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Walking in a Winter Wonderland of Lights

This is a post that our very own Catherine Boley (the blogger behind bayareababyblog.com) wrote for SuiteTrip.com. Homewood Suites new blog on family travel.

As a little girl, nothing was more exciting to me than getting into the car to go look at holiday lights on a cold night! There’s something special about seeing the world lit up in the dark; something magical in the air.

During the holidays, people remember to be kinder (most of the time), the world looks clean under a fresh blanket of snow, and we’re still living in the dreamy part of the year. The part that doesn’t involve a dead tree, a stack of dishes, and impending taxes!
Now, with children of my own, I still get that tingle of excitement as we clamber into our car to set out for a night of winter lights.

Here’s where to go from East to West with the kids:

Peacock Lane (Portland, OR)

This idyllic street has been a Portland holiday hotspot for decades. Every year, the residents of Peacock Lane be-speckle their abodes with beautiful lights, which give off the vintage charm of yesteryear. The lights run from December 15 through the 31.

Leavenworth Village of Lights (Leavenworth, WA)

Anticipated by visitors year after year, this stunning festival is one of the top 10 Christmas towns in the U.S. Following tradition, every Friday the town goes dark until the sun sets on Saturday. As the sun sets, the air is filled with the music of “Silent Night” and sets the entire village aglow with lights. Carols, Santa and festival foods are just some of the great additions to the twinkling sights at every turn. Village of Lights runs December through mid-January. The village lights are on display everyday except the first three Fridays of December when they are off until the lighting ceremony on Saturday evening.

Click here to see the other top places to see the winter lights across the US.

Where are the best places to see holiday lights near you?

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  1. Sherry Schweizer December 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    I loved your coverage of Leavenworth. It is magical this time of year. Would you like to receive my media newsletter? CBS News is covering our nutcracker museum this Sunday morning, December 20. Our Bavarian Ice Fest is just around the corner with dog sled rides and more winter fun.

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