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Halloween has come and gone, and that means the holiday season is just around the corner. In anticipation of what Andy Williams crooned “the most wonderful time of the year,” we’re looking for America’s best seasonal events – light shows, Christmas markets and holiday home tours – and we need your help.
Vote for your favorites once per day until voting ends on Monday, December 7 at noon ET. The 10 winners in each category will be announced on Friday, December 18 just in time for Christmas.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights
Lights take center stage at these botanical garden events — Photo courtesy of Idaho Botanical Garden
During the winter season, a different kind of color lights up botanical gardens across the United States. Instead of spring flowers, visitors find twinkling holiday lights, often accompanied by a range of other holiday activities and events. Which botanical garden puts on the best seasonal lights show?
Best Holiday Historic Home Tour
See what Christmas was like in decades past — Photo courtesy of Newport Mansions
Ever wondered how Thomas Jefferson spent his holidays or what a Gilded Age Christmas tree might have looked like? These historic houses pull out all the stops for their holiday tours.
Best Holiday Market
You don’t have to go to Europe to shop in a traditional holiday market — Photo courtesy of iStock / RomanBabakin
You don’t need a passport to have a traditional Christmas market experience. Christmas markets are a holiday tradition from Europe brought over to North America by immigrants who moved across the Atlantic. Today, cities and towns across the country host holiday markets inspired by those of Germany, complete with traditional food, music and holiday treats.
Best Public Holiday Lights Display
These lights displays shine brightly in December — Photo courtesy of FloridasHistoricCoast.com
Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling and the smell of turkey is in the air. The holidays are upon us. 10Best Local Experts and Editors have combed the nation for the 20 best, brightest and most beautiful holiday lights shows put on by neighborhoods, cities and parks.
Best Zoo Lights
These zoos are known for their family-friendly lights shows — Photo courtesy of Toledo Zoo
Each winter, zoos across the U.S. get into the holiday spirit with their own festive seasonal displays. Once the sun sets and the animals go to bed, these 20 U.S. zoos celebrate the season with some of the best lights displays around. Which zoo hosts your favorite event?
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, December 18.