There is no shortage of holiday magic in many small towns across the state of Illinois during the holiday season. If you are looking to gaze upon some of the best holiday lights in IL, participate in festive seasonal events, or experience some Christmas cheer, you may want to check out how these following towns celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Curious to know more? Read on to discover what magic awaits you and your family this holiday season in Illinois.

Have you had a chance to visit these Christmas towns in Illinois? If so, let us know in the following comment section which ones had the best holiday lists in IL. And, if you’d like to check out a bunch of holiday displays at once, feel free to take a look at this Christmas light trail in Illinois.

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Where can I find some holiday lights near me when I'm in Illinois? 

In addition to the above Christmas towns in Illinois, here are some more locations where you can find the answer to your question, "where are some holiday lights near me"?

  • Woodstock: During the Christmas season, this Chicago suburb comes alive with a lighting ceremony in the main square, an annual parade, seasonal treats, and much more.
  • Naperville: Kids of all ages will have a blast meandering through the holiday light display that goes through the town's riverwalk and downtown areas.
  • Rockford: Head to The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens when you visit this town to see some of the most impressive light displays in the state.
  • Belleville: Aside from seeing some holiday lights, spend time stocking up on goodies when you shop at the town's infamous Christkindlmarkt.


If you're in Chicago, take a look at this road trip through the Windy City to some of the best holiday lights in Illinois.

Where are some of the best holiday lights in Illinois that I can see by car? 

Here are some of the best holiday lights in Illinois that can be seen by car:

  • East Peoria Festival of Lights: The Folepi's Winter Wonderland portion of this annual event can be taken in from the comfort of your car.
  • Shelbyville's Festival of Lights: Enjoy elaborate light displays scattered throughout the town during the holiday season.
  • Wonderland in Lights: This free event takes place in Effingham. When you go, dial in your radio to the local station so you can listen to music in synch with the light displays.



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