Lighting up the Night - Holiday Lights in ILLINOISouth

Posted on 11/19/2014 by TheTourismBureau
Picture this…you and the family are in your perfectly toasty car, hot chocolate in hand. You drive into a winter wonderland. Through the window you find scene after delightful scene of favorite Christmas Characters - Santa Claus, Frosty, eight tiny reindeer…nine if ol’ Rudolph is around - all adorned with bright, twinkling lights. Swirls of reds, greens and cool blues cover trees, bushes and fields…this is just a little bit of what you’ll experience at one of ILLINOISouth’s many BEAUTIFUL holiday light displays. People come from all over the place to see the lights, but there is so much more to do! Many of the displays feature events, live entertainment, children’s activities and much more. Take time out this holiday season to make memories, and even start new family traditions at one of these fine attractions! — Fantasy of Lights November 21, 2014 - December 31, 2014 Foundation Park, Centralia, IL From Dusk to 11:00 p.m. Admission: Free Admission Lebanon's Winter Wonderland November 21, 2014 - January 1, 2015 Horner Park, Lebanon, IL This annual event is a step back in time. It is a trip to a much simpler time with scenes depicting several of the area's attractions, wonderful childhood memories, and fantastic ideas. A trip through Lebanon's Winter Wonderland is truly different from other attractions in the area. We don't pretend to be the biggest, brightest, nor most technically advanced. LWW is a view of the holiday that everyone remembers! See all the hand painted scenes and wonderful reminders of a much simpler time. Colorful lights and displays of all types are ready for your enjoyment. LWW includes a wide variety of illuminated venues and a life-size Nativity Scene. Admission: Free             Way of Lights November 21, 2014 - January 2, 2015 National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL 45th Annual Way of Lights - This unique celebration of Christmas features a drive-thru light display, tree & wreath displays, an interactive children's village, camel rides and an indoor laser show. With over one million lights, this event celebrates the true meaning of Christmas...the birth of Jesus. Admission: Free City of Olney Christmas Light Display November 27, 2014 - December 28, 2014 Olney City Park, Olney, IL Drive through the Olney City Park to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the Community Building each Friday and Saturday beginning December 5. Visit Our Website Holiday Lights Fair November 27, 2014 - December 30, 2014 Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL Three mile drive through Christmas lights display is open every night. Weekends in December, the beautifully decorated winter wonderland in Expo Hall, will have vendors with items for sale, food, kids' corner and music entertainment. Admission: $10.00 a car load Christmas Lights Wonderland November 28, 2014 - December 31, 2014 American Farm Heritage Museum, Greenville, IL Tour the animated Christmas boxes and lights, then visit the Lil Red Barn Museum for free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Visit with Santa every Friday and Saturday, ride the Polar Express on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and enjoy 1800s Christmas at Hill's Fort. Admission: Free Admission Christmas Lights in the Park November 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015 City Park, Carlyle, IL Get into the spirit of the season as you view thousands of Christmas lights strung throughout the City Park. Coulterville Holiday Light Display November 29, 2014 - December 31, 2014 Coulterville City Park, Coulterville, IL 1/2 mile walk thru display features a million lights and 400 Christmas figurines! Don't miss the walk through version of the "Candyland" game with favorites such as Lolli Pop Lane. Fridays and Saturdays evenings, there's food, crafts and Santa. Admission: Free Admission Festival of Lights December 5, 2014 - January 1, 2015 Leo French Park, Fairfield, IL Come see the beautiful lights and holiday decorations. Lights in the Park December 7, 2014 Freeburg, IL The beautiful light display will be turned on for the holiday season. To help celebrate, Santa will be on hand to visit as well as Christmas carols being sung. Admission: Free

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