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Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas holiday light events in Wisconsin

Holiday light displays are one of my favorite event for this time of year. So, I found out a few of the larger displays in Wisconsin. I am sure you will also love these

A. Free light shows

1. Milwaukee Holiday lights festival

In Milwaukee downtown three parks are lit up with colorful lights:-  Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square. Either you can visit all three park separately or hop on the Jingle bus for a warm and cozy narrated tour of the festive season. 
Starting address:- Pete Marquette Park, 900 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Jingle bus tickets and boarding:- Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court, 275 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Timing:- holiday lights :- November 20 – December 27, Jingle Bus :- Thursdays – Sundays | 6pm – 8:20 pm
Length:- November 20 – December 27 every year.

2. Rotary Holiday lights, La Crosse

The La Crosse's Riverside park illuminated with more than two million lights. These light display also offer other features like animated displays, a computerized tunnel, and a holiday village with reindeer, hayrides and carriage rides. You can also meet the Santa.
Address:- Riverside park, La crosse, WI 54601
Timing:-  Daily 5-10pm
Length :- Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve every year.
Fees:- Free! Free! Free!
Image source:- facebook page

3. Some other light shows which are free around Milwaukee suburbs

  A. Miller coors holiday lites on 4251 w state st
  B. H.C. Light show 6235 S 123rd st, Hales corner 
  C. Candy cane lane S 96th st to S 92nd st from w Montana ave to W Oklahoma ave
  D. Hope's light celebration Wisconsin humane society, 4500 W Wisconsin ave
  E. The Ackmann Home 3808 104th st, Greenfield 

B. Light shows With minimal charge

1. Country Christmas light show, Waukesha

One of the great feature of these display is this is drive through light display. So you can experience animated figures and holiday scenes all from the comfort of your car. 
After the drive-through experience, visit Christmas Village where you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while looking at animated scenes and a cuddly cast of characters and an amazing working model train display. They also have display Streets of Bethlehem.
Address:- Country springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha, WI 53188
Timing:- Mon-Thur 5-9pm; Fri, Sat & Holidays 5-10pm.
Length:- Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve every year.
Fees:- $15.00 Carload or minivan and $25.00 Limo, mini-coach or large passenger van
Image source:- rotary botanical garden website

2. Janesville rotary botanical gardens holiday light show

These holiday display is also include local musicians and life size elf houses. These have events as well so if you want to take part than check the schedule before you plan your visit.
Address:- Rotary botanical gardens, 1455 Palmer drive, Janesville, WI 53545
Timing:- 4pm-8pm on selected dates Dec 11 - Dec 13, Dec 17 - Dec 23, Dec 26 - Dec 27 2015 and Jan 2, 2016 - Jan 3, 2016
Length :- Thanksgiving through Jan 3rd every year.
Fees:- $5.00 per person, kids 2 & under are free 

3. Oshkosh celebration of Lights, Oshkosh 

Menominee Park Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago. This is mile-long drive decorated with millions of twinkling lights, including a 100-foot-tall tree and sculpted scenes. They have different events daily so you can check out the calendar and plant your trip accordingly.
Address:- Menominee park, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Timing:- Daily 5-9 pm (closed Mondays)
Length :- Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve every year.
Fees:- General Admission per carload is $ 8.00. $1 off with a non-perishable in-date canned food donation.
Image source:- facebook page

4. Garden of Lights, Green Bay 

These light display is different as it will accompanied by flowers, butterflies and other botanical themed images. You can either walk on the trail or take the carriage ride.
Timing:-  5pm-9pm on selected dates Dec 11- Dec 13 , Dec 18 - Dec 20, Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2015
Length :- Thanksgiving through Dec 30th every year.
Fees:- Walking Tour
                    Adults (13 & up): $9, Children (3 - 12): $5, Children (2 & under): Free 
           Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour*
                    Adults (13 & up): $13, Children (3 - 12): $9, Children (2 & under): Free 
*Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour includes Walking Tour.

Do you love holiday light show? Which light show is your favorite?


  1. I like the drive through light show. That way you stay warm in the car.

  2. I am not into holiday lights shows...never been to one. Am I the only one here who has never been? LOL.

  3. I love watching Christmas shows, whether it's a lights display, a musical or any other show, it's always exciting for me. It lifts my Christmas spirit! Really awesome!

  4. i love christmas lights so much! lists like this are wonderful so that people can plan out their adventures to see the lights. I'll be trying to go to a boat parade in southern california tis weekend. how wonderful that wisconsin has such great options

  5. We love going to see Christmas lights with the kids. I think I like it much more than they do, though :)

  6. We are definitely taking the kids to a holiday light show this year. Last year we took them through the Country Springs Hotel, and will probably take them back again this year.

  7. I love the Light show it looks a lot of fun. My kiddos would love this also

  8. wow.. amazing Christmas light.. Looks a lot of fun

  9. I better start saving to visit the US next year! I would love to see all these places at Christmas :) Great photos!

  10. I live in the UK but it is quite magical seeing all the Christmas lights.

  11. We love going to see Christmas lights with family and especially kids love this so much.

  12. wow this looks like an amazing place to visit. In our location there are not many lights or homes decorated which is disappointing. I'll have to take my child on a drive to try and find some nice lights somewhere!

  13. I've always wanted to attend a holiday light event, but when we lived in Massachusetts it always seemed too cold to get the infants out. You've inspired me to finally give it a try this year!

  14. Oh wow, what a fab list! Will share with my Wisconsin friends, have fun!

  15. There is most certainly something magical about holiday lights. I'd like to take in all of these!

  16. I love watching Christmas lights shows. They are so magical and festive.

  17. I love Christmas lights displays! We drove through a local one here in Edmonton, Alberta last night!