Who knew there were this many holiday light displays out there? These people are amazing. 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 displays for the community to enjoy. Please remember to be respectful of the homeowners and their neighbors when viewing these light displays.
While we’re not sure what to expect in 2020, we can tell you that some displays are already starting to verify in August. Most of these displays run from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of the year. We’ll update as verifications roll in.
We have also included Twin Cities-area community Christmas tree lightings in our lists of holiday light displays. Again, we’re crossing our fingers on these but will keep updating as info comes in.
Whether you plan your route around the verified light displays or get adventurous and try them all, we would love to hear from you! We always appreciate the feedback if you find any holiday light displays that are no longer happening or have a site to add.
We’ve divided these displays by areas of the metro and have featured addresses who have personally verified or have active websites or Facebook pages. Feel like going for a family adventure? Plan your route along some historically festive sites.
Minneapolis & St. Paul 2019 Holiday Light Displays & Christmas Tree Lightings
Seward Tree Lighting Ceremony
Gather in Triangle Park (26th Ave. & E. Franklin Ave.) to light up the park, part of the annual Seward Winter Frolic. 2020 Info Coming.
CSE Winter Light Show | University of Minnesota, Civil Engineering Courtyard, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S. E., Minneapolis
Shows at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m. each day. 2020 Dates TBA. (Based on other UM decisions, I would not expect this to happen in 2020, but they have not officially cancelled)
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. This year’s show features new light installations, including lighted snowflakes; a new, lighted Block M; and several lighted trees, as well as new music.
FREE and open to the public! Tickets not required.
Holiday Light Show on Lyndale, 5205 Washburn Ave S
Mon-Thu: 4:30-9pm; Fri-Sat: 4:30-10pm. All of December. 2020 TBA.
2019 Reader Suggestion: 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. – Lisa.
ST PAUL EVENTS
Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN
A 25-foot evergreen tree and 400-feet of garland will be on display on the front of the Residence with over 15,000 colorful lights. Find 2020 guided tour dates (TBA) here or take a self-guided tour. FREE but Second Harvest donations appreciated.
Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
Rice Park sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights! Lights will stay up and illuminate the park through the end of the Winter Carnival. 2020 Lighting ceremony TBA. Historically the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting
Including a performance by Keri Noble, fireworks and holiday movie double feature. 2020 TBA. Event begins at 6pm, tree lighting at 6:30.
Grand Meander Tree Lighting | St Paul
The great tree is lit outside Charlemagne Fine Jewelry around 5pm. The whole day is filled with exploring the shopping district, soup tasting, carolers, trolley rides, Santa visits and more. Dec 5, 2020.
Schultz Family Lights/Holiday Lights on York | 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. Collecting food shelf donations for the holiday season. 5-10 pm. Verified by Homeowner for 2020: Halloween will run around Oct 1st-31st & Christmas will run Nov 27th- Dec 31st.
Northwest Metro Holiday Light Displays & Christmas Tree Lightings
ANOKA: Anoka Tree Lighting | Anoka City Hall River Plaza
2020 Details coming. 2019: Enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music, bonfires, and Santa. December 5, 2020, All Day.
COON RAPIDS: Hanson Family Lights, 555 120th Lane NW, Coon Rapids MN 55448
Facebook page will be updated with hours once lights are up. 2020 TBA
COON RAPIDS: Hope Lights: Hallvenbruersen’s Christmas Display, 12401 Partridge St NW Coon Rapids
Lights run 5-10 pm nightly. 2020 is in the works.
NEW HOPE: Larson’s Lights, 3549 Ensign Ave N, New Hope MN
Synchronized to 87.9. Also features a Halloween lights show. Opening Day November 27, 2020
OSSEO: Osseo MiniDazzle Tree Lighting | Boerboom Veterans Park
2020 Details coming. Light Parade and tree lighting at 6pm. Pictures with Santa, a bonfire and other entertainment follows. Dec 4, 2020, 6-8pm
PLYMOUTH: PD Shimmers, 4320 Ithaca Lane N, Plymouth MN & 4100 Juneau Ln N, Plymouth MN
The show covers 8 homes on Ithaca Lane featuring over 60,000 lights and 200 channels of computer animation. Synchronized to 90.9. Accepts donations for Parkinson’s Disease. Verified for 2020.
PLYMOUTH: Plymouth Lights: Christmas at the Fischer’s Place, 16700 33rd Ave N, Plymouth MN
Sun-Thurs: 5:30-9:30; Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm. Runs Dec 1-31 (except Christmas Eve). 2020 TBA.
PLYMOUTH: Joy to the Season, 4810 Orchid Ln N, Plymouth, MN
Nightly 6pm-Midnight. Thanksgiving through New Years. 2020 TBA.
ROGERS: Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Northeast Metro Holiday Light Displays & Christmas Tree Lightings
CIRCLE PINES: Barno Family Lights | 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines MN
Year-round holiday lights, including Halloween and Holiday lights. TBA 2020.
HAM LAKE: Mellem Family Christmas Light Display | 17438 5th St NE, Ham Lake, MN
The family has moved to a new development and are eager to share a bigger, better light display this year. 2020 TBA.
LAKE ELMO: Valley Lights at Rock Point Church, 5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo MN
2020 TBA. Tune in to 97.9.
LINO LAKES: Neighborhood of 7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes MN
Join their group to find out when special events, like Santa visits, may be happening. 2020 TBA.
STILLWATER: Twinkle Party
The city tree is lit at 5:30, part of the annual Hometown for the Holidays celebration. 12/5/2020, festivities start at 4pm. (Note: All Stillwater October events have cancelled, we’ll keep you updated on cancellations)
TAYLORS FALLS: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival
The annual tree lighting takes place Friday, 6pm downtown. Festival highlights include the Santa Parade, Christmas at the Folsom House, storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides. Nov 27-Dec 29, 2020.
Southeast Metro Holiday Light Displays & Christmas Tree Lightings
APPLE VALLEY: Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Complete with caroling, cookies and cider. Nov 24, 2020, 6:15-7pm.
APPLE VALLEY: Lights on Flagstaff, 13452 Flagstaff Ave, Apple Valley MN
Sun-Thu: 5-9:30pm; Fri-Sat: 5-10pm. Tune to 87.9 FM while watching. Unsure if they will go forward in 2020.
APPLE VALLEY: Porter’s Holiday Lights Show, 13596 Hollins Ct., Apple Valley
Tune to FM frequency 88.9. 2020 TBA.
EAGAN: Eagan Community Tree Lighting | Eagan Community Center
Tree lights up at 6pm followed by holiday music, free cocoa and an outdoor lighted trail. 2020 TBA, 5-7pm.
EAGAN: Burdick’s House – 3863 Mersey Way, Eagan
Santa and reindeer will visit on 12/15/19 from 5:30-7pm. Toy donations for Sharing & Caring Hands will also be collected that day. Verified for 2019 by homeowner.
FARMINGTON: Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 – 220th Street W
Buildings will be illuminated inside and out throughout the village. The public is welcome to drive through the Village any evening in December to enjoy this holiday tradition.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tree lighting followed by free swimming in The Grove Water Park. 12/4/2020, 5:30-8:30pm with tree lit at 6pm.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: Light It Up the Heights Holiday Contest
The City’s annual holiday light contest draws more than a dozen participants. Registration ends December 9th, and a map of all entries will be available on the city’s website on 12/14/20. .
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: Stranslof’s Christmas Lights, 7050 Blaine Ave
Tune to 87.9. 5:00pm-10:00pm. They also have a Ferris Wheel. 2020 TBA.
SAVAGE: Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony | Savage City Hall
Smores, live music and a big countdown to the tree lighting. 2020 TBA, 6-8pm.
SHAKOPEE: Holiday Fest Tree Lighting | Shakopee
Carolers, Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. 2020 TBA, 6-8pm.
SHAKOPEE: Shakopee Winter Wonderland, 921 Shakopee Ave E, Shakopee
Runs Dec.13th-24th, 6-9:30pm. Santa onsite in heated garage with treats and cocoa. 2020 TBA
SHAKOPEE: Sever’s Holiday Lights, 3121 150th St W, Shakopee
Holiday light shows, Winter Carnivals, and more. Nov 26, 2020-Jan 3 2021; Sun-Thur 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sa 5pm-10pm. $7/pp; $25 Car Max.
WOODBURY: Holiday Lights of Woodbury, 8846 Glacier Road, Woodbury
Runs October (Halloween) – End of the Year. Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. 2020 TBA
Southwest Metro Holiday Light Displays & Christmas Tree Lightings
CHANHASSEN: Tree Lighting Ceremony
The tree lights up at 5pm followed by refreshments, reindeer, gingerbread house displays, and Santa Claus. 2020 TBA.
CHASKA: Winter in Bloom: Arboretum Winter Lights, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska MN
Gate admission: $15/adult. A nod to the past, present and future work of researchers at the U of M. Five of the twenty displays feature plants researchers are actively working on to create plants that will continue to thrive as our climate changes. Opens 11/19/2020.
CHASKA: Firemen’s Park Tree Lighting
Featuring crafts, refreshments & Santa Claus. 2020 TBA, 6pm.
CHASKA: Snook Family Lights, 1188 Wilswood Way
Synchronized to 91.9 FM. 2020 TBA
CHASKA: Christmas on Savannah, 4441 Savanna Trail
Synchronized to 91.9 FM. 2020 TBA
EDEN PRAIRIE: Christmas Lights at Sunrise, 15482 Sunrise Circle, Eden Prairie MN
Nightly: Dusk to midnight. Thanksgiving weekend thru Epiphany. 2020 TBA.
EDINA: Tree Lighting Ceremony | 50th & France, Edina
Holiday Market is open 12-5pm followed by tree lighting, carolers and visits with Santa. 2020 TBA.
EXCELSIOR: Christmas in Excelsior Tree Lighting
Annual tree lighting (7:15pm) plus bonfires, carolers, Santa, and carriage rides. 2020 TBA.
MINNETRISTA: Trista Lights, 4386 Trista Bend, Minnetrista
PRIOR LAKE: Lights at the Cove, 3490 Cove Point Cir NW, Prior Lake
Tune to 91.9FM. Sun-Thur 5-10pm; Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm. 2020 TBA
SHOREWOOD: Krebs Kristmas Lights, 19785 Near Mountain Boulevard
Tune to 89.7 FM. Nightly 6-9pm. 2020 TBA
WACONIA: Spirit of Winter – Festival of Lights | The Winery at Sovereign Estate
All-ages walking stroll through holiday lights displays and more outdoor attractions plus food and beverage for purchase at the winery. $5/pp. Online pre-registration required. 2020 TBA.
WAYZATA: Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata
Tree lighting ceremony, Santa, a candy cane and a parade of lights on the lake. 2020 TBA, 4-7pm.
Greater Minnesota Holiday Light Displays
Bentleyville Tour of Lights – Duluth, Minnesota – November 21, 2020 to December 27, 2020.
Carter Christmas Lights – Albert Lea, MN (M-Th 5-9pm; F-S 5-10pm; Collects for Diabetes Research)
Celebrate the Light – Willmar, Minnesota
Christmas in Wadena – Wadena, Minnesota
Clearwater Lights – Clearwater, Minnesota – 2020 TBA.
2020 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 (M-Th 5:30-9:00; F-S 5:30-9:30; 99.3FM) (Confirmed for 2020)
Kneeland Lights – 4168 Jansen Ave NE, Saint Michael, Minnesota (submitted by homeowner 2018)
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 (Confirmed for 2020)
Pederson Family Light Show – Carver, Minnesota
Rotary Lights – La Crosse, WI ( begins Nov 27, 2020)
Nov 27, 2020: Taylor Falls Grand Lighting | 6pm (Festival runs all weekend)
TBA: Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata | 6pm
TBA: Tree Lighting @ Hometown Holiday Celebration | Chaska | 5pm
TBA: Eagan Community Tree Lighting | Eagan Community Center | 5-7pm.
Dec 4, 2020: Osseo MiniDazzle Tree Lighting | Boerboom Veterans Park | 6-8pm
Dec 4, 2020: Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6pm
TBA: Holiday Fest Tree Lighting & Fireworks | Shakopee | 6-8pm.
TBA: Chanhassen Tree Lighting Ceremony | City Center Park | 5pm.
TBA: Christmas in Excelsior – Big Tree Lighting | Water Street | 7:15pm
Dec 5, 2020: Holiday Harbor Lights Tree Lighting | Downtown Blaine | 4:30-7pm
Dec 5, 2020: Stillwater Twinkle Tree Lighting | 4-6pm.
TBA: Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony | Savage City Hall | 6-8pm
TBA: Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony |6-8pm
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