5 Gorgeous Drive-Through Holiday Light Displays in Illinois

Aceable has expanded our online drivers ed courses to Illinois, just in time for the holiday season! To celebrate our arrival in The Land of Lincoln, we're counting down five holiday light displays across the state that you'll definitely want to drive through this month. You might not have a one horse open sleigh, but you'll be cozier riding in your car, anyway.

Aurora Festival of Lights

1000 Ray Moses Drive Nov. 27- Dec. 27 Sun-Thurs 5-9 p.m. | Fri-Sat 5-10 p.m.

photo courtesy of KaneCountyConnects.com

Bundle up and pack a thermos of hot cocoa. Last year, over 21,000 cars passed through Northern Illinois' largest holiday lights display, which extends more than one mile through Phillips Park in Aurora. This year, the display includes 50 additional lighted trees as well as new animated features. The event is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit local charities.

East Peoria Festival of Lights

123 Par 3 Lane Nov. 26-Dec. 31 Sun-Thurs 5-9 p.m. | Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m.

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In the lane, snow is glistening at Folepi's Winter Wonderland in East Peoria. The drive-through light display is the signature event of the city's annual Festival of Lights, and includes elaborate parade floats and twinkling arches. Cruise through during the week if possible, as traffic picks up throughout the weekend. Cost is $10 per car.

Rosemont Holiday Light Display

Various Locations Starting Nov. 27 4 p.m.-1 a.m.

photo courtesy of Rosemont.com

Clark Griswold's Christmas lights have nothing on the holiday spectacular in Rosemont. Each night throughout December, seven parks across town are aglow with brilliant seasonal displays. More than 1 million lights are used in the decoration process, and this year, officials say displays are brighter than ever, thanks to new LED technology.

Way of Lights in Belleville

442 S Demazenod Drive Nov. 20-Jan. 1 Mon-Thurs 5-9 p.m. | Fri-Sun 5-10 p.m.

photo courtesy of RomeoftheWest.com

The Way of Lights at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville isn't your typical nativity scene. Since 1970, the shrine has focused on telling the story of Christ's birth through a display that features biblical figures and nearly two miles of shimmering lights. Hop out of the car for activities like camel rides, puppet shows and a wreath contest.

Du Quoin Holiday Lights Fair

655 Executive Drive Nov. 27-Dec. 30 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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What does it take to put on a fairground light display in DuQuoin? Fifteen miles of extension cord, 500 rolls of electric tape and dozens of volunteers eager to make their town shine bright. Drive through three miles of holiday splendor for $10 per car, and be sure to stop by the Expo Hall to see trees decorated by children, musical acts, a model train and of course, Santa Claus.

You can't drive through these magnificent displays without a license. Don't be a grinch this holiday season and miss out on the fun ... get Aceable. Oh what fun it is to ride as a newly licensed driver!

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