One Illinois Christmas light display outshines the rest, making it the best Christmas light display in the entire state.

Wonder and Magic

The twinkle of lights bring about a sense of wonder and magic as we head into the holidays. For many, loading the family into the car, hot cocoa in hand is an annual tradition.

Outshining the Rest

While you certainly can drive around a neighborhood or two, there is one light display in Illinois that shines the brightest as a "don't miss" drive to take in the lights.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

Located in Chicago, and hosted by the Lincoln Park Zoo, you will find Zoo Lights, named the best Christmas Lights in Illinois, according to Travel & Leisure's list of The Best Christmas Light Displays in Every State.

<p> </p><p>Go wild this holiday season with a visit to Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. An annual Windy City tradition, Zoo Lights features a 40-foot tall Christmas tree, more than 30 lit animal silhouettes, a tree canopy light walk, a 60-foot light tunnel, and lots of fun, family-friendly activities like holiday train rides plus s'mores and hot cocoa stations.</p>
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One of the Largest in the Midwest

Zoo Lights takes place through December 30, 2023. Not only is does it offer the best light display in Illinois, it is one of the largest in the entire midwest. of the largest lights displays in the midwest. Experience multiple light shows choreographed to holiday music, hanging vine lights, light tunnels, over 30 lit animal silhouettes, holiday train rides, and more! Plus brand new light features that you won't want to miss! Don't forget to stop by a s'mores or hot cocoa station for tasty holiday treats.

Admission and Extras

For those over 21, they serve adult hot cocoa and apple cider Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets for Zoo Lights start at $11.95 for children and $14.95 for non-member adult tickets. To learn more, visit

[Source: Travel & Leisure]

LOOK: 25 over-the-top Christmas displays from across America

To help get everyone in the mood for the upcoming holiday season, Stacker compiled a list of some of the most over-the-top Christmas displays across America.

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