Light up the night with these incredible Christmas light shows, residential houses, walking light displays, and drive-through lights events! My family loves spending winter nights driving around the Chicago suburbs viewing the beautiful displays put on by local neighbors. We have the best Christmas light displays to drive through and walk through. Incredible Christmas light displays are illuminating the night and bringing joy to Chicago’s suburbs! So, pile in the car with a thermos of hot chocolate and a tin of Christmas cookies to see the beautiful displays our local families have created.
New! Take a self-led tour of the best residential lights displays with the driving routes we created. We encourage you to take a tour of a neighborhood near you, or try them all! Times, the most efficient order of houses, and addresses are listed so you can easily copy and paste them into your GPS and enjoy!
From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family.
This lights guide is brought to you by Julie Hennessey and Lisa Grusecki of JL Group, Realtors at d’aprile properties and the featured listings. We highly recommend them if you are looking to buy or sell and appreciate their support in making this list possible.
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, hours, and more!
At the end of this guide are driving routes to follow to go on your own residential lights tour in each section of the Chicagoland suburbs. Try the nearest route near you, or try them all throughout the season. Happy Holidays!
Marker Color Key
Blue: drive-through lights events
Purple: walk-through lights events
Green: residential lights displays
Red: residential displays set to music
As always, please be mindful of these residential neighborhoods. Drive safely, pick up your trash, and respect the neighboring houses as well.
Best Residential Christmas Lights Displays in the Western Suburbs
Listed alphabetically by town. A musical note symbol 🎶 represents houses that have a musical component.
1115 Gaslight Drive (Algonquin) 🎶
1115 Gaslight Drive in Algonquin
This lights show is running from Thanksgiving through January 13, 2022. It is on daily from 4:00pm – 10:00pm. It’s approximately a 29 minute show running every 30 minutes.
720 Lehnertz Avenue (Aurora)
Lehnertz Avenue in Aurora
This light display has been a local holiday tradition for 70 years — wow! Everything will be fully lit from 5:00pm to 9:00pm each evening. Running November 25, 2021 – January 1, 2022.
750 W. Appletree (Bartlett)
750 W. Appletree in Bartlett
This display highlights their arches that line the whole side walk on a corner lot, flying Santa, and a 10ft tall white Christmas tree. Lights are on by 4:30pm until Midnight, 7 days a week.
Lights on Ekman (Batavia)
969 Ekman Drive in Batavia
This mega house is not to miss! Lights are on each night until 9:30pm through New Year’s Eve.
1948 Arthur Avenue (Berkley)
1948 Arthur Avenue in Berkley
This giant snowman is here to greet you on your holiday lights tour! Their house is all decked out with lights and figures.
3252 Maple Avenue (Berwyn)
3252 Maple Avenue in Berwyn
These 7 shadow box window displays are sure to please every age group with their variety of themes. Displaying everything from a classic Christmas village and the lovely Snow White to a modern Elf on the Shelf party and the lovely Elsa from Frozen. Don’t miss the Toy Story window loaded with 90’s characters sure to give parents some nostalgia! Lights on Sunday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Lights & Sound are on Fridays & Saturdays 5:00pm – 10:00pm.
5N773 Santa Fe Trail (Bloomingdale)
5N773 Santa Fe Trail in Bloomingdale
Lights are on for 2021 and run through New Year’s Eve. This house has the lights on from 4:30pm – 11:30pm, daily.
419 Callery Drive (Bolingbrook)
419 Callery Drive in Bolingbrook
Starting November 26, 2021 lights are on from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, everyday. The Gwin Family display includes over 15,000 lights, over 50 lite up candy canes, molds, and blow ups including a 8 foot snow globe that projects Christmas signs. Some nights music will be played outside. Feel free to stop by and take pictures!
Jahn Christmas (Buffalo Grove) 🎶
5 Ashford Court in Buffalo Grove
The display is called Jahn Christmas and features over 10,000 synchronized lights dancing to songs from The Polar Express, Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Pentatonix, and more! Tune to 94.5FM and lights are on between 5:00pm and 9:00pm, daily.
Candy Cane Lane (Carol Stream) 🎶
371 Canyon Trail in Carol Stream
The Slanker family display will be open for 2021 on December 4th, 2021 – January 1, 2022. Their lights are on Sunday through Thursday 4:30pm – 10:00pm and Friday – Saturday 4:30pm – 11:00pm. Candy Cane Canyon Trail features a life-sized Gingerbread House with elves and snowmen decorating Christmas trees. In the evenings, the lights are synched to music on 101.5 FM. Donations of non-perishable for for the local food pantry and monetary donations for the DuPage Animal Friends.
The Draniczarek Family Light Show (Carol Stream) 🎶
522 Hiawatha Drive in Carol Stream
The show will come to life at 6:00pm, and for the first few days, will play some of our favorites from last year, as well as a few new songs. Remember to tune into 87.9 FM to enjoy the 24 minute light show. Every night will also close with their version of Disney’s Happily Ever After. It will run from 6:00pm – 9:00pm Sundays through Thursdays, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 m – 9:30pm. Bernard the Elf will be telling jokes as the show restarts, so if you see Bernard a second time, you’ve seen the whole show for that evening.
Lights on Easton (Carol Stream) 🎶
1214 Easton Drive in Carol Stream
The 2021 holiday lights will begin on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Lights are on from Monday to Thursday, dusk to 9:00 pm and Friday/Saturday, dusk to 10:00 pm. The display features a light show synchronized to music, animated characters and props, three MEGA trees, and Santa’s Workshop display! Visit and like them on Facebook at @eastonlights.
7752 West Hood Avenue (Chicago)
7752 West Hood Avenue in Chicago
Hoping to be ready to go by December 1, 2021! Daily shows are 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm. A smaller, yet upbeat-high energy light show synchronized to music! Featuring a mix of classic Christmas lights and high energy LEDs. Show times subject to change/cancel, email email@example.com for nightly status.
3328 N. Pioneer (Chicago)
3328 N. Pioneer in Chicago
The J & J Crew are back at it again this year and invite you to check out their Holiday Light Spectacular. This kid planned and kid built LED explosion entitled “Christmas Rocks” is located on the far northwest side of Chicago. Last year, the J & J crew won the Friends of Hiawatha Park home decorating contest and they are hungry to defend the title this year. Hours are from 5:00pm to 10:30pm, nightly from now until January 16, 2022.
818 Belair Drive (Darien)
818 Belair Drive in Darien
Lights on currently until January 1, 2022. These lights on between 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, daily. This house features a dancing Santa in front yard. Tune into 88.7 FM to enjoy a Christmas movie. Different holiday movies are projected on house nightly. Bring your popcorn!
7209 Richmond Avenue (Darien)
7209 Richmond Avenue in Darien
Lights are already on! A large yard display as well as a holiday LEGO display in the extra garage. The legos are open and lit up all day and night. This family welcome everyone to get out and come see the lego display. The lights are on from 5:00 pm until midnight every day. They are accepting donations for The Wellness House in Hinsdale.
7406 Richmond Avenue (Darien)
7406 Richmond in Darien
Lights are on from 4:30pm to 10:30pm, daily. This display includes driveway arches, flying reindeer, nativity scene, shooting stars, jumping light arches, and an arctic display with blue lights for water .
Candy Cane Lane (Des Plaines)
955 S Warrington Rd in Des Plaines
This neighborhood displays has over 100 homes currently displaying 495 Candy Canes! Celebrating its 30th year in the neighborhood of Westfield Gardens in Des Plaines.
Schiffer’s Shining Christmas (Downers Grove) 🎶
4113 Williams in Downers Grove
Schiffer’s Halloween Insanity has transitioned for the holidays to Schiffer’s Shining Christmas. This display is set to music, so be sure to tune your radio to 88.1FM. Hours are Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 10:30pm.
Larsen Christmas Lights Show (Elburn) 🎶
Larsen Christmas Lights Show: 42W891 Beith Rd in Elburn
This will be the last year at their house before they move to Goebberts Farm! 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. Daily hours are 5:00pm – 10:00pm. The house is illuminated from November 25, 2021 – January 1, 2022. Light sticks, for purchase, that are synchronized with the show are available on their website.
3152 Primrose Street (Elgin) 🎶
3152 Primrose Street in Elgin
Wagner Christmas Lights will be running soon for 2021. The show starts at 5:00pm each night. Sundays – Thursdays it runs until 9:00pm and Friday and Saturdays until 10:00pm. Come listen to the lights! Featuring lights and sounds of the Christmas season, the entire display is synchronized to music! Stop by and listen to 99.1 FM!
2195 South Street (Elgin)
2195 South Street in Elgin
This light display has 45,000+ lights, animated to music and 120+ blowmolds, many are handmade, unique items.
The Sandberg Christmas Display (Elk Grove Village) 🎶
391 Walnut Lane in Elk Grove Village
Starting on Thanksgiving night, The Sandberg Christmas Display features 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! Don’t forget to find Home Alone characters in the window!
760 Hillside Avenue (Elmhurst) 🎶
760 Hillside Avenue in Elmhurst
Olaf’s Winter Spectacular does not disappoint. Starting Saturday, November 27th and the last show will be on Sunday, January 9th. Hours of the show are 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Each show is roughly 17 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. Olaf was the Champion of the 2020 ABC Channel 7’s Great Chicago Light Fight. Olaf spent the summer working on his tan and adding some new elements to his show and he has a new special guest to help him celebrate the holidays. Check out @OlafsLightShow on Twitter and Facebook for 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!
987 S. Spring Road (Elmhurst)
987 S. Spring Road in Elmhurst
Lights will be on by November 20, 2021. 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 are already on between the hours 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Cimi-Light Show (Fox River Grove) 🎶
500 Ski Hill Road in Fox River Grove
Cimi Light Show runs Sunday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 10:30pm and Friday – Saturday from 5:00pm – 11:00pm. The show is 18 min long with a 12 min break in between. So it will run ever half hour on the hour. The lights will be all on and non-moving in between shows. If you see this please park safely on shoulder, turn on hazards and turn off headlights. Tune your radio to 99.1 FM to listen from your car.
Lights on Rockville (Gilberts) 🎶
Lights on Rockville: 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. The lights are on November 25 – December 31, 2021. Tune to 92.1FM and listen to their lights! There are six residential homes in a row, all with lights synchronized to music. There is a parking lot directly across the street, for easy parking/viewing. Please only use the sidewalk areas and remain off of any grass covered areas. Light are on from Sundays through Thursdays, 4:30pm – 8:30pm and Fridays through Saturdays, 4:30pm – 10:00pm. Please see Facebook page for updates on Lights on Rockville.
214 Glenbrook Court (Gilberts) 🎶
214 Glenbrook Court in Gilberts
Opening November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022. Monday- Thursday 4:00pm to 10:00pm and Friday-Sunday 4:00pm to 10:30pm. Tune into 96.5 FM from your car to enjoy the light show. Christmas lights synchronized to at least 8 different songs, new songs being added this year too! Some new additions to the display include a gingerbread house and reindeer barn! They are also collecting non-perishable items for the D300 Food Pantry!
1854 Windward Lane (Hanover Park) 🎶
Lights on Windward: 1854 Windward Lane in Hanover Park
Starting Thanksgiving week! Tune in to 101.5 FM Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and Friday through Sunday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm to see this lights show with candy canes galore and many inflatables. If you get out of your car, please stay behind the candy canes and arches so you don’t trip over any wires.
416 W. Hickory Street (Hinsdale) 🎶
416 W. Hickory Street in Hinsdale
Tune your radio to 88.9 FM to enjoy this display across the street from Burns Park.
916 S. Ashland Avenue (La Grange)
916 S. Ashland Avenue in La Grange
Open November 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022; weekdays 5:00pm – 10:00pm and weekends 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Come enjoy the light display and arched lighted walkway (which occasionally the elves line with candy canes for the kids)! When you come, share in their JOY and consider bringing nonperishable food donations for the donation bins. Last year they collected almost 7,000 items that the Kwak family delivered to local food pantries! Look for the story of this home on the NBC news website as they were a feature story last year.
901 S Waiola (La Grange)
901 S. Waiola in La Grange
This family has adds to their house each year and loves when neighbors come look at Frosty and his Gingerbread friends. Lights will be on November 30, 2021 through New Year 2022. Lights will be on from 4:30pm – 9:00pm Monday- Thursday and 4:30pm – 10:00pm Friday- Sunday.
836 Homestead Road (La Grange Park) 🎶
The Nightmare before Christmas on Homestead
836 Homestead Road in La Grange Park
“Jack Skellington came here from Halloweentown, You’ll notice his handiwork scattered around. This year he’s decided to play Sandy Claws, but when Halloween creates Christmas, you may see a few flaws.” Everything is homemade and hand painted. Listen to “Twas the Nightmare before Christmas,” on 88.7 FM. Hours: All day, light go on as the sun goes down. Viewable from the sidewalk and street. Dates: November 28 through December 26, 2021.
606 Homestead Road (La Grange Park)
606 Homestead Road in La Grange Park
The Hayes Family has not one, but two houses they decorate! This year on their house, a large present that can walked through, up-lights on large trees, they have extended a sidewalk tunnel over the drive (makes driving fun out of the driveway) and added new 3D yard decorations. The whole community is thrilled to see them outside these last few weeks setting up. If your lucky, they even come out to help with your family pictures. This is truly a magical time if the year and they encourage all to donate to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital via their website. Lights will go on Thanksgiving night – December 31, 2021, from sunset to midnight. They burn all night on Christmas Eve.
621 Homestead Road (La Grange Park)
621 Homestead Road in La Grange Park
Opening November 24, 2021 from 4:30pm-11:30pm and continuing daily until January 8, 2022. The whole 600 block is getting in the holiday spirit — definitely worth the drive through. This house is covered in lights and they even have some moving polar bears and fun things to see.
829 Barnsdale Road (La Grange Park)
829 Barnsdale Road in La Grange Park
This family has a 12 foot Santa, 12 foot reindeer, snowman, walking archway, the Grinch, and more! Enjoy!
5515 Chantilly Circle (Lake in the Hills) 🎶
5515 Chantilly Circle in Lake in the Hills
The Strathmann Family presents”Lights on Chantilly“. This house is a far drive, but if you are heading up north, it would be a fun stop on the way! They operate from the day after Thanksgiving through the New Year. Daily hours are 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 50,000 lights choreographed to music playing 7 songs.
Hughes Digital Christmas (Lombard) 🎶
2S231 Valley Road in Lombard
November 27, 2021 through New Year’s night 5:00pm – 11:00pm.
Tune your radio to 89.5 FM to enjoy Hughes Digital Christmas with 39,000+ 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.
880 Pinebrook Drive (Lombard) 🎶
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 December 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. Lights go on at 4:00pm – 10:30pm, daily. 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 (Lombard) 🎶
417 W. Woodland Avenue in Lombard
This display gets bigger each year. Check the front porch LED sign for radio station information and hashtagging! There are also lights projected into the second floor window from the inside and a linked radio station to listen to as you enjoy the lights. Lights will be on from November 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm daily.
104 W Hickory Road (Lombard) 🎶
104 W. Hickory Road in Lombard
The Ford Family’s light display will be on display everyday from 4:30pm – 9:00pm. With everything from a 30 year old handmade reindeer and sleigh, to a juggling snowman, to 5 clips of your favorite holiday movies playing in a loop, everyone in your family will find something to love! Tune to 89.5FM from 5:00pm – 7:00pm for a synchronized light show!
305 E. Morningside Avenue (Lombard)
305 E. Morningside Avenue in Lombard
Frosty’s Forest Tree Farm is back for its 2nd year. Santa joins Frosty and his friends this year and the light show is bigger and better than ever with over 20 Christmas Trees and 1000’s of lights. Daily, now through January 1, 2022 from dusk to 10:00pm. Music on most days.
111 S I Oka Avenue (Mount Prospect)
111 S I Oka Avenue in Mount Prospect
Light up the nights at this Mount Prospect home! The house, porch, and lawn are completely decked out!
118 Gala Drive (Mundelein) 🎶
118 Gala Drive in Mundelein
Tune the radio to 88.7 FM. Hours are Monday thru Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm and Thursday thru Sunday 5:00pm – 9:00pm. They also have a FB page – Once Upon A Christmas Light Show.
1222 Oakton Lane (Naperville)
1222 Oakton Lane in Naperville
This amazing house is in the running for the 2021 ABC7 Great Chicago Lightscape Fight! It is one of 5 finalists in the Chicagoland area! Don’t miss this house!
1118 E. Gartner (Naperville)
1118 E. Gartner in Naperville
Lights will be on from 4:00pm until 10:00pm starting November 26, 2021. 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, a minion hunt, and 26,000 lights. They are also a drop off spot for Toys for Tots! Santa will be here on December 12 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, for the toy drive.
The Believe House (Naperville)
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 4:30pm – 10:30pm.
2915 Sibling Court (Naperville)
2915 Sibling Court in Naperville
November 28, 2021 4:30pm – 11:00pm every day through December 25, 2021. Lights are on from 4:30pm – 10:30pm. All the wood decorations were made by the homeowners when they were first married, 25 years ago. The Penguin Pond is their favorite! New this year, they are collecting canned goods for the local “Loaves and Fishes”. Bring by a canned good when you come see their display!
1213 Knoll Drive (Naperville)
1213 Knoll Drive in Naperville
This light display will be up until December 1 – 28, 2021 from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, daily. They have music playing outside and lots of handmade decorations.
Riparian Lights (Naperville) 🎶
1509 Riparian Drive in Naperville
Open November 26, 2021 – January 3, 2022 each night from 4:30pm – 10:30pm. This house’s display has a 40 minute loop of songs synchronized to lights and includes Oskee Wow Wow for University of Illinois fans as well as many holiday favorites. It is truly a spectacular show. Bring a snack and enjoy the show! The show is synchronized to music on FM 88.5.
2524 S. 8th Avenue (North Riverside)
2524 S. 8th Avenue in North Riverside
This display is packed with blow molds. It is on everyday from dusk to 12:00am. Every year, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Santa comes to visit. He will be there each Saturday.
31st Street (Oak Brook)
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.
Oswego Lights (Oswego) 🎶
701 N. Sparkle Court in Oswego
Oswego Lights runs from Thanksgiving week to January 3, 2022. Hours are Monday through Thursday 5:00pm until 10:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm – 11:00pm. They have 20,000 rgb lights, a 12 foot tall mega tree, and 30 minute long show synchronized to Christmas and pop music. Tune into 88.3 FM!
1426 N. Whispering Springs Circle (Palatine) 🎶
1426 N. Whispering Springs Circle in Palatine
“This year theme is “The Grinch” Lights are on from November 25, 2021 to January 3, 2022 from dusk to 11:00pm, nightly. This house has sounds and music from the movie. They are excepting non-perishables food donations along with (new) hats, gloves, scarves for the Palatine Township Center.
140 and 144 N. Delaplaine (Riverside)
140 and 144 N. Delaplaine in Riverside
Lights will be up after Thanksgiving, but the exact date will be updated soon. Lights are running daily from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. At 140 North Delaphaine check out Santa’s reindeer and sleigh (kids are allowed to take photos in the sleigh), a dancing Santa who sings, and 2 life size light up nutcrackers. The whole lawn is open to walk thru. At 144 North Delaplaine they have Santa’s workshop set up. All handmade wooden houses with decorations and lights. There is a section to sit and take a picture with Santa and his elves in case you don’t get a chance to see him at the store! These houses are not only neighbors, they are family!
3708 Rywick Court (Rolling Meadows)
3708 Rywick Court in Rolling Meadows
This display starts November 27, 2021 and runs Sunday – Thursday 6:00pm – 11:00pm and Friday – Saturday between 6:00pm – 1:00am. On December 11, 2021 at 6pm, the homeowners will be setting up to mix Christimas music and passing out candy canes which will also be placed throughout the display. Check out their Facebook page for updates.
4504-4507 Magnolia Drive (Rolling Meadows) 🎶
4504-4507 Magnolia Drive in Rolling Meadows
This light display runs from theNovember 26th and run through Sunday, January 9th 2022. The show starts at 4:30pm and ends at 12:00 midnight. Approximately 30 minute show on loop, synced to music. Tune into the radio station 98.3 FM.
23W720 Bryn Mawr Avenue (Roselle) 🎶
23W720 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Roselle
Light show begins on Thanksgiving night every year. Nightly viewing is 5:00pm – 10:00pm Sundays – Thursdays and open until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Lights are set to music on 93.3 FM, featuring four different light shows let to different songs, containing Christmas music and the Chicago Blackhawks anthem. Highlights include the amazing music, 10 foot spiral tree, Snoopy stream train, 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). Check out their new additions, the singing faces on Christmas trees and light bulb faces in the yard and on the roof.
720 Boxwood (Schaumburg) 🎶
720 Boxwood in Schaumburg
The Rosenfeld Family’s lights are back and better than ever. The lights are on Monday – Friday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Saturday – Sunday from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Tune in to 88.1 FM to listen to music with lights. My favorite thing about this house is the giant grinch standing in the neighbors lawn saying “ditto”! Check out their Facebook page for live character visits!
Juniper Lane (South Elgin)
Juniper Lane in South Elgin
A note from 364 Juniper Lane: The entire street decorates and lights up from Thanksgiving night until New Year’s Day. However, if there is good weather, a lot of houses begin to take down some of their decorations post Christmas Day. Generally the entire street turns on at between 5:00-5:30 pm each night and turns off between 10:30-11:00pm. It is best to park on Lancaster (North end of the street) or Fairfax (South End) and walk under the arches on the sidewalk to get the full experience especially since multiple houses have video and music displays. Please do not park on Juniper lane as it creates major traffic congestion and blocks the viewing of the displays! If you are driving down the street, make sure to roll down the windows to hear the music and the sound that goes along with the video displays. Donations to the local South Elgin Food Pantry are accepted in a bin on the parkway of a house in the middle of the street (at our house: 364 Juniper). We then make multiple runs throughout the holiday season to drop off the food at the food pantry.
364 Juniper Lane (South Elgin)
364 Juniper Lane in South Elgin
Lights are on from Thanksgiving night – December 28, 2021 from 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Some features include a Christmas movie and music video clips with sound in south bedroom window, flying Santa and reindeer, 15 Foot Megatree, an “I Spy” game. There is also a bin to accept food donations to be brought to the South Elgin Food Pantry.
518 Wildflower Way (Streamwood) 🎶
518 Wildflower Way in Streamwood
This house’s theme is Jack Skellington and The Nightmare before Christmas display with four songs to music and video.
304 Willowcrest Drive (Villa Park)
304 Willowcrest Drive in Villa Park
Lights will be up on December 1, 2021 and on daily from 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Enjoy over 100 lit animals, plus a light show set to music along the Leslie side of the fence. Make sure to roll down your windows to hear the full effect!
Fillipp Family Exterior Illuminations (Villa Park)
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 8:45pm on Thanksgiving Night. Lights will be on from 5:30pm until 11:00pm 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.
4805 Woodland (Western Springs) 🎶
4805 Woodland in Western Springs
Lights are on from sunset to 9:00pm on weekdays and sunset to 10:00pm Friday and Saturdays.
913 E. Evergreen Street (Wheaton) 🎶
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 December 5, 2021 until January 1, 2022. Lights are on Sunday – Thursday 4:45pm – 10:15pm, Friday and Saturday 4:45pm – 11:00pm. Extended hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve
2516 Mitchell Drive (Woodridge) 🎶
2516 Mitchell Drive in Woodridge
Then Oldham Family’s light display will be up and running the day after Thanksgiving. During the week it will be on from 5:00pm until 10:30pm and Friday-Saturday from 5:00pm – 12:00am. The FM transmitter is up and running. Tune to 89.9 FM for music with the lights show. 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! Please use hand sanitizer to keep the pole clean for all. There is also a Santa Mailbox to drop off a letter!
1555 Leabrook Lane (Wheaton)
1555 Leabrook Lane in Wheaton
The lights are on daily from 5:00 – 10:00pm. The house, rooftop and windows are outlined with multi-colored lights. The front yard is filled with colorful, lighted blow mold characters from whimsical to traditional: Santa, Snowmen, the Nativity, gingerbread, penguins, Mickey Mouse and so much more.
Best Christmas Lights in the Southwest Suburbs
Listed alphabetically by town with a musical note symbol 🎶 next to those that are set to music through a local frequency radio station.
26158 Oakridge Court (Channahon) 🎶
26158 Oakridge Court in Channahon
Right after Thanksgiving the lights will be on! This is a funny Christmas display to Twilight Zone, Christmas at Ground zero, I am Santa Claus and other songs. Features include animations one side of the house, synced talkingsinging faces on the front of the house, and lights on the other side of the house. The projector plays videos that are synchronized with the lights. They’ve added a fog machine this year to make dmx lasers and moving head lights stand out. On weekends and the holidays, they run a snow machine over the garage. Check out the video here!
6108 Washington Street (Chicago Ridge)
The Valenti family is hoping to be ready by December 1, 2021 and it will run through New Years Day from approximately 5:00pm – 10:00pm, daily. Beautiful red and white lit archways over sidewalks and driveway. Custom made houses include a gingerbread house, Elsa Castle, and manger! They have added a few characters from The Grinch and Frozen 2. Their decorations have extended into their neighbor’s yard, as well as inspired them to add a few! They are also a drop spot for St. Vincent de Paul Chicago.
2708 90th Place (Evergreen Park)
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 5, 2021. Lights go on at dusk (about 4:00pm) and stay on until midnight.
14635 Saddle Brooke Lane (Homer Glen) 🎶
14635 Saddle Brooke Lane in Homer Glen
Lights are on December 1, 2021 – January 3, 2022. Monday – Thursday between 5:00 pm -10:00 pm and Friday, Saturday, Sunday between 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Lights are synchronize to music broadcast on 95.3 FM, with a special guest in garage window.
1924 Calla Drive (Joliet)
1924 Calla Drive in Joliet
The lights will be on Saturday November 27, 2021. This house even has a Santa saucer on the roof, several inflatables, and lights. Lights are on between 6:00pm and 11:00pm, everyday.
13760 Kettering Parkway (Lemont) 🎶
13760 Kettering Parkway in Lemont
Starting December 3, 2021 – January 1 2022. Located in the Kettering Parkway circle in Lemont, IL. They have over 5000 choreographed lights synced to music. Lit Lemont offers lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas lights show. A fun mix of holiday music and party. Drive up and tune your car radio to 92.9 FM to hear the lights. Note from the homeowners, *Please be courteous to our neighbors and please don’t block the driveways.”
14447 Kolin Avenue (Midlothian)
14447 Kolin Avenue in Midlothian
Lights are on every night from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Everyone is welcome to get out and look at the lights. Come see Santa’s workshop at the North Pole! This display will be lit Thanksgiving weekend!
Trammel Family Christmas Lights (Morris) 🎶
Trammel Family Christmas Lights: 116 Meadors Circle in Morris
Ready Thanksgiving night and running daily from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, enjoy about a 12-15 minute show that is 100% computer generated and sequenced to music. Set your radio to 92.1FM. Each week they switch the show’s music, for people to come back each week! This year they have taken over the neighbor’s house to make the show twice as big! They have several matrixes, a mega tree, pixel poles, spinners, snowflakes, stars, arches.
14808 Temple Street (Oak Forest)
14808 Temple Street in Oak Forest
This display will be on from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas night from 5:00pm till 10:30pm. 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.
15430 Lamon Avenue (Oak Forest) 🎶
15430 Lamon Avenue in Oak Forest
This family’s display is set to music, so be sure to listen as the talking trees starts to sing!
10225 Washington Avenue (Oak Lawn)
10225 Washington Avenue in Oak Lawn
Lights are always on the day following Thanksgiving and more is added as the season moves on. The lights display is on from dusk – dawn, daily. Lots of mechanical blowups and same are musical this year.
15441 Sunset Ridge Drive (Orland Park)
15441 Sunset Ridge Drive in Orland Park
Lights will be up on Thanksgiving night 2021! 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 – 12:00am every day.
14601 Poplar Court (Orland Park)
14601 Poplar Court in Orland Park
Lights turn on Thanksgiving night. Lights run daily between dusk – 11:00 pm, daily. This house just gets bigger and bigger each year and have over close to three hundred blow molds with a highlight to the display a 15 foot inflatable snowman.
17548 Jennifer Drive (Orland Park)
17548 Jennifer Drive in Orland Park
Lights are on now until January 1, 2022 daily from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Added this year are Disney characters! This display includes a over 10,000 lights, a nativity scene, a north pole scene, a larger gingerbread village, and Christmas music playing with icicle lights falling.
10260 W. 144th Street (Orland Park)
10260 W. 144th Street in Orland Park
Lights are running from December 1, 2021 to January 7, 2022. Lights will be on each night 5:00pm to midnight. This display includes hundreds of thousands of lights around all four corners of the home and yard!
Oswego Lights 🎶
701 N Sparkle Ct in Oswego
The lights are active from November 21, 2021 to January 1, 2022. The show is an hour long synchronized to Christmas and pop music. The music is appropriate for all ages. Tune your cars radio to 88.3 FM.
The Shreve Christmas Holiday Light Show (Plainfield) 🎶
23337 W Grinton Drive in Plainfield
The Shreve Christmas Holiday Light Show is a computerized light show that runs December 4, 2021 until January 8, 2022. The show is up Sunday thru Thursday 5:00pm – 11:00pm and Friday – Saturday from 5:00pm – 12:00pm. This is the 6th year for this family’s display which won the park district award in 2018. It includes an amazing mega tree, and multiple other arches and north poles synchronized to 6-8 Christmas songs. Tune to 88.5 FM to listen to the show.
7662 Pin Oak Court (Plainfield) 🎶
7662 Pin Oak Court in Plainfield
Lights are on November 27, 2021 thru January 1, 2022. Show times are 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, every evening. As you watch the show, make sure you tune to 87.9 FM.
12941 Greenfield Drive (Plainfield) 🎶
12941 Greenfield Drive in Plainfield
This lights show with music started on November 26th and will run until New Year’s Eve. Show hours are dusk until 10:00 pm. Tune into 106.1 FM for the shows 12 songs synchronized with lights. You can have your child’s name appear on the ‘mega tree’ if it is one of the 90 names already programmed. If the name isn’t on the list, email it and it will get it added in a day or two. PlainfieldChristmas@gmail.com Check their website for more information.
1907 Chestnut Hill Road (Plainfield)
1907 Chestnut Hill Road in Plainfield
Lights are on from November 25th thru January 3rd, 2022. Daily between 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Chestnut Hill Lights Display is set to music and lights change and move in sequence to (5) holiday songs. There is (2) singing trees as well as a 18ft Tall Mega Christmas Tree!!
6214 Ventura Drive (Plainfield)
6214 Ventura Drive in Plainfield
This family has recently moved from Tinley Park, but their big display has moved with them! This year they have added a 10 foot Frosty the Snowman.
14846 Whipple Street (Posen)
14846 Whipple Street in Posen
This display is called Santa’s corner with a giant Santa with a few snowmen in between. A simple and very bright display lights with over 7,000 lights! The light hours are 5:00pm – 9:30pm, every day. Christmas Eve and Christmas day run 24 hours. The lights will go from Thanksgiving to January 9, 2022.
1109 Butterfield Circle W. (Shorewood)
1109 Butterfield Circle W. in Shorewood
Lights are on nightly from dusk – 12:00am with projections Friday – Sunday. Williams’ Winter Wonderland looks like a scene straight from Christmas Vacation. These Griswolders deck the house from top to bottom in super bright LED lights and it doesn’t stop there! Lights adorn the whole front yard and sparkle like you’ve never seen before. For a special treat, the front window has been sprinkled with Christmas magic and shows you exactly what’s going on at the North Pole. And don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa to receive a reply from the big guy himself!
7414 162nd Place (Tinley Park)🎶
7414 162nd Place in Tinley Park
Wow. Check out this decked out front lawn! Also, all surfaces of the houses and roofs are covered with lights! The lights are on starting Thanksgiving night 2021 and 5:00pm – 10:00pm daily. 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! They are kindly accepting donations for “Together We Cope”. This just in: This house won the ABC7 Great Chicago Light Fight this year! We are thrilled for Scott O’Connor and his family.
8578 Ballard Court (Tinley Park)
8578 Ballard Court in Tinley Park
Lights come on Thanksgiving weekend for 2021!
7231 174th Place (Tinley Park) 🎶
7231 174th Place in Tinley Park
The lights will be on November 28, 2020 and are choreographed to music with both outdoor speakers and the ability to listen on your car radio. Weekdays from 5:00pm – 10:00pm and weekends from 5:00pm – 11:30pm. Tune in to 100.1 FM!
7805 Nottingham Dr. (Tinley Park) 🎶
7805 Nottingham Drive in Tinley Park
Start November 26, 2021 and running through January 1, 2022, The Hirsch Family lights up their house from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday and 5:00pm – 11:00pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Get out of your car and enjoy the Christmas music, take selfies with our character blow ups on the driveway, Clark Griswold, Ralphie from A Christmas Story, Elf and more. Kids love dancing and chasing the laser dots on the driveway.
17321 Avon Lane (Tinley Park) 🎶
17321 Avon Lane in Tinley Park
This Christmas lights display will be on starting November 29, 2021. Lights will be on daily from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. The parking lot for viewing is at Prairie View Middle School. 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, moving carousel and teeter totter, an expanded tunnel of lights, light up dance floor, additional characters, and a new giant LED screen! Check out our new Igloo scene for 2021. As always please drop a donation for Together We Cope in their donation box. Donations help local families in times of crisis. Last year they raised over $32,000! This house was on Great Christmas Light Fight in 2018!
16660 Patricia Avenue (Tinley Park) 🎶
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 November 26, 2021. 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 5:30pm – 10:30pm.
18033 Bettenhausen Drive (Tinley Park) 🎶
18033 Bettenhausen Drive in Tinley Park
Lights on starting December 6, 2021 and daily from dusk – 10:30pm until Jan 1, 2022. Special features: 15-20 minute audio-synchronized shows across 2 houses (including neighbor’s across Bettenhausen Dr.) with audio broadcast on 89.3 FM. Approximately 10,000 lights in all.
16612 Cherry Hill Avenue (Tinley Park)
16612 Cherry Hill Avenue in Tinley Park
This house adds more each year! Lights are on from dusk until 10:00pm, daily.
16423 Parliament Avenue (Tinley Park) 🎶
16423 Parliament Avenue in Tinley Park
Running December 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day, 2022 and Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, and Friday – Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Tune your radio station to 98.9FM. This display has interactive trains, synchronized face and trees to music, moving skyride, a ferris wheel, and letters to Santa through mid December.
8706 Kathleen Ln (Tinley Park)
8706 Kathleen Ln in Tinley Park
So many bright lights, this house lights up the whole block! Lights will be on starting November 27, 2021 and on daily from 5:00pm – 10:30pm.
8719 Kathleen Lane (Tinley Park)
8719 Kathleen Lane in Tinley Park
Lights are on from dusk until 11:00pm. Lots of flashing lights and blowups. The display includes a large santa plane with a flashing runway and a helicopter with a flashing helipad.
17037 Creekside Avenue (Tinley Park)
17037 Creekside Avenue in Tinley Park
We are happy to have this family’s display on our list! They have a giant Santa, as tall as their house, and their lawn is covered in blow molds.
16409 Surrey Drive (Tinley Park)
16409 Surrey Drive in Tinley Park
Lights are on Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm and weekends until midnight . Be sure to get out of the car and walk through the sidewalk tunnel of lights!
11149 S. Worth Avenue (Worth)
11149 South Worth Avenue in Worth
It’s blow mold and tinsel heaven! This display will light November 26, 2021 and run through January 2, 2022. Lights will be on at 5:00pm and run until 11:00pm. Please enjoy the display of winter wonderland, but stay off the lawn, due to all the cords.
Add https://www.facebook.com/litlockport/ in 2022. Guests can tune to 92.9FM to listen.
Best Walk-Thru Lights Displays
Bloomingdale Festival of Lights
Bloomingdale Festival of Lights
December 3 2021 – January 1, 2022
Pedestrians are treated to a sparkling display of holiday lights and sights in Old Town Park . Walk through the lights and enjoy the festivities. Visit the Museum throughout the Festival of Lights for its annual holiday show. This year the display features a replica of the classic Walnut Room Christmas tree
Holiday Magic (Brookfield)
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
From 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, November 22-28, Wednesday through Sunday, December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, Sunday through Friday, December 26-31
Reserve your timed tickets and parking here! The fun includes a giant light display, a 41-foot-tall tree, more than two million LED lights, and more. Zoogoers can also enjoy a 600-foot-long tunnel featuring thousands of colored lights all synchronized to music. There will be no live Santa this year, but their will be a life-sized cut out and selfie frames for your family to take pictures with. There will also be a mailbox at the south mall for Letters to Santa. Katie and Annie have all the tips and tricks for planning your visit here!
Skate into the winter season while at the zoo! The 40-foot x 80-foot skating rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic. It will be open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm during the zoo’s 40th annual Holiday Magic®—November 26-28 and December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, and 26-31. The cost for unlimited time for all skaters is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.
Festival of Lights (Bolingbrook Promenade)
Festival of Lights
November 6 – December 31, 2021 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy 20 minute shows of music by the big trees in the center of the Promenade at the top of every hour. This adds some holiday fun to your shopping!
Light up the Lake at Navy Pier (Chicago)
Light up the Lake at Navy Pier
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | 12:00pm – 9:30pm
Navy Pier is in the holiday spirit this year! Light up the Lake is the first indoor lights festival that has ever graced Navy Pier. This lights walk is temperature-controlled, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays, an ice rink, an authentic holiday beer garden, kiddie train rides, gift market, and, of course, a visit with Santa. November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Discount tickets can be purchased here.
Lincoln Park ZooLights (Chicago)
November 19, 2021–January 2, 2022 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Lincoln Park Zoolights is back! $5 per person admission and free admission on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. There are two sensory friendly nights on November 30 and December 15, 2021. This year’s ZooLights will again feature hundreds of luminous LED displays, thousands of lights, and seasonal experiences.
Big Timber Brilliance (Elgin)
Big Timber Brilliance at Camp Big Timber
Select dates from November 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022
The show covers the camp’s 76 acres in hundred of thousands of lights in dazzling displays set to music. There are also local food vendors, a warming lodge, and visits from the North Pole. Big Timber Brilliance runs Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5pm each evening. Use coupon code REVERENT to save $1 per ticket.
Chicago Botanic Garden Lightscape
November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Walk down a path through thousands of twinkling lights, such as the Cathedral of Light pictured above. This after-hours event will lights up your night. Hours are 4:30pm – 11:00pm (last entry at 9:15 p.m.) on select dates. Tickets range from $22-28 for an adult and $12-15 for a child. Children under age 3 are free.
Kohlights at Kohl Children’s Museum (Glenview)
November 26 – 28, December 3 – 5, 10 – 12, 17 – 23, and 26 – 31, 2021
Kohl Children’s Museum’s created a new outdoor light activity last year. These lights aren’t just beautiful to look at, they are interactive! Using glow stick learning wands, children can control and change the lights. Tickets are $20 per person for adults and children over 12 months. Kohl Children’s Museum members may buy tickets at a discounted rate of $15. This interactive holiday light installation is truly one of a kind.
Six Flags (Gurnee)
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
Select Days November 26 – December 30, 2021
This is the fourth season of Holiday In The Park featuring over 3 million dazzling lights , themed entertainment, socially distanced photo ops, and holiday treats. There are no rides open during Holiday In The Park Lights. Tickets start at $24.99 and can be purchased here.
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
November 20, 2021 – January 8, 2022
Reservations required! 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! Tickets range from $12 – $24 per adult and $7-$13 for kids ages 2- 17 years of age. Discounts apply for Arboretum members.
Lilacia Park (Lombard)
Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park in Lombard
December 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with decorated trees, a giant gingerbread house, and much more. Free to walk through at your leisure, each night.
Naper Lights (Naperville)
Naper Lights 120 Water Street in Naperville
Thanksgiving – New Year’s | 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Naperville’s lights 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. Walk down Water Street to see the whole street dancing to the music, ending in the display at Jaycees Park, then cross a lit-up covered bridge to take in a synchronized light show with singing Christmas trees from your vantage point across the river.
Winter Lights at Central Park (Oak Brook)
Winter Lights at Central Park (Oak Brook)
November 25, 2021 – January 9, 2022 | 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oak Brook Park Districts free holiday walk! Enjoy a 1/2 mile walk through the beautifully lit Central Park! There will be photo opportunities throughout the walk. FREE for the community to attend.
Village of Rosemont
Village of Rosemont Lights
Intersection of Higgins and Scott Street
Opening November 27, 2021! They have a giant Christmas tree, lots of lights to walk through, a petting zoo, and little houses (dates not announced yet for petting zoo).
Amaze Light Festival at Impact Field (Rosemont)
Amaze Light Festival
New this year to Impact Field, Amaze Light Festival is one you don’t want to miss. Walk through the lights shows, whimsical forests, go tubing down hills, and listen to festive music. This is a ticketed event starting at $18 per child and $23 per adult. Children 2 and under are free. Snow tubing hills cost extra. Annie’s family checked out the Amaze Lights Festival and have their full review here!
Holiday Tree Trail (St. Charles)
Holiday Trees Trail
Take a stroll down the 1st Street Water Front Walkway to see local businesses and groups decorated trees. The decorated trees will be up all season so you can stop by anytime to see them and do not need tickets. Free and open to the public!
Nights of Lights in Adams Park (Wheaton)
Nights of Lights
Adams Park in Wheaton
November 26, 2021 -January 9, 2022 | Dusk to 11:00pm, daily
Enjoy the return of Nights of Lights in Adams Park this holiday season. The display will be lit from November 26, 2021 through January 9, 2022. Lights will be on from dusk to 11:00pm. Free to the public, no tickets required.
Festival of Lights (Wheaton)
Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo
November 26, 2021 – December 30, 2021 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
Timed entry reservations are required. 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 Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Open 9 am – 12 pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Tickets are available here.
Best Drive-Thru Lights Displays
Willow Hill’s Winter Magic (Northbrook)
Willow Hill’s Winter Magic
November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | 4:30pm – 10:30pm
Willow Hill Golf Course
1350 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Willow Hill Golf Course is excited to present its first Willow Hill’s Winter Magic drive-thru lights event. This family holiday event features over one million lights adorning displays of characters, 50 Christmas trees, a 250-ft animated video tunnel, snowflake valley, and more. A world of winter wonder awaits you! See the holiday lights every night this season at Willow Hill Golf Course. The magic runs Saturday, November 20th through Sunday, January 2nd. Reserve tickets at www.WillowHillsWinterMagic.com today!
Aurora Festival of Lights
Aurora Festival of Lights at Phillips Park
November 26, 2021 – December 26, 2021 | Monday – Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 5:00 -10:00 pm
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. Free tickets do require reservations here!
Santa’s Rock n Lights (Grayslake)
Santa’s Rock n Lights in Grayslake
November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Located at the Lake County Fairgrounds, this drive thru lights display requires advanced tickets to be purchased. Over 700 feet of tunnels including a techno rainbow tunnel. Re-imagined layout with themed worlds of light including dinosaur world.
Six Flags Drive-Thru Lights (Gurnee)
Holiday in the Park Drive Through Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
December 3, 9-10, 15-17, 31 and January 1-2, 6-9, 2022
Enjoy the warmth of the Six Flags Holiday Lights from the comfort of your own car! On select days, experience Holiday In The Park like never before. Tickets start at $17.99 and can be purchased here.
Mooseheart Holiday Lights
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart
November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
This special neighborhood has 1.8 miles of lights to drive through. Suggested donation is $20 per car. Santa’s mailbox is available to drop off your letters while you are there!
Reindeer Road (Naperville)
December 1 – 25, 2021 | 6:30 pm – 9:30pm (last car admitted)
1805 High Point Drive in Naperville
Formerly, Manchester Lights has moved to High Point Church in Naperville creating a new drive thru experience starting December 1, 2021 through December 25, 2021. Tickets are required and cost $10 per car. Tune to station 88.5 FM to listen along as you drive.
Let it Shine Lights Show (Northbrook)
Let it Shine Lights Show
Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
Northbrook Court, Northbrook
Wintrust Field, Schaumburg
November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022 | 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
This drive thru lights show is at THREE locations this year. Guests are invited to stay in their cars and immerse themselves in a wonderland of light displays that are synchronized to holiday classics. Advanced tickets are required and start at $29.99 per car and optional Fast Pass tickets are available to skip the line. Tickets are available online only.
Christmas Lights Show (Pingree Grove)
Christmas Light Show at Goebebert’s Pumpkin Patch in Pingree Grove
November 25 – January 9, 2022
Drive-thru lights show with prices starting at $20 per car during the week.
Driving Tours of the Best Residential Christmas Lights
We prepared routes for you so you can take lights tours of different areas across the Chicago suburbs! Simply check out the maps below and enter the addresses in your GPS. They are all in order to maximize your enjoyment and minimize driving time.
In general, these houses will be lit at dusk, but please note that most of the houses have given us starting dates, hours, guidelines, charities they are supporting, and descriptions, which are listed above. So you might want to scroll through the list of addresses with photos before embarking on a tour.
All driving times are using the step-by-step directions and don’t take into account stopping and/or getting out of the car.
Riverside-Brookfield Lights Tour (20 minutes)
- A: 3252 Maple Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
- B: 141 N Delaplaine Rd, Riverside, IL 60546
- C: 2527 S 8th Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546
- D: 836 Homestead Rd., La Grange Park, IL 60526
- E: 826 Barnsdale Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526
- F: 621 Homestead Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526
- G: 606 Homestead Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526
Darien-Hinsdale-La Grange Lights Tour (40 minutes)
- A: 916 South Ashland Ave. La Grange, IL 60525
- B: 845 S Waiola Ave, La Grange, IL 60525
- C: 4813 Woodland Ave, Western Springs, IL 60558 (🎶)
- D: 416 W Hickory St, Hinsdale, IL 60521 (🎶)
- E: 31st/Meyers, Oak Brook, IL 60523
- F: 4115 N Williams St, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (🎶)
- G: 818 Belair Dr, Darien, IL 60561
- H: 801 Belair Dr, Darien, IL 60561
- I: 7406 Richmond Ave, Darien, IL 60561
Elmhurst-Lombard Area Lights Tour (46 minutes)
- A: 1945 Arthur Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163
- B: 977 Spring Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126
- C: 759 Hillside Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126 (🎶)
- D: 39 W Madison St, Villa Park, IL 60181
- E: 304 Willow Crest Dr, Villa Park, IL 60181
- F: 305 Morningside Ave, Lombard, IL 60148
- G: 1 W Hickory Rd, Lombard, IL 60148
- H: 417 W Woodland Ave, Lombard, IL 60148 (🎶)
- I: 880 Pinebrook Dr, Lombard, IL 60148 (🎶)
- J: 231 Valley Rd, Lombard, IL 60148 (🎶)
Naperville Area Lights Tour (1 hour 35 minutes)
This one is longer than the others, so we’ll split it into North Naperville and South Naperville routes in case you just want to do half each night.
North Naperville Area Lights Tour
- A: 2515 Mitchell Dr, Woodridge, IL 60517 (🎶)
- B: 1213 Knoll Dr, Naperville, IL 60565
- C: 1118 E Gartner Rd, Naperville, IL 60540
- D: 1520 Riparian Dr, Naperville, IL 60565 (🎶)
- E: 629 Vicksburg Ct, Naperville, IL 60540
- F: 1222 Oakton Ln, Naperville, IL 60540
- G: 1015 Lehnertz Ave, Aurora, IL 60505
South Naperville Area Lights Tour
- H: 701 N Sparkle Ct, Oswego, IL 60543 (🎶)
- I: 2916 Sibling Ct, Naperville, IL 60564
- J: 419 Callery Dr, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
Carol Stream-Wheaton Area Lights Tour (1 hour 10 minutes)
- A: 746 W Appletree Ln, Bartlett, IL 60103
- B: 5N773 Santa Fe Trail, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
- C: 1854 Windward Ln, Hanover Park, IL 60133 (🎶)
- D: 1214 Easton Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (🎶)
- E: 372 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream, IL 60188
- F: 534 Hiawatha Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (🎶)
- G: 913 E Evergreen St, Wheaton, IL 60187 (🎶)
- H: 1555 Leabrook Ln, Wheaton, IL 60189
- I: 969 Ekman Dr, Batavia, IL 60510
Far West Suburbs Lights Tour (1 hour 43 minutes)
- A: 42W891 Beith Rd, Elburn, IL 60119 (🎶)
- B: 375 Juniper Ln, South Elgin, IL 60177
- C: 3151 Primrose St, Elgin, IL 60124 (🎶)
- D: 2195 South St., Elgin, IL 60123
- E: 218 Glenbrook Ct, Gilberts, IL 60136 (🎶)
- F: 366 Columbia Ln, Gilberts, IL 60136 (🎶)
- G: 5515 Chantilly Cir, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156 (🎶)
- H: 1115 Gaslight Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102 (🎶)
- I: 500 Ski Hill Rd, Fox River Grove, IL 60021 (🎶)
Southwest Suburbs Lights Tour: West of Joliet (1 hour 50 minutes)
- A:701 N Sparkle Ct, Oswego, IL 60543 (🎶)
- B: 12945 Denise St, Plainfield, IL 60585 (🎶)
- C: 16421 S McGrath Dr, Plainfield, IL 60586 (🎶)
- D: 1975 Calla Dr, Joliet, IL 60435
- E: 1904 Chestnut Hill Rd, Plainfield, IL 60586 (🎶)
- F: 6215 Ventura Dr, Plainfield, IL 60586
- G: 7659 Pin Oak Ct, Plainfield, IL 60586 (🎶)
- H: 1109 Butterfield Cir E, Shorewood, IL 60404
- I: 26158 Oak Ridge Ct, Channahon, IL 60410 (🎶)
- J: 116 Meadors Cir, Morris, IL 60450 (🎶)
Tinley Park Area Lights Tour
Tinley Park North (9 minutes)
- A: 7415 162nd Pl, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (🎶)
- B: 7805 Nottingham Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60477
- C: 16426 Parliament Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (🎶)
- D: 16409 Surrey Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60487
- E: 16612 Cranberry Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60487
Tinley Park South (15 minutes)
- A: 17037 Creekside Ave, Orland Hills, IL 60487
- B: 8707 Kathleen Ln, Tinley Park, IL 60487 and 8719 Kathleen Ln, Tinley Park, IL 60487
- C: 17321 Avon Ln, Tinley Park, IL 60487
- D: 8578 Ballard Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60487
- E: 18033 Bettenhausen Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60487 (🎶)
- F: 7231 174th Pl, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (🎶)
Orland Park Area Lights Tour (49 minutes)
- A: 17548 Jennifer Dr, Orland Park, IL 60467
- B: 14630 Saddle Brook Ln, Lockport, IL 60491 (🎶)
- C: 13760 Kettering Pkwy, Lemont, IL 60439 (🎶)
- D: 10275 144th St, Orland Park, IL 60462
- E: 9002 Poplar Rd, Orland Park, IL 60462
- F: 15438 Sunset Ridge Dr, Orland Park, IL 60462
Southwest Suburbs Lights Tour: East of 43 (1 hour 8 minutes)
- A: 2708 W 90th Pl, Evergreen Park, IL 60805
- B: 10225 Washington Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
- C: 6109 Washington St, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
- D: 11149 S Worth Ave, Worth, IL 60482
- E: 14446 Kolin Ave, Midlothian, IL 60445
- F: 14900 Whipple St, Markham, IL 60428
- G: 14808 Temple St, Oak Forest, IL 60452
- H: 15429 Lamon Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452 (🎶)
- I: 16660 Patricia Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Northwest Suburbs Lights Tour (1 hour 23 minutes)
- A: 3328 N Pioneer Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
- B: 7746 W Hood Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 (🎶)
- C: 955 S Warrington Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016
- D: 391 Walnut Ln, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 (🎶)
- E: 23W720 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Roselle, IL 60172 (🎶)
- F: 520 Grace Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60193 (🎶)
- G: 518 Wildflower Way, Streamwood, IL 60107 (🎶)
North Suburbs Lights Tour ( 41 minutes)
- A: 4504 Magnolia Dr, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 (🎶)
- B: 3707 Rywick Dr, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
- C: 1426 Whispering Springs Cir, Palatine, IL 60074 (🎶)
- D: 4 Ashford Ct, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 (🎶)
- E: 111 S I Oka Ave, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
For consideration in 2022:
4th Street, Libertyville, IL https://youtu.be/nxbCSmoR-_A
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