Where to see Holiday Lights in 2020


As fall comes to an end and winter begins, so do all of the holiday festivities that come with the season. Now until January, Chicago has some of the most fun filled holiday activities that the season has to offer. One that is a tradition for most and must do for everyone else is going to see holiday lights. With it being difficult to find which light events are still going on and which are not we’ve put together a list of where to see holiday lights in and around Chicago!

Christmas Around the World

A yearly event held at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry the Christmas Around the World event is back! Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park the Christmas Around the World light show features light exhibits that recognize traditions from different cultures to give you a taste of the holiday spirit from around the globe. Over 30,000 lights are on display with the centerpiece being a 45-foot-tall tree at the center of the exhibit, making this an experience you won’t want to miss.


If you’re looking to experience holiday lights while taking in the weather the season brings with it, then ZooLights is for you. Located within the Lincoln Park Zoo you will not only be able to walk through the park illuminated by over 2 million lights but also view everything the zoo has to offer. With only a $5 dollar entry fee ZooLights only comes around once a year so don’t hold off on going!

City of Chicago Christmas Tree

If you have been to Chicago during the holiday season you’ve probably witnessed the glow of Chicago’s 45-foot-tall spruce tree located in the heart of the city. It won’t be surrounded by Christkindlmarket this year, but you will still be able to enjoy the charm of the market online. Of course, the tree is a sight to see all on its own. You’ll be able to go and view the tree in person until January 7 so don’t miss out. 

Let It Shine Drive-Thru Lightshow

An option that will be sure to keep you warm and safe is the Let It Shine Drive-Thru Lightshow located in Northbrook. Let It Shine features a path of illuminated tunnels, displays, and light shows featuring your favorite holiday music. Slowly drive thru the lit up arches and candy canes and enjoy a holiday experience the whole family can enjoy now running through January 9th. 

By William Norris

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