Best Neighborhoods for Christmas Lights in Chicago

Photo courtesy of the Sandberg Christmas Display in Chicago, Facebook
Photo courtesy of the Sandberg Christmas Display in Chicago, Facebook

If you’re looking for the ultimate list of holiday and Christmas lights on houses, 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 on Houses in the 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 until January 16, 2022. Listen to the music, enjoy the lights, and marvel at this impressive kid-designed light display.

Larsen Christmas Lights Show - Elburn

When you’re visiting the home of a professional light designer, you know you’re in for a treat. The Larsen Christmas Lights Show features a stunning display synchronized to 88.5 FM. The owner of Epic Light Shows puts on an amazing show each year at his home for visitors and neighbors to enjoy from their car for free. 

Sandberg Christmas Display – Elk Grove Village

Tune your radio to 106.1 FM for the Sandberg Christmas Display. Starting on Thanksgiving night, 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. 


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 good for the family to share at local food pantries. 

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 on Houses on the South and Western Suburbs 

 
Visit Santa's Workshop in Carol Stream, photo courtesy of Easton Lights, Facebook

Lights on Easton – Carol Stream

Starting Saturday, December 4th, 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 - 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 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. From now until January 9th from 5:00 – 10:00, you can enjoy this 17-minute show that starts every hour and half hour. 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 through January 2nd 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. 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. 


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 $32,000. 

Winter Story Trail
Trailside Museum of Natural History - 9:00 AM
Family Winter Scavenger Hunt and Campfire
Trailside Museum of Natural History - 1:00 PM
Sock Monkey Circus: Virtual
Puppet Showplace Theater - 3:00 PM
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - various times
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