When my kids were younger the Christmas season was a time of wonder, shining eyes and a little more time for life than usual. We would listen to Christmas songs and watch Christmas movies bundled up on the couch with hot chocolate after they went sledding with Dad. To be honest, their aunt had to come and bake cookies with them because I dreaded the mess, but we all enjoyed driving through the different neighborhoods and enjoying how people had decorated their homes and lawns. Today most of my kids are grown up but we still enjoy the beautiful Christmas Light displays. Here are some of the places we saw or heard of. If you know of another place, please let me know and I’ll add it to this! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and plan a little sightseeing trip for you and your loved ones.
In addition to the Christmas light shows below, I have also compiled a list for Free Christmas events in the Twin Cities! I had a lot of fun getting the list together which actually grew into a small eBook 😂 If you would like to have it just drop your name and email and I’ll email it to you.
Keep checking back for more free goodies!
- New Hope
- St Paul
- Lake Elmo
- VALLEY LIGHTS
- EVERY NIGHT | 5 – 10PM
- NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 31
- FREE WAGON RIDES FROM 6-9PM DECEMBER 6, 7, 13 & 14
- Circle Pines
- SnoMutt Lights Holiday Light Show - Chaska
- Apple Valley
- Lights On Flagstaff:
- Elk River
- Warnke Christmas Lights
- Greater Minnesota Area Light Shows
We hope you all can make it out and see the lights live…Joe will be adding new songs throughout the season but here is what has been started to kick off our 2019 display. Enjoy and please tell your family and friends about us. Show runs from 5:00-9:30 pm Sun-Thur and 5:00-10:30 Fri – Sat. We hope you enjoy the show! Happy Holidays everyone!!!
2342 145th Ave NW, Andover, MN 55304
Verified for 2019 – please check FB page for possible changes in time by clicking here
While you’re in Andover, you might as well stop at another great display. The Mellem Family Christmas is a huge display that covers both the family’s home and yard. From the fun Christmas tree to the arches that stretch across the yard, this light display has “festive” written all over it. Address: 1662 145th Lane Northwest, Andover.
Verified for 2019 – please check times before going by clicking the link above!
You will want to go to New Hope for another family light display. These are fun because, you get to see other people’s creativity in action. Larson’s Lights does not disappoint. This house is decked out in beautiful lights, with many different figures in the yard adding a special touch. Address: 3549 Ensign Avenue North, New Hope. Verified 2019 – click the link above for updates!
This is another really nice display. In 2019 display will run 5:30-9:30 Sunday-Thursday, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, through December 31 (except no show on Dec 24). Please check their Facebook page if you’re planning on coming out in case there is a weather or tech related cancellation. Much more info on plymouthlights.com. It’s synced to 103.3 FM, so turn your radio on for an extra treat. Address: 16700 33rd Avenue North, Plymouth.
Verified for 2019 – check for updates by clicking the link above.
A synchronized light show designed and built by those with Parkinson’s Disease, An entire neighborhood that comes together to support The Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. Now Open Each Evening 5-10 PM
Your donations empowering people, helping others live better lives with Parkinson’s disease. Address: PD Shimmers, 4320 Ithaca Lane N, Plymouth
You shouldn’t miss this one! This is one of the most impressive displays in Minnesota! The digital light display is so cool, that the owner now does special light displays for venues all around Minnesota and Illinois. You can find the lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, or you can go back to where it began in Minnetrista. Either way, you are guaranteed to be impressed by the rainbow of music-synced color awaiting you. The Trista Lights are synced to 97.5 FM. Here is a request from the owner:
With our holiday lights kicking off tomorrow night, we anticipate traffic will be heavier than normal this weekend. We would like to ask anyone coming out to please follow these simple parking directions. If traffic becomes too chaotic and unmanageable, we will have no option but to shut the show down for the evening…. so please please please be respectful while in our neighborhood and help us keep the show alive. Thank you very much and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!!
Address: 4386 Trista Bend, Minnetrista.
You don’t want to miss Shakopee Winter Wonderland. This is a great interactive lights display, from December 13 to December 24. You can even get out of your car and walk through all of the lights and enjoy treats, crafts and even meet Santa! Address: 921 Shakopee Avenue East, Shakopee.
Verified for 2019 please click on the link to check times!
This spectacular light show is back up again! They were in Shoreview before and have now moved to Woodbury. The show this year is sure to continue the successes from the past. Tune your radio to 106.5 and enjoy the one and only MNlightshow in Woodbury. Address: 891 Winterberry Dr., Woodbury
One of the nicest is Schultz Family Lights is one of the nicest displays. It is filled with holiday figures, their light gives up an amazing warm and magical glow.
The Christmas Show is up and running, weather permitting, Friday November 29th through December 31st, from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. 11 yards will be decorated with plastic Santas, snowman and other Christmas characters, featuring about 65,000 lights, choreographed to computerized music broadcast on your car stereo, by tuning to 91.5 FM, “The Rockin’ Rudolph”
Address: 1526 York Avenue, St. Paul.
Verified for 2019 – check for updates by clicking the link above or here for their FB page
EVERY NIGHT | 5 – 10PM
NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 31
FREE WAGON RIDES FROM 6-9PM DECEMBER 6, 7, 13 & 14
100,000 LED lights choreographed to music you can listen to from your car. Come out and enjoy this spectacular Christmas display! There will be Wagon Rides on select Fridays and Saturdays, weather dependent. Valley Lights is open to all and is an awesome opportunity for you to invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Who doesn’t love a great light show during Christmas time? The best part is: it’s totally free!
Since the lights are choreographed to music, you can tune your radio to 97.9 FM to hear the music that synchronizes with the display.
Address:5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo
Verified for 2019 – please check for updates by clicking here
Dont miss the phenominal Barno Family Lights show! When visiting Barno Family Lights be considerate to our neighbors and do not block their driveways thank you. Our times this year are Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm and Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm. Merry Christmas from Barno Family Lights. Address: 4102 88th Ln NE, Circle Pines
Verified for 2019 – Please check times by clicking the link above!
This is what SnoMutt Lights has to say about Snooks LIght show:
2019 SnookFamilyLights is on nightly thru Jan 5th unless it is raining! Please be respectful of our neighbors, park across the street and dim your lights. Collecting monetary donations for the Bountiful Basket Food Shelf.
40000 plus LED lights set to Christmas music.
11 songs, working towards more. Music broadcast on FM 91.9
Also collecting donations for the Bountiful Basket Food Shelf in Carver County.
Spirit of the Season
Carol of the Bells- Pentatonix
Silent Night- Josh Groban
Let It Go- Frozen
Soldier’s Silent Night
Do You Want to Build a Snowman
All I Want For Christmas is You- Mariah Carey
Mary, Did You Know- Pentatonix
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-Pentatonix
Christmas Can Can-Strait No Chaser
Fight Song Mashup Special Presentation
Sun-Thurs 5:00 -10:00
Address: 1188 Wildwood Way, Chaska MN 55318
Verified for 2019 – please check for updates by clicking the link above
SnoMutt Lights Holiday Light Show - Chaska
We are shooting for December 14th to start our Holiday show. More to follow soon
Please be courteous to our neighbors as it is through their support that we are able to continue with our display. Do not block driveways, turn off your headlights and enjoy the show!
Happy Holidays from SnoMutt Lights! Address: 1913 Waterford Cir, Chaska, Minnesota 55318
This is all we could verify so far, please keep checking the their FB page by clicking the link above.
We plan on starting our 2019 Computer Animated Christmas Display on Thursday November 28th (Thanksgiving) which will run through Wednesday January 1st.
The hours will be as follows:
Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 until 9:30 PM.
Friday and Saturday: 5:00 until 10:00 PM.
Hours are weather permitting.
Tune into 87.9 FM while watching the show.
Like us on Facebook at “Lights On Flagstaff”.
Please turn off your headlights while watching the show and do not block or park in our neighbors driveways.
Address: 13452 Flagstaff Ave. in Apple Valley
Verified for 2019 please check their FB page for updates at the link above.
Greater Minnesota Area Light Shows
Bentleyville Tour of Lights – Duluth, Minnesota
Celebrate the Light – Willmar, Minnesota
Christmas in Wadena – Wadena, Minnesota
Clearwater Lights – Clearwater, Minnesota
Computer Hero Christmas Lights Display – Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Duluth Christmas Lighting Challenge, Duluth, Minnesota
Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound + Light Show – Duluth, Minnesota
GRHS Trees of Lights – Glencoe, Minnesota
Holiday Lights on 20th Street – St. Michael, Minnesota
Kiwanis Holiday Lights display – Mankato, Minnesota
Landon Family – St. Michael, Minnesota
Lights on 6th – Cambridge, Minnesota
Lights in Braham – Braham, Minnesota
Lights in Fairbault – Fairbault, Minnesota
Lights in St. Cloud – St. Cloud, Minnesota
Linwood Covenant Church – Wyoming, Minnesota
Nevala Family Christmas and Halloween Light Show – Kasson, Minnesota
Pederson Family Light Show – Carver, Minnesota
Rotary Lights – La Crosse, WI