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A guide to the best neighborhood holiday displays in Washington

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 11:40am  ET

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It's the Christmas season and many homes across the Washington, D.C. area are adorned with twinkling lights and holiday decorations.

If you know where to look, these sometimes-elaborate festive displays can offer a fun, free holiday activity.

Real estate company Redfin has compiled a list of the best Washington area neighborhoods for holiday displays.

If you are a fan of lights, inflatables, statues or music, check out Redfin's top five neighborhoods to help you get into the holiday spirit:

1) Alexandria, Va.

  • The Collingwood Lights display: 1601 Collingwood Road
  • 2507 Fairview Drive
  • 5601 Hereford Court
  • 8433 Washington Ave

2) Fairfax, Va.

  • 3308 Prosperity Avenue
  • 3309 Prosperity Avenue
  • 3522 Chain Bridge Road
  • 9804 Kirktree Court
  • 9806 Sharon Court

3) Sterling, Va.

  • Candy Cane Lane: E. Juniper Street

4) Silver Spring, Md.

  • The Bishop’s home: 1665 N. Portal Drive NW
  • 15428 Baileys Ln.
  • 12710 Laurie Drive

5) Springfield, Va.

  • Frank Christmas: 7780 Tangier Drive
  • Berner's home: 5406 Fremont Street
  • 8515 Innisfree Drive

If you can't get enough of the holiday spirit, also check out these free holiday activities:

  • Zoo Lights: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Mormon Temple's Festival of Lights: 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Md.

Is your house decorated for the holidays? Tweet us pictures using #WBJHoliday.

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