12 Must See Twin Cities Holiday Light Displays for 2020

Visit the Best Twin Cities Holiday Light Displays

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the beautiful light displays around town. Whether it’s someone’s home or a massive light show, I’m like a little kid watching with my eyes wide open taking it all in. This year, with COVID still being a very real issue for Minnesota, the Twin Cities holiday light displays are a perfect thing to do. Many of them are drive through shows, so you can bring hot cocoa, the kids or the dog, and stay inside your cozy car the whole time. That’s what we plan to do! Here’s a roundup of some of the best light displays around the Twin Cities.
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Lights on Lower Guthrie, 14440 Lower Guthrie Court, Apple Valley, Minnesota

  • November 27 – January 5; 7 nights a week from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • This show has 5,000 lights synchronized to music from 91.9 FM.
  • This is someone’s house so there is no website and it’s completely free.
Porter’s Holiday Light Show, 13596 Hollins Court, Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • November 26 – December 31; Sundays – Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fridays – Saturdays from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • This show has 25,000 lights.
  • No tickets needed, this is free. For more information, check out their Facebook page here.
Durant Family Lights, 1750 130th Ave NE, Blaine, Minnesota
  • November 21 – December 31; 7 nights a week from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • 15,000 RGB pixel lights synchronized to music on 87.9 FM.
  • This is free to the pubic. For more information, check out the family’s Facebook page here.
 Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Drive, Chanhassen, Minnesota
  • December 4 – December 12; Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • A display of 130,000 lights.
  • It’s a drive through event and it’s totally free.
  • They also have live animals! Check out their website for more information.
Hope Lights: A Christmas Display, 12401 Partridge Street NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 
  • November 27 – January 5; Sundays – Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fridays – Saturdays from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
  • This show has 150,000 lights, synchronized to music on 91.7 FM.
  • This is a free event, and they are collecting donations for Feed My Starving Children. More information can be found here.
GLOW Holiday Festival
  • November 19 – January 3; 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm seven days of the week.
  • You’ll need to stay in your vehicle while driving through the light show. There are food courts, themed nights and coloring pages for children.
  • Tickets cost $46 and that gets one car into the show. More information can be found here.
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Bentleyville Tour of Lights, 700 Railroad Street, Duluth, Minnesota 
  • Duluth is of course not the Twin Cities, but this is a huge and amazing light show I was able to see in 2012! If you’re in the Duluth area definitely check it out.
  • November 21 – December 27; Sundays – Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fridays – Saturdays from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • This is a 5 million light display!
  • Tickets are $10 per vehicle and it’s a drive through experience this year. More information can be found here.
Quantico Christmas, 535 Quantico Lane N, Plymouth, Minnesota 
  • November 26 – January 1; 7 nights a week from 4:30 pm – 10:00pm.
  • They have 14,000 lights and 14 inflatables in the yard.
  • This is someone’s home so there is no website or fee.
Sever’s Holiday Lights, 3121 150th Street W, Shakopee, Minnesota
  • November 26 – January 3; Sundays – Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fridays – Saturdays from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • This incredible show offers 1.2 million lights synchronized to music!
  • Tickets are $7 per person, $25 per car maximum ($40 for vehicles with more than 8 people).
  • Check out their website here.
Christmas in Color, 1 Valley Fair Drive, Shakopee, Minnesota 
  • November 27 – January 3; Sundays – Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Fridays – Saturdays from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Tickets are $30 per vehicle.
  • They have 1 million lights synchronized to music.
  • It’s a drive through experience and you can check out their website here.
Holiday Lights on York Ave, 1526 York Ave, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • November 27 – December 31; 7 nights a week from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • They offer 50,000+ lights synchronized to music.
  • It’s a free show, but they are collecting donations for Merrick Community Services.
The Spirit of Winter, 9950 North Shore Road, Waconia, Minnesota
  • November 18 – January 2; Wednesdays – Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Fridays – Saturdays from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Sundays from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • There are 700,000 lights synchronized to music on 95.9 FM. Santa will also be there along with tractor ride, llamas, bon fires, hot cocoa, beer and wine.
  • Tickets are $7.50 ages 5 and older; under 5 are free. It’s a walk through experience.
Our Last Holiday Light Show, 5590 West Bald Eagle Boulevard, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 
  • November 26 – January 9; 7 nights a week from 5:00 pm – 12:00 am.
  • They have 100,000 lights synchronized to music.
  • This is someone’s home so there is no fee or website.

A COVID Safe Activity

This year with the Governor’s COVID restrictions in place, we need to get creative in finding ways to have fun. The Twin Cities holiday light displays are a perfect thing to do this month! I hope you’ll be able to enjoy at least one of these seriously impressive light shows, I know we will!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my post on 37 COVID Safe Outdoor Winter Activities in Minnesota.

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