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Old 10-05-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Other than NYC - What are the best U.S./Canadian cities that decorate for Christmas?

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Old 10-07-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I like driving across the Midwest and seeing houses a mile off the highway stenciled in Christmas lights. I think small towns in the Midwest do the most decorating per capita.
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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I like driving across the Midwest and seeing houses a mile off the highway stenciled in Christmas lights. I think small towns in the Midwest do the most decorating per capita.
yeah, growing up in Iowa every was always "shocked" at that one random house in the subdivision that didn't cover their house in christmas lights.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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I like driving across the Midwest and seeing houses a mile off the highway stenciled in Christmas lights. I think small towns in the Midwest do the most decorating per capita.
That's nice, I'd like to see that.

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yeah, growing up in Iowa every was always "shocked" at that one random house in the subdivision that didn't cover their house in christmas lights.
Reminds me of an interview of Steven Spielberg I once read. He said that as a child he lived on a street that year after year won the town prize for the best Christmas decorations, but because they were Jewish, they were the only house on the street that had no lights. He would beg his father to put some up because he was already the uncoordinated nerd at school who was always picked on, but his father was adamant that they could not do that. It was pretty funny the way he told it.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:51 AM
 
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It's not as glitzy with blinking lights and mechanical Santas but think the old traditional decoration found widespread in New England is just as nice in a Currier and Ives kind of way. Cities like Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine would be good examples.

For our Norwegian OP in case they're not familiar, this is Currier and Ives:

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Old 10-08-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I also enjoy the Christmas spirit in rural New England, even if the lights and decorations aren't as colorful and elaborate as in some urban and suburban areas. But often the best sights are outside the major cities:


Stark, NH


Keene, NH


York, ME


Portsmouth, NH
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: NC
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New England, especially in the hill country. Gorgeous

Also many western mountain towns have beautiful decorations, with the snow to top it off.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:33 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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I love Albany, NY around Christmas time. Washington Park, Lark Street, the capital building tree. It's all beautifully decorated. I actually haven't seen Christmas outside of NY/NJ/CT.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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Once all this rain moves out, I'm gonna start setting up Christmas lights. I won't be plugging them in until sunset on Thanksgiving, but if I'm going to be outside for an extended period of time, then I'd rather do it while temperatures are in the 60's or 70's instead of the 40's or 50's.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh (via Chicago, via Pittsburgh)
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For me, nothing beats Christmas in the city. Any large, cold weather city does it for me during the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting rural areas too.
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