(LAST UPDATED: November 27, 2020 – List now contains 16 drive-thru events!)
The weather is getting chillier and now that daylight savings time has ended, it gets dark earlier, so what does that mean?
The holiday season is almost here!
(I know that in part because my kids are already asking me if we can put up the Christmas tree…)
And thinking of the holiday season, one thing we LOVE is holiday light displays!
But COVID-19 is sticking around, so seeing holiday lights are a little different this year. One way they are different is that there are several drive thru light displays in the state!
Here are some that I’ve found – if I find more I’ll add them to the list!
(Note: Be sure to check each event before you go in case there are any changes or cancellations.)
Celebrate the Light of the World – Willmar (FREE – donations requested)
November 26 – January 1
5:00pm – 10:00pm each night
Celebrate the Light of the World kicks off Thanksgiving Night – Thursday, November 26th!! The show will run every night from 5:00pm – 10:00pm from November 26th through January 1st, 2021!
Christmas Lights Drive-Thru – Bloomington and Excelsior (FREE)
December 4 – 5 and December 11- 12
5:30 – 8:30pm each of those nights
Christmas Lights Drive-Thru is a free, family event outside the Westwood Chanhassen Campus. It features lighted displays, live animals, treats, and more! Come experience the Christmas story in a brand-new way!
The Christmas Story in Lights – Wayzata (FREE; donations requested)
Wayzata Community Church
Thursdays to Sundays, December 3 – 27
Throughout the month of December, we invite you into a new drive-through experience at Wayzata Community Church: The Christmas Story in Lights. As you drive through the WCC grounds, you will be invited to pause at 8 stations, each one sharing the Christmas story in bright lights, music, and narration, starting with the Angel visiting Mary, to the Three Kings traveling to our newborn King in a humble manger.
A free-will offering will be taken at the end of the experience to benefit our Christmas Offering recipient, Community Emergency Service (CES).
Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10 – Sunday December 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17 – Sunday, December 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Christmas Together (Live Nativity Drive-Thru) – Bloomington (FREE)
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
December 4 -5 only
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Come and experience this live Christmas production from the comfort of your own vehicle. We invite you to kick off the holiday season with an outdoor program of the Christmas story. Take your family and friends on a drive-thru experience and enjoy an evening of music, lights, kids giveaways, treats, and live animals as we take you through the story of Christmas.
Holiday Lights on York Avenue – St. Paul (FREE)
November 27 – December 31
5:00pm – 10:00pm each night
This is a big light display on a residential block that you can drive through in St. Paul. Their lights start on Friday, November 27th!
Check their website for updates.
Light the Way – A Drive-Through Christmas Experience – Maple Grove (FREE)
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
5:00pm – 9:00pm each day
Enter into a new Christmas experience at Lord of Life with Light the Way. We know this winter is unique, so the Lord of Life parking lot will be transformed into a beautiful light display that can be enjoyed safely from your car. Drive through eight stations artfully depicting the story of Jesus’ birth, and listen to an audio guide that shares how the Christmas story is more meaningful than ever. Children can keep an eye out for a special hidden symbol in each station. Open in evenings throughout December, Light the Way will be an experience you’ll want to revisit throughout the season of Advent.