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Holiday Light Shows in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to some spectacular lights displays over the holiday season. Many displays are drive-through so you don’t have to get out of your car in the cold winter weather. Donations to local food banks and shelters are accepted at most shows- which is a great way to give back and share in the true spirit of the season. So get your family together and make a road trip to one of these beautiful displays!

La Crosse Rotary Lights

Located downtown along the banks of the Wisconsin River, every year the Rotary club puts up millions of Christmas lights in Riverside Park for the public to see. The purpose is to collect food donations for local food pantries. Features a holiday village with reindeer and animated displays and is open through December 31st. Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to make donations of cash or non-perishable food items

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Janesville Rotary Botanical Gardens Light Show

Features photo areas, animated displays, hot chocolate, pizza and holiday cookies. Open Weekends in December from 4:30 until 8:30pm. Admission is $5 per person ages 2+.

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Holiday Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park

Drive through Olin Park in Madison WI and experience the beauty of Holiday Fantasy in Lights. The event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and admission is free (donations are encouraged at the end of the display). The lights go on each evening at 4:00 pm through January 1st.

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Garden of Lights in Green Bay

Open from 5:00 – 9:00pm. Garden of Lights features ¼ million twinkling lights, enchanted icicle forest, flowers and a 60 foot walk-through caterpillar.

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Making Spirits Bright in Sheboygan

Drive through Making Spirits Bright from 5:00 – 9:00pm through December 31st (closed December 24th). Located in Quarryview Center and features concessions, trolley rides and a visit from Santa. Admission is free, but donations to Sheboygan Food Bank are greatly appreciated.

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Chippewa Falls Christmas Village in Irvine Park

Open through January 1st from 7:00am – 9:30pm, Christmas Village admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Experience Christmas scenes of the Victorian era and local historical replicas with 60,000 lights to enjoy.

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Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Lighting up Milwaukee until Jan 1, this holiday lights festival features three decorated Parks: Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette and Zeidler Union Square. Ride the Jingle Bus to view the 40-minute narrated tour which begins at the Shops of Grand Ave. There, an orchestra of 18 animatronic bears stands ready to entertain while you wait. The bus departs from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday (except Dec 24th-25th, 31st and Jan 1st); the lights are also on every night for self-guided tours.

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Celebration of Lights in Oshkosh

Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through this display on select dates in December (through Dec 31st), or drive or walk the 1-mile route through more than half a million twinkling lights, including a tunnel over a bridge and a snowfall tree display.

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