Indiana’s Best Holiday Lights Displays

November 9, 2010 By Jessy Yancey

One of the best things about the holidays is driving around and seeing all the beautiful holiday decorations lighting up the night.

Christmas lights on house for the holidays

But where are the best holiday lights displays located in Indiana? Below is a list of a few that often receive top nods, but please submit your favorites in the comments!

Brown County Christmas
The shops of the village of Nashville show their holiday spirit with a month filled with festivities.

Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo
See the twinkling lights – and animals too – from the holiday train ride, and don’t miss the All A-Glow Light Show.

Circle of Lights Festival, Indianapolis
An annual event since 1962 held the day after Thanksgiving, more than 100,000 visitors come to see the switch thrown to light up Indy’s famous Monument Circle.

Festival of Trees, Fort Wayne
This annual holiday tradition also serves as a fundraiser for Fort Wayne’s historic Embassy Theatre, with a weekend filled with Christmas activities.

Oaklawn Acres, Rossville
Known for their annual Christmas lights displays, Oaklawn Acres is open from Thanksgiving night through December 31, with a special visit from Santa the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Sharpsville Lights
This free computerized Christmas light show set to music is in its fifth year and features visits with Santa, refreshments and more on top of 100,000 synchronized lights. The display also contains a large veterans memorial with more than 50 flags, silhouettes and 70 crosses which bear the names of veterans from north-central Indiana who died in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

Old Fashioned Christmas Festival
The Historic Richmond Depot District glows with lights and luminaries every Tuesday from the last week of November through the week before Christmas.

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  1. Julie Dishman says:

    So many Christmas activities in Richmond and Wayne County, but one of my favorites is the Old Fashioned Christmas Festival in Richmond’s Historic Depot Districts, on Tuesday evenings through December. You can see a full listing of events in the area at,, or

  2. Michael and Janet Poulimas says:

    We wanted to share with you our display which is north of Indianapolis in the small country town of Sharpsville. Our free computerized Christmas light show to music is in it’s 5th year and attracted over 8,000 visitors last year.

    Some key elements in our display are:
    - It contains a large veterans memorial with over 50 flags, silhouettes and 70 crosses which bear the names of veterans from north central Indiana who died in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. We have a special song which honors those who protect and serve our country so they will not be forgotten.
    - Children can get their picture taken for free with Santa. Some nights his elves show up.
    - Free refreshments are offered by the town church. Go thru their drive-thru and the goodies are brought right out to your car.
    - A special song this year is Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love Of All”. In this song you will hear special stories as told by children. It is to remind us that a child’s most treasured gift is spending time with family.
    - And of course there are the 100,000 lights synchronized to music which is broadcast to your car’s FM radio.
    - You can learn more at about the display at