Americans have been decorating their homes with outdoor lights during the holidays since suburbia exploded in growth after World War II. To that end, we buy an estimated 150 million light sets each year and light 80 million homes in December.
Over time, outdoor light displays have become more elaborate, taking weeks to create, taxing the patience of those endeavoring to untangle the light strands, and boosting the monthly electric bill during the winter months.
Checking out some of these glowing neighborhoods has become a holiday ritual in itself, like visiting Santa Claus, viewing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, or partaking in holiday parades or special events.
As the holidays draw near, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the best neighborhoods to see holiday lights in every state.