Simple and elegant. Synchronized and extravagant.
No matter the size or shape, holiday light displays are cherished traditions that bring families and friends together each year. Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and the WPS Foundation are helping make the holidays merry and bright for their communities by sponsoring holiday light displays across northeast and north central Wisconsin throughout December. Create magical memories by experiencing these dazzling displays before they “glow” away.
WPS Garden of Lights — Green Bay Botanical Garden
Dates: Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 25-Dec. 23; Dec. 26-Dec. 30
WPS has proudly powered the WPS Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden for more than 25 years. WPS Garden of Lights features more than 325,000 lights arranged in 37 different botanically-themed displays across a nearly mile-long path. While it is a walk-through event, horse-drawn wagon rides are offered each night through the lower portion of the show. Visitors also can purchase refreshments at the WPS Foundation Plaza, write letters to Santa and have their picture taken with him too.
Lights of the Northwoods — Hodag Park in Rhinelander
Dates: Dec. 2, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023
Now in its 6th year, Rhinelander’s Lights of the Northwoods brightens the spirits of all those who attend as well as those in need. Visitors can walk or drive through approximately 350,000 lights arranged throughout Hodag Park, and visit Santa on select weekends. The WPS Foundation is glad to help sponsor Lights of the Northwoods, which also collects food and monetary donations to support area food pantries.
Oshkosh Celebration of Lights — Menominee Park in Oshkosh
Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 31
Admission: $20 per car, $15 with a hygiene or non-perishable food item donation
Oshkosh Celebration of Lights draws thousands of “oohs” and “ahhs” every year, with its more than 1 million twinkling lights blanketing Menominee Park. Visitors drive through more than a mile of stunning sights, including a 100-foot illuminated tree, warm holiday scenes and the colorful bridge of lights. The WPS Foundation also sponsors this Fox Valley holiday tradition, which collects food, hygiene items and monetary donations to support several area community support organizations.
Delightfully Calumet — Calumet County Fairgrounds in Chilton
Dates: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-31
Admission: Canned food donation for local food pantries
Delightfully Calumet, sponsored by the WPS Foundation, is a fun and festive way to celebrate the season while filling food pantry shelves in Calumet County. Visitors see more than 140,000 lights arranged in 14 delightful displays throughout the Calumet County Fairgrounds, each synchronized to holiday music.
Making Spirits Bright — Evergreen Park in Sheboygan
Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 31
Admission: Free. Canned and non-perishable food item donations are encouraged.
The WPS Foundation is again supporting Making Spirits Bright, celebrating its 10th anniversary of delivering holiday cheer in Sheboygan. More than a mile of beautiful sights await visitors to Evergreen Park, with each display choreographed to music. Beyond providing a fun, family event, Making Spirits Bright also supports those in need. Visitors are encouraged to bring food items to donate to the Sheboygan County Food Bank.
Winter wonderland sights aren’t limited to large events. If you’ve got the brightest house on the block or are still decking the halls this holiday season, check out our holiday lighting tips. They’ll help you keep your home glowing efficiently throughout the most wonderful time of the year.