The holiday season is here withÂ ribboned wreaths and twinkling lightsÂ appearing everywhere. In Christmases past, I’ve set out my own miniature Department 56 “Christmas in the City” buildings, complete with brownstones, a fountain, hotel and library â€“ all decked out with the perfect holiday decorations.Â
Walking aroundÂ San Francisco in the last few days, I’m seeing the life-size equivalent of my holiday display with the beautifully decorated Pacific Heights mansions,Â Union Square and the Civic Center.Â Â
No matter what city or town you live in, there’s usually a holiday display that outshines the others.Â Why not plan an evening holiday lights tour with your girlfriendsÂ — followed by drinks or dessert of course!
Here’s a sampling of holiday light displays around the country:
Check out the spectacular holiday window displays at Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.Â Here’s a walking map of the top window displays in the city.
Some of the nicest holidayÂ displays are around Pacific Heights, Union Square and the Civic Center.Â You can also take a guided Holiday Lights Walking Tour or Cable Car Holiday Lights Tour.
Stroll down Magnificent Mile where there are over one million lights decorating the shopping district on Michigan Avenue.Â web site
Touring the Roswell historic mansions by candle light for a classic Christmas experience, or going to Lake Lanier to see millions of moving lights are just some of the many options in Atlanta.Â Â More info
Twirl under the Zilker Tree, a 155 foot tall man-made tree of lights, until you’re dizzy, then stroll in Zilker Park where there are over 40 lighted holiday scenes.Â Trail of Lights
More city light displays