The city and suburbs have plenty of attractions with holiday lights, but there’s something special to see our neighbors join in on the seasonal fun. Luckily, we have some amazing Chicagoland residents that allow local families to see their neighborhood holiday displays. This season, take a drive around town to see some of our favorite holiday decorations from the comfort of your car.
Looking for a fun seasonal activity to enjoy during your trip? Download our free Holiday Light Scavenger Hunt printable and see if you can find all of the holiday items.
Nov. 26-Jan. 1
- Address: 8 Wescott Drive, South Barrington
More than 85,000 lights are used for this homemade holiday show. When you pull up, tune into the radio station displayed on the lawn and watch the show while following along to the music.
Begins Nov. 26
- Address: 39 W. Madison St., Villa Park
Lights turn on Thanksgiving night at this neighborhood holiday display in Villa Park. Take a drive out to spot the variety of Christmas decorations including Santa, snowmen and more for holiday fun.
Nov. 27-Jan. 1
- Address: 4504 Magnolia Drive, Rolling Meadows
Neighbors work together to bring lots of Christmas cheer on their block with lights synchronized to music. More importantly, they’re collecting non-perishables and non-expired food donations for the All Saints Food Pantry.
Nov. 27-Jan. 1
- Address: 1117 Manchester Court, Naperville
Drive around the cul-de-sac on Manchester Court to see all the holiday lights. Donation boxes are also present if you wish to benefit the selected non-profit organizations. Tune your car radio to 88.5 FM to hear the music once you arrive.
Begins Nov. 27
- 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. You’ll see snowmen, Snoopy, gingerbread people and more. Be sure to turn your radio to 106.1 FM to listen to their singing choir.
Nov. 27-Dec. 31
- Address: 6001 Hawthorne Lane, Crystal Lake
Watch more lights dance to holiday music at Shulfer Light Spectacular. The synchronized light show went through a redesign this year, so expect even more dazzling sequences to wow your entire family.
Nov. 27-Jan. 1
- Address: 2S231 Valley Road, Lombard
Here’s another fun holiday light show in the Western Suburbs! Songs last year included Carol of the Bells, Little Drummer Boy and The Greatest Show (from The Greatest Showman). Tune your car radio to 89.5 FM to hear the music.
The Kaminski family has kept this Christmas tradition in the South Suburbs for more than 39 years. Drive down to see the elaborate display and drop off some non-perishable food that is then donated to a local pantry.
Through Jan. 1
- Address: 370 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream
You might recognize this house from Halloween as the spooky Canyon Trail Cemetery. This year, the family is bringing back the elaborate holiday decorations. We need them more than ever in 2020! Follow the Trail’s Facebook page for updates.
Logan Square Christmas House
- Address: 2656 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago
This Chicago home has been decorated for more than 35 years! In 2019, the man behind the decorations, Frank Lopez, passed away, according to Block Club Chicago, but his daughter hopes to continue the tradition. Decorations are now up for 2020.
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