By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 07, 2020 at 2:01 PM

It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost upon us – and that means a flurry of festive fun in the forecast, including the Winter Wonders light display drive thru, coming to Boerner Botanical Gardens and Whitnall Park this November and December.

Starting Nov. 20 and running through Jan. 3, Winter Wonders will set up and string up more than one million LED lights covering almost a mile and a half of the Boerner Botanical Gardens and Whitnall Park, in all sorts of mesmerizing shapes and patterns – from silly snowman to trees awashed in color and much more – all safely viewed from your car, driving through the route. Plus, this year's edition will feature even more car-bound cheer with a new mini drive-in, allowing 20 cars to watch a Christmas cartoon short and singalong to a holiday song from the safety of one's vehicle. 

To participate, vehicles enter the drive-thru at 6751 S. 92nd St. where they can tune their radios to the perfect backdrop of holiday hits, then drive through the beamingly beautiful route of lights and cheer while safely distanced inside their automobiles. 

First, of course, you'll need tickets, which go on sale for $25 per carload starting Thursday, Oct. 8 at Winter Wonders' website, as well as in person at Festival Foods in Hales Corners and TruStone Financial's locations in Greenfield, Cudahy and Kenosha. The winter wonderland will then be open from Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 from 5-10 p.m. each day (including holidays) with the gates opening a half-hour before and the final entry allowed at 9:30 p.m.

Winter Wonders will also host an early preview on Nov. 13-15 for $15 per vehicle – complete with a ticket for a return visit as well.

For tickets and more information – including skip-the-line tickets – visit Winter Wonders' website

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.