It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and communities all over Wisconsin will be holding festivals and setting up light displays that you can walk and drive through. Even if the winter weather has been slow to arrive, these holiday lights will get you in the Christmas mood. Get ready to bundle up, grab a hot chocolate and let the wonder of Christmas surround you.
Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to one (or more) of the best Christmas lights displays in Wisconsin.
1. Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Gardens
2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay, WI 54303
More than a quarter million lights, a campfire, a model train exhibit and Santa add to the display.
There's a walking option for $9 for adults, $5 for kids or a horse-drawn wagon for $14 for adults and $10 for children.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays | 5 - 9 pm ( Last entry at 8:30 pm)
November 25-December 23 and December 26-30.
2. Holiday Fantasy in Lights - Olin Park, Madison
1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715
Starting November 15 and going through New Year's weekend, the display is drive-through and free with the lights on dusk til dawn.
3. Rotary Lights - LaCrosse
100 State St, La Crosse, WI 54601
Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to make money or non-perishable food donations.
The display goes up on Black Friday and opening day includes a parade. It closes with fireworks on New Year's Eve.
They open at 5 and gates close behind the last car in line at 10 pm.
4. Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights - Caledonia
Open every day Saturday, November 26 through Thursday, December 31 except Christmas Day.
Sunday-Thursday: 5-9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 5-10 pm
Car (up to 8 people) $20
Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $30
Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $35
5. Celebration of Lights - Oshkosh
Hazel Street along the coast of Lake Winnebago.
Carriage Rides and Hay Rides are also available for an additional fee.
Friday, November 25 thru Saturday, December 31, 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily.
Admission is $8 per carload. $1 off with a non-perishable in-date canned food donation.
6. Making Spirits Bright - Sheboygan
3000 Calumet Dr; Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53083.
Open every night from November 25 through December 31 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. (closed on Dec. 24)
Quarryview Center, across from Evergreen Park, will be open each Friday-Sunday from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 with Santa, concessions and trolley rides on Fridays and Saturdays.
Admission is free but donations to the Sheboygan Food Bank are appreciated.
7. Country Christmas - Pewaukee
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072
More than a million lights on a mile long trail that is billed as Wisconsin's Largest Outdoor Drive-Through Display.
$15.00 per carload or minivan Sunday – Thursday
$20.00 per carload or minivan Friday, Saturday and holidays
$30.00 per limo, or large passenger van
$40.00 per minibus.
Cash only on site, but tickets can be purchased in advance online.
8. Holiday Festival of Lights and Jingle Bus - Milwaukee
275 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Three parks and the streets of downtown Milwaukee are lit up for the holidays. The best way to see them is to hop on the Jingle Bus for just $1. Tours operate Thursdays through Sundays, November 18 through December 30 from 6pm to 8:20pm. Tickets are sold starting at 5:30 on a first come, first served basis.
The bus does not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.
9. Rotary Winter Wonderland - Marshfield
608 W 17th St, Marshfield, WI 54449
Admission is free, but donations to local food pantries are encouraged.
Open 7 days a weeks starting November 27th through December 31st
5pm till 9pm
Santa will be there every night from Nov 25th thru December 23rd, live music and free horsedrawn Rides 6pm -8pm on a first come first serve on Saturdays.
10. Candy Cane Lane - West Allis
Candy Cane Lane is the neighborhood bordered by 96th Street on the west, 92nd Street on the east, Montana Avenue on the north, and Oklahoma Avenue on the south.
A tradition more than 30 years old, Candy Cane is four square blocks of houses lit up and decorated for the holiday.
Open November 25th - December 26th
6-9 pm Weekdays
5-10 pm Saturday & Sunday
Admission is free, but volunteers collect money for the MACC Fund.
11. Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show - Janesville
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545
Admission is $5 a person.
Open Friday, December 9, 4 to 8 pm
Saturday, December 10, 4 to 8 pm
Sunday, December 11, 4 to 8 pm
Thursday, December 15, 4 to 8 pm
Friday, December 16, 4 to 8 pm
Saturday, December 17, 4 to 8 pm
Sunday, December 18, 4 to 8 pm
Monday, December 19, 4 to 8 pm
Tuesday, December 20, 4 to 8 pm
Wednesday, December 21, 4 to 8 pm
Thursday, December 22, 4 to 8 pm
Friday, December 23, 4 to 8 pm
Monday, December 26, 4 to 8 pm
Tuesday, December 27, 4 to 8 pm
Wednesday, December 28, 4 to 8 pm
Thursday, December 29, 4 to 8 pm
Friday, December 30, 4 to 8 pm
Have you been to any of these displays before? What (and where) is your favorite Christmas light display in Ohio? Share your photos, thoughts and experiences with us!