Best Christmas Light Displays

When my kids were younger the Christmas season was a time of wonder, shining eyes and a little more time for life than usual. We would listen to Christmas songs and watch Christmas movies bundled up on the couch with hot chocolate after they went sledding with Dad. To be honest, their aunt had to come and bake cookies with them because I dreaded the mess, but we all enjoyed driving through the different neighborhoods and enjoying how people had decorated their homes and lawns. Today most of my kids are grown up but we still enjoy the beautiful Christmas Light displays. Here are some of the places we saw or heard of. If you know of another place, please let me know and I’ll add it to this! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and plan a little sightseeing trip for you and your loved ones.

In addition to the Christmas light shows below, I have also compiled a list for Free Christmas events in the Twin Cities! I had a lot of fun getting the list together which actually grew into a small eBook 😂 If you would like to have it just drop your name and email and I’ll email it to you.

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Cairl Family Christmas Lights
Hello there friends! We have been working hard to get this year’s display ready for our big reveal on Thanksgiving night! We look forward to providing Christmas cheer to all of you. We will be collecting donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Medical Research Hospital again this year. They were so grateful for your donations last year and it simply warmed our hearts for every dollar raised. Thank you all for your support year after year.
The display will run Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Friday & Saturday from 5:30pm to 10:00 pm.
2342 145th Ave NW, Andover, MN 55304
We hope you enjoy the show this year!
‘Tis the Season to be Merry & Bright!

Verified for 2021 –  please check FB page for possible changes in time by clicking here

While you’re in Andover, you might as well stop at another great display.  The Mellem Family Christmas is a huge display that covers both the family’s home and yard. From the fun Christmas tree to the arches that stretch across the yard, this light display has “festive” written all over it. Address: 1662 145th Lane Northwest, Andover.

Our address doesn’t exist correctly when you type it in. Please use 301 173rd Ln NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304!!! That will get you to our house…well, at least close enough! 😁🎅🎅🎅

Verified for 2021 – please check times before going by clicking the link above1


Durrant Family Lights

Christmas show starts Friday! 👏 🎄🎅❄️☃️
1750 130th Ave NE Blaine, MN 55449
Sunday – Thursday 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday and Saturday 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Tune to 87.9
Remember to follow us and leave a recommendation!
Song line up:
-Little Drummer Boy — Tobymac
-Xmas Bounce\Pong — Hardwell
-Home Alone Carol — DubStep
-Snoop Dogg — Winter Wonderland
-For King and Country — Glorious
-Trans Siberian Orchestra — Medley
-Skrillex — Medley
-Grinch — Dr. Seuss
-Little Mermaid Compilation — Disney
-Metal Carol of the Bells — Young Does Christmas
Verified for 2021

New Hope

Single family home in the dark, in snow with Christmas lights lit up
Larson's Lights

You will want to go to New Hope for another family light display. These are fun because, you get to see other people’s creativity in action. Larson’s Lights does not disappoint. This house is decked out in beautiful lights, with many different figures in the yard adding a special touch. Address: 3549 Ensign Avenue North, New Hope.  Verified 2019 – click the link above for updates!

2020 Display Announcement

November 15th, 2020

With a lot of thought and heavy hearts, we are letting you know officially that Larson’s Lights will NOT be running this year. Due to the challenges presented by COVID and to protect our extensive crew needed to setup our display, we have opted to not go forward this year.

We know this decision will disappoint many of you but hope you understand the health of our crew is of our utmost concern.

Please support the number of other displays in the area and look for exciting updates from us in the spring.

Happiest and safe holiday wishes to all of you!

  • The Larson’s


Christmas at Fisher's Place

This is another really nice display. Christmas at the Fischer’s Place: Display season Dec 1 – Dec 31 (except no lights on Dec 24) 5:30-9:30 Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-10pm Sat-Sun. Please check their Facebook page if you’re planning on coming out in case there is a weather or tech related cancellation. Much more info on It’s synced to 103.3 FM, so turn your radio on for an extra treat. Address: 16700 33rd Avenue North, Plymouth.

Plymouth Lights is the annual Christmas lighting display of Tim and Cathy Fischer and family. We are located in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota in the city of Plymouth.
Our display features lights that “dance to music” through computer-controlled programming and songs broadcast over an FM frequency so you can watch the display in the warmth of your car as you enjoy the light show. Our hope is that those who see our display will come away not only with fond Christmas memories, but also will come away remembering the reason we celebrate Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. 

Verified for 2021 – check for updates by clicking the link above. 

A holiday tradition, PD Shimmers is America’s synchronized light show designed, built , and operated by people with Parkinson’s .
PD Shimmers is a Holiday Season Light Show in sync to music. The production is located in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth Minnesota. The show covers 8 homes on Ithaca Lane featuring over 60,000 lights and 200 channels of computer animation. Produced by the Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson’s disease. The entire production is accomplished using talents of those who have the incurable movement disorder. A show highlight is the tribute to those newly diagnosed when one light is on full intensity for each person of the 58,000.

PD Shimmers fans. The show is up and running. Many changes for our 12th season. The regular show runs Thursday-Sunday 5-8. On Monday Tuesday and Wednesday we will run 5-8 in a Jukebox format. By using our viewer control page you can access a list of song choices. You get the page via a QR posted near the 4320 Mailbox. I’m using at least a dozen songs not used before and the 30+ snowflakes add a new dimension to the show.. . Address: PD Shimmers, 4320 Ithaca Lane N, Plymouth 


The Trista Lights

You shouldn’t miss this one! This is one of the most impressive displays in Minnesota! The digital light display is so cool, that the owner now does special light displays for venues all around Minnesota and Illinois. You can find the lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, or you can go back to where it began in Minnetrista. Either way, you are guaranteed to be impressed by the rainbow of music-synced color awaiting you. 

Verified for 2021 but check for showtimes on Facebook

Our 2021 show dates have been confirmed, PLEASE READ THE DETAILS BELOW AS THIS WILL NOT BE THE SAME FORMAT AS PREVIOUS YEARS! As we announced last year, we can no longer run our show on a loop every night but we will have a few evenings during December that you can come and enjoy the show.

We want to caution you that these evenings will have very limited parking and view points, please be patient and respectful to our neighbors as they are the only reason we are able to do this for the community.  Please do not block driveways, no loud music, NO HORNS and no double parking.  If we can keep these simple directions in check, then we should be able to continue the show for years to come!

Thank you everyone for all your support and wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!!

Thank you everyone for all your support and wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!!

Address: 4386 Trista Bend, Excelsior MN 55331.


Shakopee Winter Wonderland

You don’t want to miss Shakopee Winter Wonderland. This is a great interactive lights display, from December 13 to December 24. You can even get out of your car and walk through all of the lights and enjoy treats, crafts and even meet Santa! Address: 921 Shakopee Avenue East, Shakopee.

A place where a family can visit with Santa and walk the path of amazing Christmas lights. Also we have crafts, cookies, hot coco and coffee in the garage. Owned by Roger Schmidt.
Time: usually around 6pm 
Check FB link for details.

Verified for 2021 please click on the link to check times! 


  • WHERE: Sever’s Festival Grounds, 3121 150th Street W., Shakopee, MN
  • WHEN:
    Open November 25, 2021 – January 2, 2022
    Sun – Thur5pm – 9pm
    Fri – Sat5pm – 10pm
  • COST:
    Non-Peak Tickets
    • $25 per car
    • $40 per car of 8+ people
    Sundays – Thursdays through January 2, except the week of Thursday 12/16 – Thursday 12/23 (peak dates). Sales tax will be added to purchase.
    All tickets must be purchased online.
  • Peak Tickets
    • $35 per car
    • $50 per car of 8+ people
    Fridays & Saturdays, as well as Thursday 11/25 and Thursday 12/16 – Thursday 12/23. Sales tax will be added to purchase.
    All tickets must be purchased online.

Check for updates on Facebook 

Looking for a holiday tradition the whole family will love? Our massive 2,000,000+ holiday light display dances in time to the best songs of the season, and with festive food & drink vendors, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be merry. So go ahead, pile into the car—this is one show everyone will want to see.

RESERVATIONS NOW REQUIRED & tickets MUST be purchased online!

All tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit in order to ensure admittance. Please check our social channels for weather updates. Tickets from canceled events will be transferable to another date. Please email to change the date.


Verified for 2021



  • WHERE: Valleyfair, 1 Valley Fair Dr., Shakopee, MN
  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 3 (Closed Christmas Day)
  • COST: $35 per vehicle

Also in Shakopee, Valleyfair is hosting Christmas in Color in its parking lot, featuring millions of lights synchronized to holiday music. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Verified for 2021


Westwood’s Christmas Lights Drive-Thru

Westwood Community Church Drive Through

Experience the Christmas story in a brand new way this holiday season with Westwood’s Christmas Lights Drive-Thru. This event features lighted displays, live animals, treats, activities, and more! The event is free so come one, come all!

The Christmas Lights Drive-Thru runs Friday-Saturday, December 4-5 and 11-12 from 5:30-8:30pm at both the Westwood Chanhassen Campus and Westwood Bush Lake Campus. We can’t wait to see you there!

6301 Cecilia Circle
Bloomington, MN 55439

Not verified for 2021

Holiday Lights Drive-Thru at Martin Luther Campus

Celebrate the Holidays and our 60th Anniversary at our annual Holiday Lights Drive-Thru!
The event is FREE and open to all!

Friday, November 26, 2021 – Monday, January 3, 2022
Daily; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stop by Friday, December 10  or Tuesday, December 14 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM for a special treat. 

Martin Luther Campus is located in East Bloomington near
Indian Mounds Elementary at:

1401 E 100th Street
Bloomington, MN 55425

Verified for 2021


Computerized Christmas light show that is syncronized to music. Features 4 large faces that sing both traditional and current Christmas songs.
I also run a music sync’ed Halloween light display the entire month of October.
My 2021 Christmas light display is all setup and ready to go. It will run nighly from Thanksgiving thru New Years.
Christmas lights display that is synchronized to music
8846 Glacier RD
Woodbury MN 55125
Display Hours:
Sun – Thurs 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat 5pm – 11pm
Verified for 2021

St Paul

Schultz Family Lights

One of the nicest is Schultz Family Lights is one of the nicest displays. It is filled with holiday figures, their light gives up an amazing warm and magical glow.

Christmas Show 2021

The Christmas Show is up and running, weather permitting, Friday November 26th through December 31st, from  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. 11 yards will be decorated with plastic Santas, snowman and other Christmas characters, featuring about 90,000 lights, choreographed to computerized music broadcast on your car stereo, by tuning to 91.5 FM, “The Rockin’ Rudolph” 




1526 York Ave, St Paul, MN – See the directions & maps page

Show Schedule

Each Day —  5:00 – 10:00

Address: 1526 York Avenue, St. Paul.

Verified for 2021 – check for updates by clicking the link above or here for their FB page

Falcon Heights


  • WHERE: check website for directions and much, much more information!
  • WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 3
  • COST: Tickets are $20.75 for Adult General Admission; $12.75 for Children (ages 5-12) Admission; $55.00 for VIP Adult Admission Thursday through Saturday and $45.00 for VIP Adult Admission Sunday through Wednesday — plus applicable ticketing fees. Children ages 4 & under are Free! All tickets are non-refundable. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at All tickets will be delivered by email with a mobile ticket attached.


GLOW is now a WALK THROUGH experience, dress cozy!

Stroll through over a million lights, sElfie Plaza, three-story ice palace, bike-powered tree, State Fair Food Court, Sky Glider rides and so much more!

Verified for 2021

Lake Elmo


EVERY NIGHT | 5:30 – 10PM


Since the lights are choreographed to music, you can tune your radio to 97.9 FM to hear the music that synchronizes with the display. Drive-thru multiple times!

To drive-thru once takes about 4 minutes.


Wagon rides are Friday and Saturday nights 7-9pm weekends of December 3-4; 10-11 and 17-18. 

100,000 LED lights choreographed to music you can listen to from your car. Come out and enjoy this spectacular Christmas display! There will be Wagon Rides on select Fridays and Saturdays, weather dependent. Valley Lights is open to all and is an awesome opportunity for you to invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Who doesn’t love a great light show during Christmas time? The best part is: it’s totally free!


Address:5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo


Verified for 2021 – please check for updates by clicking here

Circle Pines

Dont miss the phenominal Barno Family Lights show!

Barno Family Lights is so excited to be turning on the lights tonight. This year we are accepting donations for the Ronald McDonald House. Next to the our sign we have our donation mailbox and 100% of the donations go towards RMH. We also have the option to donate via and will also have a QR to donate via your mobile device. If anyone has any questions please let us know.
Thank you and Merry Christmas.
*Radio Station 106.7 FM
*Please don’t block any driveways
*Keep the Music down to a low level
*Please turn your headlights down
*Enjoy the show!!!

Our times this year are Sunday-Thursday 6:00 pm-10:00pm and Friday-Saturday 6:00 pm-11:00pm. Merry Christmas from Barno Family Lights. Address: 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines

Verified for 2021 – Please check times by clicking the link above!


Snook Family Lights is a family-run holiday light show, featuring over 50,000 lights programmed to a wide variety of our favorite holiday music!


1188 Wildwood Way
Chaska, MN 55318
2021-2022 Schedule:
We’re dropping the needle on November 27th, and the show runs nightly through January 6th!
Sun – Thu: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 5:00pm – 11:00pm


91.9 fm
Light Show etiquette:
We have a few requests for when you come out to see the show:
#1 – Park on the side of the street ACROSS from the display, so as to leave the road open for our neighbors and to allow everybody to see the lights.
#2 – Please turn off your headlights if you’re parked.
#3 – Tune to 91.9 FM on your radio, but please do keep the volume at a reasonable level out of respect for our neighbors.
#4 – Please remain in your car, to not disrupt our neighbors or others watching the show, but also for your safety. We have thousands of feet of electrical cords running everywhere across the show, as well as support cables and the display elements themselves, not to mention regular car traffic.

Christmas On Savanna - Chaska


Christmas light display in Chaska, MN. Tune your radios to 91.9 fm!
4441 Savanna Trail, Chaska, MN
Nov. 20th – Dec. 26th

7 nights a week from 5:00 – 9:00 pm

A couple things for everyone… PLEASE READ BEFORE COMING
1. Please be respectful of our neighbors by not blocking any driveways and staying in your cars. To this point we haven’t gotten any complaints and we’re trying to keep it that way 🙂
2. Please be patient and wait for a good parking spot to open up. We don’t have the best viewing areas with where we are on the street, so please be patient.
3. Check the weather before you come out! Because I have a few larger inflatables, if it gets too windy I won’t be able to put them up. Best to come on a night where the weather is pretty calm.
4. Leave us a comment on the Facebook page after you stop by! We would love to hear your thoughts on the show!
Thanks for coming out and enjoying the show! We really appreciate all of the support! Let’s have a great Christmas season!

Coon Rapids

Hope Lights: A Christmas Display

150,000 lights twinkling throughout the night, dancing to Christmas music, on 91.7FM. Come join us, beginning the evening of Friday, November 26th, 2021! Looking forward to celebrating the wonder and light of the season with you!
If desired, please direct any donations to Feed My Starving Children! For more information about this non-profit organization, or to join our donation team, please visit

12401 Partridge Street NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

  • November 26th, 2021 – January 8th, 2022
  • From 5:00 – 11:00 pm

Verified 2021

Crooked Lake Christmas

12753 Crooked Lake Blvd NW,
Coon Rapids, MN
November 29 – January 1st, 2022
Monday – Thursday       6:00pm t0 9:00pm 
Friday – Sunday        5:30pm to 10pm 
Tune your radio to 91.7 FM and find a good place to park
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
It’s been a while since we posted and we are almost ready to start the Christmas lights show! We are busy visiting family in Alaska right now, but will be kicking off Christmas 2021 on Monday the 29th at 6pm.
This year’s light show will include many new songs and the addition of a 5000 light 32 foot train!
20 min-ish shows will start on the 29th and run every 30 minutes.
Looking forward to seeing everyone! Happy Holidays
Verified for 2021




The Crystal Light show is a 30 minute light and sound show, playing some of our favorite Christmas tunes synchronized with over 7,000 Christmas lights.


6404 38th Avenue North, Crystal, Minnesota 55427, United States

Tune to 88.1 FM To Hear the Show


We open on Thursday, November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving) and close on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Lights turn on at 5:00 PM and go off at 10:00 PM.  The playlist loops continuously during that time. Stay for as little or as long as you like!

In the event of rain, the show may be canceled without notice, as rain can damage the equipment. 🙁

Verified for 2021

East Bethel

Manners Magnificent Lights

Christmas Lightshow synchronized to music. 50K lights! Tune in to 90.9 for Holiday CHEER to bring festive music to your ears. The light show is sure to jump start your holiday spirit. Animated Christmas Lightshow.
Tune in to 90.9 for Holiday CHEER to bring festive music to your ears. The light show is sure to jump start your holiday spirit. 
Just a few of this years Line up…. Pentatonix- Over the River… Polar Express- HOT CHOCOLATE. Straight No Chaser – Christmas Can Can and a fave from Home Alone!
When: daily 11/27/21- 1/1/2022
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Where:19509 Rochester Street NE
East Bethel, MN 55011
Verified for 2021

Apple Valley

Lights On Flagstaff

Lights On Flagstaff:

No Display in 2021


We plan on starting our 2020 Computer Animated Christmas Display on Thursday November 26th (Thanksgiving) which will run through Wednesday January 2nd.

The hours will be as follows:

Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 until 9:30 PM.

Friday and Saturday: 5:00 until 10:00 PM.

Hours are weather permitting.

Tune into 87.9 FM while watching the show.

Like us on Facebook at “Lights On Flagstaff”.

Please turn off your headlights while watching the show and do not block or park in our neighbors driveways.

Address: 13452 Flagstaff Ave. in Apple Valley

Verified for 2020 please check their FB page for updates at the link above. 

Porter’s Holiday Light Show

We are beginning our show Thanksgiving till January 1st. Our hours are 5pm – 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 5pm – 10pm Friday-Saturday.

We are located at 13596 Hollins Ct Apple Valley, MN.

Tune to 87.9 FM.

Verified for 2021

We are ready! We will be turning on our display Thanksgiving night at 5pm. We did add some new props and a couple of new songs for this years light show.
When: Sunday-Thursday 5-10
Friday & Saturday 5-11
Where: 15381 Drexel Way
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Verified for 2021


  • WHERE: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
  • WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 17
  • COST: Driving Tour December 2 – January 2: $35 – $60 per vehicle. Members save $15 off per vehicle.
  • NEW! Walking Experience January 6 – 16: $14 – $20 per person.

    Members save $2 off all General Admission walking tickets.


Back by popular demand, Nature Illuminated is a magical narrated journey through brilliant, oversized lit displays of your favorite animals. Join us for the return of this light spectacular of the wildest kind. Reserve your tickets now for the driving tour or our new walking experience!

Thank you for your support of the Minnesota Zoo and our mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.

Verified for 2021

Elk River

Warnke Christmas Lights

  • November 20th, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 11:00 pm (music plays until 10:00 pm)
  • 4,000 lights, synchronized to music on 88.7 FM

Warnke Holiday Lights
17978 Fresno Street NW
Elk River, MN 5533


Verified for 2020

Greater Minnesota Light Shows



  • WHERE: Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Dr, Excelsior, MN and 6301 Cecilia Cir., Bloomington, MN
  • WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12
  • COST: Free

Westwood Community Church is hosting safe, socially distant and free drive-thru Christmas light displays at its Chanhassen (Excelsior) and Bush Lake (Bloomington) campuses on the first two weekends of December.

Verified for 2020



  • WHERE: 700 Railroad St., Duluth, MN
  • WHEN: Sunday – Thursday  5pm to 9pm  Friday – Saturday  5pm – 10pm

Bentleyville is reverting back to a Walk Through format for our 2021 season with FREE admission.

Parking in any lot at or near Bentleyville will be $10 per vehicle.

Verified for 2020



Once Upon a Time…

A group of Sertomans set out to create a Holiday Family Tradition like no other. With strong support from our community and the hard work of many volunteers, Winter Wonderland was made a reality.

With excitement and anticipation families from all over unite at the Northland Arboretum to experience the spectacle of lights year after year.

By working together we will continue to pass along this magical holiday tradition to generations for years to come.

Save $10!

Advanced tickets are available at the following locations for $10/vehicle beginning November 15th:

Cub Foods – Brainerd, MN
Cub Foods – Baxter, MN
SuperValu – Pequot Lakes, MN
Northland Arboretum – Baxter, MN






Hours: 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

November 25th – 27th

December 1st – 4th

December 8th – 11th

December 15th – 18th

December 22nd – 31st

Follow our Facebook page for weather-related closings!

Verified for 2021

Zumbro Falls


  • WHERE: Bluff Valley Campground, 61297 390th Avenue, Zumbro Falls, MN
  • WHEN: Fridays-Sundays starting Nov. 6 through Dec. 20  5pm – 10pm
  • COST: $20/vehicle, paid at arrival

The annual drive-thru event features a 1.5 mile light tour, including 450 light displays and more than 200 animated displays.

Verified for 2021



  • WHERE: Robbins Island Regional Park, Willmar, MN
  • WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 to Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022
  • TIME: 5pm – 10pm
  • COST: Free

One of the largest drive-thru light displays in western Minnesota begins on Thanksgiving with more than 800,000 lights, thanks to the help of more than 1,000 volunteer hours.

Verified for 2021

Sleepy Eye


  • WHERE: Sportsman’s Park, Sleepy Eye, MN
  • WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Jan. 1
  • TIME: 5pm – 10pm
  • COST: Tax-deductible donations accepted

TUNE YOUR FM RADIO DIAL TO 89.1 prior to entering the park to enhance your drive thru experience


Sleepy Eye’s drive-thru light experience will open on Thanksgiving and continue through New Year’s Day. Additional activities are on hold during the statewide pause on gatherings.

Verified for 2021

Celebrate the Light – Willmar, Minnesota
Christmas in Wadena – Wadena, Minnesota
Clearwater Lights – Clearwater, Minnesota
Computer Hero Christmas Lights Display – Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Duluth Christmas Lighting Challenge, Duluth, Minnesota
Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound + Light Show – Duluth, Minnesota
GRHS Trees of Lights – Glencoe, Minnesota
Holiday Lights on 20th Street – St. Michael, Minnesota
Kiwanis Holiday Lights display – Mankato, Minnesota
Landon Family – St. Michael, Minnesota
Lights on 6th – Cambridge, Minnesota
Lights in Braham – Braham, Minnesota
Lights in Fairbault – Fairbault, Minnesota
Lights in St. Cloud – St. Cloud, Minnesota
Linwood Covenant Church – Wyoming, Minnesota
Nevala Family Christmas and Halloween Light Show – Kasson, Minnesota
Pederson Family Light Show – Carver, Minnesota
Rotary Lights – La Crosse, WI

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