holiday lights

Mooseheart Child City

Moosheart Child City & School, Mooseheart, IL 60539

DATES: November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm

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. Updates to this year's show: * We will not be having Silly Moose or Count Frosty contests * Suggested donation per car is $20 (no exchanging of money) * For safety reasons, Santa will not be on campus this year, but be sure to drop off your letter to Santa in the Tommy Moose Mailbox!

COST: $20 donation suggested, no exchanging of cash


batavia's celebration of lights virtual viewing

LOCATION: Your home!

DATES: November 29, 2020 at 5:00pm

DETAILS:  Keep the family tradition of attending Celebration of Lights by viewing the tree lighting ceremony virtually on Batavia Access Television (BATV). Watch from the comfort of your home as the Riverwalk lights up for the first time this holiday season with a message from Mayor Shielke, a 'visit' from Santa Claus, highlights of Christmas Tree Lane presented by Northwestern Medicine's All of Us Research Program, and a message from some special Batavia guests!



lights on ekman

969 Ekman Dr, Batavia, IL 60510

DATES: November 26, 2020 - January 1, 2021, running daily from Dusk to 9:00pm

DETAILS:  This holiday light show is a hobby and passion to share with the community. My only ask is - if you like the light show - PLEASE make a donation to our Charity of choice.This year, we are supporting the Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation. BMCF supports MANY local organizations, schools, and charities. Making a donation to BMCF will help make a difference for our neighbors! DONATE HERE:



larsen light show

42W891 Beith Road, Campton Hills

DATES: November 28 - December 30 | Monday - Thursday: 5:00p - 10:00p | Friday - Sunday: 5:00p - 10:00p

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 27, 2020 - December 27, 2020 | Monday through Thursday 5:00 - 9:00pm | Friday through Sunday 5:00-10:00pm

DETAILS:  Presented in partnership between the Rotary Club of Aurora and the City of Aurora, this signature winter event is a drive through of more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays at Phillips Park, Aurora, IL 60505. We have new displays every year – come see the new dancing arcs and the expanded Ice Rink. You will also enjoy Santa’s Toy Factory, Old Man Winter, elves and reindeer, holiday trains, gigantic snowflakes, beautiful lighted swags on the fence line surrounding the zoo and other seasonal favorites.

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 25 - January 2, 2020 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 27 - December 26, 2020, 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 27 - December 26, 2020, 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 27 - January 2, 2020 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: November 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021 | Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday: 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm-11pm Monday: closed

DETAILS:  Enjoy a gorgeous and fun Light Show from the comfort of your vehicle! We have partnered with Epic Light Shows to bring you a spectacular and amazing light display, set to music and featuring over 1 million lights!

COST:  $5 per person or up to $20 per car, tickets are not date specific and can be used any night

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Naper lights

Main Street and Webster Street, Naperville, IL

DATES: November 14, 2020 - January 1, 2021 | 4:00pm - 9:00pm

DETAILS:  The holidays may look different this year, but in Downtown Naperville, Naperville Sunrise Rotary’s NaperLights holiday display will make the season even brighter as it expands its location along Water Street overlooking the south side of the Riverwalk. Visitors can access the display from the Webster Street covered bridge, Main Street and Webster Street. Strollers can enjoy the outdoors with public parking is available in the Water Street and Municipal Center parking decks. Lights on Water Street tress will be synced to music, as will the arch on the Foyo Plaza, making a drive-through experience for those wishing to stay in their cars.

COST:  FREE, but donations are accepted!


Naperville trolley tour


DATES: November 27, 2020 - December 27, 2020 | See website below for available times

DETAILS:  2020 Private December Holiday Light Tour Reservations now open. Public or private light tours available

COST:  $25 per person for public tours, $350-$400 for private tours up to 20 people


illumination: Tree lights at the Morton arboretum

Morton Arboretum | 4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53, LISLE

DATES: November 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021 | 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday - Thursday | 5:00pm - 11:00pm Friday - Saturday

DETAILS:  See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Designed with your safety in mind, this year’s new driving experience (30–40 minutes long) features an unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and music you won’t experience anywhere else. You will be delighted to see returning favorites re-envisioned, including Symphony Woods, Woodland Wonder, and Crystal Promenade, and five newly designed sights displayed along a two-mile road among the Arboretum's magnificent trees.

COST:  Ticket prices are per car. | Members: $39 peak night, $29 standard night | Guests: $49 peak night, $39 standard night | 15 Person Passenger Van: $64 peak night, $54 standard night


Lightscape at botanic gardens

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

DATES: November 10, 2020 - January 3, 2021 | 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. / 4:30 – 11 p.m. select Fridays & Saturdays

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 + time | Children $12 - $15 | Adults $24 - $28 | Children under 3 are FREE! Extra $2 per ticket if purchased day of. PARKING: $10 if purchased in advance, $20 if purchased day of.


zoo lights at lincoln park zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo | 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago

DATES: November 21, 2020 - January 3, 2021 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm each night

DETAILS:  This year, ZooLights will follow City and State guidelines to ensure a safe experience that allows social distancing. Tickets will cost $5 per guest to support Lincoln Park Zoo’s dedication to wildlife and conservation. All guests, including children and infants, must have a ticket to enter ZooLights, and groups cannot exceed 10 people. Please dress warmly, as animal buildings will be closed; however, animals may be visible in their outdoor habitats. Free Nights: November 24 and December 9, 17, 21, and 29. These days will offer the same exciting holiday experience and tickets are still required, but they will be complimentary. These tickets will be released the Sunday prior to each date at 4 p.m.

COST:  $5 per guest, groups not to exceed 10 people


brookfield zoo holiday magic

Brookfield Zoo | 8400 31st Street (1st Avenue and 31st Street), Brookfield, IL

DATES: Friday through Sunday, November 27-29, 2020, Wednesday through Sunday, December 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 2020, Saturday through Thursday, December 26-31 all from 3:00pm - 9:00pm

DETAILS:  Now in our 39th year, get ready to visit Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival featuring over a million twinkling LED lights! To ensure social-distancing, advance admission and parking tickets are required. Reservation times will be available in 20-minute increments. Tickets must be reserved at All admission and parking tickets must be secured by both zoo members and guests prior to arriving. Those who are not familiar with the zoo's current protocols, it is recommended to review them at

COST:  Children 3-11 $17.95 | Adults $19.95 - $24.95 | Children under 3 are FREE ! PARKING: $13.39, must pre-pay


happy holiday railway: The Holiday Light Experience

Illinois Railway Museum | 7000 Olson Road, Union, IL

DATES: Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29, then continues every Saturday and Sunday through December 19-20. Hours each day will be 4:00-8:00 PM, with the grounds opening at 3:30 PM and closing at 9:00 PM

DETAILS:  Christmas 2020 will certainly be very different for all of us, but at Illinois Railway Museum, the "Museum In Motion" will keep on rolling with a modified Holiday event: "HHR: The Holiday Light Experience" Join us for a ride on a heated streetcar around the grounds, which will be festively decorated for the season. After taking in the sights around the campus, you can stroll the grounds, see the trains and take photos, but don't forget to stop by our diner building to see the model trains and Christmas tree on display and pick up your souvenir mug filled with goodies you can enjoy at home. Of course, you can't have a Holiday event without the big guy himself, and Santa WILL be here, meeting and posing for photos, but in a socially-distant manner so as not to bring anything back to the North Pole...After all, he can't afford to have the elves in the workshop get sick just as toy production hits high gear!

COST:  $15 each for adults, $13 each for Seniors and $11 each for children


santa's Rock N Lights

1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL

DATES: November 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021 from 5:00 - 9:00pm

DETAILS:  Santa's Rock N Lights presented by Jewel-Osco and 102.3 XLC is an animated drive-thru light show. You're invited to experience the reimagined layout with themed worlds of light including dinosaur world, over 700 feet of tunnels and a longer route.

COST:  $19.99 - $27.99 per car plus optional donation


Let It Shine Light show

Northbrook Court Mall | 1515 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook, IL

DATES: November 15, 2020 - January 9, 2021 (closed 11/26 and 12/25) from 4:30pm - 10:00pm weekdays, 4:30pm - 11:00pm weekends

DETAILS:  Let It Shine is proud to present North Shore’s largest drive thru world of lights 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. There’s no denying the holiday cheer as you cruise past dazzling archways, sparkling candy canes, glowing snowmen and more illuminated installations. Tickets required.

COST:  $29.99 per car weekdays, $39.99 per car weekends, plus taxes and fees. Fast pass option available for an additional $15.00


holiday in the park lights at six flags

Six lags Amusement and Water Park | 542 N Route 21, Gurnee, IL

DATES: Select days November 27 - December 27, 2020

DETAILS:  Holiday in the Park returns as a walk-through light extravaganza along with shows, holiday-themed photo ops, and delicious treats

COST:  $19.99 per person, parking is FREE


festival of lights at cosley zoo

Cosley Zoo | 1356 N Gary Avennue, Wheaton, IL 60187

DATES: November 27 - December 30, 2020 | Zoo open 9am - 9pm daily, lights come on at 3pm.

DETAILS:  The Festival of Lights and Tree Sale begins the day after Thanksgiving (11/27/2020) and continues through December 30. The zoo is open 9A-9P daily, with the last entry time at 8:30P; Christmas lights come on at 3P. Reservations required.

COST:  FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.


nights of lights

Adams Park | 201 N Main St, Wheaton, IL

DATES: November 20, 2020 - January 10, 2021 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm

DETAILS:  The Downtown Wheaton Association and City of Wheaton present Nights of Lights, a spectacular holiday lighting event that will take place in Adams Park in downtown Wheaton from November 20 through January 10. Lights will be on from dusk to 10:00pm. This new holiday experience of lights, holiday spirit and community in downtown Wheaton is sponsored by Wheaton Bank & Trust and Wheaton Wellness Center.



Holiday Light Show at the promenade

The Promenade Bolingbrook | 631 East Boughton Road Bolingbrook, IL

DATES: November 8 - December 31, 2020 from 5pm - 9pm

DETAILS:  Experience the joy of the season with over 250,000 LED lights on the holiday tree located at the heart of The Promenade. Our 60 ft. holiday tree will play music and lights will dance each night at the top of every hour.



candy cane canyon trail

371 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream, IL

DATES: The lights run 4:30 - 10:00 Sunday - Thursday and 4:30 - 11:00 Friday and Saturday, weather permitting through January 1st

DETAILS:  A residential home that does a beautiful display for the community to enjoy!


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crissup family christmas display

7662 Pin Oak Ct, Plainfield, IL

DATES: Evenings beginning at 5pm from November 21, 2020 until January 3, 2021 running from Monday-Friday 6:00p-9:00p and Saturday-Sunday 5:00p-10:00p

DETAILS:  A family light show in a residential area.  The home owner asks that you not block the neighbor's driveways.  Tune into 87.9FM for synchronized lights + music!



lights on revere

Revere Dr. and Brandywine, South Barrington, IL

DATES: November 27, 2020 and runs until January 2, 2021. Runs nightly from 5pm-10pm with extended hours the week of Christmas

DETAILS:  Christmas light show synchronized to music at a residential home.


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lights on rockville

244 Rockville Ln, Gilberts, IL

DATES: Daily from November 20, 2020 - January 1, 2021 | Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-8:30pm Friday-Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm

DETAILS:  This is a residential Christmas light display, with 6 homes set to music. Running daily, weather permitting.



Lights for Love

214 Glenbrook Court, Gilberts, IL

DATES: Daily from November 20, 2020 - January 1, 2021 | Sunday-Thursday 4:00pm-10:30pm | Friday-Saturday 4:00pm-11:00pm

DETAILS:  This is a residential Christmas light display set to music (tune to 96.5FM). This is the third year this family is also collecting non-perishable foods for the D300 Food Pantry.



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

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

Image by Gabby Orcutt

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