Mickey Mouse Christmas House in San Rafael via Lights of the Valley

The Most Spectacular Holiday Lights in the Bay Area

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A certain kind of magic materializes during the holidays—the streets come to life, ablaze with twinkling lights, snowmen and the jingling of bells.

Never mind that we're all grown up—holiday lights never seem to lose their enchanting effect. Come winter, it's one of the traditions we look most forward to, and finding the most dazzling displays is our seasonal treasure hunt. So don't you tarnish your seasonal spirit with a fretful online search. We've put together a handy Bay Area guide to the most stunning, colorful, and extravagant lights in the area.


Holiday Circle of Lights, Oakland

via Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery is also getting into the holiday spirit (no pun intended) with its Holiday Circle of Lights. There, you will behold a giant Nutcracker soldier, reindeer sled, snowmen, skaters, a carriage scene, a train of toys, and of course, stunning lights in abundance. //5pm to 9pm everyday until January 1st, 5000 Piedmont Ave.(Oakland), mountainviewcemetery.org.

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