The Chesapeake Bay is looking a lot like the North Pole.

Growing up, I didn't consider it the holiday season until I could see the Christmas lights shining at Sandy Point State Park as we drove across the Bay Bridge. The lights were like a shiny beacon, summoning Santa to the Eastern Shore. 

From November 24 through January 1, Lights on the Bay will be open to cars for a $20 entrance fee, with all proceeds going to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. So get into the holiday spirit for yourself and for a good cause. After 25 years of Christmas lights, these people know what they're doing! The light displays are along a two-mile route with 70 different setups that sparkle, shine, and move.

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I always enjoy seeing Chessie, the Chesapeake Bay sea monster, glowing by the docks as she gloats over her presents from Santa. But you can also see the Gingerbread Man do a cartwheel over your car and land on the rooftop of his gingerbread house (we won't be catching that guy anytime soon). Light bulb renditions of the midshipmen toss their hats for you.

If this isn't a family tradition for your family, you should start making it one this year!

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