There's no shortage of dazzling Christmas lights and displays in town.A quick drive down just about any street will light up your night. But there are a few displays that help take that holiday spirit to a whole other level.
For the past 14 years, homeowners Gene and Mary Halliwell, with the help of their daughter, Maryanne, and her husband, George Mulligan, have turned their home at 226 Roseville Terrace into "Wonderland at Roseville," with thousands and thousands of lights and holiday decorations.
Visitors will see find running train sets, several different Santas, a miniature Eiffel Tower, and dozens of nutcrackers and Christmas buildings and figurines. There's even a tiny chapel to share a quiet moment and a big red sleigh for picture taking.
The Halliwells and their family and friends put the display together every year because they "simply love the holidays." It opens on Thanksgiving, and all of the donations collected go to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Christmas Eve brings some special visitors from the North Pole. Find more information on the "Wonderland at Roseville" Facebook page.
Another annual tradition, which has roots in Fairfield, is the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. That's because there is a replica of that tree right here in town.
As it has for 51 years, GE, with corporate headquarters on Easton Turnpike at the Merritt Parkway, has designed and donated the lighting for the nation's tree. This year, the tree features 60,000 LED lights, including Sugar Plum lights and white twinkling sphere ornaments. The local version is not as large, but just as impressive.
Downtown, catch the dazzling light displays at the Brickwalk Promenade commercial complex on the Post Road. With every tree on the property draped in lights -- even those on top of the buildings -- it is quite the winter wonderland. Hanging over two of the driveways are large, lighted stars.
This year, many of the Brickwalk trees and the two large stars glow in distinctive blue tones.