holiday lights

Mooseheart Child City

Moosheart Child City & School, Mooseheart, IL 60539

DATES: November 29 - December 31 from 5:00p - 9:00p

DETAILS:  Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland’s largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view. For six nights this year – Dates TBD – your admission includes the Holiday Lights show, and a chance to see Santa Claus at the Mooseheart fieldhouse. Santa will sit for free photos starting at 5:30PM and the line will be shut at 8:30PM, with those in line still allowed to see Santa. In addition to Santa Claus, the fieldhouse will also be a place where children can enjoy a crafts, holiday music, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies.

COST: $10 admission per vehicle


larsen light show

42W891 Beith Road, Campton Hills

DATES: November 28 - January 5 | Monday - Thursday: 5:00p - 10:00p | Friday - Sunday: 5:00p - 11:00p

DETAILS: Keep the show ALIVE and please follow these simple directions, all traffic must enter from Anderson road from route 38 or route 64. NO TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED IN FROM WEST BOUND ON BEITH RD. PLEASE DO NOT HEAD WEST ON BEITH ROAD.  Please follow directions of traffic controllers, they will guide you into the parking lot. Please keep radio volume down, stay in car, parking lights on and cars RUNNING. Tune into 88.5FM

COST: FREE, but donations are strongly encouraged!

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phillip's park zoo

1000 Ray Moses Dr, Aurora

DATES: November 28 - December 26, everyday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DETAILS:  Phillips Park Zoo is a drive-thru Holiday Light show.Stay in your car and travel through.Takes about 5 - 10 minutes when there are few cars in front of you.

COST: FREE, but donations are accepted


lehnertz avenue

Lehnertz Avenue, Aurora

DATES: November 28 - December 26, everyday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DETAILS:  Cute and classic neighborhood display that has been known for decades for their holiday display!



lights to Fight Cancer

Timber Lane, South Elgin

DATES: November 22 - January 2, everyday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DETAILS:  Scott Poppen built this display so his community had a place to bring their children to enjoy the lights and get into the Christmas Spirit. His goal is for people to bring their families and collect monetary donations to raise money to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Any donation will help make an impact.

COST:  FREE, but donations are accepted to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by clicking the EXPLORE MORE button below!

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juniper lane

Juniper Lane, South Elgin

DATES: November 28 - December 26, everyday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DETAILS:  The majority of homes on this entire street participate in extravagant decorating of homes, lawns, and sidewalks. TRULY MAGICAL!  Be sure to park your car and stroll the sidewalks (hot cocoa in hand, for sure)!


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foxmoor lane

Foxmoor Lane, South Elgin

DATES: November 28 - December 26, everyday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DETAILS:  Several homes participate and definitely worth the visit when you leave Juniper Lane.  The houses here have teamed up to collect non-parishable food for All The People's Food Pantry in Elgin.  They are accepting monetary donations as well and that money will go towards purchasing food for the Food Pantry.


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Winter Family Light Show

23 Kingsport Court, South Elgin

DATES: November 28 - January 3, everyday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DETAILS:  Pull up, tune your car radio to 99.1 and enjoy a 20 minute digital light show to music you can listen to in the comfort of your warm car. Over 20 different songs and 5 shows. Come out a few times and experience a different show each time! This cul-de-sac has quite a few houses that have really amazing lights for you and your family to enjoy as well!


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goebbert's farm winter wonderland light Show

42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove

DATES: Open November 23 - December 23, Monday-Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm | Saturday-Sunday 8:00am - 8:00pm

DETAILS:  Experience the magic of more than 1.5 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at Goebbert's Winter Wonderland Light Show. You'll encounter dazzling displays as you drive through our farm in the comfort of your own vehicle. The 1 mile route will impress and amaze you! We've created new structures, added new designs, switched up the music and extended the light show!

COST:  $5 per person in the vehicle OR $20 for 4+ people in one vehicle

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Naper lights

Water Street in Downtown Naperville

DATES: November 28 - December 31, everyday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DETAILS:  The event is being sponsored to bring holiday cheer and festivities to our community during the holiday season.

Water Street will be converted into a winter wonderland with a combination of holiday displays and music. 

COST:  FREE, but donations are accepted!


illumination: Tree lights at the Morton arboretum


DATES: November 23, 2019–January 5, 2020 from 5:30p - 9:30p (November 25, 28; December 2, 9, 16, 24 (Christmas Eve), and 25)

DETAILS:  See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, captivating lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.

COST:  $7 for children ($10 during peak times)  | $13 for adults ($18 during peak times)


Lightscape at botanic gardens

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

DATES: November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 4:30p - 10:00p (last entry at 8:00p)

DETAILS:  Direct from London,  LightScape is making it's US debut! You’ll wander into a festive world of wonder and light. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. At times, you’ll find yourself in the center of it all — stepping inside a cathedral of golden light, walking down an avenue of luminous linden trees, moving through colorful ribbons of light.

COST:  Prices vary depending on day.

ADMISSION: Children $10 - $15 | Adults $20 - $27 | Children under 3 are FREE!  

PARKING: $10 is purchased in advance, $20 if purchased day of.


zoo lights at lincoln park zoo

2001 North Clark Street, Chicago

DATES: November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 4:30p - 9:00p (Zoo Lights not on December 2, 4, 9 - 11, 24, and 25)

DETAILS:  The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful event of the year. For that, we invite you to join us in celebrating 25 years of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. This one-of-a-kind, festive holiday experience offers a free, merry, family-oriented celebration of joy right in the heart of the city. 

COST:  FREE to enter Lincoln Park Zoo, but Zoo Lights Attraction prices are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets, and $51 for 20 tickets. Tickets are only available at the zoo.


The Flosi Family Light Show and Lights on Ekman will not have light shows this year for various reasons. 

We look forward to both returning to this list next year!

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