Since Thanksgiving night, dozens of cars line up each night to see the delight of the lights illuminating Robbins Island Regional Park in Willmar. The Celebrate the Light of the World drive-thru holiday light display features hundreds of lights dancing to festive tunes that drivers can play via their car radio. While many things have changed this year due to COVID-19, this annual holiday event stayed relatively the same.

This is the third year Willmar Fests has held Celebrate the Light of the World at the park in Willmar. The display will be lit every night from 5 to 10 p.m. through New Year's Day. This year, donations collected at the end of the display will go to Habitat for Humanity, Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, United Way and Salvation Army.

Where to see other holiday lights

Driving around to look at holiday lights may be one of the brightest things about the upcoming holiday season for many families. And it is totally safe given this year's COVID-19 concerns.

But where to go to see the best and brightest lights? Here is a list compiled by the West Central Tribune, with community support:

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Mitness home, 4 miles south on Highway 29, then 1 mile east on 50th which is a gravel road, then south a quarter-mile on 20th. Welcome to drive into the yard to enjoy the lights and music display.


Newberg home, 8 miles south of Willmar on Highway 71, then 1 ¾ mile west on 165th Avenue, which is a gravel road. Welcome to drive into the yard to enjoy the lights.


400 block of First Street, north off U.S. Highway 212

Granite Falls

Candy Cane Lane, 11th Street north of Ninth Avenue

Skyline Drive


Across U.S. Highway 12 in downtown

Corner of South Marshall Avenue and South Pacific Street, lights with music, 5 to 10 p.m. nightly until Dec. 31

600 block of South Marshall Avenue

500 block of South Sibley Avenue

100 block of East Nelson Street

500 block of South Swift Avenue

400 block of East Quail Drive

700 block of South Davis Avenue

Towmaster west of town, at the junction of Highway 12 and County Road 22


East edge of town on Highway 12


1200 block of Walnut Avenue West

Ninth Street North

300 block of 10th Street North


500 block of Dupont Avenue Northeast


42nd Street Northeast, 2½ miles west of Spicer on County Road 10.

Northeast Willmar

Celebrate the Light, Robbins Island, drive through display, donations accepted for several charities.

Train engine with blowing smoke at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Country Club Drive Northeast

Eagle Ridge Drive Northeast and Northwest

Corner of 37th Avenue Northeast and Eighth Street Northeast

3900 block of Eighth Street Northeast

Northwest Willmar

300 block of Eighth Street Northwest

500 block of Ninth Street Northwest

300 block of 10th Street Northwest

300 block of 17th Street Northwest

600 block of Ella Avenue Northwest (on the lake)

1300 block of Ella Avenue Northwest

1600 block of Ella Avenue Northwest

College Park Circle Northwest

27th Street Northwest (Collegeview)

1600 block of 16th Avenue Northwest

3200 block of Third Avenue Northwest (Vos Park)

Southeast Willmar

23rd Street Southeast between Highway 12 and Willmar Avenue

Fifth Avenue Southeast (cul de sac) off 23rd Street Southeast

700 block of 24th Street Southeast (Pheasant Meadows)

500-600 blocks of 25th Street Southeast

2300 block of Third Avenue Southeast

600 block of 19th Street Southeast

1800 block of Olena Avenue Southeast

1200 and 1300 blocks of 11th Street Southeast

Southwest Willmar

100 block of Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest (Christmas tree through roof)

700 block of Eighth Street Southwest

400 block of Highland Road Southwest

400 block of 14th Street Southwest

400 block of 10th Street Southwest

Corner of Trott Avenue Southwest and 10th Street Southwest

Monongalia Avenue between Eighth and 10th Streets Southwest

Corner of 11th Street Southwester and Monongalia Avenue Southwest

Grace Avenue Southwest east of 15th Street Southwest

1100 and 1200 block of Grace Avenue Southwest

16th Street Southwest between 15th Street and 15th Avenue

17th Street Southwest between Willmar Avenue and Monongalia Avenue

18th Street Southwest, south of Willmar Avenue

1900 block of 22nd Street Southwest

Southeast corner of 15th Street Southwest and Richland Avenue

Southwest Corner of 15th Street Southwest and Willmar Avenue

700 block of 25th Avenue Southwest

25th Avenue Southwest between Sixth and Ninth Street Southwest

Richland Avenue between 20th Street and 6th Street Southwest

Selvig Park corner of Fourth Street and Becker Avenue in downtown

Windows of Barn Theatre on Fourth Street in downtown