Tree Lightings + Festivities | Greater Madison, WI Area

2020 Notable Tree Lightings and Festivities

Downtown Madison Seasonal Lighting Ceremony

November 16 | 4pm | canceled


Downtown Middleton – Virtual

November 21 | 2:30-5:30pm

The Holiday Tree Lighting Event will take place completely virtually via the City of Middleton’s Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry Facebook page & Middleton Recreation YouTube Page. Games like Bingo & Name that Tune require advance registration in order to receive the Zoom link.


A Hilldale Holiday Experience

Bid on a private Hilldale Holiday Experience here – benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

November 22 | 11am-3pm


Waunakee Light the Night 

December 4 | 6:30-8pm

6:30pm Lighting of the Round About Tree. Santa arrives and rides down Main Street, Waunakee


Downtown Sun Prairie | Holiday Lights Drive Thru Parade and Virtual Tree Lighting

December 5 | 4:30-7pm

While things in 2020 may look a bit different, there are some traditions that must go on. The Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting is one such event. It will look a bit different this year, but you an be assured get this festive holiday feel you do every year.
Starting at 4:30 pm tune into KSUN or Facebook to enjoy a special holiday program which concludes at 5:00 pm with Mayor Esser and Santa lighting the Downtown Sun Prairie Holiday Tree.
Starting at 5:00 pm join us in the holiday tradition of the lighted and decorated fire truck parade, but this year from the warmth and comfort of your own car! The lighted fire trucks will be on display for you to drive thru and view at Angell Park from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on December 5th.
The drive thru route starts by entering Angell Park off of Grove Street and exiting the Park onto Market Street. Continue your route to view the decorated downtown businesses and past the Downtown Sun Prairie Holiday Tree in front of the Sun Prairie Historic Library and Museum where Santa will be greeting you with a wave as you drive past.

Cottage Grove | Christmas in the Grove

December 5-7

More details coming soon.


Best Places to Cruise for Christmas Lights

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!


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.


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 24-December 29


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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