Find more information on Jolly Holiday Lights by exploring the frequently asked questions below. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Drop us a line over on the contact us page.

General Information

  • What is the average wait time to enter Jolly Holiday Lights?

    Wait times vary depending on traffic, weather and school schedules, but on average, Monday – Thursdays are typically less than a 30 min wait. Friday – Sunday average wait times are one hour. Check current wait times nightly from 5:30 - 10:00 at jollyholidaylights.org.  Be sure to make the most of your family time together, pick up dinner and enjoy holiday music on 104.1 EZ FM.

  • What if I have an Oversized Vehicle?

    Special Directions for Oversized Vehicles

    • Stay in the middle of the road when going under arches.
    • Do not park along the route or allow passengers to touch
      displays.
    • The Wish Shop is closed for 2021. Please do not stop along the route at any time.

    Route Notes:

    • Stage Right at the Hard Left Sign after the Green Elf Co Light Bulb Tunnel Arch
    • Stage Left for a Right Turnafter the Robot Display
    • 18 passenger+ or 35’+ vehicles must use the Luxxor Limo cut through after passing the Wish Shop Parking lot, located just after the Happy Teeth by the Limo Display.
  • I lost something at the park. How do I get it back?

    Lost items may be claimed at the front desk at Adventureland Inn.

  • Are you open on holidays?

    No. Jolly Holiday Lights will be closed Christmas, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. We are pleased to give our volunteers, wish families, and staff time to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

  • Where can I buy tickets?

    Tickets will be available November 1st at area Hy-Vee’s . You may also purchase tickets from the Make-A-Wish® Iowa office, or online.  Tickets are also available at the front entrance. Bus and limo advanced tickets are only available online.  Purchase tickets online.

  • What is the vehicle height restriction at Jolly Holiday Lights?

    No vehicles or trailers taller than 14’

  • What does it cost to get in?

    Jolly Holiday Lights is Make-A-Wish® Iowa’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds go directly toward granting wishes to children with critical illnesses. Purchase your ticket online or in advance for reduced rates. 

    • $25 per car
      Purchase your ticket online for $20.00.
    • $50 per limo/minibus
      Pricing is for vehicles with a capacity of 25 passengers or less. Purchase your ticket online for $40.00.
    • $75 per chartered bus
      Pricing is for vehicles with a capacity of more than 25 passengers. Purchase your ticket online for $70.00
    • $200 No Wait for Wishes
      Skip the Line and help grant a local wish!

      Ticket valid for any vehicle type. Ticket holder will proceed directly into the lights after checking in at the front gate. Limited Availability. Proceeds will fund one local wish for a child fighting a critical illness!
  • How can I have my child featured on a banner?

    Some families choose to sponsor a display in their child’s honor. For more information, see Lighting Display Sponsorship opportunities on our website to become a display sponsor or email jhl@iowa.wish.org.  Make-A-Wish Iowa will print a few banners each year highlighting different wishes and stories. To have a photo considered, please submit a high- resolution photo from the wish to jhl@iowa.wish.org. Photos must be submitted before September to be considered for that year.

  • How can my company get a light display?

    To inquire about a light display email us at: jhl@iowa.wish.org

  • How can I propose to my fiancé (or other special occasion) at Jolly Holiday Lights?

    Make-A-Wish® Iowa does not allow cars to stop along the route. With the Wish Shop closed for the 2021 season, we recommend considering a special ride through the lights with our limo partner: Luxxor Limos.

  • What are the hours?

    The lights are open nightly from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

  • When is Jolly Holiday Lights open to the public?

    Friday, November 26 – Sunday, Jan 2. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

  • Where do I enter Jolly Holiday Lights?

    All guests will enter through Adventureland Park’s main entrance off of Adventureland Dr. 3300 Adventureland Dr. Altoona, IA 50009

Launch The Lights

  • Am I able to drive through during Launch The Lights?

    No. Launch The Lights is the only opportunity for the public to walk, bike, or skate through Jolly Holiday Lights, and is therefore not open to car traffic. The first night Jolly Holiday Lights will be open to public car traffic is Friday, November 26.

  • How much does it cost?

    Launch The Lights tickets are $25 per person when purchased in advance at https://makeawishiowa.ticketspice.com/launchthelights and $30 per person at the door.

    Ages 4 & under are FREE.

    New for 2021, the All Access Wristband will cover your entry fee, as well as: a picture with Santa, access to the appetizer buffet, one drink ticket, a souvenir mug and cookie decorating kit. Please note that wristbands will not be for sale at the door.

  • Where do I park and register/check in?

    Adventureland’s parking lots will be available for free parking. Registration and check in will be located in Adventureland Park, at the Palace Theatre, from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

    Please do not drive straight to the lights route – the normal, car traffic entrance will be gated and roped off during Launch The Lights. Everyone in your party will need to receive a wristband at registration in Adventureland Park to gain access to the route.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    We encourage people to bring their dogs, provided they are on leashes.

  • What is the distance of the route?

    The Launch The Lights route is approximately 1.5 miles around the Adventureland Campground.

  • Will Launch The Lights shirts be for sale this year?

    No, Launch The Lights specific t-shirts are not being offered this year. 

  • Can I register at the event?

    Yes. Please note that day of registration will cost $30, and all-access wristbands will not be available for purchase the day of.

  • When is Launch The Lights?

    Launch The Lights is on Saturday, November 20 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

    The Wish Wonderland Pre Party in the Palace Theatre will open at 4:00 PM, and the lights route will open at 6:00 PM.

Volunteering

  • How can I help with set-up or tear down?

    Volunteers are still needed with set-up and tear down. Please visit our sign-up page for more information or to volunteer: