5 of the Country’s Best Holiday Light Displays

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Compiled by Carly Ippolito from readersdigest.com

Christmas Boat Parade by Greg Zimmerman
Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach, California is home of the annual 'Christmas Boat Parade', known as one of the ten best Christmas viewing events in the country. This award-winning house, located on Balboa Island in the middle of the Newport Harbor, is visited by thousands each year.

There is animated action galore. While Christmas carols play, 'snow' drifts from the rooftop dispensed from a manufactured snow machine. On the roof, Santa waves from a chopper with rotating blades and a gingerbread man jumps on a lighted trampoline. Lighted wheels rotate on a choo-choo train; a tin soldier drums his drums; a snowman tips his hat; a gyrating Santa Claus dances; and an illuminated Hula Dancer' wiggles back and forth.

The house is anchored on one side by a 25-foot green blinking Christmas tree. On the other side, the 8-foot-wide chimney is draped in a carpet of red lights mixed with white lights that vertically spell 'Balboa Island.' Blinking candy canes, stockings, bells, and snowflakes add to the fun. There are 24,000 light bulbs in all.

Frisco, TX

Winter Wonderland by Dick Norton

Winter Snowland by Keith LaPrath

Christmas Wonder by Ron Lister

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