Best Places to Cruise for Christmas Lights in 2023

Fantasy In Lights

Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison
November 11 – 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 – 10:00pm 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 – 8:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 24 – December 17 and also open December 18-30. 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

Dr. Jack Kammer’s University Avenue Holiday Lights have become a cherished seasonal tradition in Madison, WI. Since 1996, the University Avenue Holiday Lights have been a staple of Madison’s near west side during the holiday months. Started by Dr. Jack Kammer, the lights are a constant symbol of holiday spirit maintained by Jack’s son, Dr. Chris Kammer, a local cosmetic dentist.

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 19-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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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! 

  • 7006 Colony Drive, Madison (link)
  • 2544 Bellflower Ln, Sun Prairie (link
  • 4289 Dicky Lane, Madison (link)
  • 4682 Brown Thrush Trail, Cottage Grove, WI
  • 6202 Sharpsburg Drive, Madison
  • 2550 Upham St, Madison
  • 5558 Galway Drive, Waunakee
  • 3766 Sunburst Rd, Madison
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