Drive by these amazing gazing spots to take in the splendor of the best holiday lights in the Twin Cities this holiday season

By Tammy Galvin

I’ve seen a hundred or more posts on social media in the past two weeks alone, asking where the displays of holiday lights are in the Twin Cities, and we’ve fielded no fewer than a dozen similar “Ask A Local” questions on this site.

So after much ado—and research to be candid—here are two great sites that showcase some of the most festive holiday light displays synchronized to music. Check out both Minnesota Holiday Lights and Prairie Lights.

Tune in to 91.5 FM on your car stereo and head down Holiday Lights on York Avenue in St. Paul to behold not just one—but 11—homes decorated with Christmas figures and more than 60,000 lights, choreographed to “The Rockin' Rudolph,” or head over to Minnetrista for Trista Lights, which was one of three finalists featured on ABC’s recently televised “Christmas Lights Fight” vying for $50,000.

On your way to the latter, follow this recommended route courtesy of their FaceBook page that will take you by five additional displays of holiday lights.

A Google Maps route detailing stops for holiday lights in the Twin Cities.

Other honorable mentions culled from various web-based groups include treks through Tangletown, Victory Memorial Drive, Lake of the Isles and Mt. Curve Avenue. And for a truly Griswold-inspired inflatable adventure head out to Bloomington in the vicinity of Quinn Avenue South and 110th Street. Don’t worry if the address isn’t exact—you simply can’t miss it!

Perhaps the best part about this time of year is that no matter where your travels take you, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of coming ‘round the next bend and seeing the brilliant holiday lights against the snow no matter how large or small the display. Travel safely!


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