It’s that special time of year when holiday music is in the stores and lights are shining from every direction as you drive down the road. Bloomington has some great spots to catch some festive lights this time of the year. Check out the top spots you need to see for yourself below.
Wild Lights at the Miller Park Zoo. On December 7th and 8th from 5:00-8:00 pm, Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington sets of hundreds of luminaries. Guests can come by the zoo in the evening to catch this gorgeous display as well as check out animals such as Reindeer, Sumatran Tigers and so much more. Zoo members pay $3.00 a person while non-members will pay $7.00 a person for those under age three.
East Peoria’s Winter Wonderland is a festival of lights that has been taking place for over 30 years. East Peoria is located only 40 minutes from Vrooman Mansion and downtown Bloomington. This drive through light display is set to music and features hundreds of different characters. The Winter Wonderland will be open until Dec. 31; with hours of 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost is $10 a car load, so fill up your car and take a drive to see this amazing show.
Downs Dooley Park Holiday Wonderland is a park that comes to light the day after Thanksgiving. Town volunteers bring holiday lights to this small-town park that come on every evening at dusk until the new year. While it isn’t as big as some other light shows, this one has heart since it is all done by the community. The best part is, this light show is free and is only 15 minutes from downtown.
Candlestick Lane in Urbana is a one of a kind holiday display. For over 50 years this tradition has kept the magic alive for local children. Picture a group of normal every day homes that decorate to show their holiday spirit. Located at Grant Place in Urbana and less than an hour from the city of Bloomington. Stop by any evening from now until January 1st to check it out. Admission is free.
Now is the time to embrace the magic of the holidays. Book a room at Vrooman Mansion and be close to all the holiday fun. Rooms are booking quickly this time of year, give us a call or visit our site to book your room today!