12/19/2011 07:53 am ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011

Christmas Lights: Local Holiday Light Shows Across the U.S. (PHOTOS)

It doesn't feel like Christmas until the first intrepid guy or gal ventures into the front yard with a ladder and string of lights. Indeed, one of the most iconic parts of the holiday season is seeing houses and apartment balconies aglow. Whether big and colorful or neat and white, it's not Christmas without lights.

To highlight what's glowing in smaller cities and towns across the country, our friends at Patch have rounded up a list of local lights spectacles.

Here's a sample of what to check out this Christmas season.

Correction: A previous version of this story placed lights in Rochester, N.Y., rather than Rochester, Mich.