Holiday Lights Make Spirits Bright in the Aurora Area
#EnjoyAurora with magical miles of twinkling holiday delights at historic venues unlike any Christmas spectacle you've ever seen.
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 at Aurora's Paramount Theatre. Read on to plan your holiday season sightseeing in the endlessly charming communities of the Aurora Area.
A holiday tradition for twelve 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, 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 see Paramount Theatre's blockbuster production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast or for a hearty meal at dining destinations like Two Brothers Roundhouse.
With over 80 displays at one of Chicagoland's largest holiday light 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. Dining options for every taste can be found in nearby North Aurora—visit GoNorthAurora.com for listings.
Entering its 68th year in 2019, the Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display has been a community tradition for generations. The free holiday drive-through tour represents the biblical Christmas story as told through an elegant collection of illuminated books, figures representing biblical figures and a manger scene. Retro whimsy is on display at Lehnertz Ave, too, with Peanuts characters and more surprises. The display will be open and fully lit from 5-10:30 every evening beginning on Sunday, December 15.
Holiday Lights at Rich Harvest Farms
Drive Dugan Road in Sugar Grove from Thanksgiving through Christmas as one of the nation's most prestigious golf courses is transformed into a winter wonderland. All the lights installed at Rich Harvest Farms were hand selected by its owner, Mr. Jerry Rich, from the world's largest Christmas store located in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Things To Do After Your Holiday Lights Tour
- Inspired by holiday lights to do some holiday shopping? Premium outlet shopping is just minutes away at Chicago Premium Outlets, a one-stop destination with exclusive deals on brand-name and designer goods. Make it a getaway with premium shopping packages and special holiday rates so you can save money while you #EnjoyAurora this season.
- Enjoy award winning Broadway at Aurora's Paramount Theatre. This holiday season, one of Disney’s most beloved animated films comes to life on stage with all the enchanted castle characters in a holiday extravaganza that will thrill, entertain and amaze young and old alike. See Beauty and The Beast at the Paramount Theatre, November 13 through January 19.
- Time your visit to coincide with epic holiday events in the communities of the Aurora Area, like Winter Lights Aurora, a Santa-led parade through bustling Aurora Downtown. Visit our Aurora Area Events guide to plan ahead.