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 light shows, 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.
Lakeside Park Holiday Lights and Light Show – Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac’s Lake Winnebago is a headquarters for summer activities on the water — until Lakeside Park shows off a giant, musical display of holiday lights, that is. Park your car and listen to Christmas music on the radio that pairs up with trees that dance and shimmer for this 20-minute show.
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? 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.
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.
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 Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, you and your little ones will marvel at an astounding 750,000 lights, making the trees and greenery in the gardens sparkle. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time!
And don't miss these additional holiday light displays happening this year:
- Rotary Winter Wonderland in Marshfield
- Weyauwega Winter Wonderland in Weyauwega
- Christmas Village in Chippewa Falls
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