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Why stay home for the holidays? 2012 guide to holiday attractions

Light shows & holiday displays

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Yuletide at Winterthur Museum

Visit A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA when the gardens come alive with twinkling lights, Christmas trees, flowers and live concerts. Have breakfast with Santa on select weekends in December.

The Comcast Center in Philadelphia hosts its annual Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a free, giant video display with holiday music and imagery, at the start of every hour for 15 minutes. Macy's Center City in Philadelphia hosts its annual Christmas Light Show, with more than 100,000 glowing lights, every hour on the hour.

Watch trains chug through a holiday display of buildings and landscape made of natural materials like barks, twigs and moss at the Holiday Garden Railway at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia.

A Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA will feature 2,000 feet of model train tracks, with trains (including Thomas the Tank Engine!) riding through a 1940s-1950s holiday display.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Wilmington, DE hosts Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes, a 19th-century marketplace exhibit including decorated trees and displays. Experience the garden as a winter wonderland, and enjoy special performances.

Visit the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ to see a diving Scuba Santa amidst swimming sea creatures and a twinkling winter display.

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