For those who love the Christmas holidays, it’s never too early to start planning—especially when giant mazes featuring thousands upon thousands of twinkling little lights are involved.

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This year, Enchant's giant maze sets up shop in Seattle, St. Petersburg, and Washington, DC. Image: Enchant

From 22 November to 29 December, baseball stadiums in three US cities will be converted into the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, a 90,000-square-foot experience driven by a story about a mischievous elf who loses something integral to the festivities (Santa’s reindeer, say, or his presents), as well as features like a Christmas market, an ice-skating trail, and opportunities to meet Santa himself. This year’s venues are Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, and, for the first time in the event’s nine-year history, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Washington, DC’s Nationals Park. Tickets are currently on sale for all three, starting at US$20 (€18) for adults.  

The attraction features roughly a gazillion lights, and plenty to keep the kids entertained. Image: Enchant

Though the offerings vary from park to park, there are a few constants: there’s Santa’s Landing, an out-of-this-world attraction that takes kids to the moon for face-time with jolly St. Nick; local food vendors hawking goodies created especially for the occasion; a kid zone with toys and activities for the under-four set; and live entertainment, from stage performances and buskers to carolers roaming throughout the maze.

It should go without saying that the maze is highly Instagrammable. Image: Enchant

In Seattle, the city’s Urban Craft Uprising and Seattle Made will help curate the market, with more than 70 vendors setting up shop, and the Makery, a local business, will operate pop-up craft workshops. In St. Petersburg, the crafts will come courtesy of Pinellas County’s Nook and Cranny; DC and Seattle will both have a cinema showing bits and pieces of classic Christmas movies, from Elf to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Unique to DC is the Ms. Claus Reading Nook, where the First Lady of Christmas will set up inside a tree trunk—complete with a fireplace—to read stories to the little ones. 

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