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posted on November 04, 2016

Cities all across the United States celebrate the holidays in different exciting ways. One special way that a lot of cities celebrate is by having a light show. Each city brings a new and exciting take on the traditional light show. You may even have a local city that you visit to see the amazing lights. Well, these following cities all bring something special to the table. What’s even better is the fact that America by Rail stops by many of these cities. These are some of the top light shows in the United States that are definite must-sees during this holiday season.

The Celebration in the Oaks:

This is a fantastic holiday celebration, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, that lasts a whole month, from the Friday after Thanksgiving to January 3rd.  This is a family-friendly event that only happens after dark and has different activities going on throughout the night. You will also see Mr. Bingle, New Orleans’ iconic snowman.

The Trail of Lights:

Located in Austin, Texas, this show began as a small Yule Fest in 1965, but now it consists of over 40 displays, 2 million lights, and a grand amount of holiday activities that truly bring out the spirit of Austin’s residents. This event lasts from December 10th until the 23rd.

Blossoms of Light:

In Denver, Colorado, the Denver Botanic Gardens hosts this festival. This family-friendly festival lasts from November 25th all the way to January 1st. It includes gazing at the twinkling lights through their popular HoloSpex glasses, warm drinks, and tasty treats. Also this year you can now get a souvenir mug to enjoy your warm beverages in.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM:

 Some of you may know this light show as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, the nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Unfortunately, the Osborne show is no more. As sad as that is for the kid inside us all, there is a new light show to replace the old. If you are excited to see what this new show has in store, then visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios anytime from November 14th to December 31st.

The Glittering Lights:

This festival in Nevada at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is special because it is a drive-through light show. That’s right, you get to drive through this wonderful light show, and this is the largest holiday drive-thru light show in Nevada. If you want to experience this unique show, better hurry. The show is open from November 11th until January 7th.

The ZooLights, Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

This festival lasts from November 25th to January 1st, but does not include Christmas and Christmas Eve. The Smithsonian is located in Washington, D.C. This is not only a light show but also a perfect time to see all the nocturnal creatures who are not active during the day. Enjoy the lights, the animals and the holiday treats at this joyous holiday festival.

Santa Claus’ House:

Now, North Pole, Alaska is a special place. Here it is Christmas all year long with light and ice shows. Most importantly there’s Santa Claus’ House. That’s right, you can visit Santa Claus in his home. Unfortunately, Santa is still on vacation, but he will be returning home to begin his Christmas work on November 5th. So don’t miss out on this family-friendly vacation spot.

If you think all of these light shows are exciting and would like to visit them, then check out our train tours. There are different tours that stop at the cities and states mentioned above. If you would like to enjoy not only these light shows but also the winter wonderland that is the Northern United States and Canada, then there is no better way than by rail. Check out our United States and Canada rail tours to find the perfect one to fit your holiday vacation needs.

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