Where to take in holiday wonder and magic
There’s nothing like exploring Wisconsin during the holiday season. Wisconsin’s communities celebrate the season in style with special events and beautiful seasonal exhibits.
Enjoy holiday displays that provide wonder for all ages. Catch the holiday spirit in parks that are transformed into wonderlands of light and sound. Gather in a historic downtown and admire a beautiful holiday tree while listening to talented carolers. Take the kids to meet Santa Claus – tell them to bring their wish lists.
Participate in festive hands-on crafting activities or admire a well-crafted miniature magical world. Or have some fun while helping a charity that helps others throughout the year.
Most of these community holiday events will be over in just a few short weeks, so be sure to make plans now to visit these special places. Gather some friends or family and be prepared to experience the best of the holidays in Wisconsin.
Annual Tree Lighting: Middleton
Every year, people gather in historic downtown Middleton to light the community’s Christmas tree. It happens the first Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) and it’s a festive way to transition between the holidays. The tree is beautiful, but people downtown enjoy more than just colorful lights. The day includes ornament making, sugar cookie decorating, a visit from Santa, a craft fair and music by area chamber singers. Many of Middleton’s downtown buildings are more than 100 years old, so it’s a beautiful and timeless setting for this fun holiday tradition.
Learn more about holiday events in Middleton.
Celebration of Lights: Oshkosh
A beautiful park along the shore of Lake Winnebago is transformed each year into a magical mile of holiday lights. The annual Celebration of Lights in Menominee Park has been a holiday tradition in Oshkosh since 2001. It’s no longer a best-kept secret, drawing more than 10,000 cars to Menominee Park. Admire a 100-foot-tall holiday tree, sculpted scenes and animated light displays. The event brings more than holiday wonder to Oshkosh. It also supports great causes. Organizers conduct a food drive which collects tons of food every year. The display will be open Nov. 24-Dec. 31.
Learn more about holiday events in Oshkosh.
Enchantment in the Park: West Bend
West Bend’s Regner Park comes alive with colored lights every holiday season. Enchantment in the Park features thousands of colored lights, enchanting holiday displays, music and performance art. The event is put on by local service groups and volunteers and it raises money for community organizations. You’ll find the park just north of downtown West Bend. The displays will be open Nov. 27-Dec. 31.
Learn more about West Bend Holiday events.
Some great holidays displays come in small packages. In Oneida County, you’ll find a tiny holiday display offering big-time holiday spirit. Santa’s Village in the Minocqua area is a display put on every year by the Northwoods Model Railroad Club. It takes eight volunteers about 80 hours to create a miniature snow-covered village complete with twinkling holiday trees, quaint homes and of course, lots of trains. The display is fun for kids and adults alike. The show runs from Nov. 27-Dec. 31.
Learn more about holiday events in Oneida County.