Snuggle up with some holiday cheer as OnMilwaukee shares stories of everything merry and bright in the spirit of the season.
The OnMilwaukee Ho Ho Holiday Guide is brought to you by Educators Credit Union, Harley-Davidson Museum and MillerCoors.
‘Tis the season to be merry in Milwaukee! Countdown the days to Christmas by visiting the most spectacular and mind-blowing light displays that will make it impossi-bell not to feel s-mitten! (What? It is the most pun-derful time of the year after all!)
It’s snow secret that Christmas in Milwaukee is a winter wonderland – so, that’s why we’ve created a nice list of the best spots inside and out of the city for you to branch out to!
Find the glowing Christmas spirit by driving through these gleaming light tunnels or taking walks through these mystical light shows. And make sure to watch OnMilwaukee’s Instagram for Christmas light reels and more this holiday season!
Happy holidays, Milwaukee!
Calm & Bright: Holiday Floral Show at Mitchell Park Domes
524 S. Layton Blvd.
All is calm and bright when you’re surrounded by thousands of picture perfect poinsettias and holiday decorations! Open through Jan. 1, make your way through the Domes to view the numerous immaculate floral displays, a colossal Christmas tree, an elegantly set table and Santa’s sleigh.
Candy Cane Lane
W. Oklahoma Ave.
Since 1984, Candy Cane Lane has been the beacon of neighborhood holiday lights in West Allis. Open through Christmas Day, you may expect to see “right turn only” signs as you arrive at Oklahoma Avenue from either 93rd, 94th, 95th, or 96th Street. Once you have arrived, enjoy your walk or drive through the festive display! All donations collected go toward the MACC Fund in support of research, treatment and eventual discovery for a cure for childhood cancers and related blood diseases.
Christmas Carnival of Lights
8425 HWY 38, Caledonia
Open through Jan. 1, drive through the “brightest and most dazzling light show” and witness how two million lights bring Christmas cheer on a 1.6 mile path. View the Christmas magic from your own car – or book Santa’s sleigh or a golf cart holiday train to enhance your experience!
“Christmas Chalet” at Pere Marquette Park
925 N. Old World 3rd St.
Create a memory or two and take a walk through Christmas Chalet, sponsored by Milwaukee County Parks! From flashing lights to elves and reindeer, this light display may be your new yearly Christmas tradition. This holiday aesthetic features Christmas light favorites and memories that can be cherished for a lifetime!
“Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park
520 E. Wells St.
Take a walk through “Community Spirit Park” and see over 100 trees decorated by local schools and organizations. Each tree has unique decorations, light display and sign on display throughout the park. Also, make your way to the Singing Tree that not only shines bright but twinkles with music.
The Corners of Brookfield
W. Bluemound Rd.
The Corners of Brookfield has the market cornered on holiday cheer – complete with glowing light displays, light tunnels, Santa’s sleigh, a menorah lighting celebration on Dec. 22 and so much more. Make your way to this Brookfield city center to enjoy food, drinks and activities through the end of the month.
2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee
For over 26 years, the Ingleside Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland featuring over a million holiday lights. Enjoy a cozy night of light displays, a trip through the Country Christmas Trail that’s over a mile long with a 200-foot tunnel of 30,000 lights, Village Park where you can take a photo or two in front of the 42-foot Christmas tree, The Streets of Bethlehem that has a nearly life sized nativity scene and Christmas Village where you can enjoy a steaming hot cup of cocoa and a treat!
Drexel Town Square
361 W. Town Square Way
Looking for an animated light show this year? Drexel Town Square has welcomed a brand new animated light show with synchronized lights and music! Thirty-minute light shows will glow up on Dec. 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 at 6 p.m.
East Troy Lights
2888 Main St., Easy Troy
This unique light show is unlike any other you’ve ever seen. With the help of local business and schools, this light show made from custom control boxes has covered downtown East Troy. Get into the holiday spirit with this controllable and interactive light show! There’s even a game that you can play that allows you to level up and gain more time to control the lights and so much more! Check it out!
Enchantment in the Park
Regner Park, 800 N. Main St., West Bend
Open nightly from 5- 9 p.m through Dec. 24, experience the excitement of enchanting holiday lights and music as you drive through the park! Enjoy hot cocoa and treats every night, take a horse and carriage ride, savor marshmallows by the open fire and arrive early for a visit with Santa who will drop by Dec. 15-23.
885 Badger Circle, Grafton
Gather your friends and family to experience this new personal, interactive and – best of all – free light display! Walk through this self-guided tour where this light display comes to life and gives you the joy of Christmas cheer! The light experience can be found at the Kacmarcik Center for Human Performance through Dec. 23, so make sure you visit and enjoy!
Making Spirits Bright
3030 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan
This drive-through light show is choreographed to holiday music in Evergreen Park. Admission is free and all pantry donations go directly to Sheboygan County Food Bank. Bring your family, friends and even pets with you on this joyous ride!
Miller Valley Holiday Lites
3897 W. State St.
Miller Valley Holiday Lites show has returned this year until Dec. 25. Tune your radio to 91.1 FM and park between the A-frame signs to enjoy the Miller Valley Holiday Lites show! Each five-minute show gives everyone the holiday joy and spirit right in front of the Plank Road Brewery House next to the Miller Inn. Relax in your car as you celebrate this season with holiday music and lights right outside your window.
Santa’s Celebration Square
Zeidler Union Square, 301 W. Michigan St.
Take a walk and experience the magic of Christmas! Pick from numerous displays all over Zeidler Union Square – take a seat in a glowing oversized ornament or chair, for instance – and don’t miss an opportunity for a group photo or selfie for your Christmas card this year!
10001 W. Bluemound Rd.
Enjoy the twinkling lights of Wild Lights at the Milwaukee County Zoo until Dec 31. This year, the Zoo will feature more lights than last year with sparkling forests, pathways and magnificent animal-themed light displays!
9400 Boerner Dr.
Drive through a 1.4-mile drive through holiday light show at Boerner Botanical Gardens! Enjoy this holiday season with the view of over a million LED lights, the new snow flurry tunnel, holiday gift bag giveaways and nightly holiday short videos until Jan. 1. Tickets can be purchased at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Menards and Festival Foods. For more information, visit the Winter Wonders website.