During the holiday season, one of my family's favorite activities is to drive around Hendricks County to look at Christmas lights. Over the years, we've figured out where ten of the best holiday light displays are located throughout the area, which I'll share with you today.

I'll do my best to put this list in an order that makes some degree of sense if you're out for an evening of holiday light viewing and want to see all of these displays. Just jump into the list wherever it makes most sense for you, based on where you're visiting Hendricks County from, and you should be able to go through the list in order with minimal back-tracking.

For the sake of this post, I'm going to start in Plainfield.

Holiday lights at Hummel Park in PlainfieldHummel Park

Hummel Park1500 S. Center St. in Plainfield, has a nice light display throughout its property. Simply drive through the park at your leisure to enjoy.

  • Drive-through
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark

Shops at Perry Crossing

The Shops at Perry Crossing is a big outdoor shopping mall in Plainfield, located at 2499 Perry Crossing Way. They have a huge Christmas tree all lit up in the Town Square area, right in front of the movie theater. Not only can you see some holiday lights, you can also grab a bite to eat, see a movie, and get some holiday gift shopping done while you're there.

  • Park and look
  • Free
  • The mall closes at 7 p.m. on Sundays; 9 p.m. every other day of the week

Lights on Lancaster (Photo courtesy of Lights on Lancaster Facebook page)Lights on Lancaster

This is one of my kids' favorite holiday light displays. This residence at 7188 Lancaster Lane in Avon is decked out in a huge, fun light display that is synchronized to music. You drive up near the residence, park, tune your radio to 98.9 FM, and enjoy more than 18,000 lights from inside your vehicle -- a great way to just relax and sip that hot cocoa while it's still warm.

What my daughters especially enjoy is being able to vote for which song plays next through the Lights on Lancaster website via a smart phone! The Mathieu family has also been known to appear at your vehicle window, handing out candy canes from time to time.

  • Park and look (from within your vehicle)
  • Free
  • Daily from dark until 10:30 p.m.

Whoville holiday light display at Washington Township Park in AvonWashington Township Park

A Dr. Seuss-themed Whoville holiday light display adorns Washington Township Park, located at 115 S. County Road 575 East in Avon. Look closely as you drive through and see what that mean ol' Grinch is up to!

  • Drive-through
  • Free
  • Daily after dark

Avon Town Hall Park

This Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., the Town of Avon will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Avon Town Hall Park, located at 6570 E. US Highway 36 in Avon. On that evening and beyond, families can stop by the park and enjoy the town Christmas Tree every night.

  • Park and look
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark, on and after Dec. 3

Woodcreek Farms

Walnut Creek Crossing in the Woodcreek Farms neighborhood in Avon features a coordinated neighborhood effort to light up the whole street for the holidays. 

(Insider tip: just a little bit east of the entrance to Woodcreek Farms, on the south side of County Road 200 North, there is a residence lit up with an impressive Christmas light display. It evoked a spontaneous "Whoa!" from both of my daughters.)

  • Drive-through
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark

Brownsburg Town Hall Christmas Tree (Photo courtesy of Brownsburg Christmas Under the Stars Facebook page)Brownsburg Town Hall

This Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., make your way to Brownsburg for the very popular Christmas Under the Stars Parade. At the end of the parade, the town's Christmas tree is lit at Brownsburg Town Hall, located at 61 N. Green St. in Brownsburg

From that evening on, Town Hall becomes a magical light display synchronized to music through your car radio. Park in their parking lot any evening after Dec. 3 and tune in your radio.

  • Park and look (from within your vehicle)
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark, on and after Dec. 3

Summer Ridge

This neighborhood on the west side of County Road 600 North, just south of U.S. 136, has an annual Christmas decorations contest, making it a fun place to drive through during the holiday season. 

(Insider tip: just down the road on County Road 600 North, there is a residence with a fantastic light display of its own.)

  • Drive-through
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark

Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square

The Town of Danville puts up a canopy of white lights all around the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square, the town Christmas tree is lit up there, lights hang from street lamp poles and many of the businesses in downtown Danville have decorated their store windows. It makes for a wonderful atmosphere while you shop, dine, or catch a movie.

  • Park and look
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark

Winterland Walk/RunWinterland Holiday Light Show

The mother of all holiday light shows in Hendricks County is the Winterland Holiday Light Show at Ellis Park in Danville. It's a great way to wrap up your evening of Christmas lights. Winterland features over a million lights, a 30-foot-tall lit Christmas tree synchronized to music that you can listen to on your car radio and a fun photo opportunity.

Santa Claus is also at the Train Station in Ellis Park on the weekends. Take as many laps around Ellis Park as you want, once you gain admission.

(Insider tip: Another neighborhood that comes together to put up a community Christmas light display is Stratford Ridge in Danville and specifically, the homes on James Court. It's definitely worth a trip down the street while you're in town.)

Need a route map for all ten of these locations? Click here.

This was not intended to be a comprehensive list. If I missed a display, feel free to list it in the comments section below.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy this holiday season!