Last year at Christmas time, it felt like everyone turned to the more simple and cherished holiday traditions for comfort, as we did our best to social distance, but still celebrate what was supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year". Now, a year later, restrictions have loosened up, but sadly, COVID-19 and its variants is still making its presence known.

Once again, we turn to the "tried and true", watching classic Christmas movies, baking cookies, and wrapping presents. Everyone is looking for something fun (and relatively inexpensive) to do this holiday season and I can't think of anything more enjoyable to do than driving around the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa looking at all the creative Christmas light shows and beautiful displays. You can tell these folks love Christmas and pour an immense amount of time (and money) into their shows and displays.

Scroll down for a list of all the Christmas light shows and displays in NE Iowa

This comprehensive list includes displays in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Gilbertville, Waverly, Sumner, Vinton/Mt. Auburn, Center Point, West Union, New Hampton, and Decorah. Right now, the list includes a whopping 16 displays, with addresses included to pop into your GPS. Plus, Facebook links for more information.

Have fun, drive safe and hopefully, these shows and displays will get you in the holiday spirit and put a smile on you and your family's faces!

Prospect Light Show
Address: 1056 Prospect Blvd, Waterloo
Dates: November 26 – December 31, 2021
Times: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Description: Display of dancing lights set to music. Tune to 103.9FM
Last year they raised just over $5,000, for St. Jude’s Children's Hospital. This year, they want to raise even more money, so the Prospect Light Show will donate $50 for every $500 donated by you. Click here to make a donation directly to St. Judes, via the Prospect Light Show.
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Remy’s Light Show
Address: 1423 Brookside Drive, Cedar Falls
Dates: November 25, 2021 - January 1, 2022
Times: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Description: Static light display set to music. Tune your radio into 101.5FM
Facebook page:

A Little Christmas Light Show
Address: 617 2nd Street, Evansdale
Dates: November 27 – December 25, 2021
Times: Sunday - Thursday 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Friday and Saturday 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Description: Display of lights set to music. *expanded this year* - Tune to FM 103.9FM
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Lights on Lafayette
Address: 4521 Lafayette Rd, Evansdale
Dates - now until January 1, 2022
Times: dusk until midnight each night
Description: Dancing lights set to music, this unique display features a "Tigerhawk" sign that Iowa Hawkeye fans will love. Tune into 89.9FM
Facebook page: on lafayette

Sumner Christmas Light Show
Address: 547 Columbia Avenue, Sumner
Dates: November 20 – Jan. 1, 2022
Times: nightly from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Description: This is a display of 100 or more wooden hand-made cut-outs of every character you can imagine with lights and music in the background.
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Krumwiede Light Display
Address: 3708 5th Avenue NW, Waverly
Dates: December 1 – December 27, 2021
Times: Sunday - Thursday 5:00-9:00pm  -- Friday and Saturdays 5:00-10:00pm. - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 5 to 11pm.
Description: This is a display of 100 or more wooden handmade cut-outs of every character you can imagine, with lights and music in the background.
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Waverly Lights
Address: 103 Eliasen Avenue, Waverly
Dates: November 25 - December 31, 2021
Times: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. - Cost=$10 per vehicle
Description: Lights dancing to Christmas music. Tune in 107.1FM
Facebook page:

Luminous Lamos Lights
Address: 415 15th Avenue, Gilbertville
Dates: November 26 - December 26, 2021
Times: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Description: Music, dancing lights, and cut-outs. Tine into 90.5FM
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Kersten's Christmas Lights
Address: 5598 22nd Avenue, Vinton
Dates: December 2021
Times: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Description: This is a traditional display of lights and cut-outs with music in the background. *This is the last year they are doing this light display*
Facebook page:'sChristmasLights

Hickory Hills Light Show
Address: 3338 Hickory Hills Road, La Porte City
Dates: December 17th, 18th, 19th, and a final show on Christmas Eve.
Times: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Description: Thousands of lights illuminate the campground featuring whimsical displays and familiar holiday characters. Cost=$10 per vehicle.
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Blue Creek Christmas
Address: 4942 Blue Creek Cr. Walker (just outside of Center Point)
Dates: November 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Times: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Friday and Saturday 5:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Description: It's the 10th anniversary of this extremely high-tech display with over 100,000 lights synchronized to over 25 minutes of music.
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Festival of Lights - West Union
Address: 928 N. Pine Street, West Union
Dates: November 24 – December 31, 2021
Times: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Description: It's their 14th annual festival, make sure to check out the over 200 memorial angels.
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Little Light of Mine Light Project - New Hampton
Address: Mikkleson Park, New Hampton
Dates: November 27 – December 31, 2021
Times: nightly from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Description: Santa, fireworks, and horse rides for the kids.
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Decorah Holiday Lights
Address: Pulpit Rock Campground, 505 Pulpit Rock Road, Decorah
Dates: November 25 – December 25, 2021
Times: nightly from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Description: Drive through their "tunnel of lights" display. Santa will be at Holiday Lights every Friday through Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m through Dec. 19th. All proceeds from the light display benefit Helping Services for Youth and Families.

Lakeshore Lights
Address: 713 Lakeshore Drive, Cedar Falls
Dates: November 25 – December 31, 2021
Times: nightly from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Description: Lights sets to music

Geary Light Show
Address: 514 South Hackett, Waterloo
Dates: December 1 – December 31, 2021
Times: Sunday – Thursday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5:00 – 12:30 a.m.
Description: Wonderful seasonal display including lights set to music, blow ups and other festive items.

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