THERE’S NOTHING LIKE the spectacular feast for the eyes that comes with a Christmas lights display. From the suburbs to scenic getaway destinations and right here in Downtown, here are some of the best places in the area to see Christmas lights this month.
Cash Donation – West Allis, 96th to 92nd St., Montana Ave. to Oklahoma Ave.
From humble beginnings in 1984 as a neighborhood effort to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer, this West Allis tradition is still going strong 35 years later. Every year, blocks of houses in the neighborhood break out extravagant and festive lights and displays to spread cheer and continue their original mission, having raised over $2 million for the MACC fund to end childhood cancer.
FREE – Downtown Milwaukee
Downtown is already aglow with Christmas lights up and down every street for this can’t-miss (no, seriously, they’re everywhere) festival in celebration of the season. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single display, catch the Jingle Bus for a guided tour of downtown landmarks and the most decorated scenes.
Rates vary – 8425 WI-38, Caledonia
This camp and resort’s 10th annual Christmas Carnival of Lights features over 2 million lights and a brand new 200-foot drive-through tunnel, to be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle or (if you book ahead of time) Santa’s massive sleigh.
$20 – 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee
Proudly wearing the title of Wisconsin’s largest outdoor drive-through Christmas lights display, admission to Country Christmas will get you access to three exhibits: The Trail, Christmas Village, and Streets of Bethlehem. Come on select dates and experience the lights on a wagon ride with cookies and cocoa!
$25 – 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
Fans of China Lights can see the team’s work once again with a holiday twist at this light show that touts a mile-and-a-half of 80 2D, 3D and animated displays. Alongside traditional Christmas trees and snowmen are displays representative of Europe and the Middle East, as well as a “Santas of the World” display.
$5 for non-guests, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
If you’re in the market for a holiday getaway, this resort has transformed itself into a winter wonderland, breaking out over two million Christmas lights, indoors and out. After you’ve seen the 12 Days of Christmas Light Show, round out your stay with holiday tea or breakfast with Santa.
$17 for adults, $10 for children, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Make sure to book your visit ahead of time for this after-hours self-guided tour, where you’ll see this Milwaukee landmark decked out with dazzling lights and festive trees.
$6-$8, 524 S. Layton Blvd.
Everyone’s favorite dome-shaped indoor gardens have set up a gorgeous holiday show full of spectacular lights, decor and color through Jan. 5.
Suggested $10 or non-perishable food donation, 800 N. Main St., West Bend
A cash or non-perishable food donation will get you admission to the 10th year of Washington County’s premier holiday lights event, where you can walk or drive through scenic Regner Park as you’ve never seen it before, lit from edge to edge by beautiful lights. If that’s not Christmasy enough for you, spring for the horse-drawn carriage ride instead.
Suggested cash or non-perishable food donation, S71 W16459 Glen Cove Ct., Muskego
Not every light show needs to move you along through it. If you’d rather just park, leave the heat on, and listen to some holiday jams, then you’d better watch out for this one-house animated display with over 35,000 lights synced to holiday hits new and old on 87.9 FM.