All of the incredible Christmas light displays around Chicago’s suburbs bring joy to my family every year. We all pile in the car, bring hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and head out to see the beautiful displays our local families have created.
From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!
2019 Local Holiday Light Events: Light Displays to Walk Through
Naper Lights 120 Water Street Naperville
November 26, 2019 – December 27, 2019 4:00 – 9:00 pm.
New location this year! This light display is free to walk through. There are displays set to music, singing faces made from lights, and a gigantic lit up tree with presents surrounding it.
Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park in Lombard
December 7, 2019 – December 22, 2019 4:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Join the Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration in Lilacia Park on December 7 at 5:30 pm. Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with decorated trees, a giant gingerbread house, and much more. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus for free and do activities on certain dates.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
From 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, November 30-December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and Thursday-Tuesday, December 26-31
The fun includes a giant light display, a 41-foot-tall talking tree, more than a million LED lights, and more. Zoogoers can also enjoy caroling to the animals, live entertainment, professional ice-carving demonstrations, special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and ice skating.
Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
November 23, 2019–January 5, 2020, 4:30 – 9:30pm Closed: November 25, 28 (Thanksgiving Day); December 2, 9, 16, 24 (Christmas Eve), and 25 (Christmas Day)
Illumination is where lights and nature come together in amazing ways – see hundreds of LED lights bathe the trees around you in a ethereal, electric glow, watch as lights dance, and check out this year’s new additions. Requires registration. Tickets range from $13 to $23 for adults and $7 to $15 for children. Discounts apply for Arboretum members. Click here to get more details. ComEd is offering a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) ticket offer for ComEd customers and Arboretum members and visitors. Limited quantity available. Offer good only November 26 and 27; December 3-5,10-12, 17-19, 30, and 31; and January 1 and 2. See full offer details and how to redeem here.
Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo
November 29, 2019 – December 30, 2019 3:00pm – 9:00pm daily
Between November 29 and December 30, Cosley Zoo will be lit by more than 20,000 lights during the zoo’s Festival of Lights and Tree Sales, an annual celebration of the holidays beckoning guests into a winter wonderland of fresh trees, hot chocolate, holiday gifts, and more. Closed on Christmas Day and open 9am – 12pm on Christmas Eve.
Village of Rosemont Lights
Intersection of Higgins and Scott Street
They have a giant Christmas tree, lots of lights to walk through, and a house with Santa on select dates (dates not announced yet).
Organization-Led Holiday Lights to Drive Through
Aurora Festival of Lights at Phillips Park (1000 Ray Moses Drive) in Aurora
Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora Illinois in partnership with the City of Aurora, opening the day after Thanksgiving. The display is free to drive through, but they collect donations from those who would like to give. Open daily 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart
This special neighborhood has 1.8 miles of lights to drive through. Admission is $10 per car. The neighborhood is open for light viewing 5:00 – 9:00 pm daily November 29 through December 31. Santa will be stopping by on select dates (TBD).
Map of the Best Christmas Lights
Are you trying to search for “the best Christmas lights near me”? Check out our map! Click on the upper lefthand corner to view the list of addresses in each category or keep scrolling to get all the info on each display with photos!
Marker Color Key
Blue: drive-through lights events
Purple: walk-through lights events
Red: residential displays set to music
Green: residential lights displays
And of course, when you visit residential displays, please be mindful of the neighborhood and drive safely.
Best Lights in the West Suburbs
Best Christmas Lights Set to a Radio Station in the Western Suburbs
760 Hillside Avenue in Elmhurst
Olaf’s Winter Spectacular starts on Saturday, November 30th and the last show will be on either Sunday, January 5th or Sunday, January 12th. Hours of the show are 5-10pm. Each show is roughly 16 minutes long and they start on the hour and half-hour. “Olaf’s Winter Spectacular” will once again feature Olaf skating to some of his favorite songs of the holiday season. Join Olaf as he lights the evening’s sky with over 25,000 lights. Olaf spent his summer brushing up on his social media and he now has a twitter page – @OlafsLightShow and a Facebook page – @OlafsLightShow – which will provide updates on the current season’s shows and behind the scenes information. Their love of Disney inspired them to put the show to music, so you can tune into 89.9 FM while enjoying the lights!
Manchester Lights: 1117 Manchester Court in Naperville
Over 10 houses participate and they will be collecting donations to the Corey’s Goal and Alive Center during the show, which runs December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020. Display will be on: Sunday through Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday, 5:00 – 10:00pm. It includes 75,000 lights, all timed to music you pipe through your radio at 88.5 FM to create 15 minute shows!
Hughes Digital Christmas: 2S231 Valley Rd in Lombard
Saturday after Thanksgiving through New Years Night 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Tune your radio to 89.5 FM to enjoy a light show with 35,000+ lights set to music. In between songs, Peter Penguin on the right side of the property lights up while talking and introducing the next song. There is a candy cane colored box next to their mailbox to collect donations for the St. John’s Food Pantry. Click here for more information about Hughes Digital Christmas.
913 E. Evergreen Street in Wheaton
An amazing lights display with over 49,000 lights choreographed to music. Tune into 102.5 FM. They accept donations in the blinking box for Muscular Dystrophy Association. This show will start Sunday, December 8, 2019 until the last night on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Lights are on Sunday – Thursday 4:45 pm – 10:15 pm, Friday and Saturday 4:45 pm – 11:00 pm. Extended hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
1831 Concord Drive in Downers Grove
The Crowley Family lights up their house with a beautiful display and music (pop/Christmas) each year. In 2014, they won their park district decorating contest and were featured in Suburban Life. Tune into 87.9 FM. Lights will be running starting on 12/1 – 1/1. Light show will run from 5:30pm – 10:00pm.
The Sandberg Christmas Display: 391 Walnut Lane in Elk Grove Village
Feature a 34 piece singing choir, which you can hear on 106.1 FM. There are also hundreds of blow mold figurines, a lighted candy cane tunnel and thousands of lights!
23W720 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Roselle
Light show begins on Thanksgiving night every year. Nightly viewing is 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Lights set to music on 93.3 FM, featuring 4 different light shows let to different songs, containing Christmas music and the Chicago Blackhawks anthem. Highlights include the 10 foot high harp, snow angel on the roof with Santa and his reindeer, chasing candy canes on east and west side of home, mega tree (5,400 lights on it). New this year is the 1886 Snoopy locomotive animated by lights.
Larsen Christmas Lights Show: 42W891 Beith Rd in Elburn
The show is about 15 minutes long and may run shorter on heave traffic nights. All traffic must enter from Anderson Road; no traffic will be allowed west bound on Beith Road. There are traffic controllers who will guide you into the parking lot. Keep your radio tuned to 88.5FM volume down and stay in the car with the car running and parking lights on. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5:00 – 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 – 11:00 pm. House is illuminated from November 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020.
880 Pinebrook Drive in Lombard
Roll down your windows to hear the music that goes along with these flashing lights! Lights will be on display by December 1st. Lights go on at 4pm – 11pm. This display wraps around this expansive front yard and it’s right across from a small cal de sac, making it easier to stop and enjoy. The homeowner, Dave Urbanowicz, does a fabulous job!
417 W. Woodland Avenue in Lombard
This display gets bigger each year and be sure to roll down your windows to hear the music coming from the front porch. There is also lights projected into the second floor window from the inside and a linked radio station to listen to as you enjoy the lights.
2516 Mitchell Drive in Woodridge
Then Oldham Family’s light display will be up and running by December 1, 2019. During the week it will be on from 5:00 pm until 10:30 pm. Weekends the lights will be running from dusk until around midnight, and as we get closer to when the big man comes it will be on around the clock. For 2019, the FM transmitter is up and running. Tune to 89.9 FM. New this year is an official NORTH POLE wishing pole! Please jump out of the car and have your kids, as well as adults make a wish and watch the colors change as the wishes are sent off to the North Pole!
8314 Frost Court in Woodridge
Set your radio to 88.5 FM to listen while enjoying these lights set to music.
244 Rockville Lane in Gilberts, IL
Lights On Rockville is not only this house, but the entire subdivision has many home with matching parkway tress and sidewalk arches to walk through. Lights are set to music, so just tune to 92.1 and listen along with your viewing! There is a parking lot directly across, for easy parking/viewing. Light are on from Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm and Friday through Saturday, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
214 Glenbrook Court in Gilberts
Tune into 96.5 FM from your car to enjoy the light show every night until January 2, 2020. They are collecting non-perishable items for the D300 Food Pantry!
Best Residential Christmas Lights Displays to Drive By in the Western Suburbs
Fillipp Family Exterior Illuminations: 39 W. Madison Street in Villa Park
This impressive static display has grown throughout the years. House lighting begins at about 8pm on Thanksgiving Night. Lights will be on from approximately 5:30p till 11p nightly. This year The Fillips Family has teamed up with a charity, Toy Express. Toy Express distributed toys to approximately 2500 underprivileged children in the Western Suburbs last year. Please come and drop off a new unwrapped toy and place it in the Wishing Well, located on the front of the property. The Fillipp Family Exterior Illuminations are the first residential house to participate with the charity. Information can be found at : www.toyexpress.org. Also, Santa will be appearing for children on Saturday, December 14th. Hours will be announced on their Facebook page.
987 S. Spring Road in Elmhurst
If you like inflatables, you will want to check this one out. They have numerous scenes with inflatables and one even moves and has music to get you in the holiday spirit. It is well lit and you can enjoy everything from classic candy canes, snowmen, and reindeer to the grinch, Mickey Mouse, and even a dinosaur with a Santa hat. Lights come on after Thanksgiving
between the hours 4:30 to 11pm.
606 Homestead Road in La Grange Park
This year the display is expanded to the south with a candy cane tree, animated snowflakes on the roof, and a sleigh in the yard. Lights are on from 4p-11p (Thanksgiving night and off Jan 31). They are on all night Xmas eve and Christmas. The Hayes Family welcomes family pictures and exploring their yard to enjoy the holidays.
More young families have moved to the block and everyone is getting in the holiday spirit — definitely worth the drive through. We noticed that across the street, there’s another nice display, too.
18 Devonshire Drive in Oak Brook (Brook Forest subdivision)
Karen and Jim Giandonato have a love for the holiday that shows through their amazing lights! Their lights go on every day at 5pm and stay on until 9:30pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. They also play Christmas music on the weekends.
This is the Giandonatos 25th and final year decorating, so they wanted to share this message:
“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us decorate over the years and everyone who has come out to see the lights and enjoy the Christmas season. We are thankful that God has given us the strength to decorate again and spread His joy to the world and peace on earth. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
31st Street between Midwest and Meyers Road in Oak Brook (across from the Midwest Club)
These fabulous lights are around the corner from the house above. Unfortunately you can’t drive slow because the speed limit is 45 miles per hour on 31st Street, but it’s definitely worth driving by.
1118 E. Gartner in Naperville
Lights will be on from dusk until 10:30pm from 11/24 through 12/14 and dusk until 11pm 12/14 through Christmas. The display shrinks daily after Christmas but there will be lights on through January 10. They have 2 20-ft inflatables, a disco light tunnel down the sidewalk, and 26,000 lights.
630 Vicksburg Court in Naperville (The Believe House)
Their are not many moving parts nor “dancing lights” to music. Not here! When you visit you’ll find a bit of magic here, along with a twist of nostalgia for kids of all ages. While a static display is very traditional and reminiscent of Christmas past… we mix in many modern elements and bright LED lights! Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve, nightly 4:30 – 10:30 pm.
Juniper Lane in South Elgin
The whole block in this South Elgin neighborhood lights up for the holiday season. The week before Christmas Santa even visits and they have carolers. They collect canned good for charity as you stroll by. Check out the video here!
Lehnertz Avenue in Aurora
This light display has been a local holiday tradition for 60 years — wow! Everything will be fully lit starting Sunday, December 15 from 5:00pm to 10:30pm each evening.
304 Willowcrest Drive in Villa Park
Enjoy over 100 lit animals, plus a light show set to music along the fence. Make sure to roll down your windows to hear the full effect!
825 Hartford Lane in Bolingbrook
For now this is a static lights display, but I have a feeling that this one will get bigger each year. The homeowner is really into lights! Looks at those nice straight rows of lights on his house (impressive!) and the tree with presents on the side is a nice touch.
Best Lights in the Southwest Suburbs
Best Christmas Lights Displays with Music in the Southwest Suburbs
14635 Saddle Brooke Lane in Homer Glen
Lights are on from December 1 – Jan 3. Monday – Thursday between 5-10PM and Friday, Saturday, Sunday between 5-11PM. Lights are synchronize to music broadcast on 95.3 FM, with a special guest in garage window.
A donation box is available to help support Shady Oaks Camp in Homer Glen.
9512 Birch Avenue 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, starting November 29, 2019. Tune your car radio to 105.7 FM. This family is even spreading cheer by helping the neighbors enhance their displays, so don’t miss those too!
Trammel Family Christmas Lights: 116 Meadors Circle in Morris
Enjoy about a 30 minute show that is 100% computer generated and sequenced to music. They have several matrixes, a mega tree, pixel poles, spinners, snowflakes, stars, arches. All of the music is sequenced and the Trammels change out the songs each week!
7231 174th Place in Tinley Park
The lights are choreographed to music with both outdoor speakers and the ability to listen on your car radio. Tune in to 100.1 FM!
Best Christmas Lights Displays to Drive By in the Southwest Suburbs
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. The lights typically start running the first weekend in December and are on through the first weekend in January and are on 4:30 – 11:30 pm. Santa Claus will be there rain, sleet, snow, or hail every night starting December 15-23, 2019 from 7-9pm!
The homeowners wanted to pass on that this is a residential culd-e-sac and for everyone that lives here or is visiting’s safety, please follow the posted signage. Speed limit is 20mph and there is a yield at the intersection. Go counter-clockwise around and stay on sidewalks (don’t walk in the middle of the street). Bundle up and bring cameras, family, and your biggest smiles!
17321 Avon Lane in Tinley Park
This Christmas lights display will be on starting December 2, 2019. Lights will be on daily from 5-10pm. 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 inflatable parrot, moving Santa figure, an expanded tunnel of lights, light up dance floor, additional characters, 2 new scenes and a new giant LED screen! This house was on Great Christmas Light Fight in 2018!
22654 Bass Lake Road in Plainfield
Grand Lighting is November 30th at 5:30 PM. Lights will be on every night after that from sunset until about midnight. Last night for the display is Jan 1st.
8578 Ballard Court in Tinley Park
These festive lights are nicely done and worth driving by. Lights will be on Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Day 2020. This display is illuminated from 6:00pm – 2:00am.
6108 Washington Street in Chicago Ridge
Lights will be on Dec. 6th and on daily from 6pm-10pm. Beautiful red and white lit archways over sidewalks and driveway. Custom made houses include a gingerbread house, Elsa Castle, Manger and many more lights and displays in a winter wonderland!
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. Lights will be on from dusk until dawn each night!
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. This display will be on by December 1, 2019. The Kenny family display features Christmas Music with many blows molds and roof decorations along with Santa and his flying rain deer! Lights are on daily from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
10260 W. 144th Street in Orland Park
This Christmas lights display will be lit from November 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020 between the hours of 4:30pm – midnight. This neighbor’s house is lit on all sides. There’s lights around the entire property, front, back, and side yards.
11592 Glenview Drive in Orland Park
Mechanical ferris wheel and many lit up lawn ornaments between 5:00pm – midnight daily.
15441 Sunset Ridge Drive in Orland Park
This lights display full of lit-up figures and some moving figurines (look for Santa Claus waving in the window!) is on from 4:30pm – midnight every day. You are welcome to get out of the car to walk around the house, just be careful of the cords as they are hard to see.
14808 Temple Street in Oak Forest
This display will be on from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas night from 5:00 pm till 10:30 pm. They have a little over 40,000 lights on the house alone. They also have blow ups, including a 23 foot tall arch, blow molds, and lots more yard decoration.
2708 90th Place in Evergreen Park
A plethora of lit up lawn ornaments, the majority of which are over 146 illuminated holiday pigs and an under the sea section! Plenty to look at and get in the holiday spirit like cookie monsters, santa, snowmen, and angels. Lights will be fully up by December 1, 2019. Lights go on at dusk (about 4pm or so) and stay on until midnight or 1am. They are also on in the morning from about 6-8am.
14601 Poplar Court in Orland Park
Lights should be up and running by the 5th of December. Lights run daily between dusk – 11:30pm daily. This house just gets bigger and bigger each year and have over close to two hundred blow molds with a highlight to the display a 15 foot inflatable snowman.
10225 Washington Avenue in Oak Lawn
The week after Thanksgiving the lights will be on. The lights will be on from dusk each night until roughly 2 a.m. There will be some new animated blowups added to the abundance of blowups on display as well as much more lighting this year. They are hoping to add music to the display this year, for 2019!
11149 South Worth Avenue in Worth
Its blow mold and tinsel heaven! This display will light Sunday December 1st and run through Saturday January 4th, 2020. Lights will be on at 4:30 P.M. and run til 10:30 P.M. Please enjoy the display, but stay off the lawn, due to all the cords.
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Please note that the Shermans do a fabulous lights display set to music every other year. 2019 is their off year, but here’s the information from 2018 for future reference:
735 S. Brainard in La Grange
Tune your radio to 89.1 FM and enjoy an awesome display that lights up to the music! It’s best to come from the south (55th Street) so you can park in front for a while. Please don’t block their neighbors’ driveways. Click here to read more about the local dad behind this light show. This year, his 11 year old son programmed one of the songs! The entire show is about 22 minutes and his son’s song is right after the Illini fight song.
371 Canyon Trail in Carol Stream (Closed for 2019)
The Slanker family display will be closed for 2019, but plans on being back on next year!
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