Best Holiday Light Displays in Lake County presented by Bright Horizons

The Best Holiday Light Displays in Lake County {2016} is presented by Bright Horizons, offering a number of locations in and around Chicagoland with programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergartners.

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There are so many ways to stir the holiday spirit, but one of my favorites is to take in holiday light displays. There are amazing installations, like the Chicago Botanic Gardens or Illumination at Morton Arboretum, but driving around local neighborhoods takes me right back to my childhood. There’s just something about not knowing what kitschy little scene or breathtaking light display is just around the corner. We’ve taken the wandering out of the equation for you! With help from our readers asked our readers we’ve put together a list of some the the best home light displays in Lake County.

©T. Rubel | Little Lake County.com | 2015
©T. Rubel | Little Lake County.com | 2015

Best Neighborhood Light Displays

Golf Road and Dymond Road, Libertyville
This is LLC writer Tracy’s family favorite to drive to and take in the lights. The whole neighborhood is lined with milk carton luminaries. While milk cartons may not sound very festive, when illuminated, they make a breathtaking site from afar.

Delany Road, Wadsworth
Delany Road between Adams and 21st Street in Wadsworth is another great neighborhood for wandering around and checking out the lights, as many of the houses decorate.

Manchester Lane, Port Barrington
There are a group of about eight houses that orchestrate a musical Christmas lights show together in Port Barrington on Manchester Lane. The neighborhood is on the corner of Rawson Bridge Road and Roberts Road. We’ve heard you should bring canned food donations,  as the houses have blue coolers set up collecting donations for the food pantry.

Hampton Reserve Neighborhood off of Midlothian Road, Mundelein
The entrance to this neighborhood is on a little street called Timber Ridge Road, off of Midlothian Road in Mundelein (just past the park district building). About 100 of the homes in the neighborhood have coordinated  to make their trees look the same. LLC writer Tracy says it is definitely something to check out if you live close by.

Christmas Lights on Poplar, Fox Lake
Come to 39 Poplar in Fox Lake to see this year’s Christmas light display.  Tune your radio to 91.3 FM to get the full Christmas lights experience. Shows are every hour on the hour from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. You might get lucky, every once in awhile they have elves passing out candy canes.

Painted Lakes Subdivision, Lake Villa
Located southwest of the intersection of Grasslake Road and Deep Lake Road, you can enter the subdivision off either street. This is a large, newer development with a many homes that decorate. My family drives through the Tuesday before Christmas every year, then we head over to The Lake House restaurant for dinner and to see Magic Dave and treat the kids to $0.99 meals.

North East Corner of 9th and Kenosha Rd., Wadsworth
There is an old schoolhouse that has been converted into a home. Every year they put up an antique christmas display of Santa and reindeer that is second to none. This house is totally worth the trip and is on your way to Christmas Tree Lane in Wisconsin. Even in the day time, it looks great yet evenings are best !  Their lights go on at dusk and are on until midnight.

Photo Source Kolman Family Christmas Light Show on Facebook
Photo Source Kolman Family Christmas Light Show on Facebook

Best Home Light Displays

Kolman Family Christmas Light Show
2 N. Brittany Lane, Hainesville
This family has been celebrating with lights since 2012 and impressing all of its neighbors. Lights are on nightly until 11:00 p.m. (12:00 a.m. on weekends), which makes this house a good one to drive past if your kids are night owls. Many of our readers have said that this neighborhood also has other very festive houses, which you can see while you are out in the area.

Tarkowski Family
The Tarkowski Family Light Show (Previously was Walnut Rd in Wauconda)
1256 Bradford Lane, Antioch
You may of heard of the house on Walnut Road in Wauconda that goes crazy with Christmas lights; this is the same family. They recently moved to Antioch, but they still enjoy Christmas as much as they always have. The lights will be turned on daily until Christmas Day from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on the weekends). The family will also be passing out candy canes this year to viewers. Be sure to “like” the family’s Facebook page as they often post updates about whether their lights will be on or off on a particular night.

Germann Lights
4968 Prairie Oak Rd., Gurnee
Come check out the Germann Family Light show, open from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. daily.  The light display is set up by a young video programming student, who uses uses over 15,000 lights, a half-mile of extension cords and four light control boxes for his display each year. Drive by this impressive house and  tune your radio to 87.9 FM to listen to the music that the lights are synronized to. Any non-perishable food items can be dropped off in a box in their yard right by the donation sign. Donations will be given to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. 

Grass Family Holiday Lights
39441 N. Circle Ave, Antioch
The Grass family hosts their light show animated to music on 88.1 FM daily from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. from Thanksgiving day through January 1st. The show will not run if it’s raining.

Christmas Manor
1100 Algonquin Rd., Fox River Grove
With their 99 blow ups, 100 blow molds, and thousands of lights this is definitely a house to go see. The display is open for the public every night from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Chicago Cubs  House
Fisher Estates Subdivision, Ingleside
Our writer Holly told us about this house located in Fisher Estates Subdivision in Ingleside. The house features multicolored lights, a giant Chicago Cubs logo on the roof, and a giant ‘W’ above their garage.  It is a definite must see for any Chicago Cubs fan.

 

Worth The Trip!

Kenosha Christmas Lights, Kenosha, WI
This family’s lights are up from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stop by to view 30,000 Christmas lights sequenced to music; tune into 101.3 FM when you arrive.

 

Photo Source Kenosha Christmas Lights facebook page.
Photo Source Kenosha Christmas Lights Facebook page.

So pack up the car, grab some snacks and hit the road to check out the holiday lights in your area. Crank up the holiday tunes and enjoy the sights.

Where does your family like to view holiday lights and decorations? Tell us in the comments sections.


Bright Horizons offers a number of locations in Chicagoland with programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergartners. Children flourish in state-of-the-art facilities that stand apart from other early education programs.  Flexible scheduling options cater to full and part-time schedules, and their centers are open most days of the year to accommodate your child care needs. Lake County Parents can find Bright Horizons Centers at the following locations:

Bright Horizons at Northbrook

  • Bright Horizons at Northbrook **NOW OPEN**: Infant-Kindergarten Prep Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Lake Cook {Deerfield}: Infant-Kindergarten Prep Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Parkway North {Deerfield}: Infant-Private Kindergarten Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Kemper Lakes {Lake Zurich}: Infant-Private Kindergarten and School-Age Camps
  • CDW at Playfollow Child Care Center {Vernon Hills}: Infant-Private Kindergarten and School-Age Camps
  • Dearhaven Child Care and Learning Center {Lake Forest}: Infant-Private Kindergarten Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Deer Park: Infant-Private Kindergarten and School-Age Camps

Enrollment is ongoing, contact your nearest Bright Horizons Center at anytime to arrange a visit.  Learn more about Bright Horizons.

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Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

3 Comments

  1. On the north east corner of 9th and kenosha rd (which is a 4-way stop) in Winthrop Harbor there is an old schoolhouse converted into a home. Every year they put up an antique christmas display of Santa and reindeer that is second to none. worth the trip and is on your way to Christmas tree lane. Even in the day time, it looks great yet evenings are best ! Lights go on at dusk and are on until midnight. You can find this house, one mile west of Lewis Ave. One mile east of Greenbay rd. One mile north of rte. 173. One mile south of russel rd which is the state line.

  2. Thanks for this list! We checked out the Germann Family house in Gurnee. My kids (6 and 4) really loved it. It took them a few adorable minutes to figure out it went with the music, and then they REALLY loved it. Thank you to the programmer student who created this!

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