Light Those Lights!

Holiday Tour of Lights sponsored by Racine Art Museum logoHoliday Tour of Lights
Compiled by
Just Add Kids

We’re loving this time of the year with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. And this year’s directory is bigger and better than ever!

Whether you drive by, go on foot, or grab a ride…Have fun with the family celebrating the season of lights.  At Just Add Kids, we are proud to present the 2016 Holiday Tour of Lights featuring a directory of light show destinations, home light shows, and more, graciously sponsored by the Racine Art Museum. Read more…

2016 Holiday Tour of Lights
Sponsored by Racine Art Museum
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Nightmare Before Christmas – Bayview
2700 Block Logan Avenue, Bayview
mid-September until early January
The 2700 block of Logan transforms into the Nightmare Before Christmas. After Halloween one house follows the chronology of the movie in actual time, the decorations changing every week or two until New Years.

Kenosha Christmas Light Show
3517 – 16th Avenue, Kenosha
Now through January 1:
Sunday – Thursday, 4:30 – 10pm
Fridays – Saturdays, 4:30 – 11pm
See and feel the joy of the holiday season as it comes alive in thousands of choreographed lights to numerous holiday songs. Tune your car radio to 107.1 and enjoy from the warmth of your own vehicle!

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee
Zeidler Union Square, 633 W. Wisconsin Avenue #409, Milwaukee
November 17 – January 1
This six-week festival will give downtown a boost of holiday spirit with colorful lights and animated displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park, and Zeidler Union Square. Visitors will see the streetscape transformed by sparkling rooflines, harp lamp lighting and suspended décor above downtown intersections. In addition, $1 Jingle Bus rides will operate Thursday through Sunday evenings (thru 12/30) connecting visitors to all the sights.
Kick-off event is Thursday, November 17, starting at 5:30pm, with the lighting celebration at 7pm – Pere Marquette Park.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Spectacular
Racine Zoo, 2131 North Main Street, Racine
November 19 – December 31
Enjoy the bright holiday lights at the zoo created and maintained by area Kiwanis Clubs members. You’ll see animals, a train, a steamboat, clever animation, and of course Santa! Open nightly through the holidays starting at 5 p.m.

Christmas in the Country 2016 “A Picture Perfect Holiday”
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
This six-week long celebration kicks off with the 22nd Annual Illumination Ceremony on Sunday, November 20th with activities beginning at 4:30pm.
November, 20 – January 1
Take in the grandeur of more than 2 million lights throughout the property. It’s more than the lights outside – Grand Geneva is showcasing all-NEW decorations indoors too! They’ve decked the halls with a brand new theme and new decorations once again. Capture the holiday memory within every scene. Take a photo with the Gingerbread Family or snap a pic in Santa’s Workshop and make sure you wander through the Candyland display to choose your favorite treat to get your photograph with. Oh, and look for all of the different Elves throughout the resort. Many special events round out this seasonal celebration, including Breakfasts with Santa, Trolley Tour of Lights (hourly at 5, 6, 7 and 8 pm), and Santa Visits in the Main Lobby, and more!

Kenosha Christmas Lights
6834 106th Avenue, Kenosha
November 24 – December 31, 5 – 10pm
Stop by to view 30,000+ Christmas lights animated to music. Tune into 101.3 when you arrive.

McLight Show on Aberdeen
4847 Aberdeen Drive, Racine
Opens November 24 at 8pm
then November 24 – January 1
Sunday-Thursday,
 5 – 10pm
Friday-Saturday, 5 – 10:30pm
Stay warm in your car and tune the radio to 101.3 FM to enjoy a choreographed display of over 5,000 Christmas lights set to music. You might even catch an early glimpse of Santa!

The Country Christmas Light Show
Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha
November  25 – 27 & December 2 – 31
Sunday -Thursday 5 – 9pm
($15 carload or minivan)
Friday, Saturday & Holidays 5 – 10pm ($20 carload or minivan)
A holiday-in-lights extravaganza featuring 250 displays lit with more than 750,000 lights in a 1-mile drive along a wooded trail. Nestled in the heart of Southeastern Wisconsin is a holiday destination steeped in festive tradition. Each year, the Country Springs Hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland called Country Christmas. Admission to Wisconsin’s largest drive-through Christmas lights display includes a trip through the Country Christmas Trail and entrance to two buildings located at the end of the trail, Christmas Village and The Streets of Bethlehem. For more information, phone 262-547-0201.

Jamestown Lights 2016
Taurus Drive (South) just east of Highway K and 38, Caledonia
November 25 – January 1, 5 – 10pm
The light display is synchronized to many holiday favorites. Hear the music in your vehicle by tuning to 99.7FM. The display uses over 350 channels of computer control to make the lights dance to the beats! “Douglas Fir” is back again this year, a 9 foot talking and singing Christmas tree. NOTE – display is found in backyard – can be easily viewed from Taurus drive between the ponds.

Enchantment in the Park
Regner Park, 800 N. Main Street, West Bend
Walk, Drive, Carriage Ride through November 25 – December 24
Drive-through only December 26 – 31
(Not open: 11/28-30, 12/5-7, 12/12-14, and Christmas Day 12/25)
5 – 9pm
Visitors will drive or walk through an interactive colorful light display and show that is choreographed to holiday music you can tune into on your car radio. Enjoy horse-drawn rides through the park on Fridays and Saturdays – children under 16 ride free, adults are $5. A bag of non-perishable, non-glass containers, food items (for the food pantries of Washington County and Menomonee Falls); or suggested $10 cash donation per car sustains the future of the event.

Candy Cane Lane –  Milwaukee
Neighborhood bordered by 96th Street on the west, 92nd Street on the east, Montana Avenue on the north, and Oklahoma Avenue on the south.
November 25 – December 26
Weekdays, 6 – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 5 – 10pm
Every year, this neighborhood joins together and decorate their homes and give up their time to encourage people to come and donate to the MACC fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). Over the years, Candy Cane Lane has grown to a collaboration of more than 300 homes! Since its inception, the neighborhood program has raised more than $1.6 million to support childhood cancer research and research of related blood disorders. More than $113,000 was raised last year alone! Visitors come from far and away to drive or stroll through this winter wonderland of holiday sights and sounds. Santa Claus will be there every night from December 6-23.

Santa Cruise Boat Tour
Tours depart from Winter Harbor Gage Marina/Pier 290, 1 Liechty Drive, Williams Bay
Wednesdays through Sundays, November 26 – January 1 (tours will not run December 24 & 25): 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Village of Williams Bay, local Geneva Lake businesses, and homes decorated in holiday splendor, all in support of “Santa Cause” which supports our local charities. Families will board the boat from the NEW  “Twelve Charities of Christmas Tree Festival.”    Passengers will ride past brilliant shoreline holiday light displays on their way to see the REAL Santa Claus at his North Pole Hideaway.

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival Light Show
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia
Saturday, November 26 – Saturday, December 31 (Closed Christmas)
Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 5 – 10pm
Welcome to the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights, Southeastern Wisconsin’s biggest, brightest and most dazzling holiday lights display! Relax in the comfort of your car as you wind your way through the campground. With lights on all sides and high above in the trees and one-of-a-kind hand-crafted displays featuring elves, reindeer, forest friends, beloved children’s characters, Santa himself and more, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into one of your favorite Christmas movies. New this year, and located inside Santa’s Workshop, is “Evy the Talking Christmas Tree,” a 7-foot animatronic character who will talk and sing to visitors and spread Christmas cheer.  Stay awhile and enjoy a hot beverage, get your picture taken with Santa (Wednesdays 6-8:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays 5:30-9:30pm, on 11/26 and between 12/2 and 12/24) or write him a letter to be sent to the North Pole, and browse our gift shop for fun and unique holiday gifts. Car (up to 8 people) $20 Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $30, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $35 (CASH ONLY- ATM located in store).

H.C. Light Show
6235 S. 123rd Street, Hales Corners
December 1 – January 1, 5 – 1opm
Lana and Scott Stachowski’s residence. Lights and music are coordinated on a continuous loop for a nightly show that is free, but the Stachowski family also collects donations for the American Cancer Society.

La Salette Shrine Holiday Lights
336th  Avenue, Twin Lakes
December 1 – January 1 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only)
From Christmas to New Years, the lights will be on each evening.
5 – 9pm
Countless colorful miniature lights are turned on. Come on weekends and walk the grounds to view the biblical displays and Christmas alphabet. Please keep in mind the weather conditions because the displays are outdoors.

BMO Harris Holiday Display
770 N. Water Street, Milwaukee
December 2 – January 6
Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm; Weekends, Christmas and New Year’s Day, 9am – 4pm (Closed: December 14 and 24 at 1pm, and January 6 at 5pm)
The holiday display has been an iconic Milwaukee family attraction for 44 years.  Bank employees work to transform the lobby into a winter wonderland.  Decorations will include 150 life-sized Steiff animals based on the holiday story.   For each visitor to the display, BMO Harris will donate $5 to Feeding America Eastern WI.  For more information call (414) 765-7500

Explore the Magic of Christmas in Milwaukee
The tours run from December 2 – December 23
Join a walking tour of Downtown Milwaukee and view the magnificent lights, while learning about the history of the city. Enjoy the spectacle of Cathedral Square, the thrilling window displays, the brilliance of Pere Marquette Park and bask in the glow of the impressive city tree.  This 1.25-mile walk through the holiday-trimmed streets of Downtown Milwaukee will be led by your very own holiday elf, who will share with you the history, legend, and lore of our wonderful city. At mid-point in the tour we will take a short break at Red Arrow Park to warm up and, if you choose, purchase a hot drink. (Adults $10, kids under 12 $5)

Milwaukee Food & City Tours presents 
Christmas Lights and Dessert Tour
Downtown Milwaukee
(meeting location & details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets)
December 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 (see website for times)
Enjoy the downtown Milwaukee holiday lights while riding in style in a cozy mini coach and sampling some delicious desserts!  The 2.5-hour narrated bus tour departs from downtown Milwaukee and features holiday displays with walking stops in Cathedral Square and Pere Marquette Park, plus viewing opportunities through light displays that may include areas such as Red Arrow Park, Zeidler Union Square, Historic Third Ward, and Miller Brewery’s Holiday Lites display. On this tour, you’ll also sample hot chocolate (or coffee, if preferred) and desserts from three local restaurants. And, to quote Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” – therefore, your SINGING TOUR GUIDE will lead the bus in a Christmas caroling sing-a-long! Tickets are $55 for Adults, $30 for Ages 8-15, $0 for Ages 7 and under (non-eating, but will reserve seat on the bus). For more information phone 262-853-5239 or email theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com.

Miller Valley Holiday Lites Show
Miller Valley at the Milwaukee Brewery, 4251 W. State Street, Milwaukee
Fridays and Saturdays, December 2 – 17, every 20 minutes, beginning at 4:40pm until 9pm
MillerCoors will kick off its annual holiday celebration  when the “Holiday Lites,” return to Milwaukee. More than 300,000 LED lights, synchronized to a mix of modern and traditional holiday music. Residents and visitors to the Milwaukee-area are invited to visit the Miller Valley and take the Miller Brewery Tour to experience this long-standing holiday tradition. While there, visitors will receive a free mini tour, including the Lite Show. This is an indoor/outdoor walking tour, so please come dressed for the weather. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys-For-Tots or a non-perishable food item for Hunger Task Force. Children of all ages are welcome, however, strollers are not permitted on tour.  Must be 21+ with valid picture ID to sample beer. For more information, call 414-931-3552 or 414-931-3880.

Lights on Glen Cove
Residential neighborhood  in Muskego off of Janesville and Glen Cove Court
Coming soon!
Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 5 – 10pm
Over 35,000 LED lights synchronized to music broadcasted on 87.9FM. Food and monetary donations will be collected for the Muskego Food Pantry via bins located at the front of the property.

Strictly Lights Show
W5355 County Road ES, Elkhorn
Now Open!
Nightly, dusk -10pm
Over 250,000 lights synchronized to music. Tune in your radio to 88.5FM. Pull over and watch. Use caution as property is on a main road. Please leave hazard lights on for safety.

 

 

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