The city and suburbs have plenty of attractions with holiday lights, but there’s something special about seeing our neighbors join in on the seasonal fun. Luckily, we have some amazing Chicagoland residents excited to show local families their own personal holiday displays.
This season, take a drive around town to see some of our favorite holiday decorations from the comfort of your car.
- Address: 5 Ashford Court, Buffalo Grove
Make sure to turn your radio to 94.5FM and watch more than 10,000 lights dance to the music. See the display every night from 5-10 p.m.
- Address: 45 Revere Drive, South Barrington
The 29-minute show includes nine songs that will wow the family. Hours are 5-10 p.m. with extended hours during Christmas week. Tune into 92.1FM to listen to music alongside the lights show.
- Address: 244 Rockville Lane, Gilberts
This neighborhood street featuring six houses goes all out with a dancing Christmas light display. Guests can park in the parking lot and walk through the lit-up arches to experience the amazing lights up close.
The family that brings the elaborate Halloween display returns every holiday season with a free fun drive-through display that is sure to bring a smile to all families. Tune into 106.9FM.
- Address: 391 Walnut Lane, Elk Grove Village
Prepare to be delighted to see all the friendly seasonal characters that take over this family’s lawn. Be sure to turn your radio to 106.1 FM to listen to their singing choir. Lights are on Monday to Sunday 4-10 p.m. (weather permitting).
Clark W. Griswold House of Bridgeview
- Address: 7807 W. 74th Pl., Bridgeview
Jim Pavel is a third-generation lawn decorator, earning him the nickname of the Clark W. Griswold of BRidgeview. Pavel’s computerized light show syncs to popular Christmas tunes that you can listen to from the comfort of your car radio. The display runs from 4-10 p.m.
While you’re in Bridgeview, stop by Pavel’s parents’ house — which he also decorates — at 7416 S Octavia Ave., Bridgeview.
- Address: 16423 Parliament Ave., Tinley Park
The Esposito family has been decorating for more than 30 years! Make sure your kiddos write to Santa and drop their letters off by the week before Christmas!
The Kaminski family has kept this Christmas tradition in the South Suburbs for more than 45 years. Drive down to see the elaborate display and drop off some non-perishable food that is then donated to a local pantry.
- Address: 7805 Nottingham Drive, Tinley Park
This Christmas display by the Hirsch family has almost 100,000 lights and more than 7,000 feet of garland. There are lot of photo opportunities, too.
- Address: 17321 Avon Lane, Tinley Park
The Kowalczyk family goes all out for the holidays with their light display. Proceeds from donations go to Together We Cope.
- Address: 370 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream
You might recognize this house from Halloween as the spooky Canyon Trail Cemetery. See the elaborate holiday decorations, including their life-sized gingerbread house this year. They’re accepting food donations for the Humanitarian Service Project and monetary donations for DuPage Animal Friends.
- Address: 39 W. Madison St., Villa Park
Take a drive out to spot the variety of Christmas decorations, which will be lit up every evening from 5:30-11 p.m. Bring along a toy donation to support Toy Express Children’s Charity.
- Address: 2S231 Valley Road, Lombard
Here’s another fun holiday light show in the western suburbs! Check their Facebook Page for their music lineup varying from classic, modern and more holiday songs.
- Address: 1214 Easton Drive, Carol Stream
This light display has a mailbox for kids to mail their letters to Santa. The big guy will also be there for visits on select days throughout the holiday season. Tune in to 99.7FM to hear the music that correlates with the light show.
- Address: 969 Ekman Drive, Batavia
This holiday display features about 70,000 lights and plays 20 songs. Make sure to turn to 99.1FM when you arrive. They are collecting donations for Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation.
- Address: 701 N. Sparkle Court, Oswego
Tune your radio to 88.3FM and enjoy a holiday display with more than 50,000 RGB lights synchronized to music. They’re collecting donations to The Kiwanis of Oswego.
- Address: 4113 Williams St., Downers Grove
You may have known this house for their Halloween display, Schiffer’s Halloween Insanity. The display is set to music and you can tune into 88.1FM.
Sherman Family Display
- Address: 735 S. Brainard, La Grange
Tune your radio to 89.1FM and watch the Sherman’s holiday display light up to music. The show runs from 4:30-10:30 p.m. daily. They are fundraising for The Legacy Guild.
- Address: 630 Vicksburg Court, Naperville
This house is an official Salvation Army donation location. See this light show by the Brambilla family runs every night from 4:30-10:30 p.m.
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