Set on a picturesque ten-acre farmette on Madison’s west side, Hickory Hill Academy (HHA) encompasses a great variety of indoor and outdoor learning environments for their Early Childhood and Elementary School students. Home to alpacas, sheep and goats, the property also has a sports court, pond, forest and trails, gardens, music studios, a nature study bus, gyms, and more to expand their student’s learning beyond the classroom. 

Each winter, HHA’s school campus transforms into a stunning holiday light display for their families, and for the Madison-area community. While the creation of each year’s display is time consuming (and sometimes very cold), the work is completed entirely by HHA’s internal staff and their family volunteer community. It is truly a labor of love for HHA’s school community to share the joy of this holiday display to the larger Madison-area community.  

The holiday display is a direct reflection of HHA’s vision of “Cultivating Compassionate Leaders”. The school is rooted by an environment of compassion and stimulation, which builds the confidence in their students to embark on a journey of life-long learning. HHA also places a great focus on character building that allows their students to envision how they will serve their community beyond the expanse of the school campus. Each lit up tree on this welcoming campus provides a new opportunity to inspire creativity, while every hour spent wrapping branches builds a stronger sense of service for their entire school community (students and adults!). The lights are certainly a stunning display to view, while also serving as a beautiful opportunity for the community to learn and grow.       

Hickory Hill serves infants through 7th Grade    

Hickory Hill is the only independent, private school in Dane County serving children as infants through 7th grade. Located in the Madison Area on 10-acre campus providing quality education and strong academics for infant and toddler childcare, preschool and 4K, private elementary school, and a summer camp for children up through age 12. Their unique enrichment programs and qualified teachers help children to build strong foundations in pre-academic/academic skills, as well as in social aptitude, self-esteem, and much more. They are a family-owned school offering children a myriad of remarkable learning experiences.

View the lights from the parking lot

Families are welcome to view HHA’s light display from their parking lot, in the safety of their own vehicle. Private tours are available by appointment by contacting CEO, Jenny Dahl ([email protected]). 

3276 S. High Point Road | Madison, WI



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