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 the initial help with this list of Christmas light displays & music shows and to our reader, Randy, who has personally confirmed many of these displays and added more!


Christmas

It’s Fest! Merry Mansion, the season for affordable family fun at the American Swedish Institute. Don’t miss the Kids at the Castle playdates every month. Join in a musical story with Julglädje “Christmas Joy” performances on Nov. 25-26. Explore the decorated Nordic holiday rooms during our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series, FIKA’s food for kids, a Family Gallery and a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 13. Click here for our calendar and visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.


We have partnered with Give Me the Mike for those of you who need an adultish holiday experience!

Give me the mikeMike Marcotte is a favorite of ours and has created a guide called 40 Ways to Holiday.


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!

Click on this map to find all the holiday light displays geographically.

ALBERTVILLE

5669 Large Ave NE, Albertville, MN • Unverified for 2017


ANDOVER

Christmas in Andover, 3715 152nd Ln NW, Andover MN • Synchronized to 107.5 • Verified for 2017.
Mellem Family Christmas Light Display, 1662 145th LN NW, Andover, MN• Taking food donations for Hope4Youth • Verified for 2017.

APPLE VALLEY

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 2017
Penguin Choir, 14036 Flagstone Trail, Apple Valley MN • Verified for 2015
Synchronized to 91.9 FM: 14440 Lower Guthrie Court, Apple Valley MN • Verified for 2017 by the homeowner. 

BLOOMINGTON

10422 Briar Circle, Bloomington, MN • Verified for 2017


BROOKLYN CENTER

5312 Penn Av. N., Brooklyn Center, MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017


BROOKLYN PARK

8016 Upton Circle N, Brooklyn Park MN • Verified by reader for 2017
3036 7th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017

BURNSVILLE

1409 Summit Oaks Dr, Burnsville MN • Unverified for 2017
1004 Holly Lane, Burnsville MN • Unverified for 2017
Chrismasville Holiday Lights, 2304 River Hills Drive, Burnsville MN 55337 • Verified by homeowner for 2017 • Synchronized runs Nov. 22 to Jan. 1.

CHASKA

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!
Snook Family Lights, 1188 Wilswood Way, Chaska MN • Synchronized to 91.9 FM • Verified for 2017

CIRCLE PINES

Barno Family Lights, 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines MN • Verified for 2017; year-round holiday lights.
7382 Leonard Ave., Circle Pines MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7991 Nancy Dr., Circle Pines MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
761 & 763 Vicki Lane, Circle Pines MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
Kerry Lane & Lous Lane, Circle Pines MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

COON RAPIDS

 
10940 Magnolia St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • 2016 City Contest Winner • Verified by reader  for 2017
11231 Partridge St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • 2016 City Contest WinnerVerified by reader for 2017 
3044 116th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN  • Verified by reader for 2017
Hanson Family Lights, 555 120th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN 55448 • Verified for 2017
Hope Lights: A Hallvenbruersen’s Christmas Display • 12401 Partridge St NW Coon Rapids  •  Lights run 5-9 pm nightly. Verified by Homeowner for 2017.
650 108th lane NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
725 113th Ave NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
820 111th Ave NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
11765 Larch St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
11620 Larch St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
11520 Larch St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
12286 Quinn St NW, Coon Rapids MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
 

CORCORAN

Hillside Lights, 19919 Hillside Drive, Corcoran MN • Verified for 2017


COTTAGE GROVE

Johanson Family Light Display – 8638 Hadley Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Verified by reader for 2017
8696 Hadley Ave S., Cottage Grove MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
8712 Hadley Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
7788 Jasmine Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Verified by reader for 2017
8285 Hemingway Ave. S., Cottage Grove MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017
6828 90th St S., Cottage Grove MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017

The following is a list of the nominated properties for the 2017 Cottage Grove Annual Winter Lights contest

9636 66th Street S
8851 67th Street Bay S
8351 75th Street S
9657 82nd Street S
9595 87th Street S
8834 Upper 89th Street Circle S
6220 Hearthstone Avenue S (Winner!)
6649 Homestead Avenue Court S
7590 Hyde Avenue S
7682 Immanuel Ave S (Winner!)
8450 Indian Blvd S
9244 Indian Blvd S
8263 Innsdale Ave S
7520 Irish Avenue S
8008 Jewel Avenue S
8598 Jewel Avenue S
7384 Jorgensen Avenue S


CRYSTAL

Holiday Lights, 5627 Regent Ave N, Crystal MN •  Verified by reader  for 2017


EAGAN

528 Severn Way, Eagan MN • Unverified


EAST BETHEL

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


EDEN PRAIRIE

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


EDINA

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


FRIDLEY

260 Rice Creek Blvd., Fridley MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
6530 Oakley Dr. NE, Fridley MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


GOLDEN VALLEY

115 Lawn Terrace, Golden Valley MN • Unverified.


HOPKINS

324 10th Ave N, Hopkins MN • Verified for 2017 by neighbor.
101 Ridgewood Dr, Hopkins MN  • Unverified.


INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

86th Ct E and Applegate Way, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
6341 Beckman Court, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
Neighborhood 6321-6451 Beckman Court, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
8002 Claymore Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7801 Cooper Ave E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7944 Cooper Ct., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7197 Clayton Ave., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
8000 Dempsey Way, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
8011 Delano Way, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
8016 Delano Ct E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7934 Dempsey Way, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7899 Dempsey Way, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7871 Dempsey Way, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
4075 65th St E, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
6286 Corwin Court., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3550 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3560 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3593 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3892 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3867 Upper 73rd St., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3693 Upper 73rd St., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
74th Court E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
6938 Cahill, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
3060 69th St. E., Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7520 Boyd Circle, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7620 Babcock Trail, Inver Grove Heights • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


JORDAN

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


LAKE ELMO

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


LAKELAND

111 Quamwell Ave. S., Lakeland MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


LINO LAKES

Neighborhood of 7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes MN • Verified for 2017. 
124 Apollo Dr., Lino Lakes MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

MAHTOMEDI

135 Greenwood St., Mahtomedi MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


MAPLE GROVE

11680 65th Av.N. Maple Grove MN • Verified by reader for 2017.
6497 Glacier Ln.. Maple Grove MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
7153 Birchview Rd., Maple Grove MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


MAPLEWOOD

1269 Farrell St. N., Maplewood MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


MENDOTA HEIGHTS

679 Freeway Rd. S, Mendota Heights MN • Verified by reader for 2017..


MINNEAPOLIS

CSE Winter Light Show, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN • Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, 2017.
Shows at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. each night  • Verified for 2017.
3653 Aldrich Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN • Unverified.
1308 Grand Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN • Synchronized to 91.1 • Plans to Go 2017.
House on Howard, 2418 Howard St NE, Minneapolis, MN • Verified for 2017.

MINNETRISTA

Trista Lights – 4386 Trista Blvd, Minnetrista, MN • Verified for 2017.


MOUNDS VIEW

5080 Longview Dr, Mounds View MN • Unverified.


NEW BRIGHTON

1762 Canyon Lane, New Brighton, MN  • Reported by a Reader for 2017.


NEW HOPE

Larson’s Lights, 3549 Ensign Ave N, New Hope MN • Synchronized to 87.9 • Verified for 2017

OAK PARK HEIGHTS

14196 Upper 54th St. N., Oak Park Heights MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
14832 Upper 55th St. N.. Oak Park Heights MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
14421 56th St., Oak Park Heights  MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


PLYMOUTH

Dirknerkle’s Lights, 14910 47th Ave N, Plymouth MN • Verified for 2017.
Joy to the Season, 4810 Orchid Ln N, Plymouth, MN  • Verified for 2017.
PD Shimmers, 4320 Ithaca Lane N, Plymouth MN  • Synchronized to 97.9 • Accepts donations for Parkinson’s Disease • Verified for 2017.
Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place – 16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN  • Verified for 2017.
111 Zachary Ln., Plymouth MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

ROSEVILLE

387 Iona Lane (corner of Western & Iona), Roseville MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


SHAKOPEE

Shakopee Winter Wonderland, 921 Shakopee Ave E, Shakopee MN  • Verified for 2017.


SHOREVIEW

492 County Road J West, Shoreview MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
555 Doris Ave., Shoreview MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
5885 Royal Oaks Dr., Shoreview MN • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.


SOUTH ST. PAUL

220 7th St S., South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
552 Star Lane, South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
2211 Caroline Lane, South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
229 21st Ave S., South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.  Video tree synchronized to music.  
Neighborhood, 127, 131 & 132 19th Ave N, South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
127 Poplar St. W., South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.  
117 E. Dale St., South St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

ST. PAUL

Hobbs Family Lights, 43 Battle Creek Place, St. Paul, MN • Verified by reader for 2017.
Schultz Family Lights, 1526 York Ave, St. Paul MN • Comprised of 9 yards on both sides of the street dancing to holiday favorites you can listen to on your car radio. Synchronized to 91.5 • 5-10 pm • Collecting Food Shelf Donations. • Verified for 2017
948 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
Governor’s Mansion, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017. Plus two trees across the street.
1771 Jefferson Ave., St. Paul, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
705 S. Robert St.., St. Paul, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
Neighborhood Synched lights, 1526 York Ave, St. Paul, MN Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
1161 Edgerton Ave, St. Paul, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

WEST ST. PAUL

339 Kopp Drive, West St. Paul, MN  • Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
434 Marie Ave. W., West St. Paul, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
230 Edith Dr., West St. Paul, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

WHITE BEAR LAKE

5590 West Bald Eagle Lake Boulevard, White Bear Lake, MN • Verified for 2017 by a reader.


WOODBURY

6001 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN • Verified by reader for 2017.
6016 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.
6080 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN  • Verified by reader for 2017.  (Also does Halloween).
10161 Bridgewater Ct., Woodbury, MN  Verified and submitted by reader for 2017.

GREATER MINNESOTA HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS

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

TWIN CITIES METRO-AREA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS AND HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS

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.

11/22-12/30: The Spirit of Winter – Festival of Lights, The Winery at Sovereign Estate, Waconia • All ages walking stroll and additional attractions. $10/adult; $5/child. Online Pre-Registration Required.

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.


 No Longer Active Holiday Light Displays:

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.
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.
Lights in Columbia Heights, 4045 NE 2nd St, Columbia Heights MN • Unverified and the house sold in September 2017.
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).
MN Harmony Lights, 16351 Harmony Path, Lakeville MN  • Taking 2017 Off (But the owners say there are other light shows in the Lakeville area. If you know of any, please leave us a message).
12th Ave Holiday Lights – 7633 12th Ave, Richfield MN • Taking 2017 off -but may be back 2018.
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)
Holiday Lights in the Park, Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul MN
Waconia Christmas, 1729 Park Point Rd, Waconia MN• Cancelled in 2016 due to neighbor issues. Hope to move to a new location for 2017.
PD Shimmers-South – Shorewood, Minnesota • Verified Closed.
11837 Zilla St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • 2016 City Contest WinnerReported inactive by reader
11261 Swallow St. NW, Coon Rapids MN • 2016 City Contest Winner • Reported inactive by reader
121 71st Way NE, Fridley MN • Reported inactive by reader

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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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