One of our favorite holiday traditions is to take an evening every year to bundle up everyone in the car and seek out the best holiday displays! I especially love it when people go all out to decorate for the holidays, making their home and yard as cheerful as possible. If you want to drive out the winter doldrums, there is almost no better way than enjoying holiday lights displays.
Some of the most fun holiday light displays are synchronized with music, while other community lights displays have events such as visits from Santa, hot drinks and goodies, or wintry activities. Typically, a sign in the yard indicates which FM station to turn your radio to. Many of these homes also take donations for charity or to a food shelf. What a great idea! Check out our lists below for both residential lights displays, as well as larger city displays.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Residential Synchronized Music & Light Shows
Mellem Family Christmas Light Display – 88.1 FM | 1662 145th LN NW, Andover, Minnesota
Lightastic in Coon Rapids | 11521 Olive St NW, Coon Rapids, MN, 55448
Lights in Bethel in East Bethel | 21067 Taylor St NE, East Bethel, MN, 55011
Cinnamon Teal Court | 7188 Cinnamon Teal Ct, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Barno Family Lights (Mini Display) in Circle Pines | 4102 88th Lane NE, Circle Pines, MN, 55014
Valley Lights at Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo – 97.9 FM | 5825 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN, 55042
Johanson Family Light Display in Cottage Grove | 8638 Hadley Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Rottage Grove Christmas in Cottage Grove – 97.9 FM | 8831 Grenadier Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Strandlof’s Christmas Lights in Inver Grove Heights – 97.9 FM | 6451 Beckman Ct, Inver Grove Heights, MN, 55077
Snook Family Lights in Chaska –91.9 FM | 1188 Wildwood Way, Chaska, MN, 55318
SnoMutt Christmas Lights in Chaska – 87.9 | 1913 Waterford Circle, Chaska, MN, 55318
Christ Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie – 87.9 FM | 16900 Main Street, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Christmas Lights at Sunrise in Eden Prairie – 87.9 FM | 15482 W Sunrise Cir, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Prairie Lights in Eden Prairie – 88.1 FM | George Moran Dr & Donegal Cove, Eden Prairie, MN, 55347
Lights on Garden View in Apple Valley — 99.1 FM | 927 Garden View Drive, Apple Valley, MN 55124
MN Harmony Lights in Lakeville – 88.1 FM | 16374 Harmony Path, Lakeville, MN, 55044
Smitley House in Prior Lake | 3748 Jeffers Ct, Prior Lake, MN, 55372
Hillside Lights in Corcoran | 19919 Hillside Dr Corcoran, MN, 55374
Larson’s Lights in New Hope – 87.9 FM | 3549 Ensign, New Hope, MN, 55427
Setten Family Lights | 8717 Northwood Parkway, New Hope, MN, 55427
Dirknerkle’s Lights in Plymouth | 14910 47th Ave N, Plymouth, MN, 55446
Joy of the Season in Plymouth – 87.9 FM | 4810 Orchid Ln. N., Plymouth, MN, 55446
PD Shimmers in Plymouth | 4320 Ithaca Lane N., Plymouth, MN, 55446
Plymouth Lights–Christmas at the Fischer’s Place – 103.3 FM | 16700 33rd Ave North, Plymouth, MN, 55447
Holiday Lights on 20th Street in St. Michael – 99.3 FM | 11594 20th St NE, St. Michael, MN, 55376
Worth the Drive
Celebrate the Light in Willmar | 3903 60th Ave NE, Willmar, MN, 56201
Christmas in Wadena – 88.1 FM | 414 3rd St SW, Wadena, MN, 56482
Clearwater Lights | 300 Block of Main Street, Clearwater, MN
The Computer Hero Christmas Lights Spectacular | 1115 Westside Drive, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537 – Back in 2017!
Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound & Light Show in Duluth 98.3 FM | 2725 Exhibition Drive, Duluth, MN, 55811
GRHS Trees of Lights in Glencoe | 1805 Hennepin Ave N, Glencoe, MN, 55336
Lights in Braham – 99.3 FM | 1027 Quail St, Braham, MN 55006
Lights in Faribault | 4531 197th St. E., Faribault, MN 55021
Lights in St. Cloud | 1512 Washington Memorial Dr, St Cloud, MN 56301
Nevala Family Christmas and Halloween Light Show in Kasson | 405 6th Street Court NE, Kasson, MN, 55944
For a winter wonderland in the city, explore the lights display at Rice Park in St. Paul. As long as the weather stays cool, you can even enjoy the lights while spending an evening ice skating at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink. Free, daily.
For other light displays in St. Paul: Best Places to See Holiday lights in Saint Paul.
Holidazzle, the great Minneapolis tradition has returned to Loring Park this year, with lovely holiday displays, vendors, and ice skating. Free, open Thursdays–Sundays, through December 23rd.
In Duluth, you can visit the biggest walk-through lighting displays in the US. Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”. Free, open daily at 5pm through December 26th.
Drive or walk through the Kiwanis Holiday Lights displays at Sibley Park in Mankato, MN. Free, open daily at 5pm through December 31st.
Have family over the rive in Wisconsin? Be sure to check out the Rotary Lights in La Crosse! Free, open daily at 5pm, through December 31st.
Photo Credit: “Rice Park Holiday Lights” by Alyssa Ebel, © Explore Minnesota Tourism Photo