A Minnesota holiday lights display guide, 2018 edition

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‘Tis the season for holiday light displays! Check out this roundup of displays around Minnesota.

In 2017, my Minnesota light guide had more than 17,000 page views. Many other websites have outdated information — don’t trust them! If you run a light display and would like it listed here, please fill out this form.


Albertville Lights
5669 Large Avenue
Albertville, MN 55301

  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Friday – Saturday)
  • Tune in on 89.1 FM to hear music that is synchronized to the lights. Don’t miss the singing Santa!
  • Albertville Lights includes more than 300 blow up figurines and over 20,000 lights


Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound and Light Show
2725 Exhibition Drive
Duluth, MN 55811

Exhibition Drive
Courtesy: Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound and Light Show via Facebook
  • November 23rd – December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday)
  • Don’t forget to tune your radio to hear the music! Look out for signs with the frequency
  • They have won Duluth’s lighting contests every year since 2012


Trinity Christmas Lights
9118 161st Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044

trinity christmas lights
Courtesy: Trinity Christmas Lights via Facebook
  • December 1st – 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week starting at 6:00 p.m., last show starts at 10:00 p.m.
  • Features approximately 10,000 LED pixels
  • This year’s theme is “A Nutcracker Christmas,” a modern interpretation of the traditional Nutcracker ballet
  • Tune in to 91.7 FM to hear music
  • Trinity Christmas Lights started in 2017


PD Shimmers
4110 Juneau Road and 4320 Ithaca Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55446

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Courtesy: PD Shimmers
  • November 23rd – December 28th, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Ithaca, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Juneau)
  • PD Shimmers is a multi-block holiday light display drawing awareness to Parkinson’s
  • Over 60,000 lights are included — one for every American diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018
  • Organizer Mike Justak is battling Parkinson’s, and said 2017 would be his last year. However, neighbors stepped up to help plan this year’s display
  • Both areas will have synchronized shows to music on 97.9 FM
  • Check out their website to see the best way to navigate the neighborhood from your car

Saint Joseph

Morningside Loop Lights
802 Morningside Loop
Saint Joseph, MN 56374

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Courtesy: Morningside Loop Lights via Facebook
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2018) – New Year’s Day
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday)
  • Lights synchronize to music you can tune to from your car
  • Features 50,000 lights

Saint Paul

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Union Depot
214 4th Street East
St. Paul, MN 55101

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls into Lowertown Saint Paul on Monday, December 10. Courtesy: Canadian-Pacific/Union Depot
  • The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop by Union Depot at 7:00 pm on Monday, December 10 The event is free and open to the public
  • VIP tickets are $10 and provide a special viewing area nearest the stage
  • Those attending are encouraged to bring a heart-healthy non-perishable food donation for Keystone Community Services

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