Chicagoland’s largest indoor lights experience is back at Navy Pier for the holiday season.

Light Up The Lake

You can experience the Chicago area's largest indoor light experience until January 7, 2023. There are interactive light displays, a playful skating rink, a guided walk through the Winter Wonderfest Forest, and visits with Santa. Get a detailed list of activities here.

The hall is decorated with more than 600,000 lights, making Light Up The Lake the largest indoor Christmas lights show in the Chicagoland area.
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170,000 square feet in Festival Hall is jam-packed with fun. Activities include an ice skating rink, kiddie train rides, a gift market, and a holiday beer garden.

The festival is entirely indoors and the hall is decorated with candy canes, Christmas trees, and lights galore.


Will Santa Be There?

Yes! Santa Claus will be at Light Up The Lake daily through December 24, 2021.


Pricing Info

  • Light Up The Lake Admission for adults is $27
  • Light Up The Lake Admission for children (3 – 12) is $17
  • Adult 4 Pack- Light up the Lake is $92.00
  • Family 4 Pack- Light up the Lake (2 adults & 2 Children) is $75.00

Get tickets HERE.


Now - Dec. 20

  • Monday – Thursday 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM
  • Friday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sundays 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Dec. 21 - Jan. 7 (not including holidays)

  • Daily 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Holiday Schedule

  • Christmas Eve – 11:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • New Year’s Eve – 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
  • New Year’s Day – 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM

How Do You Get to Light Up The Lake?

Light Up The Lake Chicago is located at the east end of Navy Pier. Taxis are plentiful and you can take a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. There is parking available at the pier and you can get discounted parking nearby with SpotHero and Parkwhiz.
Visit for more information.

Quad Cities Drive-thru Christmas Light Displays

Tis the season for awesome Christmas lights throughout the Quad Cities! It's always exciting to see everyone's hard work, but there are other light displays put up by city organizations and volunteers, and entire neighborhoods that you also need to see. This is the full list of drive-thru Christmas light displays in the Quad Cities area.

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