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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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!
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!
22654 Bass Lake Road in Plainfield
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.
14447 Kolin Avenue in Midlothian
The reindeer suspended from the roof are impressive!
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.
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!
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!
15207 Long Avenue in Oak Forest*
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.
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*
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 email@example.com.