WISCONSIN — There’s nothing like driving around neighborhoods and communities during the holidays to gaze at holiday lights.

From Country Christmas to Enchant Christmas, there are dozens of holiday light displays with various themes across the state.

Here’s where you can enjoy one near you.


Event: Christmas Carnival of Lights

Dates: Nov. 18-Jan.1

This drive-thru holiday show winds its way through Jellystone Park’s campgrounds. Those who attend can also book their seat on Santa’s Giant Sleigh or take a ride on the Golf Cart Holiday Train.

Door County

Event: Capture the Spirit in Sister Bay

Dates: Nov. 24-25

Sister Bay’s village lights up with special decorations, caroling, a holiday art fair and more. It takes place at Waterfront Park on State 42.

Green Bay

Event: Garden of Lights

Dates: Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-10, Dec. 14-17, Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26-30

Green Bay Botanical Garden’s nature-inspired holiday light show features nearly 40 botanically themed light displays and more than 325,000 twinkling lights. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Event: Holiday Light Show

Dates: Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10, Dec. 14-23, Dec. 26-30

An after-dark walk, this year’s Gardens’ paths feature 1.5 million lights, themed displays and more. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. each day and it goes until 8:30 p.m.

(Photo by Kathryn Arena)


Event: Jerry Smith Farm Holiday Lights on the Farm

Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Since 2020, this holiday tradition has dazzled locals with holiday lights around the farm. It not only includes lights but also hot drinks, cozy fires and more.

La Crosse

Event: Rotary Lights Display

Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 31

This year, Rotary Lights will celebrate its 29th anniversary at Riverside Park. On select nights, the event will offer carriages ride through the light display. There is also an ice rink with free skate rental. Free s’mores will be available and Santa will be in attendance. 


Event: Holiday Fantasy in Lights

Dates: Nov. 11-Dec. 31

Madison’s Olin Park will be lit up from dusk until dawn through the holiday season. Visitors can stroll through the park as they take in over 50 light displays. Entry is free and free candy canes are available from 4:30-10 p.m. every night.

(Photo by Jason Carter)


Event: Holiday Lights Festival

Dates: Nov. 16-Jan. 1

Milwaukee’s 25th annual Holiday Lights Festival is lighting up downtown with holiday cheer. Attendees can hop on a Jingle Bus tour, walk the new Ornament Trail or drop a letter in Santa’s Mailbox. Festivities take place Thursday through Sunday nights.


Event: Enchant Christmas

Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 31

This is Enchant Christmas’ first year in the Badger State. Attendees will find a larger-than-life, light maze called The Great Search. There’s also a village with storefronts featuring artisan vendors, specialty crafters and boutiques, an ice skating trail and so much more.


Event: Celebration of Lights

Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 31

This Oshkosh holiday tradition boasts over a million twinkling lights. The Celebration of Lights offers visits with Santa, horse-pulled wagon rides, animated light shows and more. Visitor admission fees help support local charities.


Event: Country Christmas

Dates: Nov. 17-Jan. 1

The more than a mile long Country Christmas Trail features over a million holiday lights. Along the way, visitors can experience a 200-foot tunnel of lights, the Christmas Village and the Streets of Bethlehem.

(Photo by Bryce Shreve)


Event: Lights of the Northwoods

Dates: Dec. 1-Jan.1

Hodag Park will be lit up with joy this holiday season. From 5-9 p.m., visitors can view the lights, listen to holiday music, warm up by bonfires or drive through a tunnel of lights. Celebrations end with a fireworks show on New Year’s Day.


Event: Making Spirits Bright

Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 31

Making Spirits Bright is a drive thru lights display choreographed to music. After the 1.2-mile route, visitors can enjoy entertainment across the street in the Quarryview Center. There, guests can find concessions, a wreath raffle and Santa.


Event: Sparta Holiday Lights

Dates: Dec. 1-Jan.1

Evans Bosshard Park will be decked out with thousands of lights and other displays this holiday season. The Park Lighting Ceremony will follow the Holiday Parade on Dec. 1. Visitors can go Christmas carolling around a bonfire or get their picture taken with Santa.

Wisconsin Dells

Event: Mt. Olympus Nights Of Lights

Dates: Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Over 2 million lights will transform Mt. Olympus into a breathtaking light show. Guests are encouraged to have their cameras ready for the half-mile stroll through lights. Hot cocoa and snacks are available to purchase at the theme park.

(Photo by Mike Throndsen)