Best Locations to See Holiday Lights for FREE
The Trail of Lights in Austin, Texas
This display is home to the self-proclaimed World’s Tallest Man-Made Christmas Tree. Lights shaped in colorful cone stretch 155 feet into the air. It’s a tradition in the great state that endured a brief hiatus but returned thanks to some financial support of sponsors. Food vendors and merchants are also available so you can fill your belly and check off items on your gift list. Check it out December 8th – 14, 2017. Admission is free, but you will have to pay to park onsite.
Hampden Christmas Lights aka ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
Right now I have a few strands of wimpy lights in my house, but even if I tried, I couldn’t even come close to the splendor of this Baltimore block. To see the lights (700 block of 34th St., between Keswick Rd. and Chestnut St.), park nearby and walk. The street is open to cars, but traffic is extremely slow and fellow light hunters fill the sidewalks. Plus there are a few open houses that will welcome you in for a peek at their personal holiday style. You can catch this free event from Nov. 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. to New Years Day. The community switches the lights around dusk and likes to call it at night around 11 PM.
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
A fun twist on holiday lights happens at the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Boats and yachts decked out lights and holly will “set the harbor ablaze” for five consecutive nights. Beginning Wednesday, December 13 and ending Sunday, December 17, 2017, you can watch holiday and themed floats along the water. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.
Dyker Heights Lights, New York
This is a neighborhood battle of bright lights and decorations. This is put together by the families and people in the area. They usually begin lighting up the streets after Thanksgiving, but the prime time to see all the splendor is mid-December. There is no set time, but your best chances are from dusk until 9 PM. It’s nearly a mile away from the subway so plan to walk or drive through traffic.