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.

Denver Botanic Gardens – Denver, Colorado

If walking through a serene, snow-covered wonderland isn’t enough to make you want to nuzzle up against that special someone, just wait until they turn on the lights. The shimmering glow of more than one million lights reflecting on the fresh snow is enough to make you feel like you’ve stepped right into Santa’s backyard. The effect is made even more colorful with the help of special 3-D glasses. Top off your magical stroll with a visit to the amphitheater, where thousands of lights are synchronized to classic holiday tunes. For more info, click here.

Photo: Denver Botanic Gardens Facebook page

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