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.
1. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Jellystone Park Camp-Resort (8425 WI-38, Caledonia, WI 53108)
Nov. 30th–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.
2. Candy Cane Lane
West Allis between 92nd-96th St. and between Montana and Oklahoma Ave.
November 29th through December 28th
6-9 p.m. Weekdays | 5-10 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!
3. Milwaukee Holiday Lights (Free!) & $2.00 Jingle Bus Tours
Nov. 21st – January 1st
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 $2.00 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.
4. 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.
5. Country Christmas at the Ingleside Hotel
2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072
November 29th – December 1st & December 6th – 31st, 2019
Dec. 3-5 Illuminated Walk
$7 per person or $5 per person with a new book donation
Now in its 24th year, admission to Country Christmas includes The Country Christmas Trail featuring over a million holiday lights festively displayed on over a mile-long trail. As guests drive through the countryside, they will experience enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes from the comfort of their car.
The Streets of Bethlehem is a building located at the end of the drive-through trail. Guests can get out of their car and walk through the collection of nearly life –sized Fontanini nativity figurines. Country Christmas has the only display of this magnitude in the area, a replica of the Pope’s personal collection. Christmas Village is another building at the end of the trail that guests can get out of their car and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or an evening treat while surrounded by a cuddly cast of animated holiday characters and a newly rebuilt working model train display.
New in 2019, experience Country Christmas like you never have before with one of two new ways to take in the Country Christmas light display. Illuminated Walk through Nights will be held for three nights only! On December 3rd, 4th and 5th for the first time in Country Christmas history, guests will be allowed to walk the more than one mile long Country Christmas trail. During these nights, the trail will be closed to any drive through traffic.
Wagon rides will be available to guests December 8th – December 12th, 2019 and December 15th – December 19th, 2019. Rides start at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm and are $15 per person. Wagon rides include hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie and can be purchased in Christmas Village at the concessions counter. Tickets are first come, first serve and carload admission is not required for wagon rides.
Plus, don’t miss your chance to get your picture taken with Santa Claus in Christmas Village, courtesy of COUNTRY Financial, on December 11th and 12th from 6pm -8pm.
6. Enchantment in the Park
Regner Park 800 N. Main Street, West Bend, WI 53090
November 29th – December 24th, 2019
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.
7. Miller Valley Holiday Lites (Free!)
4251 W. State St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
December 6th – 21st, Fridays & Saturdays
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.
8. Christmas at the Pabst Mansion
November 21st, 2018 – January 5th, 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.
9. Winter Wonders at Boerner Botanical Gardens
November 29, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Closed Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve
Gather family and friends for a spectacular new drive-through holiday lights display brought to you by the producers of China Lights!
Enjoy a variety of light displays throughout Whitnall Park from the comfort of your car as you drive alongside magnificent forest scenes and whimsical holiday fun.
View 80 light displays along the 1.4 mile route that integrate multiple techniques from around the world including 2D and 3D displays, animated displays, and theatrical lighting giving washes of color to the trees of the Boerner Arboretum. In addition to traditional lighted trees, snowflakes, and snowmen, the drive-through route includes displays representing North America, the Middle East, and Europe, as well as a display of Santas of the World.
10. Santa’s Rock n’ Lights
Wisconsin State Fair Park (640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214)
Opening Day: Friday, November 22, 2019Sunday to Thursday 4:50 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 4:50 PM to 10:00 PM
*Dates and times subject to change. Check the website before visiting.
Santa’s Rock n Lights is a drive thru Christmas light show experience. This is a totally new tradition in which the lights are animated to Christmas music instead of just your traditional still displays. We invite you to load up family and friends to watch the action of lights dancing to music all from the warmth of your car!
Be on the lookout for the *free* BMO Harris Bank annual holiday display.
BMO Harris Bank will unveil its much-anticipated annual holiday exhibit, and this year’s display promises to be a fun-filled — and whimsical — family experience.
The bank’s lobby, at 770 N. Water Street, will be transformed into a colorful winter wonderland, featuring life-sized Steiff animals.