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Best Places to See Christmas Lights Displays in the Iowa City Area

Even if the weather outside is frightful, taking a drive to see Christmas lights can be the perfect, cozy activity to do with your family during the dark evenings leading up to Christmas. Get the whole family snug in their pajamas, fill up some travel mugs and sippy cups with hot chocolate, and bundle up in the car for a twinkling adventure. 

If you’re feeling extra festive, make a game of it. Try out a Christmas light scavenger hunt, and count up how many points you can get as you search for each item on the list. In our family, each of us chooses a special sound to make every time we spot a house with Christmas lights on. (Literally any sound goes, from a cow’s moo to a fake sneeze!) A car full of people making ridiculous noises is enough to send everyone into fits of giggles!

Don’t forget to play some holiday tunes to set the mood! Some houses will coordinate with a specific local radio stations, but for the ones that don’t, you can try 104.5 or 96.1 on your radio or your favorite holiday CD or Pandora station.

christmas lights displays in the iowa city area

Best Places to see Christmas Lights Near Iowa City

Iowa City

Oberman Lights – 4477 Napoleon St SE

“We love holidays, decorating and especially holiday lights! A couple years ago we discovered Light-O-Rama, a company which makes controllers and computer programs that can make our light dance to music! We are excited to bring everyone who takes a couple minutes to stop by and enjoy the excitement of watching AND listening to our holiday light show. Please stop by when you have time to enjoy one of our passions with us!”

Rita Lyn Court

North Liberty

Troon Court “The Gingerbread House”

A family favorite every year! 

Colton Drive South

1655 Red Barn Drive “The New Santa House”

The Santa House has moved to a new location! It was “adopted” by a new family and is now at its new home, but it still has all the same joyful holiday cheer!


View Coralville’s website for a map of all of the favorite light displays in the city, but 12th Avenue is always a good place to start!


Hazel Schropp’s House – 2629 120th St. NW (Right off the Swisher exit (Exit 10) from I380 and 965)

At 93 years old, you’d think putting up all those Christmas lights would be nearly impossible. But not for Hazel Schropp! 

Solon/Lake MacBride

1697 Newberry Ave NE

Take Highway 382 all the way down to the beach. It’s the house right across from Twin View Heights entrance.

Show Sunday – Thursday 4:30-10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 4:30-11 p.m. Tune into 88.7 on your car radio.

Eastwood Drive


Hillview Drive

From Highway 151, turn onto Highland Drive (by the carwash), then take a right on Hillview Drive. 

Center Point

Blue Creek Christmas


We hope you take some time to look around this holiday season, and find little bits of beauty wherever you go. 

Have a favorite location we missed? Leave a comment with more places to see Christmas lights! 


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One Response to Best Places to See Christmas Lights Displays in the Iowa City Area

  1. Stephanie Henkenius December 12, 2017 at 7:21 am #

    Our family enjoys the Mt. Pleasant Festival of Lights.

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