10 Milwaukee-Area Spots to See Holiday Lights

Fa la la on over to check out these impressive light displays.

1. Wild Lights

THROUGH DEC. 31, 5:30-9 P.M. | MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

At the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Wild Lights, you’ll witness the Zoological Society’s take on the holiday light displays, featuring a safari train ride and lighted animal figures! There is also a 21+ variation of Wild Lights, which includes specialty cocktails, food and entertainment. Tickets are available online.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee County Zoo

2. Santa’s Celebration Square

THROUGH JAN. 1 | 301 W. MICHIGAN ST. 

This light show at Zeidler Union Square features Santa and his reindeer hard at work. Take your kids and watch the lights on display by a warm, mellow fireplace or take a selfie on a ridiculously-oversized chair.


 

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3. Christmas Chalet at Pere Marquette Park

THROUGH JAN. 1 | 900 N. PLANKINTON AVE.

Ever wondered where Santa goes to escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Described as Santa’s “country getaway,” this light show located in Pere Marquette Park includes reindeer, elves and Santa Claus riding a tractor. This light show could also be the perfect end to a winter date night as you and your date can take a cute picture under some mistletoe. 

4. Community Spirit Park

THROUGH JAN. 1 | 520 E WELLS ST. 

See Cathedral Square Park transform into a true winter wonderland in Community Spirt Park! Each tree has distinct embellishments that have been designed by Milwaukee County Parks and other organizations, including the Singing Tree which responds to music and singing by twinkling.   

5. Wisconsin Avenue’s Stunning Stretch

THROUGH JAN. 1 | DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE

Wander downtown Milwaukee and get lost in the warm, festive lights that drape across the Wisconsin Avenue. 

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

6. Winter Wonders at Boerner Botanical Gardens

THROUGH JAN. 1, 5-9 P.M. | 6751 S. 92ND ST.

Enjoy this holiday light show in the warmth of your car with friends and family. Winter Wonders is a 1.4 mile drive that features over one million LED lights that light up Whitnall Park and a snow tunnel. Tickets are available online.

7. Candy Cane Lane

THROUGH JAN. 1, TIMES VARY | W. OKLAHOMA AVE., WEST ALLIS

Walk or drive through this neighborhood filled with Christmas lights and cheer. Candy Cane Lane was started by a group of neighbors in West Allis to raise money for the MAAC fun (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). You can read more about the history of Milwaukee’s favorite holiday drive in this story from our December issue. 

Photo courtesy of Candy Cane Lane

8. Christmas at the Zoo

THROUGH DEC. 31, 1-8:30 P.M. | 1901 SHALOM DR., WEST BEND

Drive through the Shalom Wildlife Zoo and watch your favorite animals graze or sleep under the warm glow of holiday lights! After the drive, you can check out the petting zoo to pet and feed animals such as llamas and goats. Tickets are $10 per person (ages 2 or younger get free admission) and can be purchased in person. 

9. Country Christmas

THROUGH JAN. 1, STARTS AT 5 P.M. | 2810 GOLF ROAD, PEWAUKEE

The Ingleside Hotel’s annual Country Christmas event returns this year. Experience holiday light displays such as Bearville, a stunning, illuminated 200-foot tunnel, and visit the Christmas Village where you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while watching a working model train set and cute animatronic raccoons that dance to Christmas music. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth or online.

Photo courtesy of the Ingleside Hotel Country Christmas

10. East Troy Lights

THROUGH DEC. 31, 5-8 P.M.  | 2881 MAIN ST., EAST TROY

Visit downtown East Troy to view the incredible holiday light show that you can create and control. You can either create and submit your own light show using the light show simulator, or you can use your smartphone and create magic livefrom the palm of your hand. This show is free to attend. 

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