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Austin's Trail of Tears light show celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
The trail is 1.25-mile and features more than 50 light displays, 100 lighted trees, a nightly Yule Log and a 90-foot Ferris wheel.
Standing above it all is the Zilker Tree, at 155 feet, it's the tallest man-made free-standing Christmas tree in the world.
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NYC, The City That Never Sleeps, offers some of of the best Christmas light collections you'll ever see. One famous site you can't miss is Rockefeller Center to see the traditional Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, lit up by over 30,000 LED lights. But the real action is out in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. The Italian-American neighborhood is known for its elaborate decorations from late November through early January. You'll see animatronic toys and motorized displays, glowing nativity scenes, and 30-foot tall toy soldiers.
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St. Augustine, Florida is home to the Nights of Lights Festival. Each year from late November to early January St. Augustine glows with holiday magic. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere and reflects the Spanish origin of the historical city.