Get in the Christmas spirit with these 10 Iowa light displays

By Avery Staker

December 6, 2023

As the holiday season commences, so do the festivities!

Light shows are a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, spend time with your community, and appreciate local attractions.

From the largest amusement park in the state to a family farm, here are 10 of the most dazzling holiday light displays in Iowa in 2023.

Jolly Holiday Lights – Altoona

Where: Outlets of Des Moines, 801 Bass Pro Dr. NW

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Winter Wonderscape – Ames

Where: Reiman Gardens, 1401 University Blvd.

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Carroll County EMS Festival of Lights – Carroll

Photo courtesy of Carroll County

Where: Swan Lake State Park, 22676 Swan Lake Drive

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Symphony of Lights – Clinton

Where: Eagle Point Park, 3923 N 3rd St.

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Reflections in the Park – Dubuque

Where: Murphy Park, 1700 S Grandview Ave.

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City of Christmas – Keokuk

Photo courtesy of Keokuk City of Christmas

Where: 1401 Stripe St.

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Merry-N County Christmas – Knoxville

Where: Marion County Park, 306 Willetts Drive

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Christmas AcresLe Mars

Photo courtesy of Christmas Acres

Where: 18481 Impala Ave.

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Festival of Lights – Mount Pleasant

Photo courtesy of Midwest Old Threshers

Where: Midwest Old Thresher’s Campground, 405 E Thresher Rd.

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Holiday Nights and Lights – Ottumwa

Where: Greater Ottumwa Park, 1 Joe Lord Memorial Drive

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  • Avery Staker

    Avery Staker is Iowa Starting Line's Social Media Manager, which is their first position in a newsroom after graduating college. Their passion is visual storytelling; ultimately, they want to tap into the potential of photojournalism and documentary filmmaking in empowering their community. Right now, though, they have memes to make for the newsletter. Send story ideas and tips to them at [email protected].


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