Lake Lanier Islands Resort

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NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

One unifying presence in Washington remains our
nation’s holiday evergreen, a tradition since 1923. The 28-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce, standing in the northeast
quadrant of the Ellipse in
President’s Park South, is
festooned with thousands of lights. Free. Through Jan. 1.

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1100 Ohio Drive SW, 202-208-1631, www.thenationaltree.org

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HYATT EXTREME CHRISTMAS

Just west of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is “Hyatt Extreme
Christmas.” The Hyatt family treats visitors to almost 200,000 bulbs, ice-skating
penguins, a miniature Ferris wheel and, debuting this year, the “Hyatt Extreme Ski Lift.” Free. Through Dec. 28.

11201 NW Fourth St.,
Plantation, Fla., www.hyatt
extremechristmas.com

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CHOCOLATE WONDERLAND AT THE ETHEL M CACTUS GARDEN

The factory store at Ethel M Chocolates, southeast of Las Vegas, lights its 600,000 bulbs amid three acres of the state’s largest collection of living cacti. A rainbow of colors blaze from cholla, golden bears, and other spiny species as mesquite trees twinkle in the background. Free. Through Dec. 31.

2 Cactus Garden Drive,
Henderson, Nev., 702- 435-2608, www.ethelm.com

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MAGICAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS AT LAKE LANIER ISLANDS RESORT

About a quarter million visitors a year marvel at this brilliant display (above) an hour northeast of Atlanta. For its 20th edition, the holiday-themed driving tour has added an ice-skating rink, live Nativity show, and night-light canopy tours. $60 a car. Through Dec. 31.

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Ga., 770-945-8787, www.lakelanierislands.com

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ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE

New York deserves its spot as keeper of the most classic holiday emblem. The 80th Rockefeller Center tree radiates in the glow of 30,000 multi-colored LED lights strung over five miles of cord and topped with a star made of 25,000 Swarovski crystals. Free. Through Jan. 7. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, 212-588-8601,

www.rockefellercenter.com

DIANE DANIEL