Best Christmas Light Shows in America


Abigail McCoy, Secretary


  • Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights, Wheeling, West Virginia

Times- November 9, 2018-January 1, 2019

Wheeling, West Virginia, boasts a six-mile drive with more than 90 light displays and over one million lights. It is proclaimed to be one of the largest Christmas light displays in America and Oglebay, the company which runs the festival, states it is energy-efficient and fun for the whole family.

  • Illumination at Morton Arboretum,  Lisle, Illinois

Times- November 17, 2018-January 1, 2019

The one-mile long walk through the Morton Arboretum, the botanical garden dedicated exclusively to trees in Lisle, Illinois, has 50 acres of projections, music, and innovative light displays.

  • ZooLights at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

Times- November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019

During “ZooLights” in Washington, D.C. 500,000 lights are strung up around the National Zoo, creating various animal shapes where visitors large and small can admire the numerous light displays of treasured creatures.

  • Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas, Toledo, Ohio

Times- November 23-December 31, 2018

Zoo’s covered in lights seem to be popular across the states, as the Toledo Zoo in Ohio has over 200 animals in lights around the park and aquarium with over one million lights.

  • River of Lights at ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Times- November 24-December 30, 2018

New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show comes to life underwater at the ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden in Albuquerque. The underwater ecosystem is covered in eco friendly lights, depicting classic Christmas scenes and other underwater elements.