10 regional winter light displays worth the drive from Wichita

By Wichita Eagle on December 18, 2021


A 40-foot-tall inflatable leg lamp, a “Will you marry me?” light display and the world’s tallest live-cut Christmas tree with thousands of ornaments and lights to cover all 141 feet. Our region has millions of lights covering thousands of acres and spreading holiday cheer this winter.


From small towns to metropolises, you’ll find drive-through and walk-through experiences set up in city parks, theme parks, gardens, museums, historic homes, campuses and downtown districts. A few are even free.

Here are 10 winter light displays worth the drive, listed from closest to farthest from Wichita.


90 miles north of Wichita Time your visit to Abilene to tour the historic Seelye Mansion in its holiday setting (including nearly 700 nutcrackers throughout the house) during the day and then after dusk follow Christmas Tree Lane through the town known as a Chisholm Trail railhead and the home of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The 1905 mansion offers continuous guided holiday tours daily.

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