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16 Towns That Are Totally Obsessed With Christmas

Fodor's Logo By Barbara Noe Kennedy of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 26: Most of the year, this suburban Brooklyn neighborhood is just another suburban neighborhood. But come the holidays, countless homes explode in lights and decorations in what many claim to be the best Christmas display in America. It started in 1984 with a single house (belonging to Lucy and Angelo Spata on 84th Street), soon turning into a friendly competition that exploded. And boy, did it explode. Today, thousands of gawkers flock to the neighborhood to take in the dazzling displays. Police even cordon off streets to make viewing easier. Some houses are stately and elegant, other runs amok with an entire village of Santas, Rudolph, snowmen, nutcrackers, even Elsa and Olaf from the movie Frozen. Carousels whirl, animatronic carolers sing, statuesque dancers twirl to piped-in Christmas carols. You never know what to expect, though they all surely have one thing in common: Crazy electric bills.

Plenty of towns across America deck the halls for Christmas, but what do you do when strings of fairy lights, candy canes, and Christmas trees just aren’t enough? How about bringing in the tubas, illuminated boat parades, and a rappelling Santa Claus, for starters? Here are some of the country’s most festive towns offering a little bit more than your standard holly jolly. Scrooges, you’ve been warned.

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