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

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Who knew there were this many homes decorated with amazing Christmas lights out there? The people who create this holiday magic year after year are Christmas heroes. They don’t do this for money (although some collect a little something for a charity), but year after year they get out in Minnesota weather and put up decorations for the community to enjoy. Why sit home and watch The Great Christmas Light Fight, when you can experience the magic up close.

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    Load the kids in the car, pack some snacks and popcorn and enjoy these dancing lights, giant candy canes, Rudolph reindeer, abominable snowmen, and glowing snowmen on your own schedule anytime before Santa’s sleigh arrives (or at least by New Year’s day).

    We have also included some paid tours and Twin Cities-area community Christmas tree lightings in our lists of holiday light displays. Even if you can’t make the tree lighting event, check out these locations during December. Displays will be up all month. 

    Submissions are open for 2023. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this page. Feel free to recommend your own home or a particularly beautiful Christmas lights display. Tell us what sets your display apart. If you want us to link to your website or Facebook page, include that information, and we would be happy to share photos.

    We always appreciate reader feedback. If you find any holiday light displays that are no longer happening or have a site to add, leave a comment, and we’ll share.

    (We will update throughout the fall of 2023 until the end of the year)

    Community Holiday Light Tours

    Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

    Community holiday light tours are the secret easy button of the family holiday light drive. Take advantage of the maps created by these municipalities and community organizations. Fun idea: Combine your tour with a stop by the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. We list all the Twin Cities stops here and on our calendar.

    1. Bloomington Winter Lights Tour

    Bloomington, Minnesota
    Tour home light displays and vote for your favorites. Starting approximately December 8th. Find a tour map here.

    2. Brooklyn Park December Lights Tour

    Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
    The interactive map is live for 2023 and will continue to grow as residents add their homes to the tour during December.

    3. Champlin Holiday Light Tour

    Champlin, MN 55316
    The city will create a list of participating homes for families to drive by all December 2 -31, 2024. Pair this drive with the December 6th Crossings Tree Lighting.

    4. Chanhassen Tour of Lights

    Chanhassen, MN 55317
    Participating homes will be lit from at least 5pm-9pm nightly and will be family-friendly. Google map and driving instructions will be posted on the City of Chanhassen’s website. Light displays will be lit from December 2-31, 2023.

    5. Crystal Sparkles Holiday Lights

    Homes & Businesses Across Crystal, MN 55422
    The City of Crystal will be sharing participating home and business locations on an online map or grab a physical map at City Hall or the Community Center. December 3, 2023; 5-9pm.

    6. Elk River Holiday Lights

    Elk River, MN 55330
    Residents are encouraged to submit their home to be added to the Holiday Lights Tour. Month of December.

    7. Fridley Winter Lights Contest & Tour

    Residents are again invited to participate in Fridley’s Winter Light contest. Visitors can create their own custom lights tour around town using the city’s map of entrants. Maps and a list of winners will be available December 16, 2023.

    8. Hastings Holiday Lights Tour

    Hastings, MN 55033
    Take a self-guided tour of holiday lights in Hastings. The City publishes a map of homes and businesses that have outdoor holiday light displays that will be available shortly after December 4, 2023. 

    Best night to tour: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls through Hastings on December 9th from 8:15pm to 8:45pm.

    9. Inver Grove Heights Light Up the Heights Holiday Contest

    The city’s annual holiday light contest draws more than a dozen participants. Judging December 5-8th. 2023 maps will be available in early December.

    10. North St. Paul Hometown Holiday Lights Contest

    All participating addresses will be posted around December 10, 2023.

    11. North Suburban Holiday Light Map

    St. Anthony, Roseville, New Brighton, Columbia Heights, Arden Hills, and Mounds View
    Follow this map of holiday lights in several north suburban cities.

    Best Night to Tour: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops on the border of Columbia Heights and Minneapolis on December 11th at 8pm.

    12. Ramsey Deck the House Lights Contest

    Ramsey, MN 55303
    Grab a map from the city’s website and go on a self-guided tour. Residents can vote for their favorites. December 4-18, 2023.

    13. Richfield Holiday Lights Decorating Contest

    Richfield, MN 55423
    Community members can nominate addresses for the holiday lights contest. All nominated homes will be listed on Richfield’s website for residents to enjoy at their own pace. Find a map here. Nominations are due by December 13, 2023 at noon.

    Best night to tour: Enjoy the Holiday Lights Parade on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 6:30pm. Find a parade map on Facebook.

    14. St. Michael / Albertville

    STMA Mom creates a holiday lights tour of the St. Michael /Albertville area annually.

    15. St. Paul Park Holiday Lights Contest

    St. Paul Park, MN 55071
    The city encourages families who enjoy viewing holiday lights to explore St. Paul Park and nominate their favorites.

    Best viewing dates: December 19-22, 2023, during judging.

    16. Taylors Falls Lighting Contest

    Taylors Falls, MN 55084
    Taylors Falls is encouraging residents to decorate for the holidays and  turn on outdoor lights between 5 and 9pm, November 24, 2023-January 2, 2024.

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    Spectacular tree lightings & dazzling festivals of lights

    Tree Lighting Ceremony at Union Depot in Saint Paul Minnesota 2014

    If you love the small town, Hallmark movie vibe, than these small festivals are the perfect way to mix the awe and wonder of holiday lights with a night of family fun. These ceremonies go all out with Christmas decorations and traditional activities, like caroling, hot drinks and s’mores and sometimes wagon or sleight rides. You’ll also usually get a chance to see Santa. If you would rather avoid the crowd, visit these locations any time in December after the festival.

    Nov 10, 2023: Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

    109 West 4th Street, St Paul, MN 55102
    Rice Park is filled with thousands of lights each year. The public is invited to drive by the park or make it a walk-through experience to enjoy the lights throughout the winter. Lighting Ceremony: 5:30pm.

    Nov 13, 2023: Shoreview Holiday Lighting Event

    Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, Minnesota 55126
    The grounds of Shoreview Commons will be lit for the holidays. Music and cookies follow at the community center. 6-7pm.

    Nov 18, 2023: Mears Park Holiday Lighting Ceremony

    221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
    Mears Park in the Lowertown area of downtown St Paul lights up tonight. Dress for the weather and hit the link for details on a possible ornament hanging or exchange. November 18, 2023, 4:30pm.

    Nov 21, 2023: Apple Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

    7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Complete with caroling, cookies and cider. 6:15-7pm.

    Nov 22, 2023: Burnsville Winter Lighting Ceremony

    Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
    Traditionally held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with music by local choirs, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 200,000+ twinkling lights, and a 30-foot-tall tree. 6pm. The park will remain lit throughout the season for guests to enjoy on their own schedule.

    Nov 24, 2023: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival

    Taylors Falls, MN 55084
    Annually on Thanksgiving weekend when families are home for the beginning of the holiday season. Grand lighting of the main street and Santa Parade Friday with celebrations all weekend. 6pm.

    Nov 24, 2023: Light Up Hudson

    Lakefront Park, Hudson, WI
    Santa magically illuminates Lakefront Park with thousands of lights along the St Croix River. 7-8:30pm.

    Nov 24, 2023: Waconia Community Tree Lighting

    City Square Park, 100 E Main Street, Waconia
    A tree lighting event with hot cocoa and visits with Santa. 6pm.

    Nov 24, 2023: Wayzata Light Up the Lake Tree Lighting

    Depot Park, 402 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
    Tree lighting ceremony Friday night, with Santa and reindeer, a candy cane hunt for the kids and a parade of lights. 4:30-7pm.

    Nov 25, 2023: Delano Light the Night Tree Lighting

    Light the Night Tree Lighting takes place at 7pm. Delano’s Old Fashioned Christmas festival takes place Dec 2, including the Deladazzle Parade.

    Nov 25, 2023: Edina Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Along with the holiday tree lighting at 50th & France will be chorale singers, horse-drawn trolley rides and Santa Claus.  4:30-6:30pm.

    Nov 25, 2023: Hastings Holiday Hoopla Tree Lighting

    Shopping and tons of family activities at businesses downtown before the street snowflakes light up at 5:15pm followed by the City Hall Tree lighting at 5:30pm. 

    Nov 25, 2023: Rosemount Community Tree Lighting

    The annual tree lighting plus treats, kids activities, choir performances, and a visit from Santa. 6-7pm.

    Nov 26, 2023: Blaine Winter Celebration & Lighting

    Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Dr. NE, Blaine, MN 55449
    Besides the lighting of Tom Ryan Park, families can enjoy costumed carolers, a swing band, s’mores by the fire, hot chocolate and an appearance by Santa and his reindeer. Drive by any time after the lighting celebration. 4:30-7:30pm.

    Nov 26, 2023: South St Paul Tree Lighting Event

    Central Square Community Center, 100 – 7th Avenue North, South St Paul
    Complete with cocoa, caroling and the lighting of the holiday tree. 5:30-6pm.

    Nov 27, 2023: Scandia VinterLights!

    14727 209th St N, Scandia, MN 55073
    The highlight may be the holiday tree lighting at 5:30pm, but there’s also an indoor craft market, music, free Dala horse cookies, hot cocoa and caroling around a firepit. Entire event runs noon-6:30pm.

    Nov 27, 2023: Otsego Annual Tree Lighting Event

    Prairie Center, 8899 Nashua Ave NE, Otsego MN
    Local talent and VIPs will be on hand to light the holiday tree, plus cocoa and cookies. 6:30pm.

    Nov 28, 2023: Lakeville Holiday Lighting at Pioneer Plaza

    20785 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
    Lighting at 6pm, musical performance by Lakeville South High School’s Encore Singers and warm beverages and cookies. 6pm.

    Nov 29, 2023: Cottage Grove Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting

    Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Pkwy S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
    There will be a festive holiday tree for photos along with Santa and reindeer, bonfires, kids activities, live music and food trucks. 5-7pm.

    Nov 30, 2023: Dayton’s Holidayton Celebration

    12260 Diamond Lake Road, Dayton MN 55327
    Join in for the holiday tree lighting along with other festivities – Santa photos, smores and hot cocoa, hayrides and a light parade. 6-8pm.

    Nov 30, 2023: Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony

    City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, Savage, Minnesota 55378
    Cocoa, live music, a bonfire and ornament-making go with the lighting of the tree. 5:30pm.

    Dec 1, 2023: Afton Village Holiday Tree Lighting

    Town Square Park, Afton, MN 55001
    Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree is at 6pm with FREE horse & wagon rides from 5-8:30pm. Event 5pm-9pm. Visit anytime after the lighting to view. 

    Dec 6, 2024: Champlin Christmas at the Crossings

    Mississippi Crossings, 307 East River Parkway, Champlin, MN 55316
    This free family event will light up the community gathering space with a 30-foot panel animated musical tree, 16-foot walk through displays (gift box and ornament) and snowflake light poles. Lighting ceremony 4-6:30pm. Park will be lit nightly until 10pm throughout December.

    Dec 1, 2023: Forest Lake Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting

    Lakeside Memorial Park, 95 East Broadway Avenue, Forest Lake, MN 55025
    Holiday tree lighting ceremony plus smores and hot cocoa, holiday musical favorites and a petting zoo. 4:30-7pm.

    Dec 1, 2023: Inver Grove Heights Holidays in the Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
    Tree lighting followed by Skate with Santa at the West Rink. 6pm-7pm. 

    Dec 1, 2023: Oak Grove Tree Lighting

    19900 Nightingale St NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011
    The Oak Grove Fire Department is in charge of lighting up the community holiday tree. Warm waffles and beverages while you enjoy the display. And Santa visits! December 1, 2023, 5-8pm.

    Dec 1, 2023: Osseo MiniDazzle Tree Lighting

    Boerboom Veterans Park, 416 Central Avenue Osseo, MN 55369
    Fire Engine Parade and tree lighting at 6pm. Pictures with Santa, a bonfire, caroling and other entertainment follows. Trees are lit along Main Street through the season. 6-8pm.

    Dec 1, 2023: Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

    12716 Main Street, Rogers, MN, 55374
    A December tree lighting ceremony that includes hot chocolate, cookies and caroling from 6-8pm. Cruise by anytime after that to see the tree. 

    Dec 1-2, 2023: Stillwater Twinkle Party & Tree Lighting

    Lowell Park, 201 Water St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
    Enjoy holiday lights, sights & the sounds of Victorian carolers (Friday) & watch the dazzling community tree lighting (Saturday). Twinkle lights provided or bring your own. 

    Dec 2, 2023: Grand Meander Tree Lighting

    Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
    The great tree is lit outside Charlemagne Fine Jewelry around 5pm. The whole day is filled with exploring the shopping district, carolers, trolley rides, Santa visits and more. 

    Dec 2, 2023: Albertville Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting

    Albertville Central Park, 5801 Main Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
    The tree lighting ceremony is at 5pm – don’t miss horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa, smores and more.

    Dec 2, 2023: Anoka Tree Lighting

    Anoka City Hall River Plaza, 2015 First Avenue Anoka, MN 55303 
    Tree Lighting is traditionally Friday evening of the first weekend of December. Enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music, bonfires, and Santa. 

    Dec 2, 2023Buffalo Deck The Halls Tree Lighting

    Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
    Tree Lighting set is at 5pm, but come early for festivities beginning at 3pm with Santa’s arrival. Enjoy carolers, wagon rides, live reindeer, hot chocolate and cookies at more. 3-5pm and view the lights any evening after the lighting.

    Dec 2, 2023: Chanhassen Tree Lighting Ceremony

    City Center Plaza, 7700 Market Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317
    Light up the plazas and celebrate with bonfires, refreshments, carolers, gingerbread house contest display, and a special visit from Santa!  5pm. 

    Dec 2, 2023: Elk River Lighting Ceremony & Santa in the Park

    Rivers Edge Commons Park, 679 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
    Festivities from 2pm-5pm ending with a Tree Lighting. Family fun includes Santa visit, goodie bags for kids, petting zoo and kids craft station. 

    Dec 2, 2023: Light Up Lake Elmo

    Downtown, Lake Elmo MN 55042
    Celebration leading up to 5:45 tree lighting ceremony. Tree will be lit evenings after the event. 4-6pm.

    Dec 2, 2023: Plymouth Holiday Lights at the Hilde

    3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, MN 55447
    The grounds of the Hilde will be lit tonight and remain illuminated throughout the snowy season.

    Dec 2, 2023: Shakopee Holiday Fest Tree Lighting

    Downtown, Shakopee 55379
    Christmas carolers, Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. 2-6pm.

    Dec 2, 2023: St. Michael Winterfest Tree Lighting

    Town Center Park, 11800 Town Center Drive NE
    Santa, Mrs. Claus & reindeer will be there and the holiday tree will shine. Lots of activities: caroling, bingo, story time, smores over the fire and hot beverages. 3-6pm.

    Dec 2, 2023: St Paul Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting

    North Plaza, 4th Street between Sibley and Wacouta, St. Paul, 55101
    Drive by the North Plaza any evening after the tree-lighting ceremony to see the the tree, which will be lit through December.

    Dec 2, 2023: Watertown Santa-Stravaganza Tree Lighting Ceremony

    309 Lewis Ave S, Watertown, MN 55388
    Ceremony is at 4:30pm in City Center Park following all the Santa activities. 9am-5:30pm.

    Dec 2, 2023: Wyoming Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Railroad Park, 26755 Faxton Avenue WyomingMN  55092
    Lighting of the holiday trees plus light displays, a Santa meet, refreshments and entertainment. 4:30-6pm.

    Dec 3, 2023: Chaska Firemen’s Park Tree Lighting

    Chaska Event Center and Firemen’s Park
    The grand tree lighting plus crafts, outdoor games, hot cocoa and cookies & pictures with Santa Claus. 6-7:30pm.

    Dec 4-7, 2023: SBM Santa Parade

    Schedule your holiday lights drive to hit up one of four evening Santa parades by the Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Mounds View Fire Department. Bring a donation for the local food shelf. Parades begin at 6:30pm. 

    Dec 5, 2023: Eagan Community Tree Lighting

    Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
    Tree lighting followed by indoor and outdoor activities and an outdoor trail of lights. 4:30-7pm.

    Dec 5, 2023: Ramsey Holiday Tree Lighting

    7550 Sunwood Dr NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
    Free cocoa, cookies and pictures with Santa at the holiday tree lighting event. Rumriver Art Center will offer a create-your-own holiday ornament class.

    Dec 5, 2023: Robbinsdale Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing-Along

    The event will take place at City Hall and includes a sing along, Santa visit and refreshments. 6-6:30pm.

    Dec 7, 2023: Light Up Victoria

    Bayfront Park in Downtown Victoria, 1730 Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria, MN 55386
    The park lights up at 6pm followed by festive winter activities such as caroling, Santa Claus meets, hot apple cider, hayrides, llamas and dance performances. 6-7pm.

    Dec 9, 2023: Coon Rapids Tree Lighting Festival

    Boulevard Plaza, 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
    Celebrate the lighting of Coon Rapids’ community tree with signing and bonfires. Holiday tree lighting countdown and fireworks at 5:30pm. 

    Dec 9, 2023: Ham Lake Hometown Holiday Lights

    17565 Central Ave NE, Suite 200, Ham Lake, MN
    Lighting of the Ham Lake Holiday Lights accompanied by activities such as Santa greet, alpacas and mini-horses, treats, ornament-making, holiday movies December 9, 2023, 3-6pm.

    Dec 9, 2023: Minnetonka Tree Lighting at Ridgedale Commons

    12590 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
    Festive events on the lineup include hot cocoa, crafts, a bonfire and music (4:30-6 p.m.), tree lighting (5pm) and a candy cane hunt (5:30pm).

    Dec 14, 2023: Richfield Holiday Lights Parade

    1901 East 66th Street to 67th & Lyndale, Richfield, MN 55423
    Enjoy holiday lights on festive parade floats and vehicles. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be part of the parade. 6:30pm.

    On hiatus for 2023


    The Minneapolis classic winter festival in hopes to return in 2024.

    CSE Winter Light Show – Watch for it in February 2024!

    University of Minnesota, Civil Engineering Courtyard, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S. E., Minneapolis 55455
    A dazzling light show designed by science and engineering students. The high-tech light show features more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. FREE and open to the public!

    CSE Winter Light Show at the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering, Minneapolis, MN 

    Lighting festivals and events worth the splurge

    Weeping Willow Sensory Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Winter Lights Show in Chaska, Minnesota

    For an extra-special and magical night out, these ticketed events and festivals can be so much fun. You can plan your tickets around special family days or around the weather. Consider adding one of these events to your Twin Cities holiday traditions.

    Arboretum Winter Lights

    3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
    Take a walking tour through the garden lights on the grounds of the Twin Cities’ favorite botanical gardens. Winter displays will feature flowers, nature and winter fun and even more lights than ever before. Nov 16 through December 31, 2023.

    Special dates

    Pre-purchased tickets required:

    • General Admission: $25/adult (extra on special days)
    • Family Night: Dec 1 & 15: $5/Children & $30/Adults, includes crafts, cookies, cocoa and costumed characters in a cozy family-friendly setting.

    GLOW Holiday Festival

    CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
    This year, there is more than a drive-through: Over a million lights, selfie plaza, three-story ice palace, and a bike-powered tree. Tickets: $12.75-$20.75/pp.  Nov. 16 – Dec. 31, 2023.

    Glow Holiday Festival discount code: Good through November 29, 2023 at 11:59pm: Enter code: HIGHFIVE for $5/off each ticket. (We have no affiliation with this discount; we’re just passing on the deal.)

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    Dakota City Heritage Village

    Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th Street W, Farmington, MN 55024
    There is so much to do and see at this old time Christmas village, from Christmas music in the church, to lights and ornaments of the early 1900s. Send a letter to Santa at the North Pole, watch a model train display, warm up with cocoa, cider, cookies & popcorn. December 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th, 2023. Buy tickets online. $5.50.

    Dakota City General Store decorated for Christmas with wreaths and lights.
    Dakota City General Store

    Excelsior Christkindlesmarkt

    Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331
    Tree lighting is traditionally held the first evening. There is also a St. Martins Children’s Lantern Parade on Saturday at 4pm, when kids carry German lanterns, light the Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols. November 24-26, 2023. Tickets $5/pp. Excelsior is on our list of favorite small town Christmas experiences.

    Magic Lights

    Viking Lakes, 2685 Viking Circle, Eagan, MN 55121
    The newest drive-through Christmas light experience in the Twin Cities. November 17-December 31, 2023. Starting at 5:30pm nightly. $25-$35/car. (Save by buying tickets before November 5th).

    Open Window Theatre – Walk-Through Christmas Display

    Your ticket to Nicholas: The Origin of Father Christmas includes access to a 4,000 square foot Christmas display, including a collections of St. Nicholas figures, Christmas village, nativity sets and lights. Included with Tickets to Nicholas, December 1-31, 2023.

    Sever’s Holiday Lights

    3121 150th St W, Shakopee, MN 55379
    Holiday light shows, Winter Carnivals, and more. November 22-December 31, 2023. $30/car; $45/vehicle for groups of 8 or more.

    Spirit of Winter –  Festival of Lights

    Sovereign Estate, 9950 N Shore Rd, Waconia, MN 55387
    Get in the holiday spirit at this all-ages stroll through holiday lights displays and more outdoor attractions plus food and beverage for purchase. $10/pp. Starts Nov 17-Dec 30, 2023.


    Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
    An evening trolley ride through hundreds of luminaries. Afterwards roast marshmallows on a fire. December 2, 2023. 6pm-8:30pm. $6/rider.

    FREE Minneapolis & St. Paul holiday light displays

    For the adventurous family who want to see the very best of the best community Christmas lights, these homeowners go all out every year. You can design your own map and make it an evening of experiencing the joy of the Christmas season. Add the spirit of giving by bringing some non-perishable food items and maybe a little cash. Many of these brilliant decorators collect donations for a favorite charity or cause.

    Christmas Lights Map

    Saint Paul Holiday Displays

    Governor’s Residence

    1006 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
    Last year Holiday tours returned featuring a 10-foot wreath & 300-foot blue spruce tree with over 15,000 LED-colored lights.  We wait to see if there will be scheduled tours this year. Take a drive down summit avenue, for an extended tour of the beautiful historic homes on this block and some of the best Christmas lights. 2023 Holiday Tour dates TBA.

    Mears Park

    221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
    If you have half an hour for a stroll, consider a walk from Rice Park to Mears Park. They are less than a mile apart and both are beautifully decorated each year.

    Schultz Family Lights/Holiday Lights on York

    1526 York Ave, St. Paul 55106
    Comprised of 11 yards on both sides of the street dancing to holiday favorites you can listen to on your car radio. Synchronized to 91.5. Collecting food shelf donations for the holiday season. 5-10 pm. Opening Day traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving. 2023 started with Halloween shows in October. 

    Holiday Lights on York / Schultz Family Lights - Home in Saint Paul Minnesota decorated for the Holidays with lights and lighted figures.
    Lights on York

    Minneapolis Holiday Lights

    House on Howard

    2418 Howard Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
    Over 3000 lights. Runs daily from 5:30-11pm. Not announced for 2023.

    Hayden’s Holiday Lights 

    (fka Holiday Light Show on Lyndale)
    5205 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
    Hayden Holiday Lights is a family-friendly, small neighborhood light show to music. Walk or drive by between Dec. 1, 2023 and midnight Jan 1, 2024. Check website for daily times.

    Hayden's Holiday Lights, 5205 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
    Hayden’s Holiday Lights, 5205 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

    Reader Recommendation

    53rd and Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55430

    “…it’s his 25th year of lighting up the house. There are 39,000 lights just on the trees alone and some great vintage displays.” – Lisa 2019.

    FREE Northwest Metro holiday light displays

    Featuring Christmas and holiday light displays in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro communities near Andover, Anoka, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Maple Grove, Montrose, Oak Grove, Plymouth, Ramsey and Rogers, Minnesota.


    Cairl Family Christmas Lights

    2342 145th Avenue NW, Andover, MN 55304
    Tune in to 99.1FM. Show Runs daily from 5:30-9:30. Collects donations for St. Jude Children’s. Confirmed for 2023. Watch the Facebook page for updates.

    North Pole in Andover

    2347 141st Lane NW, Andover, MN 55304
    Features 20,000 lights and over 300 blow molds with a walking path. The show runs all of December; 5-10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 5-11 pm Friday and Saturday. Money is collected for Minnesota Basset Rescue. 2023 Confirmed by the homeowner.

    Behnke Home

    14113 Ilex Street NW, Andover, MN 55304
    Recommended by the Durrant Family in 2021 and 2022.


    Reader recommendation

    845 Brisbin St, Anoka, MN 55303


    Edgewood Court

    12025 Edgewood CT N Champlin MN 55316
    The family asks that if you like the show, that you send a donation to the
    Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation. Submitted by the homeowners in 2021. 

    Steven’s House

    10213 Hidden Oaks Ln North, Champlin, MN 55316
    Submitted by the homeowner for 2023.


    Hope Lights: A Christmas Display

    12401 Partridge St NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448
    Please park along the side of the road if you intend to stay and watch. Tune into 91.7 FM. Lights run 5-11pm Fridays and Saturdays and 5-10pm weeknights. Opening Day: November 25, 2023 through January 12, 2024.

    Hanson Family Lights

    555 120th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN 55448
    Hours: Sun-Thurs from 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm and Fri-Sat 6:00 until 11:00. Not announced on their Facebook page for 2023.


    Warnke Christmas Display

    17978 Fresno St NW Elk River, MN 55330
    Lights to music 5-10 daily. The homeowners tell us that there is also another nice display on Main straight just around the corner. Submitted by homeowners in 2020.

    Holt Street Holiday Light Show

    19418 Holt St NW Elk River, MN 55330
    Over 5000 lights to synced to music at 106.5 FM. The 30-minute show runs from 6pm-10:30pm M-Th; 6pm-11:30pm Fri-Sun. Submitted by the homeowner for 2021.

    Lights on Fresno Street

    18016 Fresno Street, NW Elk River MN 55330
    Tune in to FM106.5 to listen to music synced to the lights. Up and running for Halloween & Christmas 2023.



    Jordan Family Lights

    9673 Rosewood Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
    Recommended by the Durrant Family in 2021.

    Cottonwood Lane “What a Gift” Lights

    6809 Cottonwood Ln N., Maple Grove MN
    Tune to radio station 87.9, Show times are on the half hour. 5:30 to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Static lights when not running. Collecting gift cards and cash for Haven for Heroes. Drop box on mail box. Verified by owner for 2022.

    Maple Grove Rotary Holiday Light Display

    Central Park, 12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369
    Maple Grove Rotary will showcase their holiday light display featuring over 2 dozen trees around the skating rink area during the month of December. Opens December 9, 2023.


    Mindy Lane Holiday Display

    135 Mindy Ln, Montrose, MN 55363
    Light show runs from 5pm-10pm Sunday through Thursday and 5pm-11pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Confirmed for 2023.


    Our Farm Christmas Trees

    4271 210th Avenue NW, Oak Grove, MN 55303
    Recommended by the Durrant Family in 2021, you can also cut your own Christmas tree here, which could make for a memorable holiday family outing. Christmas Tree hours run until 7pm, cover two holiday traditions in one trip!

    Morin’s Family Holiday Lights

    310 217th Ave NW, Cedar MN 55011
    Follow the progress on Facebook. Tune in to 89.1. Lights on for 2023.


    Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place

    16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN 55447
    Sun-Thurs: 5:30-9:30; Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm. Runs Dec 1-31 (except Christmas Eve). Watch for Halloween as well. Follow on Facebook for updates.

    Joy to the Season

    4810 Orchid Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55446
    Nightly 6pm-Midnight. Late November through New Years. Collects for the Animal Humane Society. No update on their Facebook page for 2023.


    Lights on Azurite

    16225 Azurite St NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
    Decorates for Halloween and Christmas (and other major holidays). Tune in to 105.9FM. Lights on for 2023.

    Loss Family Light Show

    2023 cancelled due to a move – look for a new Circle Pines/ Blaine location in 2024


    Lights on Jackie Lane

    19700 Jackie Lane, Rogers, MN 55374
    The show contains over 15 songs with a great mix of holiday classics and upbeat tracks. Tune your FM dial to 87.9. Show times: Sun-Thur 5:30-10:00pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm. Opens November 23, 2023.

    Lights on Jackie, 19700 Jackie Lane, Rogers, MN 55374.
    Lights on Jackie. Image courtesy of Brad Gocken.

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    1. Each year, we lose a couple more awesome light shows because the traffic gets too heavy for residential streets. We beg our readers to please remember to be respectful of the homeowners and their neighbors when viewing these light displays.

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    Kalata Christmas House

    11927 Midway St NE, Blaine, MN 55449
    Featuring 30,000 lights, inflatables, manger scene with star and a rooftop Santa and reindeer! Daily from 5-10:30 Collecting donations for the Union Gospel Mission. Submitted by the owner for 2021.

    Kalata Christmas House 11927 Midway St. NE Blaine Featuring 30,000 lights, inflatables, manger scene with star and a rooftop Santa and reindeer! Daily from 5-10:30 Collecting donations for the Union Gospel Mission.
    Kalata Christmas House. Image courtesy of Angie Kalata

    Lights on Duke

    12057 Duke Drive NE, Blaine, MN 55434
    Run by the Hanson Family Lights family. The show runs Sunday through Thursday from 6pm-10pm and Friday & Saturday 6pm-11pm. Not announced for 2023.

    Pankratz Home

    12926 Tyler Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434
    Recommended by the Durrant Family in 2021 & 2022.

    Durrant Family Projection

    12724 Erskin St Northeast. Blaine, MN 55449

    Back after a year’s hiatus and in a new location for 2023 with new projection mapping technology. Sun – Thurs, 5-9pm, Fri & Sat until 10pm. Tune to 87.9.


    Barno Family Lights

    4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines, MN 55014
    After, some hesitation, the family has decided to go forward with their annual light show this year. However, this may be the last year, so get out there if you want to see it. Usually begins Thanksgiving weekend. 6pm-11pm. Confirmed for 2023.


    Langness Lights

    9610 223rd Street North Forest Lake, MN 55025
    The Langness family begins the season with an October Halloween show and then switches over to Christmas (with even more lights) shortly after that. Synchronized to 93.1FM. Plays 6:30pm-9pm nightly. Follow up Facebook for updates. Begins October 20, 2023. 


    Mellem Family Christmas Light Show

    301 173rd Ln NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304
    Use the address listed above to get close enough to spot the house. Collects  donations for charity. Tune to 89.1. Opening Day Friday, November 24, 2023 at 6pm.


    Adelaide Landing Neighborhood

    5562 130th St N Hugo, MN 55038
    Over 30 homes in one neighborhood with Christmas light displays, each with its own Christmas song, movie or book theme. Guess the theme and then scan the QR code to get the answer and answer a trivia question. Taking food shelf donations. 4:30-10pm nightly. Confirmed for 2023.

    New in 2023: Mail your letters to Santa! There will be a red mailbox at 5755 130th Ln N starting the day after Thanksgiving. Find more Twin Cities Santa Mailboxes Here.


    Valley Lights at Rock Point Church

    5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo MN 55042
    Over 100,000 LED lights. Runs Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. 5pm-10pm. Tune in to 97.9. November 25-December 31, 2023.


    Cinnamon Teal Ct Neighborhood

    7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes MN 55014
    Follow on Facebook to find out when special events, like Santa visits, may be happening. Lights on for 2023.

    Elm Street Lights

    41 Elm Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
    Just a 2-minute drive west of Cinnamon Teal Court on Hwy 1,2 check out a smaller, but magical display. The homeowners tell us they have been lighting up their block for 18 years. Submitted by the homeowners in 2021.

    Living Waters Church Love Lights 

    Living Waters Lutheran Church, 865 Birch Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
    Living waters flips the switch on the outdoor Christmas lights in early December. Live Music, Christmas carols, bonfires, smores, hot chocolate, family photo ops and more. (Think Hallmark Christmas Movies!) No lights announced for 2023.


    Wes’s Light Display

    150 Ivy Street, Mahtomedi, MN 55115
    Submitted by the Homeowner for 2022.


    Koran Family Christmas Display

    35855 Lincoln Rd., North Branch, MN 55056
    Run by the family of Senator Mark Koran, donations go to local youth groups. Tune in to 91.9FM. The family asks that visitors turn off their headlights when driving through the display. Sun-Thurs: 5-11pm; Fri-Sat: 5pm-Midnight. Runs November 26, 2023 through January 7, 2024.


    Candy Cane Lane

    1994 Herschel Street, Roseville, MN 55113
    25,000 lights and a 180-foot walking path for pedestrians to stroll with a Whoville, trains and mini candy canes. Walking path open 9am-9pm.

    House decorated with Christmas lights and characters.
    Candy Cane Lane with a walk-thru path open to the public!


    Wintertime in Stillwater Lights Display

    Downtown Stillwater, Stillwater MN 55082
    Lights on Chestnut Street, a soaring LED Christmas tree and twinkling Main Street. December 1-31, 2023.


    Holiday Lights on Bloom

    2631 Bloom Rd., White Bear Lake, Mn. 55110
    Submitted by the homeowner, we’re told they have over 12,000 lights on display daily from 5-9:30pm. November 14, 2023 through January 31, 2024.

    Jeff’s Holiday Light Display

    5010 126th Street N., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    Runs every  night until New Years. Submitted by the homeowner in 2023.


    Fillebrown House

    Fillebrown House, 4735 Lake Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    The White Bear Lake Historical Society historically decorates the pine tree in front of the Fillebrown House.

    Members of the White Bear Lake Historical Society decorating the tree in front of the Fillebrown House in White Bear Lake Minnesota
    Fillebrown House Christmas Tree. Image courtesy of the White Bear Lake Historical Society.

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    Choir of Penguins

    14036 Flagstone Trail, Apple Valley MN 55124
    All elements are handmade and the homeowner writes the programming. Tune to 91.9. Confirmed for 2023. Daily 5-10pm beginning late November.

    Porter’s Holiday Lights Show

     13596 Hollins Ct., Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Usually begins late November and runs Sunday through Thursday from 5pm-9pm and Friday & Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Tune to FM frequency 87.9. Also Halloween. After a year’s hiatus, confirmed for 2023, starting November 22-NYD.

    Lights on Gardenview

    927 Garden View Dr., Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Tune to FM frequency 99.1. • Mon-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5:30-10pm; Sat 5-10pm; Sun 5pm-9:30pm. Opening day: December 1, 2023.


    Christmas Lights on Big Oak Drive in Burnsville

    2012 Big Oak Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
    Enjoy a pixel light show coordinated to music. There are 24 songs that play on a continuous loop. Tune your radios to 91.9 FM and enjoy some Christmas spirit. Hours: Sunday-Thurs 5-10pm and Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm. Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Submitted by the homeowner in 2023.


    Rottage Grove Christmas

    8831 Grenadier Av S, Cottage Grove 55016
    While other sites we trust have this added to their verified list, we hesitate to verify it since the website does not list the year and videos haven’t been updated in several years. If you visit and verify, we would love to hear from you!

    Best night to visit: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops in Cottage Grove on December 10th at 5:15pm.


    Burdick’s House 

    3863 Mersey Way, Eagan, MN 55123
    Over 25,000 lights. Confirmed by homeowner for 2022.

    Best night to visit: November 11 from 5:30pm-7pm, Santa and his reindeer will be visiting the Burdick home. Collecting dog and cat food  for the Humane Society and toys for Sharing & Caring Hands.

    Sperry Tower Holiday Lighting Schedule

    1401-1407 Towerview Rd, Eagan, MN 55121
    Eagan’s Sperry Tower will be lit up on the following December dates to celebrate the holidays:

    • December 8 – First Day of Hanukkah -blue & white lights.
    • December 24/25 – Christmas Eve & Christmas – red & green lights
    • December 26 – Kwanzaa – red, black & green lights
    • December 31 – New Year’s Eve – multi-colored lights.


    Exclusive Path Lights

    18878 Exclusive Path, Farmington, MN 55024
    Two neighboring homes who have collectively 50,000 lights and yard decorations. 5-10pm daily. Begins November 23, 2023 and runs through January 6, 2024. Submitted by homeowner in 2023.


    Luskey Family Light Display

    1622 Forest Street, Hastings, MN 55033
    Annual display grows every year. The Luskeys tell us they doubled the number of rgb pixels in their display in 2023 and added a radio signal for a brightened experience. Tune to 91.9. Confirmed by the homeowner for 2023.


    Strandlof’s Christmas Lights

    7050 Blaine Ave Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
    Holiday lights with a Ferris Wheel to boot. Tune to 87.9. 5:00pm-10:00pm. Runs November 23-December 31, 2023.

    69th Street Christmas Lights

    3154 69th Street East, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
    The homeowners have told us that they will have over 35,000 lights and a garden railroad with two running trains in 2022. 


    Christmas at Dodd Crossing

    5624 162nd St W., Lakeville, MN 55044
    New in 2021! Shows will run from 6pm-9:30pm Sunday through Thursday and and 6pm-10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Thanksgiving night. Submitted by the homeowner for 2021.

    Iteri Place Lights

    19739 Iteri Place, Lakeville MN 55044
     Light Show synched to 98.9 FM runs 5:30-9:30pm nightly through through New Year’s Eve. Collecting donations for Minnesota Pitbull Rescue. Scan the QR Code at the site. Submitted by the homeowner for 2022.


    Spence House

    15619 Claret Ave West, Rosemount MN 55068
    Display is lit up from 5pm to 10pm nightly, Nov 29-December 31, 2023. Submitted by the homeowner in 2023.


    Cison’s Winter Wonderland

    808 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN 55071
    Past winner of the City’s Holiday Lights Contest. Submitted by the owner for 2022. 


    Shakopee Winter Wonderland

    921 Shakopee Ave East, Shakopee MN 55379
    There are often Santa visits, crafts, cookies and hot cocoa in the garage. Opening Day: November 23, 2023. 6-9:30pm.


    Holiday Lights of Woodbury 

    8846 Glacier Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
    Runs Thanksgiving through New Years Plus Halloween. Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. Confirmed for 2023.

    Schafer Home Lights 

    10870 Artesian Lane, Woodbury, MN 55129
    Submitted by the homeowner for 2021.

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    Founders Ridge Senior Community

    6600 Auto Club Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
    Trees and decorated and lights throughout the entrance of the campus along circular drive, including a 12-foot tree at the entrance of the building. Collecting Toys for Tots in a collection box under the awning of the front entrance. Submitted by the community in 2020 – no updates for 2023.

    Martin Luther Senior Living

    1401 E 100th Street, Bloomington, MN 55425
    Runs daily Friday, November 24, 2023 – Monday, January 2, 2024; 5-10pm.


    Christmas on Savanna

    4441 Savanna Trail, Chaska, MN 55318
    Synchronized to 91.9 FM. The homeowners ask that you please do not block driveways in the neighborhood. Lights on for 2023.

    Snook Family Lights

    1188 Wildwood Way, Chaska, MN 55318
    Synchronized to 91.9 FM. The homeowners ask that you respect the neighbors by parking on the opposite side of the street, keeping your volume down and turning off your lights if you park. Lights on for 2023.


    Christ Lutheran Church

    16900 Main St., Eden Prairie, MN 55346
    Synchronized to 87.9. Runs dusk to dawn, beginning in late November. No updates given for 2023.

    Christmas Lights at Sunrise

    15482 Sunrise Circle, Eden Prairie,  MN 55347
    Nightly: Dusk to midnight. Thanksgiving weekend thru Epiphany (Jan. 6). 2023.


    Winter Lights at Centennial Lakes Park

    7499 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435
    Walk through the park from dusk to 10pm to enjoy the holiday lights.


    Linden Circle Light Show

    3821 Linden Circle, Excelsior MN 55331
    Over 50 inflatables and other holiday lights. Daily 3-11pm. Best time to view: Clear and non-windy days. Inflatables are down during windy and stormy days. Submitted by the homeowner for 2023.

    Trista Lights

    4386 Trista Bend, Excelsior, MN 55331
    Tune your radio to 97.5 FM.   The show takes about 15 minutes and the homeowners ask that you respect the neighbors by not parking in front of driveways, turning off headlights and keeping your radio at a reasonable level. Confirmed for 2023.

    Kirsten’s Lights on Minnewashta

    3821 Linden Cir, Excelsior, MN 55331
    Show runs from 3pm to 11pm daily. Visit on non-windy days to see the inflatables. Submitted by the Homeowner for 2023.


    Lights on Forest Edge Drive

    816 Forest Edge Dr, Jordan, MN 55352
    Homeowners have not updated their Facebook page in a few years.


    Cottontrail Drive

    9503 Cottontail Drive, Minnetrista, MN 55375
    Over 40,000 lights set to a varity of music Thursdays through Sundays from 6pm to 9:30pm. Tune to 91.9FM. The homeowners ask that you please turn your headlights off. Submitted by the homeowners for 2023.


    Lights on Mushtown

    17881 Mushtown Rd, Prior Lake, MN, 55372
    Over 32,000 lights synchronized to music. Runs seven days a week from 5pm-11pm. Tune to 91.9FM. Lights on for 2023.


    Christmas Wonderland Walk Through Light Display

    5293 River Wood Drive, Savage, MN 55378
    The homeowners set up lights and open their whole yard to the public! Santa and Mrs. Claus visit for free pictures and candy canes on most Friday and Saturday nights. Open Thanksgiving through New Years Day. 5-8:30. Collecting food donations for 360 communities. November 23, 2023 through New Years.

    Greater Minnesota & Midwest Holiday Light Displays

    North of the Minneapolis-St Paul suburbs:

    Illuminate Isanti

    Bluebird Park, 201 Isanti Pkwy NW
    Wander through a festive winter wonderland to find Santa Claus in the park. Take your photo, savor some hot chocolate and warm up by the fire. Purchase tickets online or at city hall. The holiday lights will be on select dates. December 7-10 & 14-17, 2023. $5-$12/pp.

    Light Up Princeton

    300 N Rum River Dr, Princeton, MN 55371
    This is a drive-thru holiday lights event. December 1-24, 2023, Thur-Sun 6-9pm. FREE.

    Up North to Duluth:

    Bentleyville Tour of Lights

    700 Railroad St, Duluth, MN 55802
    With 20 acres of holiday decor, make this tunnel of lights a part of a perfect
    Holiday Weekend in Duluth. Open Evenings November 18th to December 26th, 2023; 5-9 Sun-Thurs 5-10 Fri-Sat.

    Kids standing at the entrance to of Bentleyville Holiday Lights in Duluth, Minnesota
    Bentleyville, Duluth Minnesota

    Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound + Light Show

    2725 Exhibition Drive Duluth, MN 55811 
    Runs late November through the end of the year.  Open 5-10pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-11pm. Friday and Saturday. Confirmed opening night of November 24, 2023.

    West to Wilmar:

    Celebrate the Light

    Robbins Island Regional Park, Hwy 71 S N, Willmar, MN 56201
    An annual family tradition in Willmar. Verified for 2023.

    Northeast to Somerset, WI:

    Sam’s Christmas Village & Light Tour

    710 Spring Street, Somerset, WI 54025
    Drive through on Mondays & Tuesdays and walk through Wednesday-Sunday. Rent a S’more Cabin any day; Daily 5pm-8pm
    . Kids $10; Adults $20; Parking $10. S’more Cabin $129.

    Northwest to Wadena:

    Christmas in Wadena

    414 3rd St. SW, Wadena, MN 56482
    This show raises money for Project Share and runs Thursday, November 23, 2023 until Monday, January 1st, 2024; Monday – Thursday: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM; Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Best Day to Visit: If you want to drive another 12 miles up Highway 10, to New York Mills Christmas Tree Festival is celebrated at City Hall from November 25 through December 2, 2023, with a special family day on Saturday, November 25th.

    Holiday Lights on 20th Street

    11594 20th St NE, St. Michael, MN 55376
    Tune into 99.3FM. M-Th 5:30-9:00; F-S 5:30-9:30. Opening Night: Friday November 24, 2023. Runs through New Year’s Eve.

    Epic Storm Light Show

    212 Summit Ave South, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
    New in 2022, 20-foot Christmas Tree. Show runs Friday-Sunday from 5-10pm. Tune into FM 88.5. Confirmed for 2023.

    Southwest to Glencoe or Mankato:

    Pederson Family Light Show

    1815 Red Oak Rdg Carver, MN 55315
    They have not updated their Facebook since 2018, but they were still active as of 2021.

    Kiwanis Holiday Lights display

    Sibley Park, 900 Mound Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001
    November 24 – December 31, 2023! Sunday – Thursday 5:00-9:00 PM; Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:00 PM. Free.

    Southeast to La Crosse, Rochester & Albert Lea:

    Rotary Lights

    410 Veteran Memorial Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601
    Begins November 24, 2023.

    Peace Plaza

    1st Ave SW & 1st St SW (Street Level), Rochester, MN 55902
    Tree lighting party and Santa arrival is Friday, November 24, 2023. View the lights any time in December.

    Carter Christmas Lights

    1905 Brookside Drive, Albert Lea Minnesota 56007
    Traditionally runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 27th.  (M-Th 5-9pm; F-S 5-10pm; Collects for charity).

    Chetek WI:

    Larson’s Lights – Holiday Lights at the Lake

    Chetek, WI 54728
    Formerly of New Hope, Minnesota, the Larson’s have moved their display to Chetek, Wisconsin. Traditionally runs Halloween and from Thanksgiving to the week after New Years. Synchronized to 87.9. Confirmed for 2023.  4:30pm-11pm.

    Fargo, ND:

    Holiday Nights at Red River Zoo

    Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave S Fargo, ND 58104
    Stroll through the decorated zoo lights with plenty of family activities. Only $6/adult; $4/kids ages 2-14;Children under 2 are free.

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    163 thoughts on “Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays”

    1. Hello,

      Will you please add my address to your Holiday lights listings?
      I have attached a photo.

      Kirsten’s Lights on Minnewashta.
      3821 Linden Cir, Excelsior, MN 55331
      3pm – 11pm daily. Inflatables down on windy and stormy days.

      Thank you and Happy Holidays

      1. Thanks, Kirsten. Images don’t come through in our comments, but I’ve added your address. Feel free to email us through our contact form.

    2. Todd & Nathalie Barrett

      House display lights to music- over 40,000 lights

      9503 Cottontail Dr Minnetrista, Mn

      Tune to 91.9fm Th-Su 6-9:30pm. The songs play continuously with a variety of different ones each night. Please turn you headlights off and enjoy the show!❤️✝️🎄

    3. Hi there wanted to post our address for people to visit our holiday light display runs every night til new years
      5010 126th st N
      White Bear lake

    4. My house at 2347 141st Ln. NW Andover MN 55304 will be up and running this year. We changed the name of it to The North Pole in Andover. 20,000 lights and over 300 blow molds with a walking path.


    5. Hello. We are Christmas Lights on Big Oak Drive in Burnsville. Our address is 2012 Big Oak Drive. We have a pixel light show that’s coordinated to music. Tune your radios to 91.9 FM and enjoy some Christmas spirit. Our show runs Sunday – Thurs 5 pm-10 pm and Fri-Sat 5 pm – 10:30. There are 24 songs that play on a continuous loop. We kick off on Thanksgiving and ring in the New Year!

    6. Feel free to share this information. We set up lights and open our whole yard to the public! Santa and Mrs. Claus visit for free pictures and candy canes on Friday and Saturday nights. (Except the first Saturday of December) We are open Thanksgiving through New Years 5-8:30. (We don’t want to annoy our neighbors too much!) We ask for food donations and we donate it all to 360 communities. The Facebook event page gives all the details.

    7. Please add our house in white bear lake to this page or any other current listing. Over 12,000 lights on display 7 days a week from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm at 2631 Bloom Rd. White Bear Lake, Mn. 55110

      Lights will run from now 11/14/23 through 1/31/24

    8. 18878 Exclusive Path, Farmington, MN

      We do a holiday light display with the neighboring house. Together we have over 50,000 lights with yard decorations.

      Our lights display starts on 11/23 through 1/6 during the hours of 5-10pm

    9. This is a great list – thank you!
      I just wanted to let you know that the city of Buffalo (listed as a southwestern suburb) is actually northwest – even further north and west of Maple Grove for reference!

    10. The Luskey Family Light display.
      1622 Forest St
      Hastings, MN

      Each year we add to our display. And keep Christ the center of our display. Not everyone has the time or ability to set up a large light display. I make the time each year as much for my children, as for all children, young and old to enjoy. We started small and now have added A few DIY pixel Light displays that are computer controlled to our display. We hope you enjoy and stop by anytime you are in the area as the display is always changing.
      Merry Christmas!
      The Luskey Family

        1. Hello, this is the Luskeys we have doubled the number of rgb pixels in our display this year and added a radio signal for a brightened experience. Tune to 91.9 as you pass by.

    11. 30 houses decorated to a Christmas song, book or movie at Adelaide Landing. Search Adelaide Landing in Google Maps, Bing or Apple Maps for the location in Hugo, MN. Guess the song/movie/book, then scan the QR code in front of each house to get the “answer” and for some fun trivia. This is a fundraiser for the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf, so please consider making a monetary donation at

    12. Hi there please add us to your light show list. Look us up on FB Epic Storm Light Show. We will have our show running Friday Saturday and Sundays from 5 to 10 pm. We have our show synced to music so tune your car radio to 88.5 FM. We added a 20 Ft tall Mega Tree this year please cone check us out it’s worth the drive located at 212 Summit Ave S Sauk Rapids Mn.

    13. Please add our house. Tune your car radio to 98.9 Fm for a Synchronized light show running nightly from thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve 5:30-9:30pm nightly. There’s a sign with a QR code to donate directly to Minnesota Pitbull Rescue

      19739 Iteri Place
      Lakeville Mn 55044

    14. “What a Gift”
      6809 Cottonwood Ln N., Maple Grove MN

      Listen to the Lights – 87.9 FM

      Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 9:00 PM
      Saturday – Sunday 5:30 – 10:00PM
      Show Starts Every Half Hour

      Please Consider Donating to Local Vets!
      Donations Drop Box Located on Mail Box
      Ways to Donate: New Gift Cards, Gift Cards with outstanding balances, and Cash
      Donations go to Haven for Heroes –

    15. Burdick’s Christmas Display
      3863 Mersey Way
      Over 25000 Lights
      Come visit with Santa and some of his reindeer on Dec 11 from 05:30 to 07:00 PM. Requesting Dog or Cat Food for the Animal Humane Society or a New Toy to be donated to Sharing and Caring Hands.

    16. Hi Joy, can you update the post for candy cane lane? We are bigger and brighter! Post should read:

      Immerse yourself in the spirit of the holidays by walking through our themed path and more than 25,000 lights! We’ve added on to Whoville and handcrafted our own creative scenes with detailed artwork including Lake Griswold and a stationary train that blows peppermint smelling smoke (on the weekends)! Mini candy canes at the end of the walking path and special appearances from the Grinch… when he feels like it!

    17. Choir of Penguins. Please stop by and see our singing choir. All elements handmade. Programming was written by the homeowner. It is truly something different from any other display out there. 14036 Flagstone Trail. Apple Valley. Show runs daily 5 to 10 pm starting November 28!

      1. Thank you for verifying this address, Nancy. We had removed it because we had not had anyone verify it for us in a few years.

    18. 3154 69th street, Inver Grove Heights
      The yard will be lit up as usual (over 35,000 lights) and the garden railroad will operate as weather allows, hopefully with two trains this years.

    19. Christmas In Wadena – our 14th year – featured as the 7th best light show in Minnesota. Raised $25k towards Project Share our local food shelf and 6,000 lbs.of food.

      1. Wow! That is amazing. What a wonderful way to share the Christmas spirit. Thank you for continuing this tradition.

    20. Thank you for putting this List together every year! We love packing up the car and checking of your list.

      I have my show up and running at 6809 Cottonwood Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55369. Tune in to 87.9. Show times are on the half hour. 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 every night added show at 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. Static lights when not running.

      Merry Christmas!

    21. Warnke Christmas display, 17978 Fresno St NW Elk River, MN 55330, lights to music 5-10 daily theough 1/3. Another nice one on Main straight just around the corner. For those that are a little farther NW on your map.

      – Terry Warnke

      1. Andover Christmas Lights at 2347 141st Ln. NW will be lit up December 1st. Same times as last year. We will do charity donations to the Minnesota Basset Rescue.

        The Brastrup display in Andover willl not be up. My neighbor decided to retire from the Christmas display and got rid of all his decorations.

    22. 53rd and Penn Ave N – it’s his 25th year of lighting up the house. There are 39,000 lights just on the trees alone and some great vintage displays.

    23. Thanks so much for putting this list together! My family referenced it, and here’s some info for you:


      6001 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN
      – No lights in 2019

      6016 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury, MN
      – No lights in 2019

      6080 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN
      -Verified 2019

      10161 Bridgewater Ct., Woodbury, MN
      -Verified 2019

      8846 Glacier Road, Woodbury
      – Verified 2019

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    25. The Burdick’s Household 3863 Mersey Way, Eagan outdoor Christmas display should be up an running Sunday evening after Thanksgiving, We will again be collecting toys for Sharing and Caring Hands the night of December 15th from 0600 PM to 0730 PM. Santa will be stopping by with 2 of his reindeer at that time. THANKS

    26. -4102 88th Lane NE, Circle Pines, verified 2018
      -7382 Leonard Avenue, Circle Pines, verified 2018
      -Kerry Lane and Lous Lane, Lino Lakes: I think this should read Kelly Lane and Lois Lane. I didn’t look for lights at this intersection, but know that there are no Kerry and Lous Lanes in Lino Lakes.
      -7188 Cinnamon Teal Court, Lino Lakes, verified 2018. Can bring a donation for food drive, they hand out candy canes, can get out and walk around lights and displays.
      -492 County Road J West, Shoreview, verified 2018

      1. Thank you, Eva.

        This is really helpful. We’ve updated. I think we’ll just remove the Kerry/Kelly-Lous/Lois address since we were never given an exact address anyway. We really appreciate your help.

    27. Confirmed Visit 2018:

      Burdick’s House- 3863 Mersey Way, Eagan, MN

      7050 Blaine Ave Inver Grove Heights
      6341 Beckman Court, Inver Grove Heights (all houses on Beckman Ct)
      7934 Dempsey Way, Inver Grove Heights (all houses on Dempsey Way)

    28. I can verify that the following are up for 2018:
      Upton Circle in Brooklyn Park
      Penn Ave. in Brooklyn Center
      Regent Ave. in Crystal

      I looked for the Penguin Choir at 14036 Flagstone Trail in Apple Valley but did not see it there.

    29. Please add to Apple Valley:

      Bapa’s Ho Ho Home
      12566 Everest Ct. E
      Apple Valley, MN 55124

      Tune in to FM frequency 88.1

    30. Who loves looking at Christmas lights…better yet Christmas lights that are synchronized to music ?
      Pack the kids up, grab some hot cocoa and be prepared for a spectacular light show.
      We currently have 6 songs but will be adding more songs weekly so be sure to stop back.
      We are located at 927 Garden View dr, Apple Valley
      Best viewing spot is in the parking lot across the street at Valley middle school.
      Tune into 99.1
      Be sure to follow and like us on Facebook.
      Lights on Garden view

    31. 2745 79th Court East
      Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota 55076
      We go there every year! They light up the entire house to music!

    32. You can add The Burdick’s House at 3863 Mersey Way Eagan, Santa and his Reindeer will be there on Sunday Dec 9th from 0530 to 0700, taking Toy donations for Sharing and Caring Hands

    33. Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place – 16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN • Verified for 2017.

      It’s up and running…Stopped by last night to see it.

    34. I would like to be added to list as well. Christmas light shows are synced to music half past the hour and last about 15 min from 5:30-8:30 on weekdays and an extra show at 9:30 on weekends. Tune to 87.9 or listen to speakers. 6809 Cottonwood Lane North, Maple Grove.

    35. I would like to be added to list as well. Christmas light shows are synced to music half past the hour and last about 15 min from 5:30-8:30 on weekends and an extra show at 9:30 on weekends. Tune to 87.9 or listen to speakers. 6809 Cottonwood Lane North, Maple Grove.

    36. We would love to be added. Trinity Christmas Lights, we are located at 9118 161st Street West, Lakeville, MN 55044. Tune into 91.9FM. Show runs from 6PM til 10PM all week from December 1st through the 31st. Thanks,

    37. Hi There.

      I have a large Christmas light display synced to music in Albert Lea with just over 34,000 LED lights, making it one of the largest synchronized displays in Southern Minnesota. More information is located at carterxmas dot com
      Mike Carter

    38. I have now completed my list. Here is the final installment.
      1913 Waterford Circle
      1188 Wildwood Way
      1175 Wildwood Way

      Eden Prairie
      16900 Main St
      15482 Sunrise Circle

      3653 Aldrich Av. S.
      4836 Nokomis Av. S.
      3808 18th Av. S.
      3928 18th Ave S
      4001 16th Ave S
      4021 16th Ave S

      921 Shakopee Ave E
      1053 Dakota St S

      Thanks for allowing me to post my personal list.
      Have a Merry Christmas.

    39. List nearly complete now. Here is what I have from this weekend.
      Apple Valley
      13452 Flagstaff Ave
      14440 Lower Guthrie Ct

      Arden Hills
      3314 Katie Ln

      528 Severn Way
      3863 Mersey Way

      Mounds View
      5080 Longview Dr
      7701 Bona Rd
      2645 Louisa Ave

      10201 Rich Rd.
      10422 Briar Circle
      10428 Briar Rd

      2304 River Hills Drive
      11318 West River Hills Dr
      11407 West River Hills Dr

      190 Hartman Circle NE
      191 Hartman Circle NE
      185 Hartman Circle NE
      121 71st Way NE

      Golden Valley 115 Lawn Terrace (is there, but small)

      2418 Howard St NE
      2511 NE Garfield St.

      921 Shakopee Ave E
      1053 Dakota St S

      One last installment coming up in the next day or two

    40. I have verified 75% of my list as of today. Found a few new ones and eliminated as handful as well. So happy to share with you Anne.

      Inver Grove Heights
      6320 Cahill Ave E

      Mendota Heights
      Hidden Creek Trail (east of Dodd Rd)

      2959 Matilda St

      South St. Paul
      734 6th St S

      Sunfish Lake
      1 Grieve Glen Ln

      14411 Kerry Ln Nw
      13959 Nightingale St.
      2347 141st Lane Nw
      13385 Wren St NW
      3452 133rd Ln Nw
      3715 152nd Ln Nw
      1662 145th Ln Nw

      5114 Halifax Av. S.
      5324 Interlachen Blvd.
      4812 Valley View Rd
      6113 Ryan Ave

      101 Ridgewood Dr
      127 8th Ave N
      324 10th Av. N.
      233 16th Av. N.
      308 5th Ave N

    41. Lights in the Park did not return to Phalen Regional Park this year.

      Though you can add 1525 York Ave to the great houses to visit.

      1. Thanks Emily:

        He wasn’t able to get to it last year, either, but hoped to do it this year. I’ll check in with him and in the meantime, we’ll move it to inactive.

    42. I have now completed my list of South East venues. Two quick notes first, both from Inver Grove Heights. The huge display on Ann Marie Trail is retired. However the neighborhood just a 1/2 mile east of there (86th Court E and Applegate Way) is very cool. Most homes participate and all of the trees are simply amazing. Still worth the trip to this neighborhood. Second is 6451 Bechman Court, house that had the synchronized light and santa video in the window has moved away. However, the new people did put some decorations up plus the whole Cul-de-sac stepped up and all of the home participate. This is still worth the trip.
      Enough said, here is my confirmed list for you.

      Cottage Grove
      8285 Hemingway Ave. S
      7788 Jasmine Ave S
      8638 Hadley Ave S
      8696 Hadley Ave S
      8712 Hadley Ave S
      6828 90th St S

      Inver Grove Heights
      86th Ct E and Applegate Way
      6341 Beckman Court
      6321, 6361, 6381, 6401, 6411, 6431, 6451 Beckman Court
      8002 Claymore Ave. E
      7801 Cooper Ave E
      7944 Cooper Ct
      7197 Clayton Ave
      8000 Dempsey Way
      8011 Delano Way
      8016 Delano Ct E
      7934 Dempsey Way
      7899 Dempsey Way
      7871 Dempsey Way
      4075 65th St E
      6286 Corwin Court
      3550 72nd St. E
      3560 72nd St. E
      3593 72nd St. E
      3892 72nd St. E
      3867 Upper 73rd St
      3693 Upper 73rd St
      74th Court E
      6938 Cahill
      3060 69th St. E
      7520 Boyd Circle
      7620 Babcock Trail

      Lakeland 111 Quamwell Ave. S

      Maplewood 1269 Farrell St. N

      Mendota Heights 679 Freeway Road S

      South St. Paul
      220 7th St S
      552 Star Lane
      2211 Caroline Lane
      229 21sr Ave S This one is amazing. With a video tree synchronized to music. Plan and staying a bit for this one.
      127, 131 & 132 19th Ave N
      127 Poplar St. W
      117 E. Dale St.

      St. Paul 948 Portland Ave
      Governors Mansion on Summit Ave
      Plus two trees across the street.
      1771 Jefferson Ave
      43 Battle Creek Pl
      705 S. Robert St.
      1526 York Ave Neighborhood Synched lights.
      1161 Edgerton Ave

      West St. Paul
      339 Kopp Drive
      434 Marie Ave. W
      230 Edith Dr

      10161 Bridgewater ct
      plus neighborhood below
      6001 Woodbine Ave
      6016 Woodbine Ave
      6080 Woodbine Ave

      More to come later.

    43. All these I have seen personally so far this year

      Brooklyn Center 5312 Penn Av. N.

      Brooklyn Park
      8016 Upton Circle N.and 8024 Upton Circle
      3036 75th Ave N

      Coon Rapids
      555 120th Lane Nw
      650 108th lane NW
      10940 Magnolia St. NW.
      725 113th Ave NW
      820 111th Ave NW
      11765 Larch St. NW
      11620 Larch St. NW
      11520 Larch St. NW
      12401 Partridge St NW
      12286 Quinn St NW
      3044 116th Ln NW
      11231 Partridge St NW

      Crystal 5627 Regent Ave N

      260 Rice Creek Blvd.
      6530 Oakley Dr. NE

      Maple Grove
      11680 65th Av.N.
      6497 Glacier Ln.
      7153 Birchview Rd.

      111 Zachary Ln.
      4320 Ithaca Lane N
      14910 47th Ave N
      4810 Orchid Ln N
      16700 33rd Av. N.

      Circle Pines
      7382 Leonard Ave
      4102 88th Ln Ne
      7991 Nancy Dr
      761 & 763 Vicki Lane
      Kerry Lane & Lous Lane

      Lino Lakes
      7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct
      124 Apollo Dr

      Mahtomedi 135 Greenwood

      Oak Park Heights
      14196 Upper 54th St. N
      14832 Upper 55th St. N
      14421 56th St

      387 Iona Lane @ Western

      492 County Road J W
      555 Doris Ave
      5885 Royal Oaks Dr

      All of the others on the upper lists in these cities do not have lights this year.

      I will be viewing and confirming south and east this week.

    44. My Family launched their first Hope Lights: A Hallvenbruersen’s Christmas Display 🙂 The mash up of names is bits and pieces of each extended family that helped build, create and decorate each of the beautiful pieces that came to life in our yard. My dad has planned and perfected each beat of the music to share with our community our love for Christmas. Our address is 12401 Partridge St NW Coon Rapids MN 55448. Our lights will be on from 5-9 every night through the end of the year! Come on out and enjoy!

        1. Fun! Just announced! This address was just named the 2017 1st place winner of the Coon Rapids Light Up Contest! Very Exciting!

    45. Anne,

      The 2017 Holiday season is fast approaching. Can we add our location to the list for 2017? We have previously won 2nd and 3rd place in the City of Burnsville competitions. Please let me know back. Thank you very much.

      1. Hi Ingrid:

        We received your email in August and would love to add your address to our holiday lights article. (I wonder if our messages are getting filtered). Just email us the information.

    46. Please add my house lights to this page.. Hanson Family Lights on FB. Have 10,000 plus lights all synced to music. 555 120th lane NW Coon Rapids MN 55448. Show runs from Sun. – Thurs. 5:30pm to 10pm. Fri. and Sat. run from 5:30 pm to 11pm.

    47. please add our house in White Bear Lake (actually on Bald Eagle Lake 5590 west bald eagle blvd

      Summer house of the Norway consul E H Hobe 300,000 lights synched to music….the last year

      donating everything this spring

      1. According to their web site, Larson’s Lights in New Hope is not running this year. Might want to remove them from this list!

        1. Aww that’s too bad. Thanks for letting us know Lisa. We’ve moved them to the inactive section in hopes they’ll be back next year.

    48. Hobbs family has a nice large Christmas display running from 5-9pm daily until first of year. Located at 43 Battle Creek Place, St. Paul 55119.

    49. Duluth Christmas Lighting Challenge is a great list of home lighting displays in Duluth, MN sweeteventduluth dot com/lightingchallenge

    50. There is a house in Inver Grove Heights that gas Christmas lights. Santa makes nightly visits. I was really hoping you would have had the info! Disappointed you do not. I heard it is the best in the Tein Cities!

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