America's Most Extreme Holiday Displays

These famous Christmas decorations will put your gingerbread houses and twinkle lights to shame!

Hershey's Holiday Chocolate House
Hershey's Chocolate World
You can find this candy masterpeice at Hershey's visitor center. According to the Facebook page, the holiday masterpiece took over 1,500 hours to complete, is over 12 feet tall, occupies over 100 sq. ft. of floor space, and is constructed and decorated with over a ton of Hershey's® chocolates and confections.

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The Biltmore House at Christmas Time
Biltmore House
Asheville, North Carolina, hosts this eight-thousand-acre, 250-room estate, said to be the largest home in America. Not surprisingly, it's a popular tourist attraction year-round-especially during the holidays, when the entire property is decked with lights and garlands.

The National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree
The Washington, D.C., holiday tree tradition began in 1923 with President Coolidge. Back then, the tree stood at forty-eight feet and was adorned with 2,500 red, green, and white lights. The tree lighting ceremony, which takes place in early December every year, is a much bigger affair these days, with an online lottery system in place for three thousand seats and ten thousand spaces in the standing room area. The big tree, along with the fifty-six small trees (one for every state, territory, and the District of Colombia) that make up the "Pathway of Peace," will be lit every night until the beginning of the New Year.

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100 Miles of Lights
100 Miles of Lights
100 Miles of Lights stretches across seven Virginia cities, including Richmond, Williamsburg, and Norfolk, from November to early January of every year. There are an abundance of events and activities in each area, from holiday home tours to caroling to Christmas markets, as well as drive-through light shows. The oldest of these, Newport News's Celebration in Lights, has two hundred holiday displays comprising 700,000 lights.
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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
103rd Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
For five nights every December, hundreds of boats along this Southern California town's harbor are covered in Christmas lights and decorations. The official website says that past participants have spent over $50,000 to adorn their boats for the occasion. The parade runs fourteen miles, and over one million people are said to view the vessels along the way.

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