When I was a little girl, my cousins and I would look for Santa and Rudolph in the sky every Christmas Eve. Of course, we always found them, in the flickering lights of a helicopter or an airplane. The adults would oooo and aahh as we drove past the houses lit up with decorations and we would press our faces to the windows, making sure not to miss a single thing.
The lights make my Christmas season even more special because the memories come flooding back and more will be made as my sweet daughter continues to do what littles do, grow.
Not sure where to start when it comes to seeing the lights?
Here are some hot spots for holiday lights in the Milwaukee area:
Candy Cane Lane
- Where: West Allis
- When: November 25th through December 27th, 6-9 pm Weekdays and 5-10 pm Saturday and Sunday
- Location: 96th St. to 92nd St. and Montana Ave. and Oklahoma Ave.
- Notes: Donations are accepted and benefit the MACC Fund. Visit their website for more info.
- Candy Cane Lane is where I remember going as a kid. We would all climb in the car in our pajamas and eat candy canes as we rode through. It can be crowded, so expect to spend an hour or so driving slowly through the streets. -Heather, MKE Moms Blog Contributor.
Miller Valley Holiday Lites
- Where: Miller Valley
- When: Fridays and Saturdays, December 2nd through December 16th, 4:40 pm to 9 pm. The show runs for 20 minutes.
- Location: Miller Valley Visitor Center is located at 42nd and State.
- Notes: Free. Kid-friendly lights show! Donate new, unwrapped toy for Toys-For-Tots and/or a non-perishable food item for Hunger Task Force. Must be 21+ to sample beer.
Jellystone Park’s Christmas Carnival of Lights
- Where: Caledonia
- When: 11/25-12/30
- Location:Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park; 8425 WI-38, Caledonia
- Notes: Guests will be dazzled by new moving displays, and “Evy the Talking Christmas Tree,” a popular, animatronic, seven-foot character who made his debut last year and talks and sings to visitors of all ages. Evy will be located inside Santa’s Workshop, where guests can enjoy hot beverages and visit with Santa. Santa’s giant sleigh, which seats 43 guests in tiered and comfortable seating, will also travel through the light show and give families the opportunity to experience the show in a whole new way. Reservations to ride on the sleigh may be made at www.wichristmascarnival.com/sleighrides. Visit their website for more information.
Enchantment in the Park
- Where: West Bend
- When: 11/24-12/23: Walk, drive, carriage ride and visit Santa. 12/24-12/31: Drive-through and walk-through only (events and buildings closed for the season).
- Location: Regner Park, West Bend
- Notes: A bag of non-perishable food items or suggested $10 cash donation per car. Food donations help fill the food pantries of Washington County and Menomonee Falls (no glass containers, please). Cash donations sustain the future of Enchantment in the Park, support volunteer organizations, and help grow the decorative collection.
Visit their website for more info.
- Enchantment in the Park is in West Bend, and is a neat light display through Regner Park. At the entrance, they give you a CD to listen to that narrates through the different section of the park with Christmas stories and Carols. After driving through the lights display, you can park your car and walk through whatever parts of the park you’d like and go inside the indoor park pavilion for cocoa, snacks, and a visit with Santa. The Santa at Enchantment in the Park is phenomenal, and there is no charge to take photos with him, so bring your camera! -Heather, MKE Moms Blog Contributor.
- Where: Pewaukee
- When: November 24 – 26, 2017 and December 1 – 31, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 PM Sunday – Thursday 5:00 – 10:00 PM Friday, Saturday & Holidays
- Location: Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd Pewaukee, WI
- Notes: Ticket Prices: $15-$20 Carload or minivan, $30 Limo, mini-coach or large passenger van. $40 Mini Bus. $25 Senior Home Mini Bus. You can purchase tickets online and the website features company sponsored specials on some days. Debit/Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Visit their website for more info.
- Country Springs Christmas boasts as Wisconsin’s largest outdoor lights display, and it is our family favorite. In addition to lights displays, there are several animated figure displays including a Bear Village to entertain children along the way. Once you’ve driven through the mile long trail of lights, you can park your car and go inside to enjoy cocoa and cookies, a phenomenal train display in “Christmas Village,” and a beautiful nearly life sized Fontanini nativity scene, which is a replica of the one at the Vatican. -Heather, MKE Moms Blog Contributor.
Making Spirits Bright
- Where: Sheboygan
- When: November 24th – December 31st, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. (Closed Dec 24)
- Location: Evergreen Park in Sheboygan, off Hwy 42
- Notes: Admission to the park remains free of charge. However, donations to the Sheboygan County Food Bank are highly encouraged, which will be distributed to local food pantries. Our collection goal this year is 85,000 lbs which is a 12% increase from 2016. Cash donations support future growth of this event and, as possible, are donated to non-profits. Don’t miss the nearby Quarryview Center (open Friday-Sunday) for wreath raffles, entertainment, concessions, and a visit with Santa. Take a trolley ride, starting at Quarryview, through the park Fridays and Saturdays. Visit their website for more information.
- “If anyone is looking for a fun drive through lights display, we got up to Sheboygan and saw this one – everything is timed perfectly with the music and it is technically free – they accept donations for the Sheboygan county food pantry. They also have trolley rides on weekends and a Santa you can take free pictures with (on your own camera) nightly leading up to Christmas. It’s our new favorite!” – Heather, MkeMB Contributor
Lights on Glen Cove
- Where: Muskego
- When: The lights will normally be on from 5pm to 9pm Sunday thru Thursday. on Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10:00. Please check the Lights on Glen Cove Facebook Page for more specific information, as weather does affect the display conditions. These lights are run in a residential neighborhood in Muskego with over 30,000 LED lights synchronized to music broadcasted on 87.9 FM
- Notes: Food and monetary donations accepted for the Muskego Food Pantry. The bins are located at the front of the property. Mr. Stark, who puts on the show, asked us to remind everyone that since the show is in a residential neighborhood, please be respectful of the neighbors, be patient if there is a line (bring hot chocolate!!), and bring non-perishable food items for the food pantry.
- I went to the lights last year for the first time and was amazed at the beauty in it. Totally kid friendly and such fun to sing along to the songs as the front lawn is lit up with 30,000 LED lights. -Melania, MKE Moms Blog Contributor.
- What to expect from the Lights on Glen Cove? Something like this!
Holiday Lights Festival
- Where: Downtown Milwaukee
- When: November 16th through January 1st
- Location: Downtown Milwaukee
- Notes: There are a lot of events happening under the title “Holiday Lights Festival,” including Jingle Bus, Cocoa with the Clauses, and Santa’s Mailbox. Check out the website to get a full list of events, times, and locations!
- I highly recommend the Jingle Bus! It’s a great experience for the kids and a very cozy way to see the lights in Downtown Milwaukee. -Melania, MKE Moms Blog Contributor.
BMO Harris Bank Holiday Display
- Where: Downtown Milwaukee
- When: November 27th thru January 2nd
- Times: Mon through Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Weekends 9 am to 4 pm. Christmas Day & New Year’s Day 9 am to 4 pm. December 9 and December 24: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. January 2: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Location: BMO Harris Bank 770 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
- Notes: The display is free, kid-friendly, and open to the public. For each visitor, BMO Harris Bank will donate $5 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Visit their website for more info!
Be sure to share your photos of the light displays you find around Milwaukee with us on social media by tagging @MKEmomsblog! What other light displays would you recommend?