Snow-covered houses, twinkling lights, and steaming hot cocoa; It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Pack the kids in the car and delight in some of the area’s most spectacular holiday lights displays.
Featured: The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Jellystone Park Camp-Resort (8425 WI-38, Caledonia, WI 53108)
Nov. 25–Dec. 31st, with the exception of Christmas Day
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and 5–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Entry fee for carloads with up to eight people is $20
Jellystone Park’s Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights in Caledonia is Southeastern Wisconsin’s biggest and brightest holiday lights display. Just 20 minutes south of Milwaukee, families will experience a unique drive-through holiday light show that stretches more than a mile with over 1.5 million lights.
Families can enjoy the show from the comfort of their vehicles as they travel through the campground, or get even closer to the lights aboard Santa’s giant sleigh for an open-air experience. In Santa’s Workshop, families will meet “Evy the Talking Christmas Tree,” warm up with hot chocolate, write Santa a letter or even meet the jolly man himself. For hours, details and sleigh reservations, visit www.wichristmascarnival.com.
BMO Harris Bank “A Seussified Season”
November 26, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special dates and hours:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 24, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, December 25, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BMO Harris Bank unveiled its much-anticipated annual holiday exhibit, and this year’s display promises to be a fun-filled — and whimsical — family experience. Now through Jan. 2, BMO celebrates the world of Dr. Seuss with A Seussified Season, bringing the beloved children’s author’s works to life in its downtown lobby. The display is free and open to the public.
The bank’s lobby, at 770 N. Water Street, has been transformed into a colorful winter wonderland, featuring roughly 30 live flocked trees and more than a dozen vignettes from classic Seuss stories using the bank’s treasured collection of life-sized Steiff animals.
In conjunction with the holiday display, BMO Harris will once again donate $30,000 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
BMO Harris encourages visitors to sign a guestbook at the exhibit, and to share their photos on social media using the hashtag: #BMOHolidayDisplay.
Candy Cane Lane
West Allis between 92nd-96th St. and between Montana and Oklahoma Ave.
November 23rd through December 26th
6-9 p.m. Weekdays5-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Candy Cane Lane is the perfect holiday tradition for any family who loves Christmas lights. Grab some hot cocoa to go, and drive over to this brightly lit West Allis neighborhood. You’ll enter to find a winter wonderland with candy-cane wrapped trees, and over 300 houses full of festive holiday lights. You can drive or walk through. Don’t forget to leave a donation for the MACC fund!
Milwaukee Holiday Lights (Free!) & $2.00 Jingle Bus Tours
Late November – late December
The annual six-week lights festival throughout downtown Milwaukee features animated holiday light displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square.
You can get an up-close look at the lights aboard the $1.00 Jingle Bus, a Coach USA bus that takes visitors on a 40-minute tour narrated by Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassadors. Tours depart from The Shops of Grand Avenue. While you wait, you can enjoy holiday snacks and the Leonard Beastein Symphony inside the mall. Check the website for the most updates dates and times.
Lights on Glen Cove (Free)
Off Janesville and Glen Cove Ct. in Muskego, WI
Marvel at over 35,000 LED lights synchronized to holiday music from 87.9 FM. The lights run every night starting at 5:00 p.m. and running through 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 p.m. on weekends.
Ingleside Hotel (formerly Country Springs) Christmas Lights Display
2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072
Sunday through Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. ($15 per car/van)
Friday, Saturday & Holidays, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. ($20 per car/van)
Nov. 23 – 25, Nov. 30 – Dec. 31
Each year, the land just west of the Country Springs Hotel transforms into a wooded winter wonderland called Country Christmas. Your admission will enable you to drive through the one-mile long Country Christmas Trail, which features over a million holiday lights. Kids will love “Bearville” with its giant teddy bears running errands in the general store and going to church. The highlight of the lights show is an other-worldly drive through a 200-foot tunnel of 30,000 twinkling lights.
At the end of the drive, you can hop out of the car and walk through the Streets of Bethlehem, where you’ll find an almost life-sized replica of the Fontanini nativity scene found at the Vatican. You can also explore Christmas Village, which featured model trains, an area to take photos, and concessions.
Enchantment in the Park
Regner Park 800 N. Main Street, West Bend, WI 53090
This huge twinkling lights display in Regner Park is impressive for all ages. You can walk, drive, or take a carriage ride through, and Santa is there to visit with the kids. It gets very busy on the weekends, so visit during the week if you can. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items or $10 cash donation.
Miller Valley Holiday Lites (Free!)
4251 W. State St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Drive through the historic Miller Valley at Christmas time and you’ll find a new holiday lights display each year. The illuminated valley comes alive with over half a million LED lights synchronized to music. The theme changes each year, and it’s totally free to drive through.
Highlights of Christmas at the Pabst Mansion
November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019
2000 W. Wisconsin Avenue; Milwaukee, WI 53233
$12.50 for adults; Students, Seniors and Military are $11.50; children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online (recommended) or at the door.
The nationally recognized Christmas display Christmas at the Pabst Mansion returns featuring nearly two dozen festively decorated spaces on three floors from the Parlor and Dining Room to the third
floor guest bedrooms and everything in between. Visiting the Pabst Mansion at Christmastime has become a beloved holiday tradition for residents all throughout the metro-Milwaukee area and
beyond. Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and WISN 12.