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Article posted: 12/9/2012 5:00 AM

Towns coast to coast celebrate the holidays in style

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Christmas Town returns for a fourth season at Busch Gardens Willimasburg with 6 million lights adorning nearly every building. The display includes 1,500 trees, 700 wreaths and 20,000 ornaments.

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At the annual holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden, model trains wind past 140 buildings depicting New York City, including landmarks like the original Yankee Stadium, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Brooklyn Bridge.

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The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree uses 45,000 lights. Visitors to Rockefeller Center can also watch ice skaters, take in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular or visit St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

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The Wonderland Express winds it way through the display at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

Universal in Orlando is featuring the live holiday show, "Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular," inspired by the classic story, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The theme park's events also include a nightly parade of giant balloons from Macy's New York City holiday parade.

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From elaborately decorated trees to drive-through lighting displays to boat parades and train shows, a variety of holiday spectacles are being staged through the end of December and into early January around the country.
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    • Christmas Town returns for a fourth season at Busch Gardens Willimasburg with 6 million lights adorning nearly every building. The display includes 1,500 trees, 700 wreaths and 20,000 ornaments.
    •  At the annual holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden, model trains wind past 140 buildings depicting New York City, including landmarks like the original Yankee Stadium, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Brooklyn Bridge.
    •  The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree uses 45,000 lights. Visitors to Rockefeller Center can also watch ice skaters, take in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular or visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.
    • The Wonderland Express winds it way through the display at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    • Universal in Orlando is featuring the live holiday show, “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular,” inspired by the classic story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The theme park’s events also include a nightly parade of giant balloons from Macy’s New York City holiday parade.
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