It’s a tradition that must be crossed off the holiday to-do list every year: Hop in the car and go see the Christmas lights! This simple pastime gives us the chance to stop in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and travel back to our childhood years, nose squashed against the car windows, fogging up the glass and gazing at the shining beauty of the neighborhood’s twinkling light displays. Whether you’re Clark Griswold or Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s hard not to get that warm holiday feeling when on a leisurely light-display drive, and here inSoutheast Wisconsin, there are a few major displays you just can’t miss:
Downtown Milwaukee: Hop out of the car and take a stroll aroundCathedral Square (520 E Wells St) or Pere Marquette Parks (900 N Plankinton). Here, you’ll find Christmas trees and light forms glowing in the midst of the city, turning Downtown Milwaukee into a shining winter wonderland. You’ll have until January 1st to visit both.
West Allis: Candy Cane Lane (92nd-96th St & Oklahoma Ave) is synonymous with Christmas in Milwaukee. Over 300 homes participate in the neighborhood holiday lights celebration on four blocks in West Allis. The neighborhood decks itself out in Christmas lights in huge fashion. Viewing is free, but donations can be made to support the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). Visit from 6-10 p.m. weekends through December 30th.
Waukesha County: The Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee puts on a great Christmas lights display each year. “Country Christmas” features over a million holiday lights festively displayed on 40 wooded acres ofWaukesha’s countryside. You’ll experience enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes – all from the comfort of your car. And when you’ve finished your trip through the trail, be sure to visitChristmasVillage, with a working model train display, and The Streets of Bethlehem – a life-size nativity display. The display runs through December 31st, 5-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. The cost is $15 per car or $25 per limo/large van.
Racine: Drive by the house at 1105 Wolff St, set your car radio to 88.5 FM and you are treated to a musical and pyrotechnic holiday lighting display. The lights show is coordinated to several songs that can be heard over the radio in this quiet, north side Racine neighborhood.
West Bend: The Washington County Rotary clubs have transformed the Washington County Fairground (3000 Hwy PV) into a holiday light and music extravaganza, complete with lights, fountains and virtual ice displays. Enchantment in the Park will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. December 15–24 and 26–29. Suggested donation (going toward area food pantries): $10 per car or non-perishable food items.
Did we miss any light displays? Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment below!