Dazzling holiday lights and sights in Twin Cities (and beyond)

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Now is the time to shine, light-seekers! Holiday sparkle is back, illuminating cold, dark winter streets with bursts of vivid color and community spirit. Below, we’ve made a list – and checked it twice – of a few choice spots to see holiday lights around the Twin Cities and beyond. Scroll down to see how you can share your photos and add light displays in your community to our list!

Related seasonal articles below:

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Holiday Light Displays

Taking in neighborhood light displays never seems to gets old. Whether they’re religious or secular, there’s something captivating about a neighborhood all lit up with holiday cheer, each house putting forth their best designs. We’ve started with a list of residential displays, some of which were submitted by readers. We invite you to add displays to our list by using the comment section or emailing paigelelliott@tcdailyplanet.net


The Beaumont Holiday Light Show

229 21st Avenue South, South Saint Paul, MN | 5 – 11:30 pm

Featured are 11,000 bulbs in blue, soft white, and bright white, with wireframe angels, deer, and trees choreographed to music that you can hear by tuning into 97.9 FM in stereo.

Glowing Tree in Bloomington

9145 Meadowview Road, Bloomington | Nightly

The big, glowing oak tree in Bloomington features over 35,000 glowing lights and is a sight to behold. WCCO reports that this could be the last year of the glowing tree, so make sure to see it if you haven’t already. (See first photo in the grid above for a preview).

MN Light Show

303 Snail Lake Road, Shoreview | Mon – Fri & Sun, 4:30 – 10 pm; Sat.,4:30 – 11 pm

Inspired by Walt Disney World’s “Spectacle of Lights,” this family-opereated light display is a feast for the eyes, with 100% man-made controllers and synchonized music. 

Tim Meyer Holiday Lights Display

1913 Waterford Circle, Chaska | Nightly from 5 pm -10 pm

Tim Meyer’s display features 5000 lights and a 16 channel computer controlled light show, with a low Power FM Transmitter for audio tune to 106.5. Playlist includes The Little Drummer Boy by Alexander O’Neil, Carol of the Bells by The Piano Guys, Peanuts Linus & Lucy Theme Song and more!

Schultz Family Lights

1526 York Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106 | 5 pm -10 pm nightly

Schultz Family Lights features over 45,000 colorful lights set to 91.5 FM. Schultz Family Lights accepts donations for the Merrick Food Shelf, which supports the Greater East Side. (See top right photo in grid for a preview).

More residential displays:

73rd and Portland Avenue South, Bloomington: Flashing display of bold colors.

W 40th Street & Blaisdell Avenue, Minneapolis: Beautiful artistic arrangement of lights and shapes (see middle picture in photo grid above for a preview).

4454 Blaisdell Avenue S., Minneapolis: An entire yard and house framed with colorful lights.

4239 13th Avenue S., Minneapolis: Green, gold and white themed lights with reindeer and other figurines (see bottom left photo in collage for a preview).

3808 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis: Colorful snowmen, nutcracker and other figures lit in the yard, plus brightly lit trees and house.

4001 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis : Music, carousal, merry-go-around, reindeer and more.

4021 16th Avenue S., Minneapolis: Huge inflatable moving Santa, blinking lights adorn the entire house and front yard.

Lac Lavon Dr & Crystal Lake Rd E. Burnville: Four huge displays on one block (See “Peace on Earth” photo in collage for a preview).

5590 W Bald Eagle, White Bear: An entire yard of gorgeous lights; Display has been running for over 30 years.

4454 Blaisdell Ave., Minneapolis: Full yard of flashing lights

68th & Upton Ave., Richfield: Block has three or four displays on both sides of the street

4312 Aries Ct. Eagan: Yard full of lights (both white and colored bulbs) accented with angels.

 


Add to our map below by using the comment section or emailing paigelelliott@tcdailyplanet.net to gives us a heads up about light displays in your neighborhood (or elsewhere). You can also contribute photos to our Storify by using the hashtag #tclightseeking or the tagging tcdailyplanet.  



 

Holiday Attractions:

A Very Electric Christmas: The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis | Dec 17 & 18, 7:30 pm

Set to Christmas classics by Nat King Cole and Mariah Carey, this innovative Christmas show tells a story through lights and dancing (see a video preview in the Storify below).  See the website for more details.

Holiday Lights in the Park

Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Drive St Paul, MN | 5:30 – 10 pm Daily

A joint venture between the St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation, Holiday Lights in the Park serves a fund-raiser for Union Gospel Mission, the St. Paul Police Foundation and the St. Paul Parks Conservancy. The display runs until Jan 1. $8 per vehicle by ordering online; $10 at the gate. Click here to order tickets.

Governor’s Mansion Holiday Tour

1006 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN | Dec 16, 1 – 3 pm.

Elaborate decorations and lights, including a performance by Concordia Academy Choir, a  huge decorated tree and more. No reservations required, as tours are filled on first-served basis. There’s no fee, but organizers ask that you consider donating a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest Heartland. For more info call 651-201-3464 or email residence.gov@state.mn.us

Light Dazzler

Participating bars in downtown Minneapolis are lighting up for the Light Dazzler, encouraging revelers to sport their best holiday gear and come out drapped in lights to party. The Light Dazzler will donate three meals for every ticket purchased to Feeding America! This is a 21+ event. $10 now, $25 at the door. Order tickets here. Dec. 20. 

Holidazzle Village

Between 10th & 12th Street, downtown Minneapolis | Saturdays & Sundays

The parade may be gone, but festive sights remain, with live reindeer, sparkling holiday floats (including  the dancing bulbs) and other colorful fun. Free (the Minneapolis Holiday Market has a one-time fee of $3) . Open until until Dec. 21.

Macy’s Santaland

700 On the Mall, 8th Floor Auditorium, downtown Minneapolis | Times vary

Maryc’s Santaland is a classic holiday attraction for kids, now in its 52nd year.  Enjoy old-fashioned fun, with fresh baked cookies, animatronic elf puppets, musical puppet shows and more. Open until Dec 24. Free ($4 for Macy’s Puppet Theater shows). Go here for more details.

Night Trains

Twin Cities Railroad Museum | 1021 Bandana Boulevard East #222, Saint Paul | Saturdays, 6 – 9 pm

Twin City Model Railroad Museum’s Night Trains are back, rolling around the tracks of the magical make-believe town of Matlin. See the warm glow of colorful miniature lights on the train, set against the blizzardy town nightscape. Night Trains runs until the last Saturday in February. Santa Claus makes a special visit December 20; $10. Free for children 4 and under. (See a video of Night Trains in action in the Storify below)

Prairie Lights

George Moran Dr & Donegal Cove, Eden Prairie | Sun -Thurs: 5 – 9:30 pm; Fri – Sat: 5 – 10 pm

Thousands of Christmas lights synchronized to music on 88.1 FM. Also, Prairie Lights is a drop-off location for unwanted lights and collects pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Free. Runs until Jan. 4.

Rice Park

109 West 4th Street, Saint Paul | Nightly

Few displays in the Twin Cities usher in the holiday season like the gorgeous cluster of over 25,000 energy-efficient LED lights found at Rice Park. The nearby Wells Fargo Winter Skate tops of the winter wonderland feel of the area. Rick Park will be lit up until Jan. 1. 

Recycle Your Holidays: Don’t forget to recycle your lights! Check the interactive map to find the nearest location to drop off those unwanted bulbs!

 

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