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.

Holiday Light Spectacular in South Slope – Brooklyn, New York

Mix two friends, holiday lights, light carpentry and sound engineering and you’ve got the Holiday Light Spectacular, a holiday show to delight all the senses in front of a townhome in South Slope. Chris Schneider and his friend Ryan Powers work tirelessly starting in November on a spectacular show that features a different theme every year, with synchronized lights and animation to music for a four-minute show. When you arrive, look for the gingerbread man and press one of the buttons to start the magic. All their decor is handmade, which makes it even more awesome. To "ooh" and "ahh" over more NYC-area lights shows, click here.

Photo: Holiday Light Spectacular Facebook page

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