ILLINOISouth Holidays – Light Displays

Tiffany Garavaglia
Events, Holidays

Beautiful scenes of twinkling lights are certain to brighten the holiday season and warm the heart of even the biggest Grinch.

ILLINOISouth is home to a variety of holiday light displays featuring different attractions, events and of course countless beautiful lights! Have a look at all the great options below, and see why people from all over travel to see the lights as part of their holiday traditions.

Lebanon’s Winter Wonderland
November 22-January 1
Horner Park, Lebanon
Winter Wonderland is a view of the holiday that everyone remembers! See all the hand painted scenes and wonderful reminders of a much simpler time. Colorful lights and displays of all types are ready for your enjoyment. LWW includes a wide variety of illuminated venues and a life-size Nativity Scene.

Fantasy of Lights
November 21
Foundation Park, Centralia

Way of Lights
November 22-January 3
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville
This unique celebration of Christmas features a drive through light display, tree and wreath displays, an interactive children’s village, camel rides and an indoor laser show. With over one million lights, this event celebrates the true meaning of Christmas…the birth of Jesus.


Way of Lights, Belleville

Christmas Light Display
November 28-December 28
Olney City Park
Drive through to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the Community Building each Friday and Saturday beginning December 6.

Holiday Lights Fair
November 28-December 30
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
The three mile drive through Christmas lights display is open every night! In the beautifully decorated Expo Hall there will be: live stage entertainment, craft vendors, Santa Claus, food, train rides for the kids, Kids Korner with activities, hourly drawings, model train display and more weekends December 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.

du quoin

Holiday Lights Fair, Du Quoin

Woburn Christmas Display
November 29-December 31
The Woburn Christmas Display features animated holiday scenes in a quaint village setting.

Holiday Light Extravaganza
November 29-January 1
American Farm Heritage Museum, Greenville
You can either drive through or walk nightly to see the animated holiday scenes. On Fridays and Saturdays Hill’s Fort Cabin is open with 1800s Christmas and the American Heritage Railroad’s Polar Express is running.

Carlyle Christmas tree in lights

Christmas Lights in the Park, Carlyle

Christmas Lights in the Park
November 29-January 2
Carlyle City Park, Carlyle
Get into the spirit of the season as you view thousands of Christmas lights strung throughout the City Park.

Holiday Light Display
November 30-December 31
Coulterville City Park
Come walk through the 1/2 mile display featuring 1/2 million lights and 300 Christmas figurines and more!

Festival of Lights
December 1 – January 2
Leo French Park, Fairfield

Lighted Winter Wonderland
December 1-21
City Park, Sparta
The “Lighted Winter Wonderland,” will be open for everyone to walk through and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

Albion Done Bright
December 1-31
Courthouse Square
A beautiful lighted display on the Courthouse Square.

What are your favorite holiday activities in ILLINOISouth?

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