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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.