Guide to holiday light displays in Indiana

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Published on December 02, 2020 with No Comments

by Visit Indiana

Check out this year’s holiday light displays in Indiana. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some light displays to change their event schedule and procedures. Thus, it is important to take precautions to help curb the spread of the virus.

Shipshewana Lights of Joy, now through Jan. 1 – A mile and half long drive-through with more than 2 million lights creating a symphony of colorful light scenes. When you arrive, tune your radio to the Christmas music broadcast and soak in the Christmas spirit.

Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights, Evansville, now through Jan. 1 – Garvin Park will be filled with more than 60 beautiful light displays and tri-state residents are invited to drive the one-mile park route from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Colorful animation gives the illusion of movement to many displays! Tickets are available at the gate or in advance online.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights, Elkhart, now through Dec. 27 – A half-mile Promenade Pathway will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound, and beauty. Featuring professional light displays accentuating the natural beauty of Wellfield, the Pathway is aglow with color and texture, framing the garden spaces.

Walkway of Lights, Marion, now through Dec. 31 – Walk along the Mississinewa Riverwalk or enjoy the nearly 2.5 million lights from inside your car. It’s hard work to view nearly a hundred holiday displays, so take a break before you leave by visiting Walkway of Lights Gift Shoppe in Matter Park. Season passes are $5 per car.

Festival of Lights, Michigan City, now through Jan. 3 – The largest, free, drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. Nearly 30 acres of decorations, 40 displays, 2 miles of extension cords, and millions of bulbs will be found. Lights will be on every evening.

Christmas at the Zoo, Indianapolis, now through Dec .30 – Christmas at the Zoo has been voted in the top five of USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights for three years in a row! Even more lights are being added this year to fill the Zoo with a warm glow. Plus, the wintertime animals add to the atmosphere of holiday magic.

Winterland Holiday Light Show, Danville, now through Dec. 27 – A beautiful drive-through display in Ellis Park. A 30-foot Christmas tree with lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music will be on display.

Blue Jacket’s Fantasy of Lights, Fort Wayne, now through Dec. 31 – Franke Park is turned to a spectacular winter wonderland at this drive-through event in Fort Wayne. It features over 110 larger-than-life displays and 270,000 LED lights, as well as an interactive experience in the Pond Pavilion.

Mooresville Christmas Light Tour, now through Dec. 24 – Homes and businesses all throughout Mooresville are decked out in the most amazing Christmas decorations. Take a tour through town and see them all. Visitors can vote online for their favorite Christmas light display.

Charley Creek Gardens Yule Time Stroll, Wabash, Dec. 13-23 – The Gardens will feature casually lighted pathways for guests to walk through with families, friends, and thermoses of hot cocoa. The Yule Time Stroll is completely free! Stop by the Education and Resource Center for a special holiday treat.

Christmas Night of Lights, Indianapolis, now through Jan. 3 – Indy’s largest synchronized light show is returning with over 1 million lights at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

A Merry Prairie Holiday, Fishers, now through Dec. 20 – Conner Prairie’s new hit holiday festival, A Merry Prairie Holiday is returning for its second season, where glittering lights, thoughtful storytellers, and warm fires transport you from your day-to-day into the stories of yesterday and the traditions of tomorrow. Advance tickets are required.

Canopy of Lights, Bloomington, now through Dec. 31 – Downtown Bloomington is illuminated with the Canopy of Lights on the Courthouse Square. No traditional festivities are happening on the square this year, but visitors can still view the beautiful scene.

Santa Claus Land of Lights, now through Dec. 27 – Follow the Shining Story of Rudolph on story boards and brilliant light displays! Located inside Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, this custom drive-through outdoor light show is one of the largest in North America. Admission is $15 per vehicle.

Winterlights at Newfields, Indianapolis, now through Jan. 3 – Experience the wonder of over a million and a half lights glittering on one-hundred-year-old trees during a stroll of the historic garden. Old favorites return, including Landscape of Light dancing to the Nutcracker with the historic Lilly House as the backdrop. New this year, Huckleberry Funk’s cover of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” will be added to the Landscape of Light.

Light Up Corydon, now through Dec. 31 – The beautiful Historic Square in Corydon will once again brighten the night with the holiday spirit. The initial lighting will take place on Facebook, but afterwards you can take a stroll downtown and enjoy the displays any evening during the holiday season.

Wilstem Winter Fest, Paoli, now through Jan. 3 – A new one-and-a-half-mile long drive-through light display in Southern Indiana! This unique experience starts with a 200-foot tunnel. Follow through to the beautiful covered bridge and trees wrapped in lights, animated horses, and much more.

Festival of Lights, Martinsville, now through Jan. 2 – Holiday light displays are a tradition at Jimmy Nash City Park. There is a sleigh near the Family Pavilion that visitors are welcome to use for photos.

Potawatomi Zoo Gift of Lights, South Bend, now through Dec. 20 – More than a million lights will be wrapped around trees and in free-standing displays at Potawatomi Zoo! Santa will be in the Red Barn every night from 6-8 pm. Timed tickets are required to be purchased online. No in-person ticket sales.


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