turn your car radio to 106.1 FM to hear holiday music played in sync with the lights.

Online: belardolights.com

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