From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, parks, resorts, temples and private homes transform into lit-up fantasylands. There are so many glittering, twinkling, sparkling and glowing lights that the space shuttle should be able to see them. “Conservation” and “modest” are not in the vocabulary of many designers, with animatronic Santas waving as glowing reindeer glide across the sky.

Here are a few notable displays worth taking a trip for:

Festival of Lights

Ocean City, Maryland

Through Jan. 3

View these light from the “Winterfest Express,” a tram through the mile-long, award-winning route of over 50 mostly animated displays.

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Bright Nights

Springfield, Massachusetts

Through Jan. 3

“Bright Nights at Forest Park” has over 3 miles of displays with a musical simulcast. Displays are as traditional as a Victorian Dickens-style scene or as trendy as a Jurassic World with moving dinosaurs. Also wagon rides and supper with Santa.

Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights

Lewiston, New York

Through Jan. 8

The glass dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is outlined in lights, and there are 75 other displays, including a 9-foot angel hovering over the nativity scene.

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Through Jan. 10

The three million lights here start off with a glittering tunnel. Drive, or take a hayride or a horse and buggy before roasting marshmallows at a bonfire.


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