We're touring 21-states worth of dazzling light displays starting in Texas, heading westward, and looping back around and down to Louisiana. View LED forest, enchanted train rides, and luminous desserts from the comfort of your own home. Take some notes while you're at it, these bold light shows may inspire you to take your own holiday display to the next level. Let's get started...
Vitruvian Lights - Texas
12 acres of trees wrapped in more than 1.5 million twinkling LED lights—be still our hearts. This light display is sure to enchant all ages. Located at 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, Texas. Stop by yourself or enjoy the view from where you sit right now!
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, River of Lights - New Mexico
Boasting more than 500 light displays, everyone will enjoy the walk down this wonderfully lit river. Located at 2601 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lights of the World - Arizona
Lights of the world is a truly breathtaking display. While it is open during the holiday season, this light show is dedicated to more than just Christmas. There are dazzling light displays to represent culture all around the globe. Located at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ. We'd say this one is worth a trip!
The Magic Forest - Nevada
Hop on The Forest Express passenger train and take a whimsical ride through this magical forest of lights! You can also walkthrough, but why would you want to? Located at 6300 West Oakley Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. But if you’re not nearby, here’s what the view looks like from the train...
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Festival of Lights - California
Complete with a grand fireworks show, Cinderella carriage rides, giant moving nutcrackers, and 4.5 million lights, this festival truly displays the pure magic of the holidays. Here’s a peek into the transformation The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa takes to become a Christmas wonderland!
Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park - Oregon
This lush, garden-filled park transforms into an illuminated holiday attraction for the whole family. Sip hot cider, eat cookies, and view 325,000 lights! Located at 89039 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, Oregon.
Winter Walk - Washington
In Spanaway Park, you can drive down the festive Winter “Walk” light display. It includes over 300 light displays and you can tune your radio to a specific station playing Christmas music just for the occasion. Take a virtual drive right here!
Winter Wonderland - Idaho
At Caldwell, Idaho’s Winter Wonderland, perhaps the most enchanting feature is the view of the illuminated bridge. The water beneath it seems to be glowing itself as it reflects the colors of the over 1 million lights in this display!
Ogden's Christmas Village - Utah
This holiday tradition got its start in 1961. Then, it was a small display but today it features over 70 festively decorated mini cottages and tons of lights. It’s a charming scene to be sure! You can take a 360-degree virtual tour right here...
Blossom of Lights - Colorado
Gorgeous during any time of the year, the Denver Botanical Gardens lights up with the interactive light display during the holidays, a large field of animated, sound-reactive LED lights. The most mesmerizing view, however, is a pond illuminated by glowing spheres that appear to be floating on its surface. Located at 1007 York Street Denver, CO.
Hemi Lighted Forest of Hope - Wyoming
This luminous forest of trees is not only breathtaking but glows for a good cause. Each tree here represents one of the hundreds of children that are a part of The Hemi Foundation. Many of the trees even feature pictures of children they represent. The tradition began in 2010 and today takes over 200,000 lights to light up more than 630 trees over 4.5 acres. It’s a scene that's sure to warm hearts during the holidays. Located at 6565 Ashley Drive, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Bozeman Christmas Stroll - Montana
Complete with a hayride through the streets of downtown, the city of Bozeman lights up during the holidays and transforms it’s downtown streets into an illuminated pedestrian stroll. Take the walk with Bozeman residents yourself, right here...
Chmielewski’s Corner - North Dakota
Resident Al Chmielewski is kind of a Christmas legend around Bismarck. Because he's the man responsible for Chmielewski’s Corner. It’s a bit of a mouth full, but a major and magical destination for Bismarck residents during Christmas. Get your tissues and listen to the heartwarming tale of Al’s holiday lights. This guy's really got Christmas spirit.
Nora Store - South Dakota
Not to be outdone by his northern neighbor, South Dakota’s Mike Pedersen is the owner of Nora Store. It’s a little landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and it will take you right back in time. We have to include a photo of this one because it's just so darn charming. Did we mention that there is a restored pipe organ that Mike plays while leading visitors in song? There is. Sing along with Mike and the community here!
SantaLand - Nebraska
Thousands of lights, figurines, and Christmas scenes make SantaLand a place of holiday wonder. Started as a fun community project in 1994, today an estimated 3,000-5,000 cars drive through each year. You can even make a pitstop at Santa's workshop and see his elves doing their favorite thing, making toys.
Target Holidazzle Parade - Minnesota
This one is a pretty big deal. The Holidazzle Parade is put on by Target and even kicked off by their cute mascot, Bullseye. Minneapolis residents gather for shopping, food, and a huge light parade you have to see.
Jolly Holiday Lights - Iowa
Iowa’s Adventureland Park puts on a 2.5-mile long lighting display! It boasts at least a million shining lights and over 100 different displays. Take the drive in just 4 minutes and 26 seconds here!
Silver Dollar City - Missouri
This holiday theme park is decked out with over 6 million lights! Light shows galore, train rides, a parade, and tons of Christmas shows and plays are put on here to celebrate the season. One of the visitors favorite attractions is the park’s main tree, which has twinkling lights that interact with music throughout the night. Here is the big tree lighting ceremony where you can really see the light show in action.
Finney’s Christmas Wonderland - Arkansas
The Finneys Christmas display really hit the radar when they won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” competition in 2015. Now, people come from all over Arkansas, and even from neighboring states, to see Sam Finney’s marvelous light display. Each year, he continues to add displays and grow is a proud Christmas project for those loyal to coming to see it.
Natchitoches Christmas Festival - Louisiana
This Christmas tradition dates back 90 years to its small beginnings when Max Burgdorf, Superintendent of Utilities for the city, decided to create a community light display. The tradition grew and grew into the light show, parade, gala, and grand Christmas festival it is today. The festival even has a “Miss Merry Christmas” queen named each year who rides in the parades and promotes the festival in the community.
We hope you have enjoyed this mesmerizing tour through the western half the country's Christmas lights! stay tuned for our digital tour of the easter lights next!