By Anna Kocharian

Published on November 26, 2013

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Baltimore, Maryland
It all began with a teen, whose passion for decorating with holiday lights led to an annual tradition in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. Today, the spirited homes of 34th Street deck the halls to the nines, showing off their liveliest designs.

Date: November 29th – January 1, 2015
Time: Lights up until 11 PM on weekdays
Midnight on weekends
Location: 720 West 34th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

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Los Angeles, California
In LA's Woodland Hills community, an informal tradition of decorating for the holidays began as a simple practice among a select number of residents in 1952. Today, the ritual has bolstered, becoming increasingly grand by the year.
Date: December 13th – January 1, 2015
Location: The intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Street

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Portland, Oregon
Since the early 1920s, the residents of this quaint Portland neighborhood have been illuminating their historic street with dazzling lights and festive ornaments. The best of the classic annual displays include appearances from beloved Peanuts characters, scenes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and life size mural from Elf!

Date: December 15th to December 31st
Time: From 6 PM – 11 PM
6 PM – Midnight on the 24th and the 31st
Location: Southeast Stark Street and Southeast Belmont Street

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Austin, Texas
Austin's residents take on the holidays with an over-the-top display of the brightest lights from miles around.
Date: November 28th – December 31st
Location: 37th Street & Guadalupe Street

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Rochester, Michigan
Every year, downtown Rochester transforms into a holiday spectacular with buildings brimming with the brightest lights. To kick things off, the city hosts a holiday gathering, complete with Christmas carolers and more!

Date: November 24th at 7:00 PM  –  January 4, 2015
Time: Daily from 5:00 PM – Midnight
Location: South Main Street

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Plantation, Florida
Imagine an entire Christmas wonderland–we're talking gingerbread village, Santa's workshop, and snow!–adorned with hundreds of lights. Get into the true holiday spirit at the Hyatt Extreme Christmas by bringing along items for donations or crafting cards for soldiers overseas!

Date: November 29th – December 29th
Time: Sunday – Thursday 6 PM – 10 PM
Friday & Saturday 6 PM – 11 PM
Location: 11021 N.W. 14 Street
Plantation, Florida

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Philadelphia, PA
See the most vibrant collection of holiday lights at Philadelphia's infamous South Street, where locals show off their elaborate designs, all in the spirit of the season!
Date: December 1st
1600 South 13th Street
Location: Between Tasker and Morris Street

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Brooklyn, New York
When it comes to Dyker Heights, extravagance can be an understatement, to say the least. Brooklyn's infamous winter wonderland features the best of the holiday season sparked by a dose of friendly competition.
Don't Miss: A Slice of Brooklyn’s Christmas Light and Cannoli Tour, which passes through Dyker Heights, followed by a stop at a local pastry shop for hot chocolate and cannoli.

Date: November 28th – January 1, 2015
Location: 11th Ave to 13th Ave, from 83rd to 86th Street
Brooklyn