Cruising for Holiday Lights | In + Around Madison, WI

Best Places to Cruise for Christmas Lights in 2020

Fantasy In Lights

Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison
November 7 – 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!


University Avenue at University Bay Drive, Madison

Photo Credit: Jon Pfeiffer Photography | University Avenue

Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show

1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville
November 27 – December 30
Must purchase tickets in advance.

Photo by Tom Rife Photography | Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville

Rotary Lights, Waunakee

500 E. Main Street, Waunakee
November 22-December 31 – 5pm Nightly


Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo

Zoo Lights is open from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 27 – December 27. It takes approximately one hour to walk through the whole Zoo and see all the lights.

Tickets are $10 | Under 3 are FREE

Get ready for one of Madison’s most unique holiday traditions! It’s been a long year for everyone, but we are ending 2020 with our best Zoo Lights ever! Our all-new Zoo Lights experience will be brighter than ever before. We have brand new animal light displays and can’t wait to share them with you. Guests will be able to safely enjoy Zoo Lights along our one-way path throughout the Zoo.


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! 

  • 2984 Cassidy Ct, Fitchburg (light show to music – 12 songs, tune car radio to 89.1 FM)
  • 7006 Colony Drive, Madison
  • 6202 Sharpsburg Drive, Madison
  • 401 E. Main St, Stoughton (at Fire Department)
  • 451 N. Main St, Cottage Grove (set to music 88.5 FM & a Santa’s workshop)
  • 4682 Brown Thrush Trail, Cottage Grove, WI
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