The most magical Christmas Tradition only has to cost you gas money. I still have fond memories of driving through a particular neighborhood as a child to see their light display. Whether you take the long way home of bundle the kids up in jammies with cocoa and snacks, start a holiday light tradition this year.
We have created a list of all of the best neighborhoods in the area to cruise around and experience the magic of the holiday season. We also have information on some new light shows in the area, and a new scavenger hunt to make it even more fun!
Best Holiday Light Displays McHenry County
How we make our list:
We ask! Over the last ten years our Facebook Followers and readers have told us. We love your help, so keep commenting! Some owners also self-submit information on their homes.
We have not verified that lights are up or on, meaning we haven’t driven to and past all these houses. If there is an online source for the house, we do check. However we acknowledge that people move, don’t turn them on, etc. If you drive by a location we have listed and there is nothing there tell us!
Share your pics with us! Tag #LTMLightTour if you are out and about thanks to our list!
We will update this all season so leave us comments and suggestions!
Christmas Light Displays Near You
Best Neighborhood Light Displays
Take a long way home and meander through these neighborhoods that are awash in lights and decorations.
Manchester Lane, Port Barrington
There is a group of about eight houses that orchestrate a musical Christmas lights show together in Port Barrington on Manchester Lane. The neighborhood is on the corner of Rawson Bridge Road and Roberts Road. We’ve heard you should bring canned food donations, as the houses have blue coolers set up collecting donations for the food pantry.
Best Home Light Displays in McHenry County
Christmas Lights on Poplar, Fox Lake
39 Popular, Fox Lake
Tune your radio to 91.3 FM to get the full Christmas lights experience. Shows are every hour on the hour from 5:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. You might get lucky, every once in a while they have elves passing out candy canes.
1010 Algonquin Rd., Fox River Grove
With their 99 blow-up decorations and thousands of lights this is definitely a house to see. In previous years the display was open for the public every night from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Start date and times are pending, no sooner than December 8. Follow them on Facebook (link above) to check before heading out.
Grabau Christmas Light Display
8 Bordeaux Ct., Oakwood Hills
The display features over 51K lights, animation, and numerous light-up figurines. Will run November 29 – December 27.
Drive-Thru Light Displays
No need to get out of the car! Drive-thru these displays and ooh and ah as you make your way around surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights.
Goebberts Winter Wonderland Light Show
Goebbert Farm, Pinegree Grove/Hampshire
Experience the magic of more than 1.5 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at Goebbert’s Winter Wonderland Light Show. You’ll encounter dazzling displays as you drive through our farm in the comfort of your own vehicle. The 1-mile route will impress and amaze you! We’ve created new structures, added new designs, switched up the music and extended the light show! The show runs November 22 – January 5, hours vary, see website. Tickets range from $5 – $20 depending on how many people are in the car.
Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
30 November – 31 December, Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Car (up to 8 people) $20 Cash Only
This is over a one-mile drive with thousands of lights. All of the lights are unique and you will never see them anywhere else. Afterward, visit Santa in his on-site workshop and sip some hot chocolate.
Worth the Trip
You’re already in the car, start at these a little bit farther than McHenry County locations and work your way home.
Kenosha Christmas Lights
6834 106th Ave, Kenosha WI
This family’s lights are up from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stop by to view 30,000 Christmas lights sequenced to music; tune into 101.3 FM when you arrive.
Belke Family Lights
780 101st St., Pleasant Prairie, WI
Watch as the lights dance to Christmas favorites. There will be a donation bin for pet food and supplies. The display runs Thanksgiving through Christmas daily from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Printable Scavenger Hunt
Print this off before you go to keep the kids engaged in the car!
Did we miss your favorite? Did you find a mistake? Don’t be a Grinch! Tell us in the comments so we can update!