Tis the season to get Lit! Holiday light shows are starting NOW so don’t get your tinsel in a tangle and make sure to fit these in during the holiday season! Several are tickets events so make sure to double check the dates, times, etc to plan your best night out!
Minnesota Holiday Light Shows:
Have you really been to a Minnesota light show if you haven’t been to Bentleyville?! Just kidding of course, last year was my first time ever and it did not disappoint! The walk-through tour was magical and I love stopping for free hot cocoa, cookies, and more! One of the most iconic shows to attend – just get there early! Find more info on Bentleyville here.
Location: Duluth, MN
Dates: Open Now – 12/26
New location this year, GLOW holiday is fun for young and old! Featuring over 1 million lights across the display, experience the enchanted forest, slide down the snowy slide, or try one of their bright bikes to experience the night and warm up by the s’mores campfire! Find more info on GLOW holiday here.
Location: CHS Field in St. Paul
Dates: Wednesday – Sunday 11/23-1/1/
Northern Lights Festival
BRAND NEW THIS YEAR! The Northern Lights festival will be the North’s largest indoor light display complete with inflatables, immersive experiences, and more. Shop a mini local market and don’t forget your camera for all the amazing photo ops! Use LIZANNE to save $2 on your ticket too! Find out more information on The Northern Lights Festival here.
Location: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester
Dates: Friday – Sunday starting 12/2
Christmas In Color
An animated drive-thru event, this was so fun! Go as slow as you like to really take in the coordination of the lights with the music. Great for really cold nights! Don’t forget a hot cocoa for the drive! Find out ticket times and prices for Christmas in Color here.
Location: Valleyfair, Shakopee
Dates: Open Nightly 11/25-1/1-23
Winter Lights at the Arb
Walk through the magical gardens at the Arboretum with several vignettes across the property! I did this last year and it was magical! There are hot cocoa + bonfire stations as well for s’mores! Find more info about the Arb Winter lights here.
Location: Arboretum in Chaska
Dates: Select Nights 11/7- 1/1
Kiwanis Holiday Lights
A long-standing tradition, Kiwanis Holiday lights is a completely volunteer-only led holiday light event! While admission is free, a donation of a nonperishable food item is highly appreciated as they work directly the local community to give back. Find more about the Kiwanis Holiday lights here.
Dates: Nightly 11/25-12/31
Severs Holiday Lights
One of the largest Drive Through light displays, Sever’s also has activities out of the car too! Drive through and park in the observation lot to see more or warm up with some festive food and drink vendors too! Find more info about Sever’s Holiday Light Show here.
Dates: Nightly 11/24-1/1
Holidazzle returns to Loring Park! Not just a “light show” think of it more as a festively lit event! It’ll include food, beverages, shopping, entertainment, and more! Plan your visit on Saturdays when there will be fireworks too! Find out more about Holidazzle here.
Location: Loring Park, Minneapolis
Dates: Friday-Sunday 11/25-12/28
Spirit Of Winter
The Winery at Sovereign Estate debuts its light up event, Spirit of Winter again for another season! The Estate is transformed into a majestic, illuminated winter wonderland, with over twenty miles of musical, synchronized lights strung over 20 acres of their lakeside vineyard. Find more about the Spirit of Winter here.
Dates: Nightly Tues- Now-December 30
Just outside the Metro:
Sam’s Christmas Village at Light Tour
Tour the 10+ million lights either by car or foot! (check dates for options) There’s a holiday market, bar + grill, and even an option to rent a s’mores cabin which includes goodies for up to 8 people, a personal fire, and a special surprise from Santa! Find more info about Sam’s Christmas Village here.
Location: Somerset, WI
Dates: Open 7 days a week starting 11/25-1/1
Miracle at Big Rock
Miracle at Big Rock is really just one big party! Open for drive-thru Monday & Tuesday or walk through Wednesday-Sundays. Enjoy Christmas lights galore, local food trucks, artisans, sledding, s’mores, and even fireworks, cocktails, and more! Find out more info about Miracle at Big Rock here.
Location: Big Rock Creek, St. Croix Falls, WI
Dates: Daily 11/25-1/1
Now, what did I miss?! Happy Holiday Light Season! If you want more ideas, make sure to check out my Holiday Market + Events list too! It has over 50+ events for the season!