Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays

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Holiday Light Displays

Thanks to the awesome Prairie Lights website for help with this list of Christmas light displays & music shows! Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering. Who knew there were this many holiday light displays out there?

Please, we beg you, personally confirm the details of these light shows before heading out! We always appreciate the feedback if you find any holiday light displays that are no longer happening or know of one we don’t have listed!

Holiday Light DisplaysThis Holiday Light Display post is sponsored by the American Swedish Institute.
‘Tis the season for holiday fun at the American Swedish Institute where you can enjoy many kid and family friendly activities including

  • the Nordic Holidays exhibition of decorated rooms
  • Kids at the Castle playdates Dec. 9, 16 & 17
  • our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series
  • Lucia Celebrations
  • Santa and Tomte visits
  • FIKA’s food for kids
  • a Family Gallery
  • a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 14.

For complete info., visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., go to or call (612) 871-4907.

These links were verified on November 22, 2016. Click on this map to find all the holiday light displays geographically.


5669 Large Ave NE, Albertville, MN • Unverified


Christmas in Andover, 3715 152nd Ln NW, Andover MN • Synchronized to 107.5 • Unverified. Website not since 2015.


Anderson Lights, 7877 131st St W, Apple Valley MN2016 was the last year at this address. Check back in 2018 for a possible new address.
Lights on Flagstaff, 13425 Flagstaff Ave, Apple Valley MN • Sun-Thu: 6:30-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30 pm • Verified for 2016
Penguin Choir, 14036 Flagstone Trail, Apple Valley MN • Verified for 2015
Porter’s Holiday Lights Show, 13540 Ferris Ave, Apple Valley MN2016 was the last year at this address. Check back in 2018 for a possible new address.
Synchronized to 91.9 FM: 14440 Lower Guthrie Court, Apple Valley MN • Unverified


10422 Briar Circle, Bloomington, MN • Unverified


8016 Upton Circle N, Brooklyn Park MN • Unverified


1409 Summit Oaks Dr, Burnsville MN • Unverified
1004 Holly Lane, Burnsville MN • Unverified


Lights on Pascola f/k/a Little B K Bob Lights, 3850 Pascolo Bend, Chaska MN • Verified for 2016
SnoMutt Christmas Lights, 1913 Waterford Circle, Chaska MN • Verified for 2017 – Halloween Decorations, too!


Barno Family Lights, 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines MN • Verified for 2017; year-round holiday lights


Lights in Columbia Heights, 4045 NE 2nd St, Columbia Heights MN • Unverified and the house sold in September 2017.


10940 Magnolia St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified for 2016Winner of Coon Rapids Holiday Moving Lights Contest
11837 Zilla St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified for 20162nd Place – Coon Rapids Holiday Moving Lights Contest
11261 Swallow St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified for 2016Winner of Coon Rapids Holiday Still Lights Contest
11231 Partridge St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified for 20162nd Place – Coon Rapids Holiday Still Lights Contest
3044 116th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN  • Verified for 2016
Hanson Family Lights, 555 120th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN 55448 • Verified for 2016


Hillside Lights, 19919 Hillside Drive, Corcoran MN • Unverified


Johanson Family Light Display – 8638 Hadley Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Unverified
Rottage Grove Christmas – 8831 Grenadier Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Synchronized to 97.9 • Dec 1-Jan 1; 5-10 pm • Unverified (The website is still active, but has not been updated since 2014) • Halloween Decorations, too.
7788 Jasmine Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Unverified


Holiday Lights, 5627 Regent Ave N, Crystal MN •  Verified for 2015


528 Severn Way, Eagan MN • Unverified


Lights in Bethel – 21067 Taylor St NE, East Bethel MN • Unverified


Christ Lutheran Church, 16900 Main St, Eden Prairie MN • Synchronized to 87.9  • Verified for 2016
Christmas Lights at Sunrise – 15482 Sunrise Circle, Eden Prairie MN  • Verified for 2016
Prairie Lights, intersection of Cascade Dr and George Moran Dr, Eden Prairie MN • Collects pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House and recycles Christmas lights • Verified for 2016


5114 Halifax Ave. S, Edina MN • Unverified
5324 Interlachen Blvd, Edina MN • Unverified


121 71st Way NE, Fridley MN • Unverified


115 Lawn Terrace, Golden Valley MN • Unverified


324 10th Ave N, Hopkins MN • Unverified
101 Ridgewood Dr, Hopkins MN  • Unverified


Santa’s House in Inver Grove Heights, 8450 Ann Marie Trail, Inver Grove Heights MN (Sadly, on 3/16/17, Santa and Mrs. Claus called it quits and sold all their holiday decorations over the summer).
2005 67th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN • Unverified
6451 Beckman Court, Inver Grove Heights, MN • Unverified


Lights on Forest Edge Drive, 816 Forest Edge Dr, Jordan MN  • Verified for 2016


MN Harmony Lights, 16351 Harmony Path, Lakeville MN  • Verified for 2016


Valley Lights at Rock Point Church, 5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo MN • Verified for 2017


7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes MN • Unverified.


11680 65th Av N, Maple Grove MN  • Unverified.


679 Freeway Rd. S, Mendota Heights MN • Unverified.


CSE Winter Light Show, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN • Verified for 2016
3653 Aldrich Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN • Unverified.
1308 Grand Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN • Synchronized to 91.1 • Verified for 2015.  This display did not get up in 2016, but I’m told they hope to run it in 2017.


Trista Lights – 4386 Trista Blvd, Minnetrista, MN • Verified for 2016


5080 Longview Dr, Mounds View MN • Unverified.


Larson’s Lights, 3549 Ensign Ave N, New Hope MN • Synchronized to 87.9 • Verified: Opening Night 11/24/17 – 4:30-11:00 pm.


Dirknerkle’s Lights, 14910 47th Ave N, Plymouth MN • Verified for 2016
Joy to the Season, 4810 Orchid Ln N, Plymouth, MN  • Verified for 2016
PD Shimmers, 4320 Ithaca Lane N, Plymouth MN  • Synchronized to 97.9 • Verified: Opening Night 11/25/17 • Accepts donations for Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.
Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place – 16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN  • Verified for 2016


12th Ave Holiday Lights – 7633 12th Ave, Richfield MN • Verified for 2016


Johnson Family Lights,– 3351 137th St W Rosemount (A Reader has informed us this display is not up in 2016. If you know any new news for 2017, please leave us a comment)


Shakopee Winter Wonderland, 921 Shakopee Ave E, Shakopee MN  • Verified for 2016


PD Shimmers-South – Shorewood, Minnesota • Unverified.


Hobbs Family Lights, 43 Battle Creek Place, St. Paul, MN • Verified for 2016
Holiday Lights in the Park, Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul MN • $10/vehicle to benefit the St. Paul Police Foundation. • Verified for 2016
Schultz Family Lights, 1526 York Ave, St. Paul MN • Synchronized to 91.5 • 5-10 pm • Collecting Food Shelf Donations. • Verified for 2016


Waconia Christmas, 1729 Park Point Rd, Waconia MN• Cancelled in 2016 due to neighbor issues. Hope to move to a new location for 2017.


5590 West Bald Eagle Lake Boulevard, White Bear Lake, MN (2016 was their last season!)


6001 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN • Unverified.
6080 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN  • Verified for 2016 (Also does Halloween)


Bentleyville Tour of Lights – Duluth, Minnesota
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


Holiday Light Displays

11/19:Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony, St. Paul, 5pm • Rice Park sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights! The tree will be up through January 1, 2017. The other lights will stay up and illuminate the park through the end of the Winter Carnival.

11/23:Winter Lighting Ceremony @ Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, 6-6:45pm • Making an appearance are local choirs, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 200,000+ lights, and a 30-foot-tall tree.

11/25-27: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival • Family highlights include the Grand Lighting & Santa Parade (11/26), Christmas at the Folsom House (11/25-27), storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides.

11/26:Tree Lighting Ceremony @ 50th & France, Edina • Holiday Market is open 12-5pm followed by tree lighting, carolers and visits with Santa.

12/2: CSE Winter Light Show Premiere @ University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 5:30pm

12/3: Anoka Christmas Tree Lighting @ Anoka City Hall River Plaza, 3-7pm

12/3: Twinkle Party @ Hometown for the Holidays, Stillwater, 4pm

12/3: Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Seward Winter Frolic, Minneapolis, 5pm

12/3: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Excelsior, 7pm

12/6: Inver Grove Heights Outdoor Tree Lighting, Community Center, 6pm • Free refreshments and swimming to follow.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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