Illinois: Breaking into Spring

Coulterville Holiday Light Display

To really enjoy the Coulterville Holiday Light Display, you need to stop and walk through it.

This half-mile walk-through display will feature more than a million sparkling lights and a 15-block drive-through display showing off 650 wooden Christmas figurines. New this year are 30 more figurines added to the display. And don’t miss all the animated characters. Festive music will set the mood as well as offer free admission for all.

The attraction will be open nightly through Dec. 26 with refreshments and activities every weekend. Come see Santa and all his elves’ at work creating Christmas Magic. His live reindeer will even be on hand to visit on Dec. 10 from 4-8 p.m. Be sure to bring your cameras for photos.

Santa’s Playland – Celebrate completing your walkthrough of “Candyland” by enjoying the sights and views at Santa’s Playland. From our ferris wheel to our all-new “Merry Go Round” you are sure to enjoy your journey through Santa’s Playland.

After you have completed your journey be sure to check out the Miniature Ceramic Christmas Village ( over 300 pieces). Grab a snack or make a craft at the North Pole, and enjoy Free refreshments around the bonfire.

What makes this display unique is that this display isn’t created by a single individual or a single organization. It is truly a community display. Hundreds of volunteers from all over Southern Illinois come together each year to make this light attraction a success.

“Our display reflects the true meaning of community and Christmas and shows what amazing things can happen when people work together.” explains volunteer, Scott Rust. “Each year we recognize an individual or family who helps make our display possible and demonstrate the true meaning of community.”
This year Sonny and Carol Smith have been honored for their years of dedication to the display and community. For the past 11 years, The Smiths have spent hours of their holiday season setting up the display and donating lights and other goodies to the cause. Their support has been greatly appreciated as they have become like family to everyone.
This is definitely the place to take the kids! Plan a minimum of 2-3 hours for your visit as they have all sorts of things for the kids.

OUR STORY- The original Lights in the Park actually started in the 1980’s as the Coulterville Lions Club put lights in the park over several years. Then in 2002 our Fire Department which had run our communities Toy Drive for years decided to put lights in the park as a way to give back to the community and the rest is history. In 2007 as we continued to expand and more organizations began to help we formed the Coulterville Lighting Association to manage both the display and toy drive. Our display is totally funded by donations and is truly a community display as each year 100s of individuals help put it on from donating goodie bags to driving stakes and painting figurines. Each year we continued to grow in Coulterville’s downtown city park until COVID wrecked our 2020 plans. Our team was devastated knowing we wouldn’t be able to show our beautiful displays in our traditional walk thru at the park. After a lot of sleepless nights, the idea was brought up to Light Up the street next to the park. So in 2020, the 7th Street Drive Thru was added and we expanded to Palm Street in 2021. Our display features a Lighted park with bonfires and Magical Characters from our childhood and a 15-block drive-thru display featuring over 3 million lights and 600 wooden cutouts. Each weekend our community of 800 welcomes thousands of visitors to see one of the state’s most amazing and unique displays. The Coulterville Holiday Light Display brings back the memories of an old fashion Christmas and demonstrates that amazing things can happen when we work together. Here are some photos from the past through 2022.

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