‘Tis the season: Across Wisconsin, homes, parks and public spaces are transforming into twinkling spectacles that celebrate the holidays. Here are few places to 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 half a million lights. The display expands every year, so there are always some new surprises for the more than 50,000 people who visit annually.
Rotary Holiday Lights, La Crosse
Walk, drive or take a carriage ride through La Crosse’s Riverside Park to marvel at more than 3 million lights that illuminate colorful displays at this popular park along the banks of the Mississippi River. More than 160,000 take in the display every year or attend fun events like the live nativity or visits with Santa and his reindeer.
Lights of the Northwoods blankets Hodag Park in Rhinelander (the home of the Hodag, natch) with colorful lights. Throughout the celebration, Santa is on hand for your holiday photos. Lights of the Northwoods is open from 5-9pm, and there’s a driving route as well as a walking path.
Rotary Winter Wonderland, Marshfield
While twin Kodiak bears Munsey and Boda are usually the star attractions at Marshfield’s Wildwood Park & Zoo, during the holidays 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.