Places to see wonderful holiday lights in Lincoln and nearby

Monday, December 4, 2023 Places to see wonderful holiday lights in Lincoln and nearby

Tower Square is one block south of UNL's city campus at the corner of 13th and P Streets.

Outdoor holiday light displays are a mainstay of the winter season. The twinkling lights and lawn decorations can entertain from the comfort of a vehicle or in the brisk outside air. Read through our compiled list of the best sites around Lincoln for a variety of displays and themes.

On Campus

Along R Street and N 16th Street on City Campus You don't have to go far to start your viewing of lights. Stroll these two campus streets to see the festive light displays installed on the numerous sorority and fraternity chapter houses. We suggest you begin at the Nebraska Union, where you can grab a hot beverage at Starbucks to enjoy while you and your friends check out the lights.

See a preview from @UNLStudentLife on Instagram.

Downtown Lincoln

Tower Square

This downtown plaza is one block south of City Campus, at the corner of 13th and P Streets. The namesake tall colored-glass tower that illuminates the spot year-round is joined by holiday light displays on the adjacent buildings and trees. This spot is just a quick 5-minute walk from campus, so don't miss out.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec 15, 2023 go to Santa's Landing at the Lincoln North Pole celebration in the square. Marvel at all the lights and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and fun for all ages.

Around the City

Phillip's Lincoln Lights

Check out interactive map on this website to discover and explore light displays at houses and buildings in Lincoln and nearby. This tool is a perfect way to find spots close to your neighborhood or in your favorite area of town.

View Phillip's page on Facebook for even more photos and locations submitted by other followers.

Zoo Lights Powered by LES

Whether you drive by on S 27th Street and Capitol Parkway or stop in and purchase a ticket, you'll get to admire one of the largest light displays in the midwest. Attractions include multiple light shows choreographed to holiday music, hanging vine lights, light tunnels, over 30 lit animal silhouettes, and holiday train rides.

Magical Lights of Lincoln

Nebraska's biggest holiday light show is currently set up at Lancaster Event Center. You can purchase tickets by vehicle for this drive-through event to view the massive displays with nearly 1.5 million lights.

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