Holiday Lights :: Green Bay and Appleton Areas
Admittedly this Christmas season is going to look a little different. With COVID forcing us all to stay cozily snug in our own homes, some traditions are on hold; remaining in our memories waiting for next year to come out and make more memories.
Fortunately, there is a family-friendly COVID-safe activity just waiting for everyone to enjoy!! Driving around to look at Christmas light displays is one of my favorite Christmas memories as a child. My Mom insists this was a family outing with the intention of getting us to sleep without the nightly bedtime routine fight (“Mom, I’m thirsty! “Mom, I need another hug!!” etc…).
Each year Americans buy roughly 150 million Christmas lights to decorate their houses and yards. So, whether you need a minute of peace and quiet, or need to avoid that night time fight routine, we’ve compiled a list of holiday lights in the Green Bay and Appleton areas for your enjoyment!
Public Holiday Lights in the Green Bay Area
Kaukauna Utilities Library of Lights
Where: 207 Thilmany Road Kaukauna WI 54130
When: (Daily) December 1 through the end of the Season
Time: 5PM (dusk)- 9PM
Details: Guests are welcome to walk through the Garden to enjoy the light display.
9th Annual Lights in Lincoln Park
Where: 1215 S 8th St Manitowoc WI 54220
When: (Thu-Sat) November 27- December 12
(Daily) December 17-29
Family Night Fun Walk: December 30, 5-8 PM Adults $5 Family $10
9th Annual Making Spirits Bright
Where: 3030 Calumet Dr. Sheboygan WI 53083
When: November 27-December 31 (Closed Thursday, December 24)
Time: 5-9 PM
Details: Turn your radio to 89.1 FM
Cash donations are welcomed to help support this light display.
Lakeside Light Show
Where: North Main St Fond Du Lac WI
When: (Daily) November 26- January 1
Time: 5-11 PM
Details: For the best view (and to stay warm and cozy) utilize the parking lot across the street. Once parked, turn off your headlights to enjoy the show!
Tune your radio to 87.9 FM
The show is approximately 20 minutes long followed by a short intermission before it repeats.
3rd Annual DeLIGHTfully Calumet
Where: 200 West Chestnut St Chilton WI 53014
When: (Friday – Sunday) December 4-27
Details: This event is a food drive for local food pantries. Admission for this event is non-perishable food items (at least one, but as many as you’d like!)
Attendees will be asked to tune their radio stations to a specific station that will be listed at the event.
Where: Holtwood Campground 400 Holtwood Way Oconto Wi
When: (Daily) November 27- January 3
Avenue of Lights
Where: East Side Beach 631 N Main St Oconto Falls WI
When: (Daily) November 28-January 1
Time: 6-10 PM
19th Annual Celebration of Lights
Where: Menominee Park 520 Pratt Trail Oshkosh WI 54901
When: (Daily) November 27-January 2
Details: The entire experience will be enjoyed in your car!
To limit contact only credit and debit cards will be accepted for admission at the entrance huts.
Admission is $10 or $9 with a non-perishable food item.
Santa will be attending but will be social distancing (from November 7- December 23). Wave and share Christmas greetings from your car!
Carriage Rides are available with Social distancing and a sanitized carriage every half hour by reservation only between 6-8:30 PM December 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21.
To reserve a spot call 920-303-9200 or email [email protected]
Free Admission on Community Nights with the donation of an IN-DATE non-perishable food item. Sunday, December 6, Tuesday, December 8, Friday, December 11, Tuesday, December 15, Sunday, December 20
Tune your radio to 101.9 FM or 90.3FM (depending on the night).
Santa’s Rock ‘N Lights
Where: Brown County Fairgrounds 1500 Fort Howard Ave Green Bay Wi 54304
When: (Daily) November 20- January 3
Time: Sunday- Thursday 4:50-9 PM
Friday-Saturday 4:50-10 PM
Special Christmas Week Hours: December 23-24, 26-27 4:50-10 PM; December 25, 4:50-9 PM
Details: Tickets MUST be purchased in advance at santasrocknlights.com. There will be no on-site sales
Ticket prices: $19.99 per car on weekdays. $24.99 per car Friday-Sunday as well as December 21-24. (Plus an additional $3.50 for fees and taxes.)
A car is a maximum height of 8 feet and up to 6 people. If more than 6 people are in a vehicle, there is an additional $5 fee per additional passenger. Children under 3 are free.
This year Santa’s Rock ‘N Lights has been expanded! Get ready for the longer route!
Titletown District Winter Jubilee
Where: Titletown Plaza; Parking Lots 5 & 6 at Lambeau Field
When: (Thurs-Sat) December 3-17; (Mon-Thurs) December 21-24; (Mon-Wed) December 28-30
Time: 6-9 PM
Details: The show runs 7 minutes long every half an hour (on the hour and on the half-hour).
WPS Garden of Lights
Where: 2600 Larsen Rd Green Bay WI 54303
When: (Thur-Sun) November 27-December 2
(Sun-Wed) December 26-30
(Fri & Sat) January 1-2
Time: 4:30PM – 9PM
Details: There’s a couple of things to know before you visit the Botanical Garden Light Display this year!
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.
Purchase your tickets at https://gbbg.org/wpsgardenoflights/#dates-hours-tickets
Scroll down to the calendar. Click the date you’d like to attend. It will bring you to the page to purchase tickets.
Tickets will be time and date stamped.
Tickets will not be available at Festival Foods or at the door the night of the event.
Capacity is limited with time slots staggered over 4.5 hours
Ages 2 and up MUST wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, both indoor and outdoor, at all times (unless actively eating and drinking).
Horse Drawn Wagon rides are limited to 10 guests and will be grouped by household.
The Light display will have a one-way entry and exit flow.
The shuttle buses are not running. Parking is available for free on-site with overflow parking across the street within walking distance.
Santa will not be appearing at the Garden of Lights this year.
Most importantly, you can still enjoy the creative displays with these safety measures in place! Also see: A Fun Holiday Tradition Continues Amidst COVID-19 | Garden of Lights
Fox Cities Festival of Lights — CANCELED
We are sad to hear this event has been canceled this year. Here is what the board has posted on their website: “We are very sorry to have to cancel our event this year but due to the severity of the virus in our area our board members felt it was the only responsible thing to do. We had several discussions with local health officials to help guide our decision. We will be setting up some displays throughout the community so take a drive around town. We will be announcing these locations on our Facebook page. You can also look forward to our 2021 season. We will be back!!! Thank you for your support!”
Residential Holiday Lights in the Green Bay Area
Every year we hear of so many residential homes dressed to the nines with Christmas lights! This year we at Green Bay Area Mom thought we’d include them in this post! Who doesn’t want to see more lights!
These will be mentioned by cross streets unless the owner of the residence contacted us with their address.
Ben’s Wish- A Synchronized Holiday Lights Spectacle
Where: N255 Rogers Lane Appleton WI 54915
When: November 29-January 2
Details: Ben is a little boy who after a leukemia diagnosis had his Make a Wish come true by having his very own light display. Check out the official Facebook page for more details of this amazing story! https://www.facebook.com/benslightshow/?ref=page_internal
Tune your radio to 89.5 FM
Here are a couple of housekeeping requests from the Ben’s Wish team.
Please be respectful of the driveways and intersections in Ben’s neighborhood.
Please make sure U-turns are not made in neighboring driveways.
While enjoying the show, please turn off your headlights.
To allow the opportunity for everyone to see the show, please listen to a couple of songs and move on. Heavy traffic is expected and keeping things moving will be helpful.
Atwater Annual Christmas Light Show
Where: 456 Crestview Road Kaukauna WI 54130
Details: Tune your radio to 96.5 FM
9th Street (West of Oneida Street)- Green Bay
Time: 4:30-10 PM
Details: Tune to station 100.1FM to hear the music. This light show is raising funds and product donations for two worthy causes this Christmas season:
1.Love Life Ministries
Provides basic infant needs to low income families
Diaper and formula donations would be most appreciated.
2.You Flow Girl
Provides teenage ladies with sanitary products
Feminine Hygiene product donations would be most appreciated.
East Ridge Lights
Where: 2390 E Ridge Ter, Green Bay, WI 5311
Details: There is a letterbox outside for donations (given to Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary) and for letters to Santa! Tune into 88.7.
Rotter Family Christmas Lights
Where: 796 Glory Rd, Green Bay, WI 54304
Details: A Christmas light display synchronized to music. Tune your car radio to 97.1 FM and watch the lights dance with the song!
Skyline Blvd – Green Bay
Lime Klin Rd (near the Kroc Center) – Green Bay
Moose Creek Trail – Suamico
County Road E/Alpine – Oneida
Evergreen Road – Howard
Shade Tree (off Cardinal Ln) – Howard
Velp Ave (Across from Rustique) – Suamico
Newberry Ave/Newberry Court -Green Bay
Libel St – Allouez
Riverside Drive N
Sand Acres Neighborhood – De Pere
Enter the subdivision from Main St and S Ridge Rd in West De Pere OR via Grant St and Mourning Dove Ct
Charles St loop – Depere:
Charles St to Black Earth Dr
Turn right on Yahara Dr
Right on River Dr
Left on Ridgeway
Left on Desplaine
Bark River Court
Back to Ridgeway
Side roads off of Ridgeway have been reported to be all dressed up!
Fisher Light Show
Where: Maple Ridge Rd, Berlin, WI
Time: Sunset-9pm weekdays, Sunset-10pm weekends
Details: Tune to 89.7. The show is approximately 13 minutes long. On Packer Game Nights, there is an extra Packer song. Donate non-perishable food items for the food pantry.
Where are your favorite holiday lights?? Share in the comments!!