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The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Chicago’s North Shore

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{photo cred: VPG Photography}

I’m from Buffalo Grove, and growing up, my family always made it a point to go see the Christmas lights in our surrounding neighborhoods! Driving around looking at all the incredibly gorgeous decorated houses was truly my favorite thing to do after a fun Sunday night dinner out with my fam. And I really never stopped doing this, whether I was home on winter break from college to being a married newlywed, this was a tradition that stuck!!

Fast forward a few years and I am still doing it!! And now it’s better than ever because my husband and I take the kids! Seeing the lights through their eyes is basically the best thing ever! As I mentioned in my post about my family’s Hanukkah traditions, for the past few years, we’ve gotten in our PJ’s on a random weeknight, settled ourselves in the car, gone through the Starbucks drive-thru, ordered hot chocolate for the kids {served warm!!}, and then drove around in the pitch black night to see all the houses with the best Christmas lights and decorations on the North Shore. It’s literally SO FUN!

Since a few of you have asked me where to go to see the best lights in the in the North Shore, I figured I just HAD to write a blog post on the topic. Without further ado, check out where to see the best Christmas lights in our area below! Listed in no particular order, my recommendation is to create a good route for your family, depending on where you live or where you’re starting from. This also doesn’t have to be done in one night, split it up into 2 or 3 fun outings!! Ok, here’s my list!

THE BEST PLACES TO SEE  CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN CHICAGO'S NORTH SHORE :: I Adore What I Love Blog :: www.iadorewhatilove.com #iadorewhatilove
{the “Christmas on Cleveland” house via}

Christmas-lit houses with Lights That sync up to the radio:

These are my absolute favorite kinds of light shows to take the kids too! So fun and magical!

Neighborhoods with Great Lights:

  • LINCOLNWOOD, IL: Between the Edens Expressway and Central Avenue (east to west) and Pratt and Ionia Avenues (north to south), is the neighborhood known for having the most amazing Christmas lights! When I was younger, we drove by every year, and we continue to do so. But, I will say that while it’s still cute, it’s not as grand as it once was.
  • LIBERTYVILLE, IL.: One of my followers told me about this neighborhood light show on Golf Road and Dymond Road! I did some research and it turns out that all the houses are lined with milk carton luminaries. Apparently it’s GORGEOUS! Adding this to my list of places to visit next year!
THE BEST PLACES TO SEE  CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN CHICAGO'S NORTH SHORE :: I Adore What I Love Blog :: www.iadorewhatilove.com #iadorewhatilove
{at the botanic gardens lightscape event on opening night!}

Honorable Mentions:

These are not houses or neighborhoods, but nonetheless, they are still breathtakingly gorgeous and fun for the whole family!!

  • The Botanic Gardens Lightscape Event in Glencoe, IL.: Take a walk through the garden at night and gasp in the beautiful light displays!! There’s a sparkling tunnel, you can twirl around ribbons of light {which I’m doing in the pic above!!!}, sip on hot chocolate, walk through singing trees, and more! It’s awesome!!!! To see all the fun that my family had at this event, go watch my Instagram highlights showcasing our time there! {click on “Events in the Chi Burbs”}
  • Santas Rock ‘N Lights in Grayslake, IL.: I haven’t been but I hear it’s incredible! While this is technically a light show that syncs up to radio music, it’s not an actual house + it’s further away from the North Shore. Thus, why I’m giving it an honorable mention, ha! It’s a drive-thru light show experience where each vehicle needs a ticket. It’s another one that I’m putting on my list for next year!!

In the comments, let me know if you know of anywhere else nearby that’s great. I obviously don’t know where alllll the best Christmas lights are located! The places I listed are just our go-tos or ones that I’ve heard are awesome from other people!!

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Hey hey! I’m a MOM of two, here to share and I’m so happy you found me!! As a Chicago lifer {currently settled in the North Shore ‘burbs}, self-admitted shopping addict, and foodie, at the core I’m really just a mom {and a wife, gotta give a shout-out to my hubby!} just trying to balance it all! My two crazy toddler boys, Brody {who’s 5} and Levi {who’s 3} are my whole entire world and while being their mom is the BEST thing ever, it ain’t always easy! The chaos is real and because I adore mom life SO MUCH, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Would you?? I created this space for all the moms out there who are just trying to get by... I want to help make your lives a little easier, one blog post at a time! Join me on my quest to share allll the mom tips, simple style ideas, REALLY easy recipes {if I can do it, you can do it!!}, and our travels. Read More.

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