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Spots to Find Merry and Bright Holiday Lights

Naples canals are obvious, but lights are on display all around Long Beach, from floating trees in Colorado Lagoon and Alamitos Bay to the Ocean Boulevard mansions, and stores downtown.

The Long Beach Christmas parades aren’t the only places to see bright lights this holiday season. There are several locations around the city that have beautiful Christmas light displays, and we’ll tell you where they are.

We assume that everyone within a half hour's drive knows about the winter wonderland called the Naples Island canals. Get thee to the island soon and expect carolers and a lot of people, so bring good humor and warm clothes. In alnost any body of ocean water - Alamitos Bay, Rainbow Harbor, the Colorado Lagoon - you'll find charming floating trees aglow with lights.

The Big RED Bus is offering “Christmas Light Cruise” tours around Long Beach, where guests can get taken to breathtaking displays around the city. These tours take place on Sunday evenings, and admission to the Ferris Wheel and the Irish Coffee Pub Stop are included with ticket purchase. Seats fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended. To book a reservation, call 562-852-9888 or email events@bigredbus.com.

The Festival of Lights in Downtown Long Beach will host more than 30 businesses that will decorate for the season from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Visitors can vote for their favorite holiday display, and voters have a chance to win a $100 Downtown Prize Package.

Daisy Avenue, between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow, is also decorated with 23 Christmas trees and a Christmas Village. There are also musical performers on the weekends. For more information, call 562-570-4450.

Like Daisy Avenue, Naples Island also has its own light display, including Christmas and Hanukkah lights. Add some romance or a little something extra to your trip by booking a Gondola by calling 562-433-9595. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Share your favorite house lights with us (it's easy) and tell us in comments where you found them.

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