Check out Nextdoor’s crowdsourced map for holiday lights

If you wanted to know where all the best holiday spots are in town, this might be your year. Social networking application Nextdoor has reached out to its users in 47,000 neighborhoods to map their cities’ best lights and attractions.

Nextdoor is an application where neighbors can connect to each other, share safety warnings, plan local events, and sell items ala Craigslist. It has grown in popularity in the United States, and using census data, the company estimates that one in four neighborhoods are on it.

The holiday map is a feature of the app. Little icons tell you where to find the best Christmas tree lots, best light displays, charity locations, Santa sightings, and holiday events. Find your neighborhood here.

Neighborhoods join the Nextdoor network when someone applies to draw their neighborhood boundary (and gets a handful of people to sign up with them). Some areas are far more active on Nextdoor than others, so the strength of your holiday cheer map might vary. Here’s a snapshot of San Francisco’s:

San Francisco's holiday cheer map on Nextdoor

San Francisco’s holiday cheer map on Nextdoor

Path dives into search with a thematic approach to digging

Path is adding its own version of search to your Path moments and check-ins on Thursday, implementing a search bar that lets you look through your posts for memories with a particular friend or restaurants that are popular nearby.

Today in Social

The Wall Street Journal underscores social commerce giant Groupon’s woes in a story that points out that Andreessen Horowitz thought the company’s IPO was premature, and has sold off its holdings. Fidelity might be starting to cash out, too. But Kleiner Perkins, Morgan Stanley and T. Rowe Price are still in or adding shares. Fortune takes the Journal to task for over-interpreting these “patterns,” or seeing them as a big negative on the whole sector. My own Weekly Update says Groupon’s headed for trouble if it thinks it can be an e-commerce technology supplier for local businesses. It would be better off selling them simpler marketing services.

Google-Frommer’s deal shows travel and local are two sides of same coin

Google’s move to buy travel publisher Frommer’s highlights how local and travel are coming together. Increasingly, the best travel services are focused on treating you like a local. And local services are becoming great resources for people looking to spend time in an unfamiliar city.

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Turning circulars into instant local offers sounds like a clever idea, even if none of ShopLocal’s retail partners have signed on yet. Dealing with local merchants – even national chains – is a huge challenge in scale for any company. But it lends itself to partnerships for aggregation and distribution, as well as access to big existing audiences. At one point, Yahoo was developing decent relationships with newspapers – they could play a role in filling that scale problem, too. New CEO Marissa Mayer was managing a handful of local products at Google. She might see some local opportunity to juice up Yahoo’s pedestrian results. BIA/Kelsey has online capturing an 11 percent share of local ad dollars this year. Mobile advertising will take a long time to play out, but online local ads and content might be a path towards a mobile payoff. They have to be at least as attractive as trying to fix Flickr, check-ins or mobile browsers.