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Looking for places to find the best holiday lighting displays in Minneapolis-St. Paul?
All over the region, you’ll find stunning displays during the holidays. From Christmas light displays set to music, to drive-through holiday lighting displays, we’ve counted down some of the best places to go in the Twin Cities to see Christmas lights.
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1. Rice Park, St. Paul
There isn’t a more festival place in the Twin Cities during the holiday season than Rice Park. Each year, the park’s gigantic Christmas tree is lit around Thanksgiving, kicking off the holiday season. Go here to see twinkling lights on the tree and throughout the park. Plus, be sure to hit the ice skating rink and Winter Carnival for the full experience.
Find more info at the Visit Saint Paul website.
2. GLOW Holiday Festival, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
This sprawling drive-through display at the MN State Fairgrounds is a sight to behold. With more than a million LED lights on display, it’s one of the brightest spots in the Twin Cities from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. One thing to know: This event does require tickets. But the experience is well-worth the price of admission. This year the show runs from Nov. 18th to Jan. 2nd.
Find more info at the GLOW Holiday Festival website.
3. Christmas in Color, Shakopee
Another sparkling drive-through X-mas show, Christmas in Color at the Valleyfair Lot in Shakopee is equal parts extravagant and entertaining. The show features millions of twinkling lights, all synchronized to music. This is one of the best spots for a family-friendly drive to see Christmas lights. Just be sure to reserve tickets in advance. You don’t want to miss it!
Get more info at the Christmas in Color website.
4. Durrant Family Lights, Blaine
Each year, the Durrant Family in Blaine puts on a dazzling, animated light show at their home. Featuring a mix of LED projectors and bright rope lights, the show is always a grand time. One thing: The Durrant Family roots for the Vikings, so there might be a Skol Chant or two mixed in during the festive show. Each year, this show runs from late November through the holidays.
Find more info on the Durrant Family Lights Facebook page.
5. Cairl Family Christmas Lights, Andover
Out in Andover, the Cairl Family has been dazzling visitors with a spectacular light show for nearly a decade. According to the Cairl Family, this year’s display will be like “nothing you have seen before!” Expect more lights and even more dazzling animations. The family (and a team of volunteers) puts up the lights each year, which are programmed to music. It’s a fun, family-friendly show that you don’t want to miss.
Find more info at the Cairl Family Lights Facebook page.
6. House on Howard, Minneapolis
You can’t miss this Minneapolis Christmas light spot. In fact, it’s one of the best. Each year, the House on Howard transforms into a twinkling wonderland for the holidays (and during Halloween). Featuring a mix of lights, light-up animals and blow-up figures, this is a can’t-miss spot. And the Halloween show is just as good. The show typically starts in late November and runs through the holidays.
Find more info at the House on Howard Facebook page.
7. Schultz Family Lights, St. Paul
The Schultz lights, located on York Avenue in Saint Paul, is one of the best homeowner shows during the holidays. Featuring thousands of lights and santas, snowmen and other Christmas characters across 11 lawns, the show is set to music and it’s a sight to behold. It’s a great place to visit and sip cocoa while you take in the show. Last year, the theme was “Rockin’ Rudolph,” and who knows what they have up their sleeve in 2021. Shows typically run from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.
Find more info at the Schultz Family Lights website.
8. Christmas at the Fischer’s Place, Plymouth
The annual Plymouth Lights at the Fischer’s house would make Clark Griswold jealous. The display is designed to “dance to music” and features thousands of lights, figurines, and Christmas decor. You don’t want to miss it, if you’re out in the ‘burbs. Since 2003, the show has run from early December to New Year’s Eve (with a break on Christmas Eve) and they’ve spread plenty of Christmas cheer.
Find more info at the Plymouth Lights website.
9. Summit Avenue, St. Paul
If you’ll be stopping by Rice Park or the Winter Carnival, you don’t want to miss a drive (or a chilly stroll) down Summit Avenue. The 4.5-mile stretch features some of the Twin Cities’ most historic homes, including the Governor’s Residence, and many of them are decked out for the holidays. It’s a classic Christmas vibe here, and to take the kiddos on a Christmas light drive in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
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There you have it. These are some of the best places in Minneapolis to see Christmas lights. Think we missed a spot? Let us know on Facebook! We’d love to hear where you plan to visit this year.