The Oooohs and Ahhhhs of Winter have arrived! Charlie Brown might not have liked Snoopy’s decorated doghouse, but the rest of us have really come to love holiday light displays. You’ll definitely get into the spirit of the season when you travel Indiana with family or friends to check out this year’s holiday light displays. Follow along from north to south as you plan your getaways of “wow, that’s amazing”! Note that some are weekends only, so check the listings before you go.
Peteyville, Hammond, 11/28-12/31 – A 32-year tradition in the Hessville neighborhood, just a couple of blocks away from where Jean Shepherd (author of A Christmas Story) grew up.
Wellfield Botanical Gardens Winter Wonderland, Elkhart, 11/29-12/28 – A ½-mile Promenade Pathway is aglow with a magical setting of light, sound and beauty.
Shipshewana Lights of Joy, 11/8-12/29 – A mile-long drive through more than 2 million LED Christmas lights.
Festival of Lights, Michigan City, 12/7-1/4 – The largest, free, drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest.
City of Lights, Kokomo, 11/28-12.25 – Located in Highland Park, this is one you can either walk or drive through.
Walkway of Lights, Marion, 11/23-12/31 – Walk along the Mississinewa Riverwalk or enjoy from inside your car.
Fantasy of Lights, Fort Wayne, 11/26-12/31 – This 2-mile display includes free popcorn and cocoa and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista, Muncie, 11/30-12/1 – Enjoy sweet treats, winter crafts, carriage rides and holiday music.
Winterlights at Newfields, Indianapolis, 11/23-1/5 – Stroll through a spectacular winter wonderland, including some that transform into snowflakes when you don special glasses.
Lights at the Brickyard, Indianapolis, 11/27-1/5 – Drive a 2-mile course through the IMS infield and historic racetrack.
Circle of Lights & Holidays on the Circle, Indianapolis, 11/29-12/21 – From the moment the Soldiers & Sailors Monument is illuminated for the season, downtown is the site of many holiday events.
Christmas Night of Lights, Indianapolis, 11/8-1/1 – Drive through the Indiana State Fairgrounds and see the lights synchronized to music on your car radio.
Christmas at the Zoo, Indianapolis, 11/23-12/30 – The popular event is growing with even more lights this year.
Winterland Holiday Light Show, Danville, 11/29-12/30 – A beautiful drive-through display in Ellis Park.
A Merry Prairie Holiday, Fishers, 11/29-12/29 – Conner Prairie’s traditional holiday festivities are enhanced this year with the addition of the Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights.
Canopy of Lights, Bloomington, 11/29 – Downtown comes to life during the official lighting on the Courthouse Square.
Charlestown’s Christmas City 11/29-1/2 – Lots of displays throughout town, including a spectacular animated light show on the city square.
Santa Claus Land of Lights, 11/28-12/30 – The Rudolph story comes to light in this 1.2-mile drive-through adventure.
Light Up Corydon, 11/24 – The evening includes entertainment, wagon rides, shopping and, of course, lights.
Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights, Evansville, 11/28-1/1 – Colorful animation gives the illusion of movement to many of the displays on this 1-mile route.
50 Days of Lights, French Lick Resort, 11/16-1/5 – A half-million lights brighten the resort as special holiday events take place.