Spectacular Neighborhood Holiday Lights and Christmas Lights in Chicago

There are many beautiful Christmas lights in Chicago neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of Lights on Easton
There are many beautiful Christmas lights in Chicago neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of Lights on Easton

If you’re looking for the ultimate list of holiday and Christmas lights in Chicago neighborhoods, we’ve got you covered. From the city to the 'burbs, these houses, streets, and neighborhoods go all out with their impressive self-made holiday and Christmas lights displays. Some homes on this list are best viewed from the car, while others encourage you to get out and walk. Many homes and streets feature light-up tunnels, visits from Santa, and treats for the kids. We’ve also noted which shows on the list are synchronized to music and what radio stations to tune into. 

For more holiday light displays, check out this mega list, Where to See the Best Holiday and Christmas Lights in Chicago. More holiday fun at our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities for Chicago Families.

Holiday and Christmas Lights in Chicago Neighborhoods: North and Northwest Suburbs 

3328 N. Pioneer - Chicago

This kid-built and kid-designed light show features an explosion of LED lights. You can jam to Christmas Rocks from 5:00 – 10:30 each night. This year the home owners are defending their title as the winners of the Friends of Hiawatha Park home decorating contest.  Listen to the music, enjoy the lights, and marvel at this impressive kid-designed light display.

Larsen Christmas Lights Show - Pinegree Grove

The Larsen Christmas Lights Show has moved from their home to Goeberts in Pinegree Grive. This show features a stunning display synchronized to 88.5 FM. The owner of Epic Light Shows puts on an amazing show each year for visitors and neighbors to enjoy. Now open through January 7th. All tickets must be purchased online. Tickets are $25 per car on Monday-Thursday and $30 per car on Friday-Saturday. 

This show has two parking lots, while parking lot A is watching the show, Parking Lot B will be loaded into position. When parking Lot B is watching Parking lot A is exiting and reloading. Each show is 30 minutes long. To help make sure everyone has a great view, in each parking lot, there are designated rows depending on the size of your car. The parking lot is set on an incline to give every car a view of the show. 

Sandberg Christmas lights display 
Photo courtesy of the Sandberg Christmas Display, Facebook

Sandberg Christmas Display – Elk Grove Village

Tune your radio to 106.1 FM for the Sandberg Christmas Display. As of Thanksgiving night, the 2022 show kicked off for the year. You can listen to the 34-piece choir, spot Home Alone characters in the windows, walk through a candy cane tunnel of 1,000 lights, and more. Check out the new 8-foot nutcracker. 

Christmas lights in Elgin
Juniper Lane in Elgin, photo courtesy of the Angelic Christmas Lights Facebook page

Juniper Lane - South Elgin

In South Elgin, you’ll find an entire block lined with Christmas lights on Juniper Lane. From Thanksgiving until December 26th, check out the lights from 5:00 – 9:00. The week leading up to Christmas, Santa and carolers also stop by for a visit. As you walk through, bring a canned food for the family to share at local food pantries. Parking is discouraged on Juniper Lane. 

Lights on Rockville 
Photo courtesy of the Lights on Rockville

Lights on Rockville – Gilberts

The entire subdivision comes alive as six houses in a row are decked out for the holidays. Each house features a matching holiday lights display synchronized to music on 92.1 FM. There is additional parking across the street. You can walk through the LED tunnel or enjoy the show from your car. Lights are on Sunday – Thursday from 4:30 – 8:30 and Friday - Saturday, 4:30 – 10:00.

Holiday and Christmas Lights in Chicago Neighborhoods: South and Western Suburbs 

Lights on Easton – Carol Stream

You can drive or walk by an impressive holiday display in Carol Stream. With a synchronized music light show, animated characters, gigantic trees, and a display of Santa’s Workshop, everyone in the family will be amazed. Lights will start at dusk and run until 9:00 on weekdays and 10:00 on weekends. 

Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Lights Display 
Photo courtesy of the Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display

Lehnertz Avenue - Aurora

Lehnertz Avenue has been celebrating with a holiday light display for 70 years. From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, you can come out and enjoy the lights from 5:00 – 9:00 every night. 

Olaf's Winterland in Elmhurst
Olaf's Winter Spectacular, photo courtesy of Olaf's Winterland in Elmhurst, Facebook

Olaf's Light Show - Elmhurst

For all your little Frozen fans, there’s Olaf's Winter Spectacular in Elmhurst. Shows will start at 5:00 and run on the hour and half hour with the last show starting at 9:30 on Sundays through Thursdays. The last show will start at 10:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The show is synchronized to music so be sure to tune into 89.9 FM.

916 S. Ashland Avenue - La Grange

Every night in LaGrange, you’ll find a lighted archway to walk through along with a stunning light display. Lights are on now from 5:00 – 10:00 on weekdays and 5:00 and 11:00 on weekends. Inside the archway, you may also find candy canes put out by the elves while supplies last. The family also collects food donations in bins located outside for local food pantries. 

Trammel Family Christmas Lights – Morris

From now until Christmas you’ll find a 12–15-minute show sequenced to music in Morris on 92.1. The show runs from 5:00 – 10:00 each night. The music changes each week offering a new and unique show every time you come back. Using the yard next door, the show’s creators have been able to double the fun. 

12941 Greenfield Drive-  Plainfield

From now until New Year’s Eve you’ll find an amazing light display from dusk until 10:00. This synchronized show moves along to 12 songs on 106.1FM. As a special treat, the homeowners put 90 names on their mega tree in lights. If you don’t see your child’s name, you can email the owners at plainfieldchristmas@gmail.com to have it added a day or two in advance. 

Christmas lights on Avon Lane in Tinley Park
Avon Lane in Tinley Park, photo courtesy of TP Christmas House, Facebook

17321 Avon Lane -Tinley Park

The lights on Avon Lane in Tinley Park are well worth getting out of the car. You’ll find additional parking at Prairie View Middle School. As you walk through the lights, you’ll find scenes from Frozen, a moving carousel, a dance floor, a new igloo scene, and so much more. Consider a donation for Together We Cope to help families in need. Last year the family raised almost $35,000. 

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Burnham (Daniel) Park - 10:00 AM Pick
Disney On Ice Presents Frozen and Encanto
Allstate Arena - various times Pick
Free Days at the DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American Art - 10:00 AM
The Three Little Pigs
Beverly Arts Center - 10:30 AM
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