Holiday Light Displays Guide

Holiday Light Displays that Amaze

The Holiday Light Displays Guide is sponsored by Winter Wonders.

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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One lucky Lake Country Family Fun reader will win a ticket to the Winter Wonders holiday lights experience. The ticket is valid for one carload, any night of the 2020-2021 season, November 20, 2020 through January 3, 2021. 

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Thank you to all who entered! Congratulations to Delafield mom, Alison N. for winning!

This guide includes two sections of light displays:

  • Holiday Light Displays by city
  • FREE Holiday Light Displays by city

Paid Tickets Event Holiday Light DISPLAYS

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY

Country Christmas holiday lights

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at the Ingleside Hotel is Wisconsin’s Largest outdoor drive through light display and it begins November 27, 2020.  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 27th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021. 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 2020 is:

  • $20.00 per carload or minivan everyday
  • $30.00 per limo, or large passenger van*
  • $40.00 per minibus*
  • $25.00 per senior home minibus*

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.

 

Winter Wonders Lights

Winter Wonders Ad Lights 2020

Holiday Lights From Your Car! 

Gather your family and friends to celebrate the wonders of the season with light! 

This spectacular drive-through holiday lights display is back for its second year! The show has been re-imagined by theatrical lighting designer “Laser Bob” Mullins and his talented team. 

Enjoy a variety of dramatic lighting techniques and new displays throughout the forests and fields of the Boerner Arboretum and Whitnall Park.

Best part? It is COVID-19 safe – you can enjoy it all from the comfort and safety of your own car!  

Open Nightly
Preview Weekend: November 13-15
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
* Line opens at 4:30 p.m., Last entry at 9:30 p.m.

Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day!
 
What’s New from 2019’s show?
  • New breathtaking design with ONE million lights
  • New displays and concert lighting
  • New Mini Drive-In Theater (first come, first serve)
  • New Skip The Line Ticket option for early entry
  • Open on all holidays
 
Limited Tickets Available Nightly
  • $25: Carload – up to 7 occupants
    (Cars, Mini Vans, Pickups, SUVs)
  • $35: Skip The Line – Early Entry Limited quantity each night. Good for specific dates and between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. only. Guarantees a Drive-In Mini Theater Show!
  • $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

THE CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL OF LIGHTS

WI Christmas Carnival of Lights opens Saturday, November 28 – December 31.* Preview weekend is November 21 – November 22!

*The only exception is Christmas Day when we are closed so that the Isaacson family can enjoy the holiday together.

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday:  5-9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5-10 pm

 

Cost:
Per Car (up to 8 people): $25
Large Passenger Van, Senior Home Mini Bus: $35
Limo, Camper < 30′, Mini Bus: $45
Large Bus, Greyhound,  30’+ Motorhome: $100

**CASH ONLY at the gate**  ATM available near the entrance.

Please note: Santa’s Workshop (The Ember Lodge/Firefly at Bear Paw Beach) is open every day. Santa is at the workshop and available for photos every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-9:30 pm until Dec 23. Visit Santa’s workshop to learn more.

 

FREE Holiday LIGHT DISPLAYS

Note: We are currently updating this section for 2020.  Information may be from 2019.  Please verify prior to attending to be sure event is on for 2020.

LIGHT DISPLAY at CORNER of SECOND STREET and ELM STREETOconomowoc Carpenter Lights Display 2020

This husband and wife time, the Carpenters, have been hard at work and would love you to drive by and smile to see their amazing light display in Oconomowoc. They will have the lights on daily from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 

THE ENTIRE AUTUMN RIDGE SUBDIVISION
Every year, the Autumn Ridge Subdivision in Ixonia has a friendly outdoor holiday decorating competition. We featured one of the homes last year (2019), with homeowner approval, but they have moved out of the subdivision along with their amazing light display. Nevertheless, the subdivision will have amazing lights on display again this 2020 season! Find the subdivision off Hwy F in Ixonia to the West. 

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. Dates TBD.
 

GLEISNER HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

The biennial Gleisner Christmas Music & Light Show is this year and starts TBD.  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. Dates TBD in 2020.
 

HOUSE IN WILLOW CREEK
From an LCFF Fan, “Willow Creek is the name of the subdivision it’s on the corner of Hwy 67 and Hwy O. Across from BP gas station in Ashippun. 1 house in my sundvision is awesome. Last year he had santa out there waving to people. His stuff is already up!!”

DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Thousands of lights decorate the Milwaukee Downtown Holiday lights events. Drive 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
-More

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.

ENTIRE TAYLOR WOODS SUBDIVISION
Fan Feedback: “I was enjoying the homes in Taylors Woods subdivision (by Wanaki golf course) by Townline and Lisbon roads” near Menomononee Falls.

The Corners of Brookfield

There will {NOT} be a Corners of Brookfield Tree Lighting event this holiday season. Instead, come visit the lights display of a 40 foot long lighted tunnel & get your picture with the large hot cocoa mug! The lights will be installed on November 23 through January 1, 2021. Visit at your leisure at anytime between those dates, when there are less crowds, and it will be easier to social distance.

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 is planning to be a go for 2020.

SHALOM HOLIDAY LIGHT DRIVE THROUGH

WEST BEND

The holiday drive-thru begins November 21st and runs through December 31st, 2020. Bring your family and friends. In the warmth of your own car, drive slow, relax and enjoy the wildlife, the unique Holiday displays and decorations. The entire zoo is lit up with special LED lighting for the night time drive-thru. Wildlife viewing is good day or night. The Drive-thru will take one hour.

Santa has prepared a treat bag for all the good boys and girls.

After the Holiday drive-thru enjoy entrance into the petting zoo and a crackling camp fire. Animal feed for the petting zoo is available for purchase in the gift shop. 

Pricing: $10 per person (2 & under are free)
Pay at the drive up ticket booth window at the zoo entrance
No reservations needed

1:00 pm to 8:30 pm
(Last car admitted at 7:30PM)
Petting Zoo closes at 8:30PM
Closed: 
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Enchantment in the Park

An Interactive Holiday Lightshow To Benefit Hungry Families And Local
Nov 27- Dec 24 at Regner Park

Suggested $10 cash donation and food donations!!!

  • The event will feature more than one million lights and will be staffed by more than 775 volunteers, adding up to more than 4,600 volunteer hours.
  • Donations from last year’s event included a $50,000 donation to four food pantries across Washington County from Enchantment in the Park. 

Attendees have the option to drive or walk through the display. On Friday and Saturday nights, horse-and-carriage rides will be available for $5 per person for anyone 16 years and older—these are first-come, first-served—and there will be fire pits for marshmallow roasting.

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 TBD 2020 through Christmas.

CANDY CANE LANE 

It is in West Allis and is fundraising for the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).  It runs November 27 through December 27th, 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. The goal in 2020 is to raise $100,000 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.

Bristlecone Pine subdivision in Hartland was recommended to us in our Lake Country Family Fun Community Facebook Group

 

EAST TROY LIGHT SHOW
Dec 5 – 31
East Troy Lights is coming to the East Troy Village Square Dec. 5-31 with daily dazzling light displays on the hour between 5 and 9 p.m. This December, we will launch East Troy Lights – an interactive holiday light show taking place throughout the month of December with help from a $19,225 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Travel Wisconsin. Not only can you watch the shows – on the hour, every hour – but, with the help of a mobile phone, you’ll be able to try your hand at making your own light show.

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Are we missing holiday lights?

If know of a lights display that should be added to this list, please email us at erin@lakecountryfamilyfun(dot)com with the info.

Other: Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entering the giveaway. Entrants must be located in the U.S. The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email that was submitted. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize, or another winner will be chosen. Only one entry person. Duplicates will be deleted.

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