The holidays are not complete without experiencing a light show. There’s something about the twinkling of lights in the darkness that makes for memorable holiday experiences. Some of the best light shows may be seen if you’re up to venturing just outside Chicago. After all, who isn’t up for a road trip? Here are a few options for holiday lights worth the drive from Chicago.
When: Nov. 27-Dec. 27
Cost: Free, accepting donations
Candy Cane Lane is the fruition of one neighborhood coming together to do good. The residential neighborhood in West Allis decorates their home to support Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. There is no entrance fee, but they do have a central corner where donations for the cause are collected.
When: Nov. 27-Dec. 27
Where: Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, 78 N. Holiday Blvd., Santa Claus, Ind.
Cost: $15 per vehicle
Any town that boasts the name Santa Claus is by default one of the merriest towns you’ll ever step foot in. Enjoy the drive-thru lights show as you follow the story of Rudolph through 1.2 miles of the campground. Plus, every paid vehicle gets a FREE photo with Rudolph!
When: Nov. 27-Jan. 2
Where: Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, Wis.
Cost: $20 per carload or minivan
As Wisconsin’s largest drive-through Christmas lights display with over a million lights, you can expect to be wowed. Our family certainly was! While driving through lighted displays and buildings with animatronic teddy bears, you’ll have a chance to stop and get out for more holiday fun. Enjoy a Christmas Village with a model train display, more animatronics, and of course, cookies and hot chocolate and explore the Streets of Bethlehem, a life-size nativity display.
When: Nov. 21-Jan. 3
Where: Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Ind.
Cost: $25 adults, $17 kids ages 5-17 (Advanced tickets required)
More than 1.5 million lights twinkle at the Newfields campus (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art). Be amazed as you watch lights dance dance to holiday music. Looking for more than lights? Get your shopping on as you peruse local holiday wares at the indoor winter market.
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This article originally published on Dec. 10, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information.