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.

Garden of Lights, Brookside Garden – Wheaton, Maryland

This garden, located in Wheaton Regional Park, is gorgeous enough during the day (think: wide open spaces for kids to run wild, trails and ponds). But, imagine everything — from the trees to the shrubs and even the fountains — all lit up. Before or after your stroll through the garden, swing your train loving tyke by the park’s Conservatory located near the garden’s entrance for a quick view of the miniature chop choos. Check out more awesome holiday light displays in the D.C. area by clicking here.

Photo: Claire P on Flickr creative commons

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