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Where to See the Holiday Lights in the Twin Cities

Wondering where to see the holiday lights in the Twin Cities this year? There’s nothing quiet so festive as seeing so many homes in the Twin Cities decked out in all their holiday lights for the season. With little snow this year, none actually, the lights help so much to make this time feel like the holidays even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Be sure to take some time this holiday season to gather with friends and family to see some or all of these spectacular light displays going on now through the end of the year.

Here is a list of some of the larger events around the Twin Cities:

Holiday Lights on York Avenue, St. Paul

The Holiday Lights on York Avenue in St. Paul is a neighborhood event you won’t want to miss. This is a community event put on by the neighbors on York Avenue in St. Paul. There are now 10 neighbors participating in this community event so there are homes lit up with holiday lights on both sides of the street, making this an even more enjoyable ride down the street. The lights are choreographed to computerized music broadcast on 91.5FM. Lights are visible between 5pm and 10pm nightly through December 31st.

Holiday Lights in the Park | 5pm – 10pm nightly

Phalen Park, St. Paul

Holiday Lights in the Park is a joint venture of the St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation with the sole purpose of creating a fun and affordable holiday event that is fun for the entire family. All of the net proceeds from this event will be distributed to a community non-profit partner, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy. This year’s Holiday Lights in the Park event will run nightly from November 24 – January 1, 2016 at St. Paul’s Phalen Park. For the cost of $10 per vehicle, visitors will experience a program of more than 60 larger-than-life holiday light sculptures and animated displays from the comfort of their vehicles as they cruise through the park in the evening hours.

Student Designed Winter Light Show

U of MN, 500 Pillsbury Dr. SE

Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) during the first two weekends in December for a dazzling light show designed by students. The high-tech light show is bigger and better this year featuring more than 200,000 LED lights set to music, some of which is written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. The light show is presented by the University of Minnesota Tesla Works student group. The show features the technical and creative skills of University of Minnesota science and engineering students and their ability to have fun on campus—even in the winter.

Holiday Lights in Rice Park

Come out and see the beautiful Rice Park in downtown St. Paul while it is decorated with thousands of twinkling holiday lights! In addition to the beautiful lights you can bring your skates (or rent them) to skate in the outdoor ice skating rink next to the historic Landmark Center.

Summit Avenue Christmas Lights

The neighborhood has gone all out to decorate their homes in the most stunning of all holiday lights. Make it a destination to see these grand Victorian mansions decked out in amazing displays of light. Be sure to check out the Governor’s mansion Christmas tree located at 1006 Summit Ave. Be prepared to take it slowly down the avenue as everyone stops and stares at these gorgeous light displays.

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