Over the years, readers have asked where they can see Christmas light displays in Wichita, and that’s a great idea for a post because driving around looking at the lights is not only a fun family tradition, it’s also really inexpensive. (Even after you factor in the price of gas.)
This year we’ve put the holiday light displays on a map! Scroll down or click here to get to it.
Several Wichita holiday light displays accept donations for charitable causes, so while they are technically free, it’s polite to donate. Also, several of these are in residential neighborhoods, so of course do your best to be considerate of the neighbors (like not blocking someone’s driveway or being too noisy).
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So here are all the best places we know of where you can take your family to see the Christmas lights in Wichita.
Wichita Christmas Lights 2019
Botanica Wichita Illuminations
Date: November 29 through January 4 (excluding Dec. 24 & 25)
Time: Evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203
Cost: $13 adults, $9 military, seniors, and youth; save $1 by purchasing tickets online in advance.
Although this isn’t a traditional “drive around looking at Wichita Christmas lights” activity, and it isn’t free, Illuminations has over two million lights to walk through – as well as activities and appearances by Santa – so it’s an absolute must to mention in a roundup of where to see holiday lights in Wichita.
The Arc’s Lights (formerly Lights on St. Paul)
Dates: Thanksgiving (Nov 28) through December 28, 2019
Time: Open daily from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Location: Douglas and St. Paul Street, Wichita, KS 67203
Cost: Admission by donation Monday through Thursday. $10 per carload on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights; by donation Monday through Thursday. ($8 tickets can be purchased in advance at QT or online.)
Experience this holiday wonderland from the warmth of your car as you drive through more than 1 million lights and displays. The popular Arc Lights drive-through Christmas light display is a fundraiser for The Arc, and a holiday tradition for so many Wichita residents. It’s quite stunning; my favorite part is driving through the arch of lights!
Dates: Usually right after Thanksgiving
Location: 1155 N. River Blvd., Wichita, Kansas
After Thanksgiving, the lights on the Campbell Castle in Riverside are on display every evening throughout the holiday season. It isn’t just the castle that looks great; the lights all along the street reflect in the river, and are just a real pleasure to see.
Christmas at the McKinneys’
Location: 1462 N. Coolidge Ave., Wichita, KS 67203
Tune your radio to 89.7 FM for music synchronized to the lights display. More info
9th Street Lights
Times: Sunday – Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-11 p.m.
Location: 3821 W. 9th, Wichita KS 67203
Tune your radio to 101.7 FM. Residential neighborhood; please avoid blocking neighbors’ driveways. No show during rain or wet conditions. Starts Thanksgiving night. More info
11th Street Lights
Faron commented: “We have a very good display that you should check out we put a lot of work into it it’s at 5306 West 11th Street North.” Thanks, Faron!
Christmas On Crestline
Location: 914 N. Crestline Street, Wichita, Kansas 67212
An animated Christmas light show in west Wichita with over 80,000 lights! This residential light display began in 2011. Tune your radios to 100.7 FM. Santa’s workshop sits just off the curb and Santa can be seen inside with his elves preparing for the big night! This season they’ll have a Santa & Elves photo prop. Two blocks north of Central just one block east of Maize. More info
Lights on Golden Hills
Jennifer commented that, “Lights on Golden Hills is an incredible light show set to music! I believe there are over 50,000 lights on this home. It’s the 700 block of N Golden Hills which is near 119th and Central.” Thanks, Jennifer!
Candy Cane Lane
Location: Deer Glen Addition, 119th and Central (NW side of intersection)
All 20 houses in the circle have huge candy canes and tons of lights. Be prepared for a traffic jam, because everyone wants to see this neighborhood full of Christmas lights synchronized to music. Thanks to Lori for the tip! On Friday and Saturday nights, some of the residents of Candy Cane Lane collect non-perishable food and money for the Kansas Food Bank. More info
Location: Firefly St., Firefly Lane and Firefly Circle Wichita, KS
Just down the road (one block west) from Candy Cane Lane is Reindeer Road! They have several handmade reindeer cutouts that are 8-feet and 16-feet tall. Firefly Circle is a cul-de-sac; directly across the road is Firefly St. which turns into Firefly Lane. Thanks, Emily!
Lights on David Street
Dates: mid-November through December
Times: Dark until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Location: 409 N David St, Wichita Ks 67212
Tune in to 106.9FM to enjoy the Christmas lights set to music! Because the street is narrow, the lights are best viewed from the northbound side of the street. More info
Lights on Texas (formerly Lights on Lawrence)
Location: 11603 W Texas, Wichita, KS 67209
(formerly Lights on Lawrence)
Cost: FREE, but monetary donations are accepted to benefit the Kansas Humane Society
Scaled Back in 2019. This Griswold-worthy display was started in 2008 and seemed to grow each year. At one time they had nearly half a million computer-animated lights on one home. This year, however, the family is scaling back the display after the homeowner lost his dad, the man who inspired it all, and who had been Santa (‘s helper). More info
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Lights of Matthew 5:16
Location: 835 Longbranch Circle, Maize, KS
Tune your radio to 96.7 for lights synchronized to music Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
Lights on Ocieo
Dates: November 30 through January 1
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Location: 6726 W. Ocieo St., Wichita, KS 67205
Tune your radio to FM 106.9 to watch thousands of lights dancing to 11 different musical sequences. Displays include lighted canopy of trees, nativity scene, Santa sleigh and reindeer on the roof, star bursts, and more!
Lights in the Valley
35,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music at 210 Southwind Dr. in Valley Center. Tune in to 88.1 FM. Beginning on Thanksgiving night through the end of the year, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 5:30-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
Honn Family Christmas
5501 N. Porter Ave., Wichita, Kansas
The Honn Family has moved, so their lights might be a bit more subdued this year. But they’ve told me I can add them to the list, and that they’ll have some lights! More info
Park City Lights
Jason recommended in the comment section: “Check out 1310 E Charleston Dr in Park City. Take 61st east to W Parkview left go 3 blocks to Charleston turn right cant miss it.” Thanks, Jason!
The Marshall Family Christmas Lights
Location: 620 N. Stratford, Wichita KS 67206 (Woodlawn and Central)
Tune your radio to 91.7 FM for music synchronized to the lights. Family residence. More info
College Hill Christmas Lights
This Wichita neighborhood is an awesome place to go to look at terrific holiday decorations adorning beautiful and stately historic homes. If you aren’t familiar with the area, College Hill is generally south of Central Avenue, between Hillside and Oliver streets.
Lights on Longview
Location: 3805 Longview Lane, Wichita, KS (near Kellogg and Hillside)
This one is a favorite of lots of Wichitans. They have 50,000 LED lights programmed to musical remixes of Christmas themed music. Tune your radio to the station given on the yard sign. More info Thanks, Deborah!
Lights on Gold
Dates: November 24 to December 31
Time: Sundays to Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. and Fridays/Saturdays 6-midnight.
Location: 5336 S. Gold, Wichita, KS 67217
Tune your radio to 99.5 FM for music synchronized to the lights on display. Family residence. Christmas light display with 13k lights! More info
Lights on Brummet
3721 Brummet, Wichita, KS
In southwest Wichita. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. most evenings. Tune in to 101.7FM to listen while you watch. More info Thanks, Brian!
Fulton Valley Farms Christmas Lights
Readers told me about this very special Christmas lights attraction just 15 minutes east of Wichita near Towanda, Kansas. Fulton Valley Farms Country Christmas has over 1 million lights set to music, as well as visits with Santa and with Santa’s reindeer! Admission per person is $5.
3 Willowdell Drive (Christmas Lights in Mulvane)
Thanks to reader Tom for letting me know about this one, and to my friend Linda who got the address for me! A large light display. Apparently it has trains in motion and Star Wars, Frozen, and Pixar themed decor. Weekdays until 7:30 p.m. and weekends until 10 p.m. Just off of K-15.
Light Show in Udall
106 N. East Street, Udall, Kansas
Over 8,000 lights dancing to some of your favorite Christmas tunes. In progress: an old west Udall town-front! This home is just south of K-15 by three blocks, and they accept donations for the Udall Angel Tree charity. The lights in the Udall city park are also very nice, according to reader Kenneth!
Winfield Isle of Lights
In Island Park on the north end of Winfield, KS
Thanks to Carol, who mentioned this one in the comments!
Open nightly 6-10 p.m. Nov. 18 – Dec. 30. Over a million lights. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated for this all-volunteer project. Last year they had horse and carriage rides $5 per person Friday and Saturday evenings. http://www.isleoflights.org/
City of Cheney Singing Trees
Tune in to 99.3 fm to listen to the tunes the Christmas trees are singing at the corner of 6th and Main in Cheney, KS.
Lights on 24th in Hutchinson
Animated light display featuring singing Christmas trees at 800 West 24th, Hutchinson, KS. Show runs nightly 5:30-10 p.m. beginning Thankgiving night. More info
Lights on Rosewood in Hesston, Kansas
Pull into the neighborhood located on Rosewood Court in Hesston to see the display of nearly 60,000 lights programmed to music. Tune your radio to 98.9 to hear what’s playing.
The show will from from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday until New Years Day!
Here’s an awesome YouTube video of this street’s Christmas lights!