Holiday Light Displays that Amaze

Driving around looking at Holiday lights is a memory that I remember from my childhood and now continue as a parent. For us, we always pack the car with these essentials – Christmas PJs on, Christmas music on, Hot Chocolate in hand and popcorn!  No matter how you love to celebrate Christmas and view Holiday lights, there are tons of options near us in Waukesha County. This guide splits them out from paid light displays and free displays. Please note that some of the free ones are free in order to raise donations for a charitable cause. 

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LIGHT DISPLAY ON SUNFLOWER CT IN SUMMIT

Park your car and watch the Christmas lights as you listen to the music over the radio at a residential home on Sunflower Court in Summit. Tune to channel fm 89.5.  The display runs from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Lights are up and one song available at this time. 

GLEISNER HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

The biennial Gleisner Christmas Music & Light Show is this year and starts December 10th.  Santa may be stopping by this Friday and Saturday to check out the lights.  The show is located at 1364 Crystal Lake Drive, Oconomowoc and operates Sunday – Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm and Friday – Saturday 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm (ends ~January 1st).  Please share with your friends and family. 

When you arrive, turn your lights off and turn UP your radio on 93.5!!!

Here some details behind the light show:

  • Broadcasting our own station (93.5) via FM transmitter
  • With the exception of a few items, most of the light arrangements were homemade
  • +1.5 miles of extension cords
  • 200+ feet of cat5 cable
  • Over 50,000 lights
  • 25 strobe lights 
  • 400+ light channels, including an 18’ tall ribbon tree with 250 channels alone

Christmas at the Lodge

Drive past this beautifully remodeled home in downtown Oconowmoc at night to see their gorgeous lights at 307 N. Lake Road.

Christmas in Autumn Ridge (Ixonia)

Take a drive thru the Autumn Ridge Subdivision in Ixonia, taking note of the residence at N7938 Forest Drive, Ixonia, who has put together an amazing display to WOW!

DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Take the Jingle Bus for $2 or the hop (free) to view all the city of Milwaukee Downtown Holiday lights has to see! Or walk around the downtown to view the lighted areas:

– Pere Marquette Park

– Downtown Streets

– Community Spirit Park at Cathedral Square Park

– Zeidler Union Square

LIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

The show will run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday; 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. 

See link for address and more details.

LIGHTS ON GLEN COVE

The display will run each night starting at 5:00 pm. The shows will end at 9:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The display hopes to be up on December 1, 2019. 

Enchantment in the Park

An Interactive Holiday Lightshow To Benefit Hungry Families And Local

Suggested $10 cash donation and food donations!!!

*Horse & carriage rides 5:00-9:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday

*Roast marshmallows over the toasty warm fire pits every Friday and Saturday

*Special events provided every night starting at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

*Santa leaves at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays

Ziemer Family Lights

The Ziemer Family invites you to drive through their light display on their farm on the north side of Watertown. The lights will be on at 5:00 pm. You can drive through now through Christmas.

More details here.

CANDY CANE LANE 

It is in West Allis and is fundraising for the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).  It runs November 29 through December 26th, and the hours are 6:00 -9:00 pm on the weekdays and 5:00 – 10:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Please note that the hours may change due to weather, traffic, and other conditions.  Candy Cane Lane is the neighborhood bordered by 96th Street on the west, 92nd Street on the east, Montana Avenue on the north, and Oklahoma Avenue on the south.  The Official MACC Fund donation location is at the intersection of 95th and Manitoba.

Donations highly recommended. In 2018 they raised $119,523 for the MACC Fund!

WALWORTH COUNTY LIGHTS

Walworth County Lights is located in Elkhorn Wisconsin in the Lauderdale Lakes Estates on the Northeast corner of Hwy 67 & County Rd A at N6916 Northwood Dr in Elkhorn WI.

Paid Tickets Event Holiday Light DISPLAYS

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at the Ingleside Hotel is Wisconsin’s Largest outdoor drive through light display and it begins soon for the 2019 season.  My kids always have a blast going through each year and they always seem to notice more and more details each year and squeal with delight as we make our way through! It runs from November 29 – 1 and then December 6 through December 31st. Sunday through Thursday hours are from 5-9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays it runs from 5- 10 pm.

Admission (cash or credit) to Country Christmas 2019 is:

  • $20.00 per carload or minivan everyday
  • $35.00 per limo, or large passenger van*
  • $45.00 per minibus*
  • $30.00 per senior home minibus*

*NEW* for 2019: – Illuminated Walk & Wagon Rides

Illimuniated Walks – Join them December 3rd, 4th or 5th for an Illuminated Walk through Country Christmas.  This three night only event will help benefit the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Enjoy the mile long Country Christmas trail like you never have before and receive discounted admission with the donation of a new book. Hours are 5pm – 9pm, last admission tickets sold at 8pm. Admission is $7 per person or $5 per person with a new book donation. 

 

Wagon Rides – Join them December 8th – 12th & December 15th – 19th for a wagon ride. Rides are at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm(Based on availability) $15 per person – includes hot chocolate and a cookie. Purchase tickets in Christmas Village Carload admission not required for wagon ride. Wagon rides will leave promptly at your scheduled departure time. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

 

SANTA’ S ROCKIN’ LIGHTS – STATE FAIR PARK 

Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 S 84th St
West Allis, WI 53214

Opening Day:
Friday, November 22, 2019

Operation Hours/Price
Sunday to Thursday 4:50 PM to 9:00 PM:
$24.99/Vehicle*

*Except for the days of 12/19-12/24 it will be weekend pricing.
**Online price only. Higher price at the gate

Friday and Saturday 4:50 PM to 10:00 PM:
$29.99/Vehicle

*29.99 on 12/19 thru 12/24.
**Online price only. Higher price at the gate

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*Dates and times subject to change.  Check the website before visiting.
-Additional fees at checkout-

Enchantment in the Park

Join Us For An Interactive Holiday Lightshow To Benefit Hungry Families And Local

*Horse & carriage rides 5:00-9:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday

*Roast marshmallows over the toasty warm fire pits every Friday and Saturday

*Special events provided every night starting at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

*Santa leaves at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays

THE CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL OF LIGHTS

It is open Saturday, November 30th through December 31 except Christmas Day, when the Carnival is closed so that the Isaacson family can enjoy the holiday together. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00 – 10:00 pm.  Cost:  Car (up to 8 people) $20, Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $30, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $35.  Please note: Santa’s Workshop is open every day. Santa is at the workshop and available for photos every Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-9:30PM on November 26th and between December 2nd and 24th. Visit SANTA’S WORKSHOP to learn more. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights is hosted at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp Resort in Caledonia, Wisconsin, located just 20 minutes south of Milwaukee.

Note: Cash only. ATM available.

 

Winter Wonders Lights

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.

Open Nightly
November 29, 2019 – January 1, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
*Line opens at 4:30 p.m., Last entry at 9:30 p.m.
 
Closed Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve
 
Limited Tickets Available Nightly
  • $25: Carload – up to 7 occupants
    (Cars, Mini Vans, Pickups, SUVs)
  • $50: Vans & Limos 
    (Limos and Large Vans)
By Reservation Only:
  • $100: Mini Bus – 12-25 occupants
    (Reservation Required – Call)
  • $200: Commercial Bus Tours
    (Reservation Required – Call)
Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park
*Enter at Whitnall Park Golf Course
6751 S. 92nd Street
Franklin, WI 53132

 

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