During the holiday season, one of my family's favorite activities is to drive around Hendricks County, Indiana, to look at Christmas lights. Over the years, we've figured out where some 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, Indiana.

Holiday lights at Hummel Park in Plainfield1. Hummel Park

Guilford Township's Hummel Park1500 S. Center St. in Plainfield, always 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

2. The Shops at Perry Crossing (Photo courtesy of the Shops at Perry Crossing Facebook page)

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.

3. Avon Town Hall Park 

Families can stop by Avon Town Hall Park at 6570 E. U.S. Highway 36 in Avon and enjoy the town Christmas Tree nightly.

  • Park and look
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark

4. Woodcreek FarmsHoliday lights at 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. 

  • Drive-through
  • Free
  • Open daily after dark




Crop of Shopping at Perry Crossing

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5. Log Run Lights Log Run Lights in Clermont is definitely worth a visit. (Photo courtesy of Log Run Lights Facebook page)

I'm cheating on this one because Log Run Lights are actually at a private residence in Marion County (9209 Log Run Drive South in Clermont, to be exact), but it's just a stone's throw from the Hendricks-Marion County line, and it's definitely worth adding to your list. More than 250,000 lights, more than 300 displays, a giant Nutcracker with candy canes in his mouth, all for free!

  • Park and look
  • Free
  • Open daily from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Jan. 1

6. Kaufmann Family Home

Since 2013, the Kaufmann family has offered a holiday light show on their home, located at 5185 N. County Road 600 East in Brownsburg, that is synchronized to classic Christmas music. Follow the signs down their long driveway, park in a large flat open area, and tune your radio in to 98.1 FM to hear the music to which the lights are synchronized.

Freewill donations are accepted, which the Kaufmann family then donates to Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.

  • Park and look (from within your vehicle)
  • Free; freewill donations accepted to benefit Habitat for Humanity
  • Open daily after dark

7. Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square Christmas lights on the Hendricks County Courthouse Square

The Town of Danville has fired up a canopy of white lights over 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 will 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

Winterland Walk/Run8. Winterland Holiday Light Show

From now through Dec. 26, the mother of all holiday light shows in Hendricks County opens at Ellis Park in Danville. The Winterland Holiday Light Show provides a great way to wrap up your evening of Christmas lights.

Winterland features more than 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.

  • Drive-through
  • $10 per vehicle on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; $5 per vehicle on Mondays through Thursdays
  • Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
  • Facebook page

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

Make plans to get out there and enjoy this holiday season!