14 Dazzling Light Displays to Illuminate Your Holidays



Sparkle, twinkle, glow ... there's a special feeling that comes over you when you are basking in the warmth of brightly shining lights during the holidays.


Whether they are strung high in the trees or wrapped around ground-level props, lights - white and colored- complete the season. So even if you aren't truly in the holiday mood yet, chances are you will be after visiting a holiday light display.


Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort, through Jan. 9, 2022, in Wheeling, West, Virginia, is a holiday celebration like no other. The event features 300 acres of light and 90 lighted displays on a six-mile drive. Not in the mood to drive? Reserve a spot for a guided trolley tour. Don't forget about the other attractions, like a 70-foot-tall tree, lighted selfie stations and more, including Ogleby's Good Zoo.


It's one thing to view holiday lights in general; it's another thing to view them underground. Lights Under Louisville (Kentucky), Nov. 12 -Jan. 2, 2022, transforms the Mega Caverns into a holiday wonderland with over 4 million lights and around 900 lit character displays. And the best part is you get to drive your car into the caverns and explore the 17 miles of underground passageways decked out for the season.


Lights, lights and even more lights - over 5 million through a 100-acre forest- await you at the Lights of the South in Grovetown, Georgia, Nov. 19- Dec. 31. Walk or take a hayride to view the many displays. End the visit by roasting marshmallows over the open fire or exploring the lighted Christmas Tree Maze.


Said to be the "largest and oldest Christmas attraction in eastern North Carolina," Meadow Lights, Nov. 19- Dec. 31, in Benson, includes 30-acres of sparkling lights and various displays. In addition, there are train rides for children of all ages, a carousel and the Old Country Store featuring over 300 varieties of old-fashion candy and more.

The Lights of the Ozarks features over 500,000 LED lights illuminating the Downtown Square in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nov. 19- Jan. 1, 2022. Kicking off the festivities is a Lighting Night Parade on Nov. 19, and Santa also makes his first appearance. Other activities are scheduled as well.


Drive along Virginia Beach, Virginia's Boardwalk and take in various colorful light displays during the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach, Nov. 19- Jan. 2, 2022. Among them include a 40-foot tall dancing light Christmas and one honoring the region's Armed Forces community.


Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, shines brightly during Lights Before Christmas, Nov. 20- Dec. 30. Recognized as the city's longest-running tradition, it features around a million twinkling lights and over 300 animated displays along the paths. There's also an animated LED story tree, Santa's Village and more.


Take in the over two million lights along the mile-long trail at the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, Nov. 20- Jan. 2, 2022. Enjoy hot chocolate, fireside s'mores and more along the way, and then stare in awe at the Dancing Tree of Light. Don't overlook additional activities like taking a trip down the Artic Slide and more.


Take to the racetrack during the Drive-Thru Christmas Lights at Clarksville (Tennessee) Speedway, Nov. 23- Jan. 1, 2022. The one-mile drive features over three million lights.


Over a million lights dazzle on more than 100 displays at Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park in St. Louis, Missouri, Nov. 24- Jan. 1, 2022. Opt to walk, drive or reserve a carriage ride to see the lights.


Tune in on your radio at Christmas on the Hill in Sulphur, Louisiana, Nov. 25- Jan. 1, 2022, and watch as lighted displays synch up with holiday tunes. Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page for videos from years past.


Deemed as "Mississippi's Largest Christmas Light Show," Gulfport (Mississippi) Harbor Lights Winter Festival, Nov. 26- Dec. 31, features 1.5 million lights throughout 40 acres in Jones Park. The festival also includes carnival rides, train rides, Santa's Village, live entertainment and more.


Arab (Alabama) City Park is all aglow with two million lights during Christmas in the Park, Nov. 26- Dec. 31. Enjoy walking through the festive wonderland. The event kicks off with a lighting ceremony on Nov. 26 with live music and carolers.


In DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Christmas Reflections, Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, offers over 10 million lights on displays decorating Chipley Park. In addition, the event also hosts special holiday activities, markets and the Festival of Trees.




Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort, through Jan. 9, 2022, in Wheeling, West, Virginia, is a holiday celebration like no other. The event features 300 acres of light and 90 lighted displays on a six-mile drive. Not in the mood to drive? Reserve a spot for a guided trolley tour. Don't forget about the other attractions, like a 70-foot-tall tree, lighted selfie stations and more, including Ogleby's Good Zoo.


It's one thing to view holiday lights in general; it's another thing to view them underground. Lights Under Louisville (Kentucky), Nov. 12 -Jan. 2, 2022, transforms the Mega Caverns into a holiday wonderland with over 4 million lights and around 900 lit character displays. And the best part is you get to drive your car into the caverns and explore the 17 miles of underground passageways decked out for the season.


Lights, lights and even more lights - over 5 million through a 100-acre forest- await you at the Lights of the South in Grovetown, Georgia, Nov. 19- Dec. 31. Walk or take a hayride to view the many displays. End the visit by roasting marshmallows over the open fire or exploring the lighted Christmas Tree Maze.


Said to be the "largest and oldest Christmas attraction in eastern North Carolina," Meadow Lights, Nov. 19- Dec. 31, in Benson, includes 30-acres of sparkling lights and various displays. In addition, there are train rides for children of all ages, a carousel and the Old Country Store featuring over 300 varieties of old-fashion candy and more.

The Lights of the Ozarks features over 500,000 LED lights illuminating the Downtown Square in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nov. 19- Jan. 1, 2022. Kicking off the festivities is a Lighting Night Parade on Nov. 19, and Santa also makes his first appearance. Other activities are scheduled as well.

Drive along Virginia Beach, Virginia's Boardwalk and take in various colorful light displays during the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach, Nov. 19- Jan. 2, 2022. Among them include a 40-foot tall dancing light Christmas and one honoring the region's Armed Forces community.


Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, shines brightly during Lights Before Christmas, Nov. 20- Dec. 30. Recognized as the city's longest-running tradition, it features around a million twinkling lights and over 300 animated displays along the paths. There's also an animated LED story tree, Santa's Village and more.

Take in the over two million lights along the mile-long trail at the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, Nov. 20- Jan. 2, 2022. Enjoy hot chocolate, fireside s'mores and more along the way, and then stare in awe at the Dancing Tree of Light. Don't overlook additional activities like taking a trip down the Artic Slide and more.


Take to the racetrack during the Drive-Thru Christmas Lights at Clarksville (Tennessee) Speedway, Nov. 23- Jan. 1, 2022. The one-mile drive features over three million lights.

Over a million lights dazzle on more than 100 displays at Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park in St. Louis, Missouri, Nov. 24- Jan. 1, 2022. Opt to walk, drive or reserve a carriage ride to see the lights.


Tune in on your radio at Christmas on the Hill in Sulphur, Louisiana, Nov. 25- Jan. 1, 2022, and watch as lighted displays synch up with holiday tunes. Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page for videos from years past.

Deemed as "Mississippi's Largest Christmas Light Show," Gulfport (Mississippi) Harbor Lights Winter Festival, Nov. 26- Dec. 31, features 1.5 million lights throughout 40 acres in Jones Park. The festival also includes carnival rides, train rides, Santa's Village, live entertainment and more.

Arab (Alabama) City Park is all aglow with two million lights during Christmas in the Park, Nov. 26- Dec. 31. Enjoy walking through the festive wonderland. The event kicks off with a lighting ceremony on Nov. 26 with live music and carolers.


In DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Christmas Reflections, Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, offers over 10 million lights on displays decorating Chipley Park. In addition, the event also hosts special holiday activities, markets and the Festival of Trees.