Holiday Lights: Spectacular Shows in Wisconsin
Between dazzling snow-covered landscapes and twinkling stars in the winter sky, Wisconsin truly shines this time of year. And the many holiday light shows throughout the state only add to the magic of our sparkling surroundings.
From drive-through experiences to walking through glittering wonderlands, your family will make wonderful holiday memories at these light shows.
Rotary Holiday Lights – La Crosse
A 140-foot Christmas tree is just the frosting on the cake at the Rotary Holiday Lights show in La Crosse. A staggering 3 million lights in all their Christmas glory can be viewed at Riverside Park, where your family can also take part in ice skating and carriage rides.
WPS Garden of Lights – Green Bay
Celebrate the holidays and nature’s beauty with family and friends with the WPS Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Visitors can travel through the enchanted icicle forest, a dazzling 60-foot walk through a caterpillar, butterflies in motion and new additions each year. For extra family fun, take a ride on the horse-drawn carriage and make a new picture-perfect holiday memory.
Lights in Lincoln Park – Manitowoc
How about a holiday light show that’s beautiful to behold and benefits the animals of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc? The zoo is already a perfect family adventure, but adding holiday dazzle makes it all the more magical. During Lights in Lincoln Park, drive through the park and peer at a 60-foot tunnel of lights and animated displays showcasing your favorite animals from all over the world — including reindeer from the North Pole.
Holiday Fantasy in Lights – Madison
As the Capitol shines in the background, families from Madison and beyond make their annual pilgrimage to the famed Holiday Fantasy in Lights held at Olin-Turville Park. Delight in festive displays that celebrate Wisconsin culture, like Bucky Badger and the Packers, as you gaze upon a gorgeous view of the Madison skyline across Lake Monona.
Making Spirits Bright – Sheboygan
Drive a mile through Sheboygan’s Evergreen Park, where you won’t believe the colorful lights covering the trees during the Making Spirits Bright event. Bring a food donation to benefit local pantries and your family’s letters to drop off in Santa's mailbox!
Holiday Light Show at Rotary Botanical Gardens – Janesville
Bundle up for a holiday light experience you won’t forget. At the Holiday Light Show at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, you and your little ones will marvel at an astounding 1.5 million lights, making the trees and greenery in the gardens sparkle. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time, as this is a super popular attraction!
And don't miss these additional holiday light displays happening this year:
- Rotary Winter Wonderland in Marshfield
- Christmas Village in Chippewa Falls
- Sparta Holiday Lights in Sparta
- Holiday Lights in Ripley Park in Cambridge
- Delightfully Calumet, Inc. Holiday Light Show in Chilton
- Country Christmas Light Show in Pewaukee
- Christmas Lights in the Park in Turtle Lake
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