A Little Time and a Keyboard: Holiday Light Displays in the Chicago Suburbs Including Home Displays!

Holiday Light Displays in the Chicago Suburbs Including Home Displays!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Light Displays in the Chicago Suburbs

My favorite part of the season -- checking out light displays! I have put together a list of Holiday Light Parads, Light Displays and Home Holiday Light Displays to check out. I will update as a more information becomes available. A lot of lights happening this weekend, so get a jump on the season!

Holiday Light Parades

Festival of Lights Parade Crystal Lake; November 25 7PM-8PM; kick off the holiday season with a light parade; free

Electric Christmas Parade St. Charles; November 25 at 5:30PM, free
Village of Fox Lake Holiday Illuminated Parade; November 26; 5PM-9PM; free
Little Friends Parade of Lights in Naperville, November 27 at 6PM, free

Light Displays

  • Illumination at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, November 18-January 2, an interactive light experience in the trees, check website for ticketing and times
  • Holiday Magic, Brookfield Zoo, Saturdays & Sundays in Dec, also Dec 26-31, check website for times and prices
  • Festival of Lights Cosley Zoo Wheaton; November 25-December 31 3PM-9PM, 20,000 twinkling lights transform the zoo with displays; Christmas tree sale as well; free; closed Christmas Eve and Christmascheck website for specific times (closed days), free but donations appreciated
  • Holiday Festival of Lights, Phillip's Park Zoo, Aurora, drive-thru display, November 25-December 26, Sun-Thurs 5PM-9PM, Fri-Sat 5PM-10PM, free!
  • Holiday Lights Lilacia Park, Lombard, December 3-28, check for special events like train rides, etc., lighting ceremony is Dec 3 5:30PM, Dec 4-18 6PM-8PM, Santa visits on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Incredible Light Show, Randhurst Village, Mt. Prospect, starts December 3--17, free, animated projection light show, runs every half hour 6PM-8PM, Holiday Festival December 3, see website for more special events
  • North School Park, Arlington Heights, November 25-early January (per Village), free!
  • Naper Lights, Naper Settlement, November 25-December 24, Thursdays-Sundays, 5PM-9PM, Thursday-Saturday, 5PM-7PM Sundays, December 19-24 every day 5PM-9PM, free!
  • Rosemont Holiday Lights: Holiday Light Displays in different parks in Rosemont, 4PM-1AM daily, free, plus enjoy free ice skating at Frozemont (fee for rental), free! Light Up the Park special festival November 25.
Enormous holiday light display in Medinah Woods Club in Itasca, IL
Enormous holiday light display in Medinah Woods Club in Itasca

Impressive Home Displays

  • South Barrington Lights--Thanksgiving-New Year's 5PM-10PM each evening.
  • Lights on Magnolia, Rolling Meadows, November 25(-December 3, free but collecting non-perishable food items for donation, 4:30PM-midnight 
  • Christmas on Tiffany, Schaumburg, November 26-December 31, 3 different synchronized shows, check show times on website, free
  • Magical House on Hunter Circle, Naperville, light show to music, starts on November 25
  • Christmas Lights on Cleveland Street, Wilmette, keep checking site--estimated start date of November 25
  • Glenview Lights, follow Facebook for start date, free
  • Schaumburg Holiday House Decorating Contest & Tour, Tours December 13 leaving from Recreation Center, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $10 per resident, $15 per non, must register by Dec 9 or earlier -- may fill up!
  • Twas The Night House, Geneva, expected to be up November 26, follow on Facebook to keep up to date
  • Road Rallye Christmas Lights Tour December 10 in Schaumburg; by the Wheels Rallye Team in Schaumburg, registration starts at 6PM at Woodfield near Firestone (see website for deets), $10 per car & unwrapped new toy worth $15 or more for Toys For Tots or $25 cash, course will take you through some of the best home and municipal light displays in the suburbs, cars head out at 7PM *cars can be in sightseeing mode!* beginner school at 6:45PM
  • Westfield Gardens area Des Plaines, a sizable cluster of festively decorated homes, between Mt. Prospect Road, Wolf Road and Dempster Street, free!
  • Sauganash and Edgebrook Homes in Chicago (map link)
  • In Palatine, check out the house on Eagle Lane just off of Northwest Highway. Lots of inflatables!
  • In Arlington Heights--311 N. Haddow set to music and 1019 S Belmont -- not sure if these are running this year but check!
  • Lenhertz Ave Christmas Display in Aurora starting December 11; large nativity scene and the story of Christmas; see Facebook for updates
  • Grusecki House Park Ridge at Engel Boulevard and Belle Plaine Ave, lights set to music in a Prince tribute, will be collecting donations for Misericordia and Salute Veterans Fund, 5PM-8:55PM Sundays-Thurdays; 5PM-9:55PM Fridays-Saturdays
  • Medinah Woods Club subdivision in Itasca on Rt 53 and Medinah Dr. There is a HUGE display and many of the houses around have nice displays as well.
  • Schaumburg Christmas Lights at 503 Dartmouth, 4:30PM-10PM Sun-Thurs, Fri-Sat 4:30PM-10:30PM through January 1.
  • The Believe House in Naperville at 630 Vicksburg Court 4:30PM-11PM.

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