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Christmas Lights in Minneapolis 2024-2025

Plunge into the warm atmosphere of holiday lights in Minneapolis

Dates: mid-November–early January

Christmas Lights in Minneapolis

This holiday season, the Twin Cities can easily mesmerize you with hundreds of sparkling displays. We’ve collected the best Christmas lights in Minneapolis to help you get immersed in the beauty of this wonderland. Now, settle in, relax, and choose your favorite spot.

GLOW Holiday Festival (November 16–December 31, 2023)

One of the brightest and newest holiday light tours in Minneapolis is GLOW Holiday Festival. A 1-mile (1,6-km) drive-thru at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds features over a million Christmas lights, icicle lights, illuminated trees, and a gingerbread house with a State Fair food court at the end of the route! This Minneapolis Christmas lights show is a must-see wintertime attraction you will remember for years. It opens nightly at 5 pm and closes at 11 pm; the last entry is at 8 pm. The general admission is $20.75 and $12.75 for children (ages 12-under).

All Is Bright Holiday Lights Tour (November 30–December 23, 2023, on select dates)

Make your holidays even brighter by booking a seat on an open-air fun bus by All Is Bright Holiday Lights Tour. It’s a dazzling Minneapolis Christmas lights tour with Santa, a lively Elf, Christmas music, and a heart-warming holiday atmosphere. The bus holds 13 guests in the back and costs $150 ($11.5 per person). The tour starts at 4:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 7 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:30 pm, and 9:15 pm each night at Microtel Inn & Suites on different dates throughout December.

Christmas in Color: Drive-Thru Animated Light Show (unconfirmed in 2023)

Trying to experience something remarkable? Drive-Thru Animated Light Show may become your most-liked Minneapolis Christmas lights tour. It features over a million dazzling lights ideally synchronized to Christmas songs, which you can enjoy through your car radio. The show takes place at Valleyfair in Shakopee, which is 23 miles (37 km) away from Minneapolis and is ​​open daily from 5:30 pm to 10 pm.

Sever's Holiday Lights (November–January, 2024)

Sever’s Holiday Lights is another 0.5-mile (0.8-m) dazzling drive-thru show in Shakopee that helps you plunge into the holiday atmosphere. It’s the epitome of a fairytale, featuring over 2,500,00 holiday light displays, which evoke a flood of positive emotions. Weekdays tickets price ranges from $25 to $35 per car and weekends ticket prices range from $35 to $50. The gates open at 5 pm daily.

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Authors: Olha Savych