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The Best Holiday Lights in the Aurora Area

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Holiday Lights in the Aurora Area

Mile upon magical mile of twinkling holiday delights await you in the Aurora Area, with majestic displays at historic venues unlike any Christmas spectacle you've ever seen before.

The best part? You can enjoy these dazzling lights from the warmth and comfort of your car. Before and after your trip, we've got you covered with fun things to do at nearby attractions, from holiday shopping and restaurants to award-winning Broadway theater and more. Read on to plan your holiday season sightseeing in the endlessly charming communities of the Aurora Area.  

10th Anniversary Festival of Lights at Aurora's Phillips Park

10th Anniversary Festival of Lights at Phillips Park

A holiday tradition for ten years and counting, the Festival of Lights in Aurora's historic Phillips Park is one of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in northern Illinois. Phillips Park has grown to over 325 acres since it was donated to the City of Aurora in 1899. The Festival of Lights is a signature winter event with unique surprises throughout the park, including animated arrays like the 20-foot tall "singing" Christmas tree. Within close proximity of downtown Aurora, the Festival of Lights is a great opportunity to pair your trip with a visit to The Paramount Theatre's blockbuster production of The Little Mermaid, which runs through the holidays and beyond, or for a hearty family meal at dining destinations like Two Brothers Roundhouse

Mooseheart Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights at Mooseheart

With over 80 displays at one of Chicagoland's largest holiday lights tours, the Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is another fantastic, festive journey for you and your family in the Aurora Area. Founded in 1913, Mooseheart is a residential childcare facility located on 1,000 acres between the Aurora Area communities of North Aurora and Batavia. Mooseheart's holiday lights has attracted visitors from all across the Midwest over the years and continues to be a family favorite with creative and entertaining light shows throughout the property. Warm up in the fieldhouse with hot cocoa and other wintry refreshments, and visit with Santa Claus on select weekend evenings. Visit awesome local attractions like Funway, the state's largest indoor, all-year entertainment center with bowling, rollerskating, arcade games, and more or do boutique holiday gift shopping in beautiful downtown Batavia. Dining options for every taste can be found in nearby North Aurora, with elevated fare at two titans of the local culinary scene, Turf Room and Hardware, and family-style dining at local favorites Oak Street Restaurant & Bar and Raimondo's Pizza & Pub.

Lights on Lehnertz Avenue

Recognized as the longest-running, totally free traditional Christmas light display in Illinois, the lights on Lehnertz Avenue has been a holiday tradition since 1952. Featuring an animatronic Christmas tale complete with biblical characters and a send-up of "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the Lights on Lehnertz Avenue is an impressive display of homespun community spirit.

Things To Do After Your Holiday Lights Tour

Inspired by the holiday lights to do some holiday shopping? Premium outlet shopping is just a few miles away at Chicago Premium Outlets, a one-stop destination with exclusive deals on brand-name and designer goods. Make it a getaway with premium outlet shopping packages and more fun ways to spend a festive weekend in the Aurora Area this holiday season. 

Be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide for more great events and attractions throughout the ten communities of the Aurora Area. We've got you covered with a little something for everyone, from kid-approved family fun to a festive night out on the town. 


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