A few 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 holiday light displays in Wichita 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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Also don’t miss this Christmas light tour, Wichita: College Hill Holiday Light Trolley Tour
So here are a few places you can take your family. And don’t miss related articles to help you enjoy the holidays on a budget:
2017 Christmas Light Displays in Wichita
Botanica Illuminations Although this isn’t a traditional “drive around looking at 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 worth mentioning in a roundup of where to see holiday lights in Wichita.
1155 N. River Blvd. in Wichita
After the open house on November 25, the lights on the Campbell Castle in Riverside should be on display every evening throughout the holiday season. As gorgeous as the castle is, this is probably a light display we won’t want to miss.
The Arc’s Lights (formerly Lights on St. Paul)
Douglas and St. Paul Street, Wichita, KS 67203
$10 per carload required admission on Friday and Saturday nights. ($8 tickets can be purchased in advance at QT or online.) Admission by donation Sunday through Thursday.
Drive-through light display.
November 24 – December 28, 2017
Opens Nightly at 5:30 pm
The Marshall Family Christmas Lights
620 N. Stratford
Wichita KS 67206 (Woodlawn and Central)
Tune radio to 91.7 FM for music synchronized to the lights. Family residence.
Video of the Marshall Family Christmas lights 2016:
Christmas at the McKinneys’
1462 N. Coolidge Ave.
Tune your radio to 101.7 FM for music synchronized to the lights display.
Lights on Gold
5336 S. Gold
November 25 to December 31. Tune your radio to 99.5 FM for music synchronized to the lights on display. Family residence. Christmas light display is Sundays to Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. – midnight. (updated 11/16)
9th Street Lights
3821 W. 9th
Tune your radio to 101.7 FM. Residential neighborhood; please avoid blocking neighbors’ driveways. No show during rain or wet conditions. Sunday – Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-11 p.m. Starts Thanksgiving night.
Lights on Texas (formerly Lights on Lawrence)
11603 W Texas
Thanks to readers Sarah and Dionne for letting me know that Lights on Lawrence is now Lights on Texas. This Griswold-worthy display was started in 2008 and now has 300,000 computer-animated lights. The display features a nice mix of traditional and new LED lights. 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.
College Hill 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.
Candy Cane Lane
Deer Glen Addition
119th and Central (NW side of intersection)
All 20 houses in the circle have huge candy canes and tons of lights. Thanks to Lori for the tip! On Friday and Saturday nights in 2017, some of the residents of Candy Cane Lane will be collecting non-perishable food and money for the Kansas Food Bank.
New this year! Reindeer Road
Firefly St., Firefly Lane and Firefly Circle Wichita, KS
Located just one block West of Candy Cane Lane in Deer Glen is Reindeer Road. There are several handmade reindeer 8 feet and 16 feet tall. Firefly Circle is a cul-de-sac and directly across the road is Firefly St. which turns into Firefly Lane. Thanks, Emily!
Lights of Matthew 5:16
835 Longbranch Circle
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.
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!
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. Thanks, Brian!
3 Willowdell Drive in Mulvane (just off K-15) Thanks to reader Tom for letting me know about this one: 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.
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.
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. 19 – Dec. 30. Over a million lights. Admission is free; contributions appreciated. Horse and carriage rides $5 per person Friday and Saturday evenings.