Who doesn’t like an evening of hunting Christmas lights? Some of my favorite displays have been around since I was a kid and some have gone away. This year I’ve found some great displays just north of Tippecanoe County. While I was born and raised and still work in West Lafayette, country living is just my style. On the plus side, I have a lovely 30-minute commute through wooded river valleys with the occasional stunning sunset over the cornfields. I’ve also discovered some awesome light displays between The Russell Company office and my home in Monticello.
This route is less than an hour long from the first stop to the last and located just north of Lafayette. I’d recommend a mug of hot chocolate for everyone in the car and maybe a container of popcorn or your favorite treat. Of course, you’ve got to have Christmas tunes. I’m a big fan of Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys, Santa’s Back in Town by Elvis and of course, the timeless Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi.
I’ve mapped the route for you! Just click the link to begin navigating! https://goo.gl/maps/tCERV158nnqzCjJP6
First Stop: Appleview Drive
This one is new to me but man, it’s awesome! A great drive-by anytime but a musical light show 6:30-9:00pm most nights. Tune to 98.3 fm!
Next: Tecumseh Bend
Private residence with a lovely scenic drive in and out. They’ve covered their entire property! Be courteous of the residents and the winding roads, take it slow and watch out for reindeer!
Then: Short drive up to Monticello
As you come into town, the City Park loop has a quick drive through and light tunnel! Exit right and follow Main Street to downtown for THE BEST small town Christmas lights around! Monticello went all out this year and I’m so into it! If you need to grab a bite, check out my faves, Kopacetic Beer Factory or Oak & Barrel.
The best for last: Lowry Family Lights
After you cruise down Main Street, come back around to US 24 heading West. In just a few minutes you’ll find yourself in the town of Reynolds. Take a left at the light on SR 43 heading south toward West Lafayette and then right on the first county road. This family farm has an amazing drive through display! Follow the the loop counter clockwise as directed and check out their custom displays, including an actual moving Ferris Wheel! Once you’re done here, just hop back on 43 heading south and you’ll be back in West Lafayette before you know it.