Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Saint Paul

Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Saint Paul

An insider's guide on where to catch the most stunning light displays this holiday season.

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by taking a journey through Saint Paul’s best light shows. From Summit to the East Side, these displays are sure to dazzle you with all of their festive glory.  

Rice Park

Typically the best spot in town to see holiday lights, the display at Rice Park will pack slightly less pizazz this season as the park finishes up an extensive renovation. The Rockefeller-esque 60-by-20 foot tree has temporarily moved to nearby Hamm Plaza, but you can still take in the twinkling lights that adorn Rice Park's exterior. 

Hamm Plaza

Due to the aforementioned renovations in Rice Park, Hamm Plaza is where you'll find downtown's massively gorgeous holiday tree through Jan. 1. It's kitty-corner to Landmark Plaza, so you can take in the view after a few laps around Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Summit Avenue

Home to the Governor’s mansion and some of the state’s most historic homes, the four and a half mile stretch is a great destination for a cool winter walk or for those looking to experience the lights from the warmth of their cars.

Find this spectacular tree just off Summit Avenue between Lawton and Heather Drive. 

Mears Park

Take a stroll through the lights at this beautiful and beloved park while on your way to checking out the spectacularly lit 50-foot tree in front of Lowertown's Union Depot (starting Nov. 30 with the tree lighting celebration). 

Union Depot

Complementing the tree in Hamm Plaza is the massive holiday tree on Union Depot's front lawn. Check it out while you're there for the European Christmas Market, Holiday Trains and other festive events that make this historic Lowertown spot a major hub for the holidays. 

Minnesota Helicopters

For a view like no other, escape to the skies with Minnesota Helicopters on a flyover of the city's holiday lights. Book a tour or find them at Holman's Table, Fridays from 3-9 p.m. 

York Avenue

Make a stop at 1526 York Avenue to see 60,000 lights choreographed to “Rockin’ Rudolph” on 91.5 FM. The display is put on by the Schultz Family and runs nightly from 5-10 p.m., Nov. 24 to Dec. 31. Don’t forget to bring some canned goods—the site supports the Greater East Side by collecting food for the Merrick Food Shelf.

Saint Paul Park

While the judging of Saint Paul Park’s annual holiday lights contest only runs from Dec.10 to Dec.14 (with lights on each night from 5-10 p.m.), you can enjoy the views all season long. Keep an eye on the city’s website for a complete list of nominated homes.

Experience the Twin Cities Festive Holiday Lights Tour

Get the full Twin Cities holiday light show experience from the warmth of a heated coach bus with music, games and fun for the whole family. Put on your holiday best and join Experience the Twin Cities every weekend from Dec. 7-Dec. 23. 

We'd love to see where you're checking out the lights this season. Share your holiday cheer with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL