Magical Holiday Light Displays

posted on Friday, December 2, 2016

You can find holiday light displays within an hour's drive of Cedar Falls. Pictured is Waverly Lights!

(photo courtesy Waverly Lights' Facebook page)

Twinkling lights, holiday music and a cup of hot cocoa will put you in the holiday spirit!

Bundle up the kids, pack a thermos of hot cocoa, turn on your favorite holiday music and head out to discover the magic of holiday lights. We’ve found four homes and a park within an hour’s drive of Cedar Falls that are brought to life in a dazzling display of lights in 2016.

Waverly Lights
Nightly, November 26 – January 1
103 Elaisen Avenue, Waverly

With over 25 years of experience, the Wiechmann family’s display has gained more and more attention and has won several light display competitions. In 2008, Waverly Lights displayed their first holiday light show with lights dancing to holiday music.

Prospect Light Show
Nightly, November 25 – January 1
1056 Prospect Boulevard, Waterloo (just south of Ridgeway Avenue)

Tucked into this popular Waterloo neighborhood, you’ll find a sea of lights dancing to the Christmas Can-Can, Wizards in Winter, Silent Night by TSO and more. Tune your radio to 93.7 FM and visit the light show after 6:00 pm weekdays and after 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Because this is a residential neighborhood, please be careful not to block driveways, dim your car lights and be respectful of others watching the lights. Visit their Facebook page for a list of songs and to watch of few videos! 

Kersten Holiday Light Display
Nightly, November 24 – December 27
5598 22nd Avenue Trail, Vinton
(located about three miles northwest of Vinton on the blacktop that connects Vinton and Mount Auburn)

Holiday lights shine from dusk until 9:30 pm weekdays and 10:00 pm on weekends.

Sanders Holiday Light Display
Nightly, November 24 – December 25
2449 63rd Street, Vinton

This has become a must-see display for many Iowans as the Sanders family continues their annual tradition of decorating their farm with thousands of colorful lights. You may even see them from highway 218 south of Vinton!

Fox Ridge Winery
Nightly, December
1465 L Avenue, Traer
Shop at the winery between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm (Wednesday - Sunday) and stay to enjoy their holiday display when it turns on at 5:00 pm. Or, drive by their holiday light display between 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm through the month of December. Call 319-478-8080 to confirm winery hours and the days that they're open over the holidays. 

Cedar View Holiday Lights in Nashua, Iowa. 2016

(Cedar View Holiday Lights, photo courtesy Nashua Park Board) 

Cedar View Holiday Lights
December 21-25
400 Charles City Road, Nashua

Thanks to the support of local businesses, Nashua is proud to present their first holiday light show. Bring your family and friends and drive through Cedar View Park for only $5 and enjoy the magic of the season! Money raised will support the parks Nashua Parks. Lights shine from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. 

When visiting neighborhood light shows, please be courteous and be mindful of driveways, those who may be walking and/or taking photos and other drivers.  

If you’d like more information about Things to DoPlaces to Eat & Drink or a Place to Stay, we invite you to contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955). We’re open 7 days a week at 6510 Hudson Road. And, if you know of other can’t-miss holiday light displays in Cedar Falls/Waterloo or within a short drive of Cedar Falls, we’d love to hear about it!  

We wish you a holiday filled with the magic and joy of the holiday season! 

Kersten holiday light display is located northwest of Vinton, Iowa.

(Kersten Holiday Light Display photo courtesy of Vinton Today)


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