We can all agree, Wisconsin is absolutely beautiful during the holiday season, and what better way to get out and enjoy the winter sights than by visiting a holiday light show?
Thankfully, the Milwaukee region offers many great holiday displays, and it should be noted that many of these displays can be viewed from the warmth of your car.
When viewing holiday lights, it is imperative that you pay the utmost attention to safety. Sadly, car accidents remain a problem in our state, leading to serious injuries. According to data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, around 500 people die in Wisconsin car accidents each year. Do not let those lights become a distraction while you are behind the wheel of your car.
With your safety in mind, please make sure to check out one (or more) of these top holiday light shows in the Milwaukee area:
The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival begins this year on November 17 and runs through January 1. The festival is one of the best light shows in the entire Midwest. It is sure to provide fun for the whole family.
This is the 18th year that the city has run the holiday light festival. This year, organizers have promised more than 500,000 sparkling lights.
Those looking to see the holiday displays should consider attending the kick-off event, which takes place on November 17. At 5:29 PM, immediately following sunset, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will flip the switch and light the city’s evergreen tree.
After that, event goers will be able to walk over to Pere Marquette Park to enjoy the holiday light festival’s opening night extravaganza.
If you cannot make opening night, be sure to check out the festival at some point during the holiday season. There are many events scheduled during the festival’s six-week run.
If you are looking for a holiday light festival outside of the city of Milwaukee, the Country Christmas Light Show might be perfect for you.
Located in Waukesha, Country Christmas offers Wisconsin’s largest outdoor drive-through holiday light display. This set-up is only a 25-minute drive from downtown Milwaukee.
Upon arrival, you can get tickets to the see how the inside of the Country Springs hotel has been transformed into a winter wonderland.
Country Christmas offers a truly unique holiday experience. For example, there are holiday “trails,” including a 200-foot-long tunnel that contains more than 50,000 glistening holiday lights. At the end of the trail, you will find several gorgeous decorated displays, including a recreation of Bethlehem and a working model train village.
The experience is open November 25 and goes through the end of the holiday season. Tickets for the experience start at $15 per vehicle.
Located between 92nd and 95th street and between Oklahoma Avenue and Montana Avenue in the western suburbs of Milwaukee, Candy Cane Lane offers a truly special holiday light viewing experience.
Neighbors join together to decorate their houses in incredibly imaginative and festive ways to bring joy to people from all over our region. Also, the neighborhood puts up donation boxes to raise money to fight cancer.
Candy Cane Lane first started in 1984, and it has been growing ever since. Last year alone, the neighborhood raised nearly $113,000 for charity. This year, the festival hopes to top that mark.
The 2016 Candy Cane Lane light display is set to run from November 25 through December 26. The lights will be on each night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with additional hours on the weekends. Stop by and take in the holiday spirit while helping to raise money for an extremely important cause.
Located just south of Milwaukee, Jellystone Park in Caledonia is a camp resort that offers fun for families. In particular, this is a great place for families with younger children.
Each holiday season, the park puts on its official Jellystone Park Holiday Light Show. The light show is stretched along a one-mile long trail through which you can drive. In all, park managers report that more than one million different lights line the trail.
The trail also includes many different familiar scenes, from Santa working with his trusted elves to a full-sized candy gingerbread house. At the end of the light show, you and your family can visits Santa’s Workshop to pick up some hot beverages and assorted gifts.
The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights opens on November 26 this year and will go until the end of December. Tickets start at $20 per each car load of up to eight people.
For a change of pace, you and your family may enjoy taking a holiday light walking tour in Downtown Milwaukee. There is no better choice than the tour guided by Gothic Milwaukee.
Tour guides will help you explore the festive holiday scenery in Cathedral Square and will take you down to Pere Marquette Park. The tour will also take a stop at Red Arrow Park.
During the tour, your guide will educate you about the scenery and history of the city and will even play some Christmas trivia with you.
Please keep in mind before signing up, this is a walking tour and is nearly 1.25 miles long.
This year, tours are scheduled to run from December 1 until December 23. You can get your ticket online. They are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.
If you or a loved one has been injured this holiday season, please contact our office immediately. Whether your injury occurred in a car accident, a sidewalk slip and fall or in any other fashion, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help. We represent victims in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin, including in Racine, Dodge, Waukesha and Jefferson.