Holiday Lights & Tree Lightings | Greater Madison Area

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Notable Tree Lighting Festivities

Downtown Madison Seasonal Lighting Ceremony
November 16 | 4pm

Downtown Middleton
November 23 | 2:30-6pm

Hilldale Hop & Tree Lighting
November 24 | 4-6pm

The Edgewater’s 5th Annual Tree Lighting
November 29th | 2-8pm

Downtown Sun Prairie 
November 29 | 5-7pm

Cottage Grove | Christmas in the Grove
December 5-8

Waunakee Light the Night 
December 6 | 6:30-8pm


Best Places to Cruise for Christmas Lights

Fantasy In Lights | Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison
November 9 – January 4; 4:30-10pm daily | 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!


University Avenue at University Bay Drive, Madison

Photo Credit: Jon Pfeiffer Photography | University Avenue

Henry Vilas Zoo | Zoo Lights | 702 S. Randall, Madison
Thursdays-Sundays November 29-December 29 from 5:30-9pm | Tickets available

See the zoo in a whole new light! This holiday season, your Henry Vilas Zoo will shine brighter than ever as we bring Zoo Lights to Madison! Enjoy a warm beverage as you take a stroll down candy cane lane and enjoy the festive sights and sounds. Browse through our holiday market, featuring unique local vendors each week. Thousands of lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland that’s not to be missed.


Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show | 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville
November 29, 30, December 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
Doors will open at 4:30 pm, last ticket sold at 8:30 pm; lights go dark at 9:00 pm | Tickets Available

Photo by Tom Rife Photography | Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville

Rotary Lights, Waunakee | 500 E. Main Street, Waunakee
November 24-December 29


Kids Express Learning Center | 3276 S High Point Rd, Madison
November 26th – 2019


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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