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Holiday Lights & Sights
One easy way for you and your family to get into the holiday spirit this year is to visit one of the many attractions around the country that go above and beyond when it comes to lighting and decor. Here are six unique places you can go to enjoy a dazzling experience:
1. A Historic Mansion . . .
Yuletide at Winterthur | Winterthur, DE
Visit Delaware’s Brandywine Valley to tour Henry Francis du Pont’s former childhood home, a magnificent 175-room estate set on 1,000 acres. For the holidays, the home is adorned with exquisitely decorated Christmas trees placed throughout the Conservatory, an 18-room dollhouse mansion decorated for Christmas, a series of American Christmas vignettes featuring skating and sleigh ride scenes inspired by Currier & Ives and much more. Tours available through January 8.
2. A Southern Estate Garden . . .
Magic in Christmas Lights | Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, AL
Now in its 21st year, this family-friendly event allows guests to stroll through a dazzling holiday attraction which features more than 1,000 displays, three million lights and 15 scenes set throughout this 65-acre estate. Choral performances are presented on Sundays through Thursdays on the South Terrace, and photo ops with Santa and tours of the Bellingrath home are also offered. Through December 31.
3. A Cavern . . .
Lights Under Louisville | Louisville Mega Cavern, Louisville, KY
It’s not often that you get to see a light show underground! For the holidays, the Louisville Mega Cavern is transformed into a spectacular underground light display. This unique event allows the public to drive their own cars through part of the cavern’s 17 miles of underground passageways. During the 30-minute ride you can see over 850 characters lit up with over two million points of light. According to Lights Under Louisville, it’s the only underground light show of its kind on the planet. Through December 31.
4. A Campground . . .
Santa Claus Land of Lights | Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Santa Claus, IN
You would expect a town named Santa Claus to have a spectacular light show, and Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort fills the bill with its Santa Claus Land of Lights family Christmas light adventure. This custom, drive-through outdoor light show tells the story of Rudolph in bright, energy-efficient LED lights. The 1.2 mile-long show is the only one in North America that tells a story in lights and storyboards, and every vehicle receives a free photo with Rudolph. Open nightly through New Year’s Eve. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley. Through New Year’s Eve.
5. A Theme Park . . .
Old Time Christmas | Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO
This popular Christmastime attraction features over five million dazzling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, two Broadway-style productions and a five-story special effects Christmas tree. There’s also a Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends. Through December 30.
6. A Motor Speedway . . .
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway | Las Vegas, NV
Billed as Nevada’s largest holiday light show, Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway offers a fun experience for the whole family. It allows guests to see millions of dazzling lights as they drive along the 1.5 mile speedway. A number of ticket options are available, and this year, there’s a Santa Tram VIP option that includes hot cocoa, kettle corn, a photo with Santa and more. Through January 7th.