Where to See Holiday Lights | In + Around Madison, WI

Best Places to Cruise for Christmas Lights in 2021

Fantasy In Lights

Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison
November 13 – the New Year; Dawn to Dusk | FREE

Over 50 light displays, including many new items will be brought out to the park and set up for all to enjoy. Booths are open (think candy canes!) from 4:30 – 10:00 pm each evening!

Madison Mom is proud to sponsor the peacock light display again this year. We love being a part of this fantastically, festive community event!

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Hickory Hill Academy

Open to the public through the end of the year – cars are welcome to pull into the parking lot and view from there.

3276 S. High Point Road | Madison, WI

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Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo

Zoo Lights is open from 5:30pm – 9:00pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 26 – December 30. It takes approximately one hour to walk through the whole Zoo and see all the lights.

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University Avenue at University Bay Drive, Madison

Photo Credit: Jon Pfeiffer Photography | University Avenue

Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show

1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville

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Rotary Lights, Waunakee

500 E. Main Street, Waunakee | November 21-December 31

Waunakee’s Village Park transforms into a winter wonderland with light-lined streets and holiday displays. Enjoy the lights either on foot or from your car.


Lake Ripley Park Holiday Lights, Cambridge 

November 30 – January 1
Get into the holiday spirit with a light display in Cambridge’s Lake Ripley Park. Drive through nearly a half mile of holiday lights and displays.

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WI Christmas Carnival of Lights 

Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Caledonia, WI (20 minutes south of Milwaukee)

Saturday, November 27 – Jan 1, 2022
*Closed Christmas Day


Here are some impressive home displays (all set to music) that we have LOVED in year’s past – if you know of some that should be added, please comment below! 

  • 729 Fairview Terrace, Verona
  • 7006 Colony Drive, Madison
  • 2826 McKenna Blvd, Madison
  • 4289 Dicky Lane, Madison

Have had lights in the past – unable to confirm for 2021

  • 2984 Cassidy Ct, Fitchburg (light show to music – 12 songs, tune car radio to 89.1 FM)
  • 6202 Sharpsburg Drive, Madison
  • 2550 Upham St, Madison
  • 451 N. Main St, Cottage Grove (set to music 88.5 FM & a Santa’s workshop)
  • 4682 Brown Thrush Trail, Cottage Grove, WI
  • 401 E. Main St, Stoughton (at Fire Department)
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  1. We just went to 451 Main st in Cottage Grove and there was nothing going on. There at 5:00 so maybe we were just too early? Brown Thrush Trail had lots of inflatables and some lights but no music which is what we were looking for.

  2. Lights on Dover in Waunakee WI is a must see! The family ones HALLOWEEN lights and HOLIDAY LIGHTS every year! I order a pizza, grab some chips and take the kids there every year! We call it our version of dinner and a show and they love it!

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