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Des Moines’ Best Christmas Light Displays

Des Moines sparkles in holiday splendor with magnificent light displays across the metro! Here’s our guide to viewing the best Christmas lights in Des Moines.  If you know of other holiday light displays, let us know in the Comments section below and we’ll add it to the list.

Beaverdale Holiday Lights

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: Beaverdale Neighborhood
When: November 25th through December 31st at 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Cost: FREE

Jolly Holiday Lights – CLOSED for the Season

Lights, decorations, festivities and holiday cheer are everywhere you look when you take this special Jolly Holiday Lights driving tour through Water Works Park. Wait until the sun sets, then watch as the Park magically comes alive with tons of twinkling lights for the holidays.  Make sure your kiddos go potty before entering the park!  There’s no place to stop until the end, which can be a long wait, especially on a busy weekend evening!
Where: Water Works Park; 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321
When: November 24 – January 1st, 2016 at 5:30 -10:00 pm.
Cost: $10 per car

Ted Lare Garden Center

Ted Lare Garden center in Cumming is a great spot to see beautiful holiday lights. The garden center is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, including their large metal cactus by the front doors of the Center. Put the kids in their jammies, turn up the Christmas tunes and make the drive. They’ll be asleep when you get home!
Where:  2701 Cumming Avenue, Cumming, IA 50061
When: December 5th –  January 1st at dusk to 1:00 am.
Cost: FREE

Valley Junction

One of the more popular light displays on this list, the entire Historic Valley Junction 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 shopping district.  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 19th – January 1st, many stay on all day, all lights are on 5:00 pm to Midnight.
Cost: FREE

Windsor Heights Holiday Lighting

The Windsor Heights Foundation sponsors an annual holiday lighting contest. Around 120 homes are lit up and decorated and are sure to be a hit with your little elves. The contest is divided into six districts and the light displays are spread out, so driving is recommended. Most drivers go slowly so you can enjoy it as if you’re walking.
Where: Windsor Heights, IA.
When: December 5th – January 1st, 2016 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Cost: FREE


Do you have a favorite Christmas light display we missed? Tell others about it in the Comments below.

  1. Jolly holiday lights are sponsored by HyVee this year and they are in the Adventureland Campground!!!! and they are amazing!!!!

  2. Unfortunately, the Jolly Holiday lights display has closed for the season. Sustained large rain falls has caused rivers to rise and flood waters are threatening Des Moines Water Works Park, as well as the roads near it. Rivers are expected to crest above flood stage this week.

  3. The gingerbread house in Grimes is not happening. Found the house – no lights!

    • There is another house in Grimes that is all decorated for the Holidays but I don’t know the address for it, I can see it from 44 as I drive through Grimes, if you are heading East, its on the right hand side of the road.

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