Best Holiday Lights Drive-Thrus and Christmas Light Shows in Chicago

Light Up the Lake for a Christmas lights display. Photo courtesy of Navy Pier
Light Up the Lake for a Christmas lights display. Photo courtesy of Navy Pier

Our city turns up the shine during the holidays, with Christmas lights in Chicago blazing from the lakeshore to the far suburbs. Every neighborhood has homes and buildings that go all out, but there are also holiday and Christmas lights in Chicago worth traveling for, from walk-through spectacles at zoos and gardens to massive drive-through displays, and even holiday lights you can appreciate indoors. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these holiday and Christmas lights displays in Chicago before they wink out for the season!

Lights are just the tip of the iceberg of our holiday events! Check out our list of 50 top Christmas and Hanukkah events in Chicago and the suburbs. Also, be sure to book your Polar Express adventure now before they sell out.  But CTA Santa trains and buses are still running throughout the season.

Here's our list of top holiday light shows in Chicago and the suburbs!

 

Snowtrekking in the Nature Sanctuary at Burnham Park
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
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides