Running errands in the late afternoon in December is awesome precisely because it gets dark earlier. The Christmas lights are on, both the ones downtown as well as the houses along the way. The whole town seems to get into the spirit of things, which I love.
It looks like a freaking postcard and the fairy tale atmosphere makes me happy. Some of the displays are intricate and seem to get larger every year while others are sleek, charming, or whimsical. All of them absolutely rock.