Light up your holiday season
The season of lights has arrived. Across Wisconsin, homes, parks and public spaces are transforming into twinkling spectacles that celebrate the holidays. Here’s where to find them and make your season even more merry and bright.
Every winter, West Bend’s Regner Park is transformed into a magical wonderland of colored lights. The Rotary Clubs of Washington County host the event and 750 hard-working volunteers work together to string more than a half-million lights. Every year, the display is expanded, so there are always some new surprises. The display is so impressive it draws more than 50,000 people annually. The event is open daily Nov. 29-Dec. 24.
Lights of the Northwoods blankets Hodag Park in Rhinelander with colorful lights. The event takes place Dec. 13-15 and 20-22 and throughout the celebration, Santa will be on hand and available for photos. The displays are open from 5-9pm, and there will be a driving route as well as a walking path. See a map of the route here.
While twin Kodiak bears Munsey and Boda are usually the star attraction at Marshfield’s Wildwood Park & Zoo, during the holiday season they take second billing to one of the state’s premier light shows. Rotary Winter Wonderland is an ocean of twinkling lights, with dozens of displays and more than 2 million lights. You can experience the lights with a driving tour, but for the full experience, take time to walk through the park and marvel at the displays. The event runs from 5 to 9pm daily from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.