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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.


Tom and Jerry's House, San Francisco

Every year, for over 30 years, couple Tom Taylor and Jerome "Jerry" Goldstein light up their home in a glorious display of lights and decorations. The pièce de resistance is the massive, 65-foot, fully-festooned Christmas tree in the front yard. Added bonus: Kids can hang out with Santa, everyday through Christmas Eve. // 6:30pm to 9:30pm everyday to visit Santa, lights will be on display until Jan 1st, 3650 21st St. (Castro), more information at Facebook..

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