Must-See Holiday Light Shows in Wisconsin

Holiday light displays are in full force this time of year. So, we’ve gathered a few of the larger displays in Wisconsin sure to set your eyes aglow and revert any adult to a childlike state.

The Country Christmas Light Show in Waukesha is Wisconsin’s largest outdoor lights display! It features 250 light displays lit with more than 1 million lights in a 1- mile, drive along wooded trail. The light show runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve every year.

The Rotary Holiday Lights in La Crosse illuminate the park with animated displays, a computerized tunnel, and a holiday village with reindeer, hayrides and carriage rides. These holida lights are available to the public starting the day after Thanksgiving and stay up until New Year's Eve.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Winnebago in beautiful Menominee Park is the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights. This mile-long drive fills family and friends with wonder by the million twinkling lights, including a 100-foot-tall tree and sculpted scenes. Enjoy story time on Friday nights, or go to the Elves' Hideout to play games and make crafts. The Celebration of Lights is open Thanksgiving week through the end of December (closed Mondays).

The Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens is a holiday favorite with displays of flowers, butterflies and other botanical themed images. Walk the trail, or hop on a carriage ride perfect for younger viewers. Seasonal snacks are available in the Education Center. Hours vary so be sure to visit their website. The Garden of Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving and stays open through December.

The Janesville Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show includes local musicians, photo opportunities, animated displays and a life-size elf house. Open weekends in December and select weekdays over the holidays, this light show also offers hot chocolate, holiday cookies and pizza for sale. Join family and friends for this holiday tradition.

Last but not least, the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival sets three of Milwaukee’s parks ablaze with color: Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square. For just a $1, hop on the Jingle Bus for a warm, narrated tour of the festive scenes. Check the website for dates and special events.

Know of any other “must-see” festive stops or light displays in Wisconsin? Share them in the comments below.

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