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2017 Awesome Christmas Light Displays in Des Moines

Des Moines sparkles in holiday splendor with Christmas light displays twinkling across the metro! These are our top picks for a few awesome Christmas light displays in Des Moines!

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Christmas Light Displays in Des Moines

Beaverdale Holiday Lights

What: The Beaverdale Neighborhood Association sponsors a Holiday Lights contest each year. With approximately 50 homes participating in this Beaverdale holiday tradition each year you’ll never know what you’ll see.  Blow-up characters, animated animals and other sweet displays will captivate your kiddos. Who knows what special additions will be made this year!

Where: Ashby and Wallace Avenues, east and west of Beaver Avenue.

When: November 24th through December 31st, 2017 at 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Lights will be judged on Monday, December 11th.

Cost: FREE

Celebration of Lights

What: The whole community is invited to join Ashworth Road Baptist Church for their Celebration of Lights.  A dancing light show with over 15,000 lights dancing in an animated fashion set to music. Celebrate Christmas with your family, friends, and neighbors while listening to Christmas music, enjoying sweet treats and hot drinks, taking your picture with Santa and the Gingerbread man, and of course, watching the unveiling of their animated Christmas light show.

Where: Ashworth Road Baptist Church; 5300 Ashworth Road; West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

When: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Cost: FREE

Synchronized Lights & Live Nativity

What: Usher in the Christmas season by visiting Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk. Their property will be covered in 60,000+ LED lights that are synchronized to Christmas music. They’ll also have a live nativity with real animals. The best part is you can enjoy everything from the warmth of your vehicle…AND free cookies & hot chocolate will be brought to you!

Where: Fellowship Community Church; 225 North Avenue, Norwalk, IA

When: Saturday & Sunday December 9th & 10th, 2017 at 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Cost: FREE.  Donations will be accepted and will be used to assist local needy families.

Gingerbread Lane

What: Gingerbread Lane is a long tradition on Richland Court in Ankeny where 30+ homes are decked out for the holidays. Expect lots of gingerbread themed handmade displays and oodles of twinkling lights. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be out on the weekends collecting canned goods for the Food Bank of Iowa. Watch their Facebook page for schedule updates and reminders.

Where: SE Richland Court, Ankeny, IA 50021

When: December 1st to January 1st, 2017 at 5:30 to 10:00 pm.

Cost: FREE. Non-perishable food Donations will be accepted on the weekends for the Food Bank of Iowa.

Integra Electrical Light Display

What: Integra Electrical sponsors an annual holiday light display at 208 N B Street in Indianola. Thousands of lights adorn and dance around the residence. Be sure to tune your car radio to 88.5 FM to listen to Christmas music as you enjoy the drive by this festive light show. Watch their Facebook page for updates and info.

When: December 4th to December 31st, 2017 at 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

Cost: FREE

Jolly Holiday Lights

What: Lights, decorations, festivities and holiday cheer are everywhere you look when you take this special Holiday Lights driving tour at its location at Adventureland. Wait until the sun sets, then watch as the grounds magically comes alive with tons of twinkling lights for the holidays.

Where: Adventureland; 3300 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, IA 50009

When: November 24th – December 30th, 2017 at 5:30 -10:00 pm. (Closed December 24th and 25th)

Cost: $20 per car

Light Up Urbandale – Luminary Night

What: The Urbandale Community Action Network has revised an old tradition of lining neighborhood streets with luminaries. And whether you drive, or bundle the kiddos up for a stroll down the lighted city streets, you’re in for a treat.

Where: Neighborhoods throughout Urbandale, IA.

When: Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Cost: FREE

Valley Junction

What: One of the more popular light displays on this list, the entire Valley Junction business area comes out with lights, Christmas icons, and tons of holiday cheer. They turn it on full force with more than 100,000 holiday lights strung around the Historic Valley Junction area.  You’ll want to get out of your car and walk around to take it all in!

Where: Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue, West Des Moines, IA

When: November 16th – December 31st, 2017, many stay on all day, all lights are on 5:00 pm to Midnight.

Cost: FREE


Where’s your favorite holiday light display in Des Moines?  Give it a shout out!


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  1. Check out my music light display on SE Lawrence Dr, just a few blocks north of gingerbread lane. Videos don’t do it justice!

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