Nothing beats that trip to New York City to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, see the Rockettes and peruse the shops in Bryant Park, but if you don't have time to spend the day doing that then hop in the car and just take a drive through Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. They are known far and wide for their neighborhood light displays. And that's the trend that most intrigues me. The drive through light show.
There are drive through and walk through light displays all over the country these days. We've always had Hubbard Park in Meriden here in Connecticut, but now we have Holiday Lights Fantasia in Hartford as well. The drive through or walk through light displays that you find all over these days is something that you can fit into your schedule. You can spend an evening or even an hour or less getting your Christmas spirit on. For the events that charge admission, you will be doing something nice too. Most drive through and walk through programs are to raise money for a charity. So, you can fit it into your busy schedule and help raise money for some worthy causes.
There's something in your area, no matter where you are. Branson, Missouri is literally covered in lights. Disney goes crazy in both Florida and California. In Arizona, they have a decorated tumbleweed tree. Alaska has North Pole and Santa's home and in Santa Claus, Indiana the whole town is done up. Frankenmuth, Michigan has Bavarian Christmas and the world's largest Christmas store with Bronner's. Georgia lights up Lookout and Stone Mountains. In Kentucky you can drive through an underground Christmas display in Louisville. There are thousands of places that you can take a little time and either drive through or walk through some amazing displays.
Drive through it, under it, or by it. Whatever it takes, do not let this season slip by without taking at least some time to enjoy it. Time is precious. Don't waste it. By the time you realize that you've wasted time, it could be too late to make up for it. Gather the kids, even if they're teenagers, grab your phone and look up a local activity. Why stand in line to see Santa? There are so many other ways to get your holiday spirit up this time of year. Whether you spend it in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Bryant Park in New York, or in downtown Glendale, Arizona; take time to enjoy the season for just a little while.
Life is something to be enjoyed. Family and friends are the people that we should be enjoying it with. All work and no play makes Nina a dull girl. Whatever the reason, Christmas only comes but once a year. Get out and enjoy!