Wagon Wheel Holiday Lights at the Landscape Arboretum

Making Spirits Brighter at the MN Landscape Arboretum

Holiday lights have always been magical. Today it has become an art. Do you go simple with a solid white light, or do you put up the entire rainbow? Do you get a fancy switchboard and coordinate your lights to dance to the beat of music? Ever since I was a kid, we drove around neighborhoods trying to find the best display. This year I think I found it at the MN Landscape Arboretum’s Making Spirits Bright Display.

Making Spirits Bright at the MN Landscape Arboretum

With Thanksgiving officially over, we wanted to immures ourselves in a one of the kind holiday light display. Located in Chanhassen MN, the MN Landscape Arboretum has a glow that is see from highway five. The Arboretum is known for inspiring artist and photographers. Every season they come up with something special for their guests. During the winter, they face the challenge of working with the onset of early darkness. But this year, they have decked out their grounds with an elaborate holiday light display titled, Making Spirits Bright.

They created six different worlds of magic to explore on foot. All of the venues are accessible from walking paths. After parking we headed out to the Farm exhibit, by the learning center first. It was amazing to explore.

Windmill at Making Spirits Brighter

Closer to the main building, it was a little busier. With families, roasting marshmallows by the crackling of fire pits out front. The arboretum is selling s’mores makings, four servings for $5. Adults were carrying warm cups of hot chocolate and coffee. With the weather being as beautiful as it was, they didn’t even need it for the warmth.

Tunnel of lights at Baking Spirits Brighter at the MN Landscape Arboretum

Lighted Trees at the MN Landscape Arboretum

In the back of the building, they have more traditional lighted elements with tunnels and light trees. The back of the building also hosts a lighted display animated to the music. They did such a good job of placing the bulb’s, for a little bit I thought it was looking at a television monitor.

Out front, the trees are strung with lights hanging down like a willow tree. It overlooked a pond. It was like being in a fairy tale. I think I may want to rethink my holiday light display at home now.



The display is included in the price for guests visiting the arboretum. It costs $12 to get in the gate. If you are a member, its free.  They also have a half priced groupon you can take advantage of. If time allows I’ll be heading back when fresh snow covers the ground.

More Info: MN Landscape Arboretum
Directions: Directions to the Arboretum
Dates: Fri/Sat/Sun Nov 24-Jan 1 and Tue/Thur Dec 27-28
Hours: 5-8pm
What to Bring: Coffee or other drinks and warm weather gear. You can always go inside and warm up if you get cold.
Other Recommendation: Arrive early. We go there at 5:30 and found parking easily. By the time we left at 6:30 there was a steady stream of visitors coming in.

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  • Reply Anung November 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    This looks awesome. Now I have to go.

  • Reply Holly | Legally Crafty Blog November 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    This looks really fun! We went to Bruce Munro last year, so we’ll have to make a trip out to see this, too!

  • Reply Kelly | @DiningDuster November 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This looks amazing! We have never been to the Arboretum (still cannot believe this). It looks like we need to add a Christmas visit to our list!

  • Reply Sage November 30, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    The lights are soooooo beautiful! I’m one of those “scrooges” that doesn’t put up lights, but I so enjoy seeing them!

  • Reply Kovas December 2, 2017 at 8:45 am

    So awesome looking, but I bet it’ll really pop when it snows

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