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These are the 10 best public holiday lights displays in the U.S.

Our readers have voted for the 10 best, brightest and most beautiful holiday lights shows put on by neighborhoods, cities and parks across the United States.

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10. Bright Nights at Forest Park

Bright Nights has been lighting up Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts since 1995 with more than 675,000 lights along a three-mile drive-thru route.

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9. Nights of Lights

St. Augustine, Florida draws on the Spanish tradition of placing white candles in the window during the holidays, but takes it to new festive heights with more than three million points of light.

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8. Lights Under Louisville

Visitors take their own cars on the 30-minute ride through the world's only fully underground drive-through holiday light display at Louisville Mega Cavern.

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7. Lights on the Lake

During Lights on the Lake in Liverpool, New York, visitors can hop in their cars for the 2-mile drive-thru light show.

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6. Winterlights

This winter, the gardens at Naumkeag in Stockbridge and the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton will light up with thousands of twinkling holiday lights during the Winterlights event.

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5. Austin Trail of Lights

The Austin Trail of Lights takes over Zilker Park with more than two million lights, 90 lighted trees and some 70 other seasonal displays and tunnels.


4. Christmas Town USA

McAdenville, NC is nicknamed Christmas Town USA for a good reason. Every winter, this small town in North Carolina transforms into a festive, twinkling wonderland, dotted with thousands of lights.

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3. Lights of the Ozarks

Fayetteville’s Downtown Square in Arkansas lights up the night during the holiday season with the annual Lights of the Ozarks festival.

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2. Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio lights up with over four million lights each holiday season.

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1. Natchitoches Christmas Festival

"Louisianians come from all over the state to tiny Natchitoches–best known for its yummy meat pies–to enjoy Cajun-accented revelry," says 10Best contributor Gerrish Lopez.

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