Guide to Drive Thru Holiday Lights

Holiday light displays are one of my family’s favorite parts of the holiday season! It’s fun to drive around different neighborhoods and see what people come up with to decorate their house. It’s also been a fun tradition to go to some drive thru holiday light displays. They can be really interactive and our kids love when music coordinates with the lights. Though there aren’t any drive thru displays in Cedar Rapids, if you are up for a short road trip, there are lots of options in the surrounding towns. Click on the links for each show to learn more information and find out pricing (some require tickets purchased ahead of time)!

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Iowa City, IA 
West Overlook Campground
Holiday Lights at the Lake 
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Sun-Thurs 5:30-8:30 pm; Fri-Sat 5:00-9:00 pm

La Porte City, IA 
3338 Hickory Hills Rd, La Porte City
Hickory Hills Holiday Lights 
Fri/Sat/Sun in December
6:00-9:00 pm

Manchester, IA
Delaware County Fairgrounds
Jingle Bright Holiday Drive Thru Light Show
Friday & Saturday Nights, December 2-31
5:30-8:30 pm

Mount Pleasant, IA 
Old Threshers
Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights
November 23-December 31
5:30-9:00 pm

Walker, IA
Blue Creek Christmas

Urbandale, IA 
Living History Farms
Santa’s Rock N Lights 
November 25-January 1

Altoona, IA
Adventureland
Jolly Holiday Lights
November 25-January 1
5:30-10:00 pm


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Jessica is a mom of four (3 energetic boys and 1 little girl) who moved back to Iowa after living eleven years in Phoenix, Arizona. Jessica is a former teacher and former co-owner of Scottsdale Moms who has spent time as a working mom, a work-from-home mom, and now a stay at home mom. Her favorite things are crocheting gifts for loved ones, spending mornings at local coffee shops with friends, getting outside for a family bike ride or run, and enjoying a good book.

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