Thanks to the awesome Prairie Lights website for help with this list of Christmas light displays & music shows! Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering. Who knew there were this many holiday light displays out there?
Please, we beg you, personally confirm the details of these light shows before heading out! We always appreciate the feedback if you find any holiday light displays that are no longer happening or know of one we don’t have listed!
This Holiday Light Display post is sponsored by the American Swedish Institute.
‘Tis the season for holiday fun at the American Swedish Institute where you can enjoy many kid and family friendly activities including
- the Nordic Holidays exhibition of decorated rooms
- Kids at the Castle playdates Dec. 9, 16 & 17
- our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series
- Lucia Celebrations
- Santa and Tomte visits
- FIKA’s food for kids
- a Family Gallery
- a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 14.
For complete info., visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., go to ASImn.org or call (612) 871-4907.
These links were verified on November 22, 2016. Click on this map to find all the holiday light displays geographically.
5669 Large Ave NE, Albertville, MN
Christmas in Andover, 3715 152nd Ln NW, Andover MN • Synchronized to 107.5
Lights on Flagstaff, 13425 Flagstaff Ave, Apple Valley MN • Sun-Thu: 6:30-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30 pm
Penguin Choir, 14036 Flagstone Trail, Apple Valley MN
Porter’s Holiday Lights Show, 13540 Ferris Ave, Apple Valley MN
10422 Briar Circle, Bloomington, MN
8016 Upton Circle N, Brooklyn Park MN
1409 Summit Oaks Dr, Burnsville MN
1004 Holly Lane, Burnsville MN
Barno Family Lights, 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines MN
Lights in Columbia Heights, 4045 NE 2nd St, Columbia Heights MN
3044 116th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN
Hillside Lights, 19919 Hillside Drive, Corcoran MN
Johanson Family Light Display – 8638 Hadley Ave S, Cottage Grove MN
Cottage Grove Christmas – 8831 Grenadier Ave S, Cottage Grove MN • Synchronized to 97.9 • Dec 1-Jan 1; 5-10 pm
7788 Jasmine Ave S, Cottage Grove MN
Holiday Lights, 5627 Regent Ave N, Crystal MN
528 Severn Way, Eagan MN
Lights in Bethel – 21067 Taylor St NE, East Bethel MN
Christ Lutheran Church, 16900 Main St, Eden Prairie MN • Synchronized to 87.9
Christmas Lights at Sunrise – 15482 Sunrise Circle, Eden Prairie MN
Prairie Lights, intersection of Cascade Dr and George Moran Dr, Eden Prairie MN • Collects pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House and recycles Christmas lights.
5114 Halifax Av. S, Edina MN
5324 Interlachen Blvd, Edina MN
121 71st Way NE, Fridley MN
115 Lawn Terrace, Golden Valley MN
324 10th Ave N, Hopkins MN
101 Ridgewood Dr, Hopkins MN
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS
Lights on Forest Edge Drive, 816 Forest Edge Dr, Jordan MN
MN Harmony Lights, 16351 Harmony Path, Lakeville MN
Valley Lights at Rock Point Church, 5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo MN
7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes MN
11680 65th Av N, Maple Grove MN
679 Freeway Rd. S, Mendota Heights MN
Trista Lights – 4386 Trista Blvd, Minnetrista, MN
5080 Longview Dr, Mounds View MN
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
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 • Synchronized to 97.9 • Opening Night 11/25/17 • Accepts donations for Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.
Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place – 16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN
12th Ave Holiday Lights – 7633 12th Ave, Richfield MN
Johnson Family Lights,– 3351 137th St W Rosemount (A Reader has informed us this display is not up in 2016. If you know any new news for 2017, please leave us a comment)
Shakopee Winter Wonderland, 921 Shakopee Ave E, Shakopee MN
PD Shimmers-South – Shorewood, Minnesota
Hobbs Family Lights, 43 Battle Creek Place, St. Paul, MN
Holiday Lights in the Park, Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul MN • $10/vehicle to benefit the St. Paul Police Foundation.
Schultz Family Lights, 1526 York Ave, St. Paul MN • Synchronized to 91.5 • 5-10 pm • Collecting Food Shelf Donations.
1729 Park Point Rd, Waconia MN• Cancelled in 2016 due to neighbor issues. Hope to move to a new location for 2017.
WHITE BEAR LAKE
5590 West Bald Eagle Lake Boulevard, White Bear Lake, MN (2016 was their last season!)
6001 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN
6080 Woodbine Ave, Woodbury MN
GREATER MINNESOTA HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS
TWIN CITIES METRO-AREA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS AND 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.
11/25-27: 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.