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


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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 displays out there? Please, we beg you, personally confirm the details of these light shows before heading out!


katc-family-fun-ad-01This 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 ASImn.org or call (612) 871-4907.


These links were verified on November 22, 2016:

ANDOVER

Christmas in Andover, 3715 152nd Ln NW, Andover MN

APPLE VALLEY

Anderson Lights, 7877 131st St W, Apple Valley MN
Lights on Flagstaff, 13425 Flagstaff Ave, Apple Valley MN
Penguin Choir, 14036 Flagstone Trail, Apple Valley MN
Porter’s Holiday Lights Show, 13540 Ferris Ave, Apple Valley MN
Synchronized to 91.9 FM: 14440 Lower Guthrie Court, Apple Valley MN

BLOOMINGTON

10422 Briar Circle, Bloomington, MN

BROOKLYN PARK

8016 Upton Circle N, Brooklyn Park MN

BURNSVILLE

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

CHASKA

Little B K Bob Lights, 3850 Pascolo Bend, Chaska MN
SnoMutt Christmas Lights, 1913 Waterford Circle, Chaska MN

CIRCLE PINES

Barno Family Lights, 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines MN

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Lights in Columbia Heights, 4045 NE 2nd St, Columbia Heights MN

COON RAPIDS

10940 Magnolia St. NW, Coon Rapids MN
3044 116th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN

CORCORAN

Hillside Lights, 19919 Hillside Drive, Corcoran MN

COTTAGE GROVE

Johanson Family Light Display – 8638 Hadley Ave S, Cottage Grove MN
Rottage Grove Christmas – 8831 Grenadier Ave S, Cottage Grove MN
7788 Jasmine Ave S, Cottage Grove MN

CRYSTAL

Holiday Lights, 5627 Regent Ave N, Crystal MN

EAGAN

528 Severn Way, Eagan MN

EAST BETHEL

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

EDEN PRAIRIE

Christ Lutheran Church, 16900 Main St, Eden Prairie MN
Christmas Lights at Sunrise – 15482 Sunrise Circle, Eden Prairie MN
Prairie Lights, intersection of Cascade Dr and George Moran Dr, Eden Prairie MN

EDINA

5114 Halifax Av. S, Edina MN
5324 Interlachen Blvd, Edina MN

FRIDLEY

121 71st Way NE, Fridley MN

GOLDEN VALLEY

115 Lawn Terrace, Golden Valley MN

HOPKINS

324 10th Ave N, Hopkins MN
101 Ridgewood Dr, Hopkins MN
2005 67th St E, Hopkins MN
6451 Beckman Court, Hopkins MN

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

Santa’s House in Inver Grove Heights, 8450 Ann Marie Trail, Inver Grove Heights MN

JORDAN

Lights on Forest Edge Drive, 816 Forest Edge Dr, Jordan MN

LAKEVILLE

MN Harmony Lights, 16351 Harmony Path, Lakeville MN

LAKE ELMO

Valley Lights at Rock Point Church, 5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo MN

LINO LAKES

5669 Large Ave NE, Lino Lakes MN
7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes MN

MAPLE GROVE

11680 65th Av N, Maple Grove MN

MENDOTA HEIGHTS

679 Freeway Rd. S, Mendota Heights MN

MINNEAPOLIS

CSE Winter Light Show, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

MINNETRISTA

Trista Lights – 4386 Trista Blvd, Minnetrista, M

MOUNDS VIEW

5080 Longview Dr, Mounds View MN

NEW HOPE

Larson’s Lights, 3549 Ensign Ave N, New Hope MN

PLYMOUTH

Dirknerkle’s Lights, 14910 47th Ave N, Plymouth MN
Joy to the Season, 4810 Orchid Ln N, Plymouth, MN
PD Shimmers, 4320 Ithaca Lane N, Plymouth MN
Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place – 16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN

RICHFIELD

12th Ave Holiday Lights – 7633 12th Ave, Richfield MN

ROSEMOUNT

Johnson Family Lights – 3351 137th St W Rosemount

SHAKOPEE

Shakopee Winter Wonderland, 921 Shakopee Ave E, Shakopee MN

SHOREWOOD

PD Shimmers-South – Shorewood, Minnesota

ST. PAUL

Hobbs Family Lights, 43 Battle Creek Place, St. Paul, MN
Holiday Lights in the Park, Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul MN
Schultz Family Lights, 1526 York Ave, St. Paul MN

WACONIA

Waconia Christmas, 1729 Park Point Rd, Waconia MN

WOODBURY

6001 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN
6080 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN

GREATER MINNESOTA

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
Waconia Christmas – Waconia, Minnesota


TWIN CITIES METRO-AREA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS

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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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