The Twin Cities is a fantastic place to admire Christmas lights. Whatever part of the city you live in, you are near Christmas lights displays amazing enough to get the whole family excited.
Join Twin Cities Kids Club for even more hints, tips, and tricks about raising your family in the Twin Cities. To make your light-gazing adventure more fun, here is our guide to checking out Christmas lights.
Check out our lists of residential displays and park or drive through displays throughout our wonderful city. Get your hot cocoa and Christmas music ready and hop in the car with the whole family.
- 1905 Brookside Drive
- Albert Lea, MN 56007
The Carter Family’s Christmas Lights show in Albert Lea Minnesota syncronized to music with 38,000 LED lights. This year’s show features three songs: Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus Remix by Snoop Dogg/Anna Kendrick, Mistletoe by Justin Bieber concluding with Deck the Rooftop by Glee. Show will run every night starting Saturday, November 23.
Cairl Family Christmas Lights
- 2342 145th Avenue NW
- Andover, MN 55304
- Sunday – Thursday 5:00-9:30 pm
- Friday – Saturday 5:00-10:30
We hope you enjoy the show!
- 13452 Flagstaff Avenue
- Apple Valley, MN 55124
- Sunday – Thursday 5:00 – 9:30 pm
- Saturday and Sunday 5:00 – 10:30 pm
The show runs approximately one hour before starting over. Tune to 87.9 FM while watching the show.
- 13596 Hollins Court
- Apple Valley, MN 55124
Synchronized music light show for Halloween and Christmas. Tune to FM frequency 88.9.
- 1750 130th Avenue NE
- Blaine, MN 55449
- The light show starts the day after Thanksgiving and continues through New Years Eve.
- Sunday – Thursday 5:00 – 9:30 pm
- Friday and Saturday 5:00 – 10:30 pm
Here is the song line up.
- Home Alone Carol — DubStep
- Snoop Dogg — Winter Wonderland
- For Kind and Country — Glorious
- S Wonder & Keanu Trap — Twisted Jingle Bells
- Trans Siberian Orchestra — Medley
- Frozen — Let It Go
- Maria Carey, Owl City — Pop Medley
- Pentatonix — Hallelujah
- Skrillex — Medley
- Star Wars — Imperial March
Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Remember to tune to 87.9 FM in your car!
- 4441 Savanna Trail, Chaska, MN
- Chaska, MN 55318
Christmas light display in Chaska, MN. Tune your radios to 88.9 fm!
- 4102 88th Lane NE
- Circle Pines, MN 55014
The show will be starting at 6:30 pm on November 29th. It will be run nightly until January 2nd. This year, they will be accepting donations for the Ronald McDonald house. There will be a limited number of wristbands for your donation. Their goal is to surpass the total from last year￼. Thank you from the Barno Family Lights.
- 599 175th AVE NE
- Ham Lake, MN 55304
5th Annual Soldier’s 6 Christmas Fundraiser with Santa
- 8238 Copeland Way
- Inver Grove Heights, MN
Come out and have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy the light display. They will be accepting monetary donations to help raise funds to go towards their next service dog. They are also accepting non-perishable foods items for the local food shelf, Neighbors INC. Santa will be available for pictures on the below listed dates from 6:30pm to 9pm.
- Saturday December 7th
- Friday December 13th
- Saturday December 14th
- Friday December 20th
- Saturday December 21st
- Sunday December 22nd
- Monday December 23rd
Please note that if needed Santa will stick around past 9pm to give everyone present a chance to take a picture. Pets are welcome!
- 2418 Howard Street NE
- Minneapolis, MN 55418
- 135 Mindy Lane
- Montrose, MN 55363
- Sunday – Thursday 5:00-10:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00 pm
With roughly 30,000 lights and over 50 blow molds, everyone will find something that excites them.
- 3549 Ensign Avenue
- New Hope, MN 55427
Koran Family Christmas Display
- 35855 Lincoln Road
- North Branch MN 55056
- December 1st, 2019 through January 5th 2020
- Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 11:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday 5:00pm – 12:00 am
Please be kind and turn off your headlights when entering and driving through the display.
- 4110 Juneau Road and 4320 Ithaca Lane North
- Plymouth, MN 55446
PD Shimmers is a Holiday Season Light Show in sync to music. The production is located in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth Minnesota. The show covers 8 homes on Ithaca Lane featuring over 60,000 lights and 200 channels of computer animation.
Produced by the Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson’s disease. The entire production is accomplished using talents of those who have the incurable movement disorder. A show highlight is the tribute to those newly diagnosed when one light is on full intensity for each person of the 58,000.
- 4810 Orchid Lane North
- Plymouth, MN 55446
- The lights show runs from 6:00 pm-12:00 am every night.
Just off of Schmidt Lake Road, on Orchid Lane north in Plymouth. It is about 15-20 minutes long. Happy Holidays and we hope you enjoy the show!
- 3490 Cove Point Circle NW
- Prior Lake, MN 55372
Come visit this Christmas light show synchronized to music! Dazzling lights and elements bring holiday music to life for you and your loved ones to enjoy!
- 802 Morningside Loop
- Saint Joseph, MN 56374
Sharing the excitement and magic of Christmastime with lights synchronized to music at 802 Morningside Loop in St. Joseph. Tune your radio to 96.5 and enjoy!
Holiday Lights on York Avenue
- 1526 York Avenue
- Saint Paul, MN 55106
The show should be up and running, weather permitting, on Friday November 29th from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm running through December 31st. 11 yards will be decorated with plastic Santas, snowmen, and other Christmas characters, featuring about 65,000 lights, choreographed to computerized music broadcast on your car stereo, by tuning to 91.5 FM, “The Rockin’ Rudolph”
Holiday Lights of Woodbury
- 8846 Glacier Road
- Woodbury, MN 55125
- Monday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Computerized Christmas light show that is syncronized to music. Features 4 large faces that sing both traditional and current Christmas songs.
Park/Drive Through Displays
- The Winery at Sovereign Estate
- 9950 N Shore Rd, Waconia, Minnesota 55387
- November 22- January 5
The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with outdoor festivities and attractions. All ages are welcome to attend and see the attractions. It is a walking stroll through ten acres of majestic illuminated grounds. Ample parking is available for cars and coaches.
There is a patio that is heated with fireplaces and the Wine Bar and Willow Room are open all evening. Dress warm and you may want to bring a flashlight.
- Memorial Park
- 400 E Main St, New Prague, Minnesota 56071
- Friday, December 6th – 6:30 pm
Join us for New Prague’s Holiday Parade of Lights and Celebration in the Park!
The parade starts the night off next to Kubes Furniture & Flooring and will head East on Main Street ending at Memorial Park. Santa will be present to greet the kids and light the community tree! Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while watching a fabulous fireworks show, sponsored by Scott Equipment Company and First Bank & Trust.
- University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE)
- Civil Engineering Building
- 500 Pillsbury Drive SE
- Minneapolis, MN 55455
The CSE Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Now in its ninth year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become an annual campus tradition. This year’s show features new light installations, including two new signs, 10 two-foot lighted snowflakes, several lighted trees, and new music.
Remaining shows are at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m. on the following days:
- Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
- Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
- Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
- Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
The show will last about 20 minutes.
The shows are free and open to the public. No tickets required.
- The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
- 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318
- Open November 22 – January 5
- Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
- (No Lights Monday – Thursday)
Winter in Bloom at the Arboretum is a nod to the past, present and future work of researchers at the University of Minnesota and their work to introduce cold hardy plants that will thrive in our Minnesota climate. Five of the twenty displays feature plants that the University researchers are actively working on to create plants that will continue to thrive as our climate changes.
- 700 Railroad St
- Duluth, MN 55802
- Open Evenings November 23rd – December 28th, 2019
- Sunday – Thursday 5:00-9:00
- Friday – Saturday 5:00-10:00
- Saturday, December 7, 2019
- Parade Start Time – 5:30 pm
- “Probably THE Largest Lighted Christmas Parade in Minnesota”.
The parade route is lit up with beautiful Christmas decorations and real burning fire pits. The atmosphere is MAGICAL! You will feel as if you stepped right into a Hallmark Christmas Movie
- 6063 160th St. E.
- Rosemount, MN. 55068
This Christmas display outside lights up at dusk on Thanksgiving night and lasts until the first week in January. The display is handmade and is put up by the Fox family. Please stop by so they can wish you a Merry Christmas.
- Sportsman’s Park (on Sleepy Eye Lake)
- MN Highway 4
- Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
- Thanksgiving through New Year’s
- 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tune your FM radio dial to 89.1 prior to entering the park to enhance your drive through experience.
- Sibley park in Mankato
- Friday, November 29th through Tuesday, December 31st.
- Sunday-Thursday 5:00-9:00 pm
- Friday- Saturday 5:00-10:00 pm
Santa is in his workshop Friday-Sunday nights through December 23.
Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to make voluntary contributions of cash and/or non-perishable food items.
- 3121 150th Street West
- Shakopee, MN 55379
- Open Daily November 8th – January 5th
- Sunday-Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
- Friday-Saturday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Experience Sever’s Holiday Lights! Enjoy the winter wonderland from the comfort of your vehicle while you listen to synchronized holiday music as you drive-through the magical light display of over one MILLION lights!
- Robbins Island Regional Park
- N Hwy 71, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Help Celebrate the Light of the World!
Celebrate the Light of the World is a FREE event. You will have the opportunity to make a donation to the local Salvation Army. The lights run nightly through January 6th from 5:00 to 10:00 PM at Robbins Island.
- 5825 Kelvin Ave N
- Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042
Every night starting on Thanksgiving. Lights on 5:00-10:00 pm daily. Tune radio to 97.9FM for music.
Wagon rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00-9:00 pm
- 214 4th Street East
- St. Paul, MN 55101
- December 10, 2019 from 6:45 – 7:45 pm
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at Union Depot on Tuesday, December 10 for a musical performance. Canadian Pacific is committed to raising awareness about filling community food shelves with heart-healthy foods.