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.)
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 2018
Botanica Wichita Illuminations
Date: Late November through the end of the year
Time: Evenings, usually 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203
Cost: $10 adults, $7 children ages 3-12
Although this isn’t a traditional “drive around looking at Wichita Christmas lights” activity, and it isn’t free, Illuminations has over a 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.
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.
The Arc’s Lights (formerly Lights on St. Paul)
Dates: Thanksgiving (Nov 22) through December 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Douglas and St. Paul Street, Wichita, KS 67203
Cost: Admission by donation Monday through Thursday. $10 donation per carload for admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. ($8 tickets can be purchased in advance at QT or online.)
This popular all-volunteer 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!
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! New this year for the 2018 season will be a Santa & Elves photo prop. Two blocks north of Central just one block east of Maize. More info
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
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
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
9th Street Lights
Dates: November 23 – December
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
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 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 Texas (formerly Lights on Lawrence)
Location: 11603 W Texas, Wichita, KS 67209
Cost: FREE, but monetary donations are accepted to benefit the Kansas Humane Society
This Griswold-worthy display was started in 2008 and now has 300,000 computer-animated lights. It is quite the display. Don’t miss it. The display features a nice mix of traditional and new LED Christmas lights, and apparently they’re North Pole approved, because sometimes Santa comes to visit! Conveniently, Lights on Texas is located really close to Candy Cane Lane and Reindeer Road (see below). More info
Thanks to readers Sarah and Dionne for letting me know that Lights on Lawrence is now Lights on Texas. Many of the decorations in the display were at 17th and Park Place for 25 years, so this moveable light show is a Wichita tradition.
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 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.
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
Lights on Brummet
In southwest Wichita. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. most evenings. Tune in to 101.7FM to listen while you watch. https://www.facebook.com/lightsonbrummett/ 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
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 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. There’s 33 minutes of music for the 2018 show.
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!
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.
And Sarah says: Lights to music in Derby. South of Madison on Webb Road. Turn South on Webb just past high park. I think it is 102.7 that is playing.