Minnesota Wonders

Jerry’s Tree and Star – Christmas Lights that Dazzle

If you have ever driven on Interstate 35 in southern Minnesota after dark this time of year, chances are you have gazed upon Jerry’s tree.  Jerry Lageson began stringing the thousands of white LED lights upon his tree during the Christmas of 2012.  Since that time, over a million people have seen his display while traveling on the interstate.  I love Jerry’s motto from the video below: “Life is not about the breaths you take but about the moments that take your breath away.”

When I look at Jerry’s lovely tree, so many adjectives come to mind to describe it.  It is simple….breathtaking…elegant…mesmerizing.  It think it has such an impact on people because it is so unexpected, especially the first time you see it.  Imagine traveling for miles in darkness, bored and drained from your day, and then you come over a corner and there it is in all its beauty. Feelings of peace and wonder come over you and you awaken to a fresh start in your journey.

Jerry's Tree and Star, Faribault, Minnesota

This year, Jerry has created something new in addition to his tree.  A brilliant blue star now also lights up the sky. His gorgeous tree and star remind me to be still in the moment and take time to savor the beauty and wonder of this time of year. Thank you, Jerry!

Jerry's Tree and Star, Faribault, Minnesota

 

Jerry's Tree and Star, Faribault, Minnesota

 

If you want to get up close to Jerry’s tree and star, there is a side road that runs along the interstate.  From Faribault, take County Road 45 (Albers Ave) south towards Medford. Turn right on 250th street.  After you cross over the interstate, turn left on Ableman Trail. The display is just a mile up the road.

From Interstate 35, take the Medford exit.  Go east into the town of Medford. Turn left on County Road 45.  Go about four miles and turn left on 250th street. After you cross over the interstate, turn left on Ableman Trail.  The display is just a mile up the road.

***For even more Christmas lights, Check out my post about Christmas Lights at the Keller Farm and take a Faribault Christmas Light Tour.

 

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10 comments

  • Wow… that Tree has a lot of lights. It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing the location. I’m going to try to find it the next time I’m driving on 35!

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  • Debbie Mc

    Wow I had no idea about this. I am going to take a road trip to check it out, my daughter loves Christmas lights!!

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    • If you come down to see Jerry’s Tree, also check out my post on the Keller Farm Christmas Light Display. It’s a beautiful farm covered in lights east of Faribault and it’s amazing!

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  • Loved it! The pictures are gorgeous, especially the last one. Thanks so much for sharing this with those of us who might not normally see it!

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  • I’ve driven past this several times a d it always takes my breath away. Beautiful!! Thanks for spreading the word so others can enjoy this magical sight!

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  • Michael J Shuda

    Thank you to the Lageson family for bringing us joy, thank you to the Great Step Grandpa, thank you to Mother Nature for providing the tree, thank God for this and other Miracles, and THANK YOU Teresa DeMars for reporting on this Mysterious Sight !!!
    : o)

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  • Thanks Michael! Glad you enjoyed the post! I am thankful, too, for all the blessings around us!

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