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. From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family.
Submissions for 2020 are closed, but we encourage you to reach out to us next year at email@example.com with your 2021 house submission! Happy Holidays!
As always, please be mindful of these residential neighborhoods. Drive safely, pick up your trash, and respect the neighboring houses as well.
Best Lights in the West Suburbs
Best Residential Christmas Lights Displays in the Western Suburbs
Listed alphabetically by town with a musical note symbol (🎵) next to those that are set to music through a local frequency radio station.
218 N Pioneer Drive (Addison)
218 N Pioneer Drive in Addison
Holiday Cheer on Pioneer lights turn on at 5:00 pm. Special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on Saturday, December, 19 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm to take pictures with. Also, on Sunday December 20th at 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
Lehnertz Avenue (Aurora)
Lehnertz Avenue in Aurora
This light display has been a local holiday tradition for 68 years — wow! Everything will be fully lit starting December 13, 2020 – January 2, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm each evening.
1026 Cuyahoga Drive (Bartlett)
1026 Cuyahoga Drive in Bartlett
There’s a lot to see at this house, including a big inflatable Santa dressed like a pilot in a plane, a Christmas countdown, and figurines in the windows.
1948 Arthur Ave. (Berkley)
1948 Arthur Avenue in Berkley
Look at this giant snowman! Lights are on by 4:00 pm and they turnoff at midnight, daily.
🎵 Candy Cane Lane (Carol Stream)
🎵 371 Canyon Trail in Carol Stream
The Slanker family display will be open for 2020 from December 6, 2020 – January 2, 2021. Their lights are on daily between 4:30 pm and 10:00 pm. Fridays and Saturdays the lights stay on until 11:00 pm. andy 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.
🎵 The Draniczarek Family Light Show (Carol Stream)
🎵 522 Hiawatha Drive in Carol Stream
On December 4, 2020, the show will come to life at 6:00 pm, 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 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 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.
🎵 1214 Easton Drive (Carol Stream)
🎵 Lights on Easton in Carol Stream
Lights are on from December 1, 2020 until January 1, 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
Running now through December 23, 2020. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for nightly status.
3328 N. Pioneer (Chicago)
3328 N. Pioneer in Chicago
The J & J Crew (Ages 4 & 7) invite you to check out their Holiday light spectacular. This kid planned and kid built LED explosion entitled “Christmas Rocks” is located at 3328 N. Pioneer on the far northwest side of Chicago. Hours are from 5:00 pm until 10:30 pm, nightly, from now until January 10, 2021. We know its not a suburb, but a kid-run show, we just couldn’t pass up!
7406 Richmond (Darien)
7406 Richmond in Darien
Lights are on daily from 4:30 pm until 10:30 pm. This display features a flying Santa over lighted houses and a manger scene.
818 Belair Drive (Darien)
818 Belair Drive in Darien
Lights on currently until January 1, 2021. 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
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. The blow ups are also up all day. The lights are on from 4:00 pm until midnight every day.
🎵 Crowley Christmas (Downers Grove)
🎵 Crowley Christmas: 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 the week or two after Thanksgiving – January 1, 2021. Light show will run from 5:30pm – 10:00pm.
1337 Andrus Ave. (Downers Grove)
1337 Andrus Ave in Downers Grove
Lights are on now – January 1, 2021, daily between 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm.
🎵 Larsen Christmas Lights Show (Elburn)
🎵 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. Daily hours are 5:00pm – 10:00pm. The house is illuminated from November 28, 2020 – December 30, 2020. Light sticks, for purchase, that are synchronized with the show are available on their website.
🎵 2195 South Street (Elgin)
🎵 2195 South Street in Elgin
November 27 – December 31, 2020, running from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, daily. There are 40,000+ lights synchronized to music and many blow molds. Tune in to 88.5 FM.
🎵 3152 Primrose St. (Elgin)
🎵 3152 Primrose St. in Elgin
Wagner Christmas Lights will be running November 27, 2020 – January 1, 2021. The show starts at 5:00 pm each night. Sundays – Thursdays it runs until 9:0 pm and Friday and Saturdays until 10:00 pm. 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!
🎵 The Sandberg Christmas Display (Elk Grove Village)
🎵 The Sandberg Christmas Display: 391 Walnut Lane in Elk Grove Village
Starting on Thanksgiving night, this 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!
🎵 760 Hillside Avenue (Elmhurst)
🎵 760 Hillside Avenue in Elmhurst
Olaf’s Winter Spectacular starts on November 28, 2020 and ends January 10, 2021. 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 featured last year on 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
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 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
7937 W. Elmgrove Drive (Elmwood Park)
7937 W. Elmgrove Drive in Elmwood Park
This house and the rest of the block is up and running from 4:30 pm to midnight every day, from now till New Year’s. The whole block has decided to come together and go over and beyond this year!
125 Syril Drive (Geneva)
125 Syril Drive in Geneva
Lights on daily from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A variety of blow-ups from snowmen, a 10 foot polar bear, a Santa sitting on top of an elephant, Santa with his reindeer, and many more.
🎵 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. Tune to 92.1 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
Tune into 96.5 FM from your car to enjoy the light show starting on Thanksgiving until January 1, 2021. 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
Tune in to 101.5 FM Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 10pm and Friday through Sunday from 5pm to 11pm 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.
🎵 Sherman Family Display (La Grange)
🎵 735 S. Brainard in La Grange
November 27, 2020 going through January 1, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm daily. 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. His teenage 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. The Sherman family is fundraising for NAMI Dupage, an organization to support those with mental illness and their families. Any donation is greatly appreciated and can be sent via: www.namidupage.org/lights .
916 S. Ashland Avenue (La Grange)
916 S. Ashland Avenue in La Grange
Open weekdays 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and weekends 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Come on by to experience and bring some “JOY” during these difficult times! Lights, music and candy canes for the kids on the weekends. Spread some JOY by bringing nonperishable items for their food donation bins, which will be distributed to local food pantries! Look for the story of this home on the NBC news app or website as they were a feature story this past weekend.
606 Homestead Road (La Grange Park)
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, a walk thru tunnel, and a sleigh in the yard. Lights are on from 4p-11p (Thanksgiving night and off Jan 1). They are on all night Xmas eve and Christmas. The Hayes Family welcomes family pictures and exploring their yard to enjoy the holidays.
621 Homestead Road (La Grange Park)
621 Homestead Road in La Grange Park
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.
725 Barnsdale (La Grange Park)
725 Barnsdale in La Grange Park
Every night through Christmas, dates possibly after. Hours are 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, daily. Several arch covered walkways, full flying Santa, several inflatables, and grinches.
836 Homestead Road (La Grange Park)
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.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas on Homestead is all handcrafted. House lights come on at dusk. Decor is viewable from the sidewalk and street, now through December 28, 2020.
🎵 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)
🎵 Hughes Digital Christmas: 2S231 Valley Rd in Lombard
Saturday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s night 5:00 pm – 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.
🎵 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, 2020 – December 31, 2020. Lights go on at 4pm – 11pm, 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 hash tagging! 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 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm daily.
104 W Hickory Rd. (Lombard)
104 W. Hickory Road in Lombard
The Ford Family’s light display will be on display everyday from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm. A lightshow is upon request and there is a new juggling Snowman and driveway arch for 2020!
🎵 Manchester Lights (Naperville)
🎵 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 November 27, 2020 – January 1, 2021. Display will be on: Sundays through Thursdays, 5:00pm – 8:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:00pm – 9:00pm. It includes 75,000 lights, all timed to music you pipe through your radio at 88.5 FM to create 10-minute shows!
1118 E. Gartner (Naperville)
1118 E. Gartner in Naperville
Lights will be on from dusk until 11:00 pm starting November 27, 2020. 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 until December 9, 2020!
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 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
🎵 1020 Hollingswood Ct (Naperville)
🎵 1020 Hollingswood Court in Naperville
The Wike Family has created a lights show to music. The show runs 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm Monday – Friday and 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dates of display are November 25, 2020 – January 1, 2021. Beginning December 6th the Elf will be out with goodies for the kids from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, weather permitting. Elf will wear mask and gloves. Goodie bags are sealed and wiped down with sanitizer. The songs change up each nite for a variety, so you can come back again!
1309 East Bailey Road (Naperville)
1309 East Bailey Road in Naperville
Come and see Butch’s Christmas Display from November 30 – December 26, 2020. Lights are on daily from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. There are 100s of blow molds and over 10,000 lights!
1109 East Bailey Rd. (Naperville)
1109 East Bailey Road in Naperville
The Tenney Family lights up their house, each night, from dusk until 10:00 pm. Lights are on until Christmas.
2915 Sibling Court (Naperville)
2915 Sibling Court in Naperville
Lights are on now until Christmas Day 2020. Lights are on from 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm. 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 28, 2020 from 3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, daily. They have music playing outside and lots of handmade decorations.
🎵 Riparian Lights (Naperville)
🎵 1509 Riparian Drive in Naperville
November 27, 2020 – January 5, 2021 from 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm. 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!
2524 South 8th Ave. (North Riverside)
2524 South 8th Ave. in North Riverside
This display is packed with blow molds. It is on everyday from dusk to 12:00 am.
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.
🎵 701 N. Sparkle Court in Oswego
Oswego Lights runs from November 1, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Hours are Monday through Thursday 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 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!
140 and 144 North Delaplaine (Riverside)
140 and 144 North Delaplaine in Riverside
Now thru January 3, 2021 from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm. 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!
Jimenez Family Display (River Forest)
915 Franklin Avenue in River Forest
Also known as the old Accardo Mansion, this incredible display is created by the Jimenez family.
3708 Rywick Court (Rolling Meadows)
3708 Rywick Court in Rolling Meadows
This display runs 7 days a week from 6:00 pm until midnight. They have a donation box, for non-perishable goods, that will be no donated to families in need. They also have candy canes placed throughout the display so that visitors can take one home with them.
🎵 4504-4507 Magnolia Drive (Rolling Meadows)
🎵 4504-4507 Magnolia Drive in Rolling Meadows
This light display runs from the day after Thanksgiving until January 10, 2021. The show starts at 4:30 pm 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 5:30pm – 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).
🎵 720 Boxwood (Schaumburg)
🎵 720 Boxwood in Schaumburg
The Rosenfeld Family’s lights are on from Thanksgiving – New Year’s for 2020. The lights are on Monday – Friday from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm. 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”!
🎵 605 W Spring Street (South Elgin)
🎵 605 W. Spring Street in South Elgin
Christmas lights display with music is on daily from 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm. Tune radio to 90.3 FM for the fully immersive experience. The Phillips family loves to entertain their neighbors with their display!
Juniper Lane (South Elgin)
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!
304 Willowcrest Drive (Villa Park)
304 Willowcrest Drive in Villa Park
Lights will be up on December 1, 2020 and on daily from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 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 8:45 pm on Thanksgiving Night. Lights will be on from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm 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 Avenue (Western Springs)
🎵 4805 Woodland Avenue in Western Springs
This light show is set to music! This family builds, designs, and programs the show themselves! Hours of the show are 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm on weekdays and 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm on weekends. Tune into 89.3 FM.
4011 Woodland Avenue (Western Springs)
4011 Woodland Avenue in Western Springs
These impressive decorations wrap around this corner lot with so much to look at and enjoy. Candy canes, little characters, icicles, and plenty of lights make this house fun to walk around.
🎵 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 6, 2020 until January 1, 2021. 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.
1555 Leabrook Lane (Wheaton)
1555 Leabrook Lane in Wheaton
This display has 150 blow mold and other holiday decorations in his yard in addition to beautiful lighting on his home. The decorations range from whimsical characters to a classical Nativity. Lights are on December 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, daily.
🎵 Christmas on Cleveland (Wilmette)
🎵 1200 Cleveland Street in Wilmette
A reader shared this house and said it was a must for Kidlist. It is out of our range, but we definitely have to share. Lights are on from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday. Friday – Saturday lights are on from 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm. I watched their Facebook video and this show is very cool!
🎵 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 5:00 pm until 2:00 am. 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.
🎵 8314 Frost Court (Woodridge)
🎵 8314 Frost Court in Woodridge
Should be ready after Thanksgiving. TBD. Set your radio to 88.5 FM to listen while enjoying these lights set to music.
🎵 6531 MacArthur (Woodridge)
🎵 6531 MacArthur in Woodridge
Up currently through Jan 1, 2021 or later. Lights are on dusk until 10:30 pm. There is Santa and Reindeer going between the two houses. Lights flash synchronized with music from a speaker in the lawn. A mix of newer inflatable and other items with some old school items like the Merry Christmas letter lights on the garage and the “flying” blow mold Santa and reindeer between the houses.
Best Lights in the Southwest Suburbs
Best Christmas Lights Displays 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.
419 Callery Drive (Bolingbrook)
419 Callery Drive in Bolingbrook
Lights are on from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, everyday. Thousands of lights, candy canes and blow ups. Including a 7 and a half foot snow globe with projector that is displaying Christmas scenes.
🎵 26158 Oakridge Court (Channahon)
🎵 26158 Oakridge Court in Channahon
For 2020, 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, 2020 and it will run through New Years Day from approximately 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 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!
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 November 29, 2020. Lights go on at dusk (about 4:00 pm) and stay on until midnight.
🎵 14635 Saddle Brooke Lane (Homer Glen)
🎵 14635 Saddle Brooke Lane in Homer Glen
Lights are on December 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021. Monday – Thursday between 5:00 pm -10:00 pm and Friday, Saturday, Sunday between 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 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.
13115 Sage Court (Homer Glen)
13115 Sage Court in Homer Glen
Lights are on from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, daily, from now till January 1, 2021. This lawn doesn’t have any grass left, it is covered in blow molds!
1924 Calla Drive (Joliet)
1924 Calla Drive in Joliet
This house even has a Santa saucer on the roof, several inflatables, and lights. Lights are on between 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm, everyday.
12454 Thornberry Drive (Lemont)
12454 Thornberry Drive in Lemont
This house is known as the Gingerbread House. Light hours are 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, daily, but dusk is the recommended time to come for the full gingerbread theme effect!
14447 Kolin Avenue (Midlothian)
14447 Kolin Avenue in Midlothian
Lights are on every night from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. 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 December 1, 2020 through Jan 6, 2021.
🎵 Trammel Family Christmas Lights (Morris)
🎵 Trammel Family Christmas Lights: 116 Meadors Circle in Morris
Ready Thanksgiving night and running daily from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, enjoy about a 12-15 minute show that is 100% computer generated and sequenced to music. 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 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.
11592 Glenview Drive in Orland Park
Lights will be on the day after Thanksgiving. 12 foot grinch and many lit up lawn ornaments between 5:00 pm – midnight daily.
15441 Sunset Ridge Drive (Orland Park)
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 4:30 pm – 12:00 am every day.
14601 Poplar Court (Orland Park)
14601 Poplar Court in Orland Park
Lights should be up and running by Thanksgiving night. Lights run daily between dusk – 11:30 pm 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.
17548 Jennifer Drive (Orland Park)
17548 Jennifer Drive in Orland Park
Lights are on now until January 1, 2021 daily from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. This display includes a nativity scene, a north pole scene, a 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 on from Thanksgiving to January 7, 2021, from 5:00 pm to midnight, daily. The display features hundreds of thousands of colorful lights around the entire front, sides, and backyard. You can see the display from upfront of course and also all four surrounding streets. If you’re driving on 143rd, you can see the entire backyard between Raneys Lane and Oakley Avenue. Definitely worth stopping by!
Christmas Lights of Joy (Plainfield)
Christmas Lights of Joy: 8422 Old Ridge Road in Plainfield
This US Marine Veteran family has over 67,000 lights on the property. Lights go on Thanksgiving night at 5:00 pm. They are also an official drop-off site for Toys 4 Tots between 11/26 – 12/6! The drop off box will be one the front porch. We also have a mailbox for letters for Santa! If anyone writes Santa, he just may write back!
🎵 23337 W Grinton Drive (Plainfield)
🎵 23337 W Grinton Drive in Plainfield
The Shreve Holiday Light Show is a computerized light show runs December 4, 2020 until January 5. 2021. The show is up Sunday thru Thursday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm and Friday – Saturday from 5:00 pm – 12:00 pm. This is the 5th year for this family’s display of over 10,000 lights and an amazing mega tree. Tune into 88.5 FM.
🎵 7662 Pin Oak Court (Plainfield)
🎵 7662 Pin Oak Court in Plainfield
Lights are on now thru January 3, 2021. 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 27th and will run until New Year’s Eve. Show hours are dusk until 10 pm. Tune inso 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.
🎵 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 November 26, 2020, 5:00 – 10:00 pm 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”.
🎵 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 5:30pm – 10:00pm and weekends from 5:30pm – 11:30pm. Tune in to 100.1 FM!
🎵17049 Ozark Avenue (Tinley Park)
🎵 17049 Ozark Avenue in Tinley Park
Drive up and tune into 96.9 FM to listen to Santa jammin’ in the window.
All music synced to a virtual Santa playing his favorite Holiday tunes!
Light’s by Latek’s (Tinley Park)
7435 Ridgefield Lane in Tinley Park
This homeowner and his three sons created all homemade decorations. There is a homemade Santa Mailbox that kids could drop letters to Santa in. These lights are on from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, daily.
7805 Nottingham Dr. (Tinley Park)
7805 Nottingham Drive in Tinley Park
The Hirsch Family lights up their house from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, daily.
6612 Cherry Hill Avenue (Tinley Park)
16612 Cherry Hill Avenue in Tinley Park
Lights are on every night from dusk – 10:00 pm. This lights display has taken over their front year and includes lots of figures!
17321 Avon Lane (Tinley Park)
17321 Avon Lane in Tinley Park
This Christmas lights display will be on starting December 1, 2020. Lights will be on daily from 5-11pm. Music ends at 10:00 pm. 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, 2 new scenes and a new giant LED screen! This house was on Great Christmas Light Fight in 2018!
8578 Ballard Court (Tinley Park)
8578 Ballard Court in Tinley Park
These festive lights are nicely done and worth driving by. Lights will be on the weekend after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day 2021. This display is illuminated from 6:00pm – 2:00am.
16407 and 16413 66th Avenue (Tinley Park)
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, Buddy the Elf, and lit up inflatables. Lights will be on from dusk until dawn each night starting November 20th!
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 30, 2020. 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.
🎵 18033 Bettenhausen Drive (Tinley Park)
🎵 18033 Bettenhausen Drive in Tinley Park
Lights on daily from dusk – 10:00 pm until Jan 1, 2021. 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 9,000 lights in all.
8706 Kathleen Lane (Tinley Park)
8706 Kathleen Lane in Tinley Park
Lights are on starting November 29, 2020 and on daily from 5:15 pm -11:30 pm.
16423 Parliament Avenue (Tinley Park)
16423 Parliament Avenue in Tinley Park
Lights are on Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Sunday – Thursday between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm and Friday – Saturday from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Interactive trains, letters to Santa, a moving sky ride and ferris wheel, mega tree, an animated face synchronized to music, hand painted figures, and two villages.
6240 167th Street (Tinley Park)
6240 167th Street in Tinley Park
Lights on from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, everyday, from Dec 1, 2020 until New Years, 2021. Come see the North Pole and a nice nativity scene as well. Best viewed from the southeast corner of Gaynelle and 167th street due to traffic. Music will be playing most nights.
11149 S. Worth Avenue (Worth)
11149 South Worth Avenue in Worth
It’s blow mold and tinsel heaven! This display will light November 28, 2020 and run through January 3, 2021. Lights will be on at 5:30 pm and run until 11:00 pm. Please enjoy the display of winter wonderland, but stay off the lawn, due to all the cords.
Map of the Best Christmas Lights
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Marker Color Key
Blue: drive-through lights events
Purple: walk-through lights events
Red: residential displays set to music
Green: residential lights displays
Best Light Displays to Walk Through
Winter Wonderland Walk (Barrington)
Winter Wonderland Walk at Willow Creek (Barrington)
December 1, 2020 – December 24, 2020
FREE event, but advanced tickets are required to space families out. With more than 10 miles of lights and 55 structures, the Winter Wonderland Walk is sure to be a high-light of your holiday season!
Holiday Magic (Brookfield)
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
From 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, November 27-29, Wednesday through Sunday, December 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, Saturday through Thursday, December 26-31
Reserve your timed tickets and parking here! The fun includes a giant light display, a 41-foot-tall tree, more than a 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!
New this year, play the Game of Gnomes. A scavenger hunt for your family to search for 24 themed gnomes located throughout the park. Check the map for general locations. Check out the Game of Gnomes site for more information. Brookfield Zoo is following Phase 4 guidelines, which states no buildings may be open and guest capacity must be limited. Reservations are available in 20-minute entry increments. Tickets must be reserved at CZS.org/Tickets.
Chicago Botanic Garden Lightscape
November 22, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020
Walk down a path through thousands of twinkling lights, such as the Cathedral of Light pictured above.
Kohlights at Kohl Children’s Museum (Glenview)
Dec 11 – 13, 18 – 23, 26 – 31, Jan 2 – 3. Preview evenings Dec 4 -6
Kohl Children’s Museum’s created a new outdoor light activity. 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 $25 per person for adults and children over 12 months. Kohl Children’s Museum members may buy tickets at a discounted rate. 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 27 – December 30, 2020
This is the third 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 $19.99 and can be purchased here.
Lilacia Park (Lombard)
Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park in Lombard
December 5, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with decorated trees, a giant gingerbread house, and much more.
Naper Lights (Naperville)
Naper Lights 120 Water Street in Naperville
Thanksgiving – New Year’s | 4:00 pm – 9:00 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)
December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 | 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
NEW this year! Enjoy a 1/2 mile walk through the beautifully lit Central Park! This is a ticketed event. All time slots will be 15 minutes in length. 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, 2020! 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).
Festival of Lights (Wheaton)
Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo
November 27, 2020 – December 30, 2020 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. Tickets are available here.
Organization-Led Holiday Lights to Drive Through
Aurora Festival of Lights
Aurora Festival of Lights at Phillips Park
November 27, 2020 – December 27, 2020 | 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.
Santa’s Rock n Lights (Grayslake)
Santa’s Rock n Lights (Grayslake)
Santa’s Rock n Lights in Grayslake
November 22, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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 Thru at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
December 16-18, January 2-3, 7-10, 14-18
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 $14.99 and can be purchased here.
Illumination: Drive Thru Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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, and check out this year’s new way to see the lights, by car! Tickets range from $29 – $64 per car or van with music to pair. Discounts apply for Arboretum members. Click here to get more details about what you will see from your car.
Mooseheart Holiday Lights
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart
November 27, 2020 – December 31, 2020 | 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!
Let it Shine Lights Show (Northbrook)
Let it Shine Lights Show
November 15, 2020 – January 9, 2021 | Weekdays 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Weekends 4:30 – 11:00 pm
This drive thru lights show is at Northbrook Court. Guests are invited to stay in their cars and immerse themselves in a wonderland of light displays that are synchronized to holiday classics. Tickets 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 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021, Closed Mondays | Daily 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, weekends ending 11:00 pm
Enjoy a gorgeous and fun Light Show from the comfort of your vehicle! Goebbert’s has teamed up with Epic Light Shows to bring you a spectacular and amazing light display, set to music and featuring over 1 million lights! Admission is $20 per car. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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