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February 19. 2013 8:55PM
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Inflatables, multicolored, red, or blue lights, wooden figures, nativity scenes, families of snowmen – Janell Sitler loves them all.

I don't care if it's just a house with plain white lights, I always slow down as I'm going by to take it all in, the 29-year-old West Pittston resident said of her love for holiday decorations. Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with going out and seeing lights. I asked my parents all the time to just drive me around, even if it was the same houses. There's something magical about it.

Now is the time that streets are dotted with houses all aglow, from simple and classic displays to Griswold-style setups. There's no shortage of d├ęcor around here, especially when you've been keeping an eye out every season and know where the best spots are, as Sitler does.

I like going down Wyoming Avenue, from the airport to about the Turkey Hill in Forty Fort, she said. The houses are beautiful to begin with, and some of them put up really nice decorations for Christmas.

As you drive along that particular stretch keep an eye out for a doorway with a simple accent of nutcrackers and another home where Santa is in flight high above the yard.

Annalisa Scott, 25, of Exeter has always admired a yard at Fourth Street and Susquehanna Avenue in Wyoming.

Every year there are so many lights there it's blinding, she said with a laugh. But it's great. It's something you can't miss when you're driving by.

Anyone who travels by night no doubt has his or her neighborhood favorites – from Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre to Rutter Avenue in Kingston to Route 437 in Fairview Township – stretches of road where people have strung lights around bushes or outlined an entire porch with brightness.

In addition to the many homes aglow, there are organized lightings to see as well. Nay Aug park in Scranton lights up nearly 100,000 bulbs, with displays that vary from scenes of The 12 Days of Christmas to reindeer and log cabins.

Creekside Gardens off Route 29 in Tunkhannock belongs to the Kukuchka family, who took a hiatus from running a light display for several years but finally decided to bring it back when sons Kevin, Eric and Jeff were itching for its revival.

The light display spans the business as well as the family home behind it and uses about 40,000 lights, a train display, a large Peace on Earth sign and the Four Firs, a quartet of wooden singing trees, complete with moving mouths.

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