Best Christmas Lights in the Southwest Suburbs

Wow, the light displays in the southwest suburbs are amazing. We drove around for hours and have not been able to make it to all of them yet, but we were blown away! Pack up your family, throw some blankets over the kids, grab a hot chocolate, and use this guide to check out the best Christmas lights in the southwest suburbs! You can use our handy map to plan your route and answer the question “Where are the best Christmas lights near me?”.

Please note: The houses noted with an asterisk were verified in 2017. While many families do displays yearly, some may be taking a year off, have moved, etc. We wanted to get the list out early so you could scope out all the lights ASAP, but we’re still collecting submissions for 2018! If you know of a great light display (or have one yourself!) please comment below or email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com, and we’ll check it out.

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Best Christmas Lights in the Southwest Suburbs

Reminder: The houses noted with an asterisk were verified in 2017. While many families do displays yearly, some may be taking a year off, have moved, etc.

12454 Thornberry Drive in Lemont
You can see these lights from 355 and they are even more magnificent up close!


photo courtesy of the homeowner, Scott O’Connor Jr.

9512 Birch Ave in Mokena
Wow. Check out this decked out front lawn! Also, all surfaces of the houses and roofs are covered with lights! The lights are on 5:00 – 10:00 pm daily.


17321 Avon Lane in Tinley Park*
You will want to park and get out of your car for this one. The Kowalczyk home is decorated to the hilt with so many lights and decorations that I needed to include more than one photo. Scenes from Disney’s Frozen, a gingerbread house, an enormous (maybe 20 feet tall?) inflatable parrot, moving Santa figure, arches to walk through, lights over the driveway… the display is truly amazing.


16423 Parliment Avenue in Tinley Park*
Tune your radio to 98.9FM to get the full show while you watch amazing lights. Unfortunately, the lights weren’t on when we went so I couldn’t get a photo, but there are a plethora of lawn decorations and dolls in the windows!


photo courtesy of Santa Claus of Tinley Park

8930 Fairfield Lane in Tinley Park*
Also known as Santa Claus of Tinley Park, this house is unbelievable! They even have a clear garage door with more decorations and mechanical figures. Santa will be on the sleigh in the driveway from mid-December until a day or two before Christmas. They turn on the display when all of the decorations are completely done, which hasn’t happened yet, but the homeowners told me it will be roughly the first week in December. Check their Facebook page for updates.


8706 Kathleen Lane in Tinley Park*
There is tons to look at and enjoy at this lights display. Pull over and enjoy the layers of lights, figurines, and decorations!


photo courtesy of the homeowner, Greg Colby

22654 Bass Lake Road in Plainfield


2216 Covington Lane Plainfield

photo compliments of Kidlist reader Taylor

2216 Covington Lane in Plainfield*
Many scenes with Mickey Mouse, figures of the nativity, snowmen, Santa, carolers, penguins and more.


5301 Meadowbrook Street in Plainfield
Inflatables and colorful lights everywhere you look. A Christmas minion will be waiting to greet you as snowflakes and icicles cascade down the front of the house. Look at the front window and you might just catch a glimpse of Santa. The display is best seen lit up after sunset through midnight from now through January 6th, 2019.


8578 Ballard Court in Tinley Park*
These festive lights are nicely done and worth driving by.


photo courtesy of the homeowner, Martin Jucik

14447 Kolin Avenue in Midlothian
The reindeer suspended from the roof are impressive!


photo courtesy of Kidlist reader, Danielle

6108 Washington Street in Chicago Ridge
There are two beautiful tunnels at this house… one over the driveway and another across the front yard that make this display magical.


photo courtesy of Kidlist reader, Danielle

10936 Lyman Avenue in Chicago Ridge
Moving displays and an elf cutout for a fun photo opportunity.


16538 Parkview Avenue in Tinley Park*
This entire house is decked out, even the sides! The bursting star on the roof is a nice touch too. There is so much to look at, so you’ll definitely want to pull over for this one.


6704 164th Place in Tinley Park*
At first glance you might miss the awesomeness of this house since the lawn ornaments don’t crate the bling that others might, but the windows are filled with animatronic dolls, Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Peanuts characters. They are amazing.


16407 and 16413 66th Avenue in Tinley Park*
These decorated houses are right next to each other, which adds to the wow factor. You will see a combination of laser projections, lights, and lit up inflatables.


16660 Patricia Avenue in Tinley Park*
Turn off 167th Street onto Patricia Avenue and roll down your windows to hear the Christmas music playing while you enjoy the lights.


6240 167th Street in Tinley Park*
This one is a little harder to see because it’s on 167th Street, but you can turn on Gaynelle Road and pull over to check it out.


8724 Bethany Lane in Tinley Park*
If you are driving through the neighborhood, this is a nice one to pass by to get in the holiday spirit.


16551 Brigitte Court in Orland Hills*
The photo doesn’t do it justice because it’s all timed to music. Tune in to 90.3 FM and watch the show! Show hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 – 10:00 pm.


8315 Arrowhead Lane in Orland Park*
Even more lights are still being added, but this one is beautiful.


11592 Glenview Drive in Orland Park*
We haven’t been able to photograph this one yet, but it’s a big one! If you have a photograph, we would be happy to credit you.


11633 Glenview Drive in Orland Park*
The milk carton lights are a nice addition to this corner lot and there is plenty to see, including a light train, choir, soldiers, and other scenes.


15441 Sunset Ridge Drive in Orland Park*
Great property filled with lights! Your kids will enjoy all the snowmen, soldiers, inflatables, and more!


photo courtesy of a Kidlist reader

10260 W. 144th Street in Orland Park*
Eric’s comments: “There are lights all around the front and back. You can see the house from 143rd, there is so much.” Thanks Eric!


photo courtesy of Kidlist reader, David

15207 Long Avenue in Oak Forest*


photo courtesy of homeowner, Johnny

14808 Temple Street in Oak Forest*
Lots of lights and decorations, including a 23 foot tall blow up Christmas arch, lots of Christmas characters and the entire house covered with 40,000 lights.


2708 90th Place in Evergreen Park*
A plethora of lit up lawn ornaments, the majority of which are illuminated holiday pigs and other animals! Plenty to look at and get in the holiday spirit.


photo courtesy of homeowner, Bob S.

14635 Saddle Brooke Lane in Homer Glen*
A sign in front lets you know what radio station to tune into to see the lights synchronized to music!


10151 S Kildare Avenue in Oak Lawn*


photo courtesy of the homeowner

11592 Glenview Drive in Orland Park*
Mechanical ferris wheel and many lit up lawn ornaments.


Local parents tipped us off on the following houses in past years, but we haven’t had a chance to verify or photograph them yet:

Chovan Drive in Joliet

Boca Rio Drive in Oak Forest

152nd and Ventura in Oak Forest

6436 West 85th Place in Burbank

11149 South Worth Avenue in Worth

14601 Poplar Court in Orland Park

458 Lakewood Blvd in Park Forest

255 Elm Street in Frankfort

10225 Washington Avenue in Oak Lawn

10410 S. 75th Court in Palos Hills

Flossmoor and Dartmouth Roads in Flossmoor
“All down Dartmouth Drive the Lights are thrown up into the trees using tennis balls and the whole neighborhood does the same thing.  Pretty cool tunnel of lights effect.”  


For more holiday magic, check out all the Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs! And check back for more updates on 2018’s displays. If you know of a great light display, leave a comment below or email annie@mykidlist.com.

 

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

6 Comments on "Best Christmas Lights in the Southwest Suburbs"

  1. There are several incredible homes in Naperville (located near Rt 59, south of 75th street), complete with a light show coordinated to music on the radio. We did a Trolly Tour last year & saw several amazing homes & neighborhoods!

  2. Lucas Wisniewski | December 10, 2017 at 7:27 am | Reply

    There’s a house off Gougar Road in New Lennox between Route 6 and Route 30. 3005 Edgecreek Drive. The guy has been doing it for twenty plus years and never gets any credit cause he spreads it out across an acre of land instead of jamming it all in one area. He adds something new yearly as well. Check it out

  3. There are houses on 152nd and Ventura St. in Oak Forest that have some amazing Christmas displays.

  4. Don’t bother with the display at 85th Place in Burbank. It isn’t good and the wife has a history of harassing minors.

  5. Definitely go check out the house on 14601 poplar they don’t have it lit yet but when it is finally lit they have a lot of stuff to see.

  6. Mark Fehringer | December 5, 2018 at 9:10 am | Reply

    I have a Christmas display I want to have on the list. The address is 15232 Ventura St. Oak Forest, IL 60452. The lights go on at 6:30 until 10:00 pm during the week and 6:60 pm til ?? on the weekends. Thank you.

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