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Piling the family in the car to go see Christmas lights is one of the oldest and happiest traditions around. Driving around your town is sure to reveal some over the top houses, but where do you go for the wow factor? I am sure you know of the most popular ones, but here is a list of some you may not be aware of.

Enchanted Village at the Cape Codder Resort – Hyannis

Located only minutes from the coast and the plethora of beaches Cape Cod has to offer is the relaxing Cape Codder Resort and Spa. Among the family holiday destinations in Massachusetts, the Cape Codder is at the top. During the month of December, they transform the courtyard and surrounding grounds into one of the best Christmas light displays.

Just like Edaville USA, the Cape Codder Resort lets visitors reminisce of the holidays long ago as they walk through the old fashioned Enchanted Village.

Starting at dusk each night in December, you'll be amazed by the glow of thousands of lights, festive animations, a 16 ft. 'Giving Tree', light sculptures, giant snowmen, twinkling trees and reindeer and more!

Dressed in festive costumes, carolers from the Barnstable High School Drama Club will walk among guests and spread the holiday spirit through song on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and on Sundays from 5 pm to 7 pm. Santa will also be here until mid-December.

Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Heath 'n Kettle restaurant. Enjoy the majestic Cape Codder fire while the kids roast marshmallows and sing songs with the carolers.

Although the cost is free, donations of an unwrapped toy or non-perishable are much appreciated and will be given to the Independence House in Hyannis.

ZooLights at Stone Zoo – Stoneham

Once a year in winter, Stone Zoo in Stoneham transforms its tree lined paths into a brilliantly lit winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights.

Upon entering the zoo, you'll pass by the Yukon Creek section which houses bald eagles, black bears, Canadian lynx, Gray foxes, and reindeer. Although some of the animals at Stone Zoo need to be housed indoors and kept warm, other animals are adaptable to the colder weather and can still be visited during the day time hours.

What a great way to spend the day and then be able to experience the Christmas lights by night!

Opening on Thanksgiving and running to the end of December, Zoolights is one of the best Christmas light displays and family holiday destinations.

Make sure the children get to take pictures with Santa who will await their arrival in Santa's Castle. He'll be available for photos through December 23rd.

Carousel rides (along with Santa pictures) are also available for an additional fee.

Holly Days – Boylston

Holly Days, located in Boylston's Tower Hill Botanic Garden, pays homage to the multicultural holiday celebrations around the world.

Open daily from the end of November to the beginning of January, Holly Days invites visitors to enjoy the light filled decorations, trees, wreaths and swags beaming with hand-crafted ornaments created with natural materials reflecting the international theme.

Some of the fun activities include holiday music and dancing from around the world, holiday shopping and other garden accessories in the gift shop, floral interpretations of the Earth's many offerings and guided garden tours through the Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Enjoy tasty ethnic appetizers by Pepper's Fine Foods Catering and find a huge selection of international desserts to sample from. Dine at the Twigs Cafe and sip on your favorite glass of wine or beer while overlooking the panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett and Wachusett Reservoir.

Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville USA – Carver

Edaville USA brings visitors back to a time when life moved slower and the simple pleasures were something special. Located in South Carver, Edaville gets its name from the founder of the amusement park, Ellis D. Atwood.

The 5 and a half mile long railroad surrounding the park was once used to transport customers to view and sight-see his 1,800 acre plantation of cranberries.

The operation eventually evolved into a "Family Fun Park" with vintage carnival type rides and Christmas light displays with millions of bright lights.

Once a year in winter, Edaville USA features the Christmas Festival of Lights offering train rides through the magnificent Christmas light displays.

The light displays themselves are actually situated among the cranberry bogs; the heated train rides take approximately 20 minutes to go the full loop.

After the train ride, be sure to visit with Santa, he can be located daily through Christmas Eve and found in the Cran Central Junction (museum) building.

With 11 family-oriented amusement rides, a playground for the kids, and fireworks every Friday night, Edaville USA's Christmas Festival of Lights is a top pick for family holiday destinations.

Happy Holidays everyone!