25 years and thousands of smiling faces.

Jolly Holiday Lights began in 1996 with the idea that one fundraiser could make big difference for Make-A-Wish Iowa. Over the years we’ve grown to become the largest holiday lighting event in the country while funding more than 1,000 wishes for deserving children.

Jolly Holiday Lights has become a symbol of giving and generosity from Iowa individuals, families and businesses. Our video celebrates our 25th anniversary of supporting Iowa’s wish kids and highlights the event’s growth from its humble beginnings in Water Works Park to today’s brilliant display of holiday cheer. Take a look to see how we’re lighting the path for thousands of Iowans each year.