The holidays are all about special traditions, and one of my absolute favorites is our yearly visit to see Minnesota's longest Christmas light display. We bundled up on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and made the trip to see the lights and visit with Santa.

This fantastic holiday attraction is free (they accept donations for charity) and features millions of bright holiday lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and reindeer. Scroll down to check out some photos from the impressive light show and find all the details you need to start making it a cherished annual tradition for your family.

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Minnesota's Longest Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show Now Open for 2023

Dedicated volunteers worked hard to enhance this year's light show and make it even more impressive. Below, you can see how amazing it is and where the attraction is located.

Minnesota’s Longest Drive-Thru Light Show

The Kiwanis Holiday Light Display is free to the public but cash and non-perishable food donations are accepted. All money collected is given to area non-profits. Since opening in 2012 the event has raised more than $500,000 for local charities.

Gallery Credit: troy dunken

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 Sam's Christmas Village is located just across the state line in Somerset, WI.

Another amazing holiday attraction to add to your winter bucket list is Sam's Christmas Village. This display is located just across the border in Somerset, Wisconsin, and features 12 million bright lights. Sam's will be open through New Year's Eve.

Organizers added an extra 2 million lights to Sam's already massive display this year and announced a new sledding hill for 2023.

Sam's Christmas Village Now Features 12-Million Lights!

For a safe and joyous family outing that's full of festive fun, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Sam's Christmas Village! You can enjoy this wonderful attraction from November 24th to December 31st, 2023.

Gallery Credit: troy dunken

We've built a guide to help you navigate the busy holiday season. Click here for the 2023 Holiday Guide to see all of the events and attractions happening in and around southeast Minnesota.