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Looking for a special holiday treat? Visit a neighborhood light display.

Residents combine forces to set up themed displays or special lighting events before Christmas.

Here are memorable displays put up by neighbors or local organizations:

• Candy Cane Lane, 3000 and 3100 Blocks of Avenue E between Rehberg Lane and 32nd Street West and some homes on Judd Circle.

Since 1996, this neighborhood display has had a crossed- candy-cane theme. Many residents have added other lighted features, including American flags.

• Christmas Wreath Lane, Avenue D from the 1900 block to Rose Park. This the 49th year that residents have decorated their homes with homemade lighted wreaths.

In addition to the wreaths, each house has a lighted candle and a Christmas figure, such as a gingerbread man, angel or snowman.

Some families on the 1800 block of Avenue D also have joined the neighborhood event. Lights are on every evening, 5-10 p.m. through Dec. 31.

Santa is expected to make an appearance during the evenings of the week before Christmas.

• Christmas Tree Way, from the 4200 to 4500 block of Audubon Way. One block north of Rimrock Road west of Shiloh Road between Pine Crest Drive and High Park Drive.

Neighbors put out handmade Christmas trees with green lights and white crosses in the middle. Hand-painted signs welcome visitors.

The trees are up through Christmas. 

• Luminaries, 1700 block of Mariposa Lane and the 1800 blocks of North and South Mariposa. Turn west onto Mariposa from 17th Street West between Colton Boulevard and Poly Drive.

Drive a loop along the 1700 block of Mariposa then onto North Mariposa. Turn left onto Hoover and then left again onto South Mariposa and back out the 1700 block of Mariposa.

Mariposa neighbors will light luminaries on Christmas Eve, starting at 5 p.m., carrying on one of Billings’ longest and most touching Christmas traditions.

The votive candles placed in sand-filled sacks will flicker through the night at most of the 39 homes along the route, said Sam Studiner, who organized this year’s display.

The tradition started in 1961, when Bobby Switzer, who lived in the neighborhood, set out luminaries, as he had done at his previous home in New Mexico. After he was killed in a bicycle accident before Christmas in 1962, neighborhood children placed luminaries at the boy’s home and others nearby.

This year as many as 2,800 luminaries will be placed along the streets and driveways. The city turns off street lights for one night, and residents are asked not to turn on lights inside and outside the front of their homes so the beauty of candle light shines in the night.

Visitors also are asked to turn off their car headlights if possible when traveling through the exhibit.

• Christmas Tree Trail, Crater Lake Avenue from 3600 block to the intersection with Banff.

Take Monad Road and turn north onto 36th Street West. Turn west onto Crater Lake Avenue.

Residents set out illuminated cutouts of evergreen trees in their yards for the holidays. Most homeowners also have added lights on their houses and other lighted figures.

Crater Lake dead ends into Glantz Drive, which is Misfit Lane during December.

• Misfit Lane, Glantz Drive. Drive west on Central Avenue and turn south onto 37th Street West. Turn left onto Mount Rushmore, right onto Muir Woods and then right onto Glantz.

Neighbors have adopted characters from the movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Each home has one large cutout of a character along with other lights and holiday figures.

Lights are on through Christmas.

• Zoo Lights. Formerly called “Fantasy of Lights,” “Zoo Lights” is a series of illuminated outdoor figures along a 2-1/2- mile service road at ZooMontana, 2100 S. Shiloh Rd.

Figures range from a grizzly bear and tiger to a Victorian skating family. Lights will be on every evening through Dec. 27 from 6 to 9. Holiday lights also will decorate the outdoor plaza and Sensory Garden.

Tonight the zoo also will have a winter carnival from 6 to 9 p.m., with crafts and visits from Santa at the main zoo building.

The cost is $10 per car. Children will receive a $2-off coupon through their Billings schools.

• Moss Mansion, 914 Division St. White lights trim the outline of the red sandstone house.

The inside is decorated for Christmas, too. Fifteen trees placed throughout the house are decorated in a “Christmas at the Movies” theme.

The mansion is closed Mondays and open Sunday and Tuesday-Friday for tours starting at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; and Saturday at 10 a.m., with the last tour starting at 3 p.m.

Admission costs $7 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, students and active-duty military; $3 for ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 6 and younger.

• Fireman’s Park in downtown Laurel. Laurel firefighters have re-created Santa’s workshop again in the city park.

Animated elves saw blocks, pump up bicycle tires, work on a rocking horse and tinker with an airplane with a moving propeller. Large evergreens are covered with red, green and blue lights.

The lighted display will be up through Christmas.