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2022 Holiday Light Shows Around Southeastern Wisconsin

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Reinette LeJeune

Well, folks – it’s that time of the year again, when houses and storefronts across America deck their halls and hoist their trees for all to enjoy. Southeastern Wisconsin has dozens of opportunities and events to see some truly spectacular holiday lights, conveniently collected here for you to plan and peruse your holiday outings this year. 

BMO’s 50 Years of Holiday Magic: Nov. 28-Jan. 3

770/790 N. Water Street, Milwaukee

A colorful arrangement will appear in the ground floor windows of BMO Tower, featuring more than 80 life-sized stuffed animals – all illuminated like a dreamworld at night.

Candy Cane Lane: Nov. 25-Dec. 25

96th to 92nd streets and Montana to Oklahoma avenues in West Allis; 6-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Sundays

A tradition since its inception in 1984 in honor of a neighbor’s child being diagnosed with cancer, the neighborhood works together to decorate their homes and encourage visiting spectators to make a small donation for the MACC Fund – Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer.

Country Christmas: Nov. 25-Nov. 30 and Dec. 2-Jan. 1

Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee; 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday & holidays. Ticket prices start at $25 per carload or minivan

Each year, The Ingleside Hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland called Country Christmas. Admission to the Country Christmas lights display includes a trip through the Country Christmas Trail, Village Park and entrance to two buildings located at the end of the trail, Christmas Village and The Streets of Bethlehem.

Enchantment in the Park: Nov. 25-Dec. 24

Regner Park, West Bend; Open nightly 5 to 9 p.m. A donation is asked for to enter into the park per each drive-thru and walk-thru group

This year, Enchantment in the Park will feature three new light displays, including larger-than-life snowflakes, “Dancing Donuts,” and 32 soft-lit Christmas trees and reindeer. Theme nights will return including vendor night on Wednesday, December 19 and superhero night on Sunday, December 23. Visitors will be able to hear live music from local artists, schools and churches, such as the Acme Fiddling Co. on Friday, December 21, as well as meet and take photos with Santa Claus. Husar’s Diamond Dash, a 5K run/walk through the displays, will take place on Sunday, December 2. The event features nearly 1 million lights and is staffed by over 1,500 volunteers.

Miller Holiday “Lites”: Dec. 2-Dec. 25

Miller Valley; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

With normal events, tours, and store temporarily closed, Miller Brewing is offering this drive-up version of their traditional Holiday Lites show. Attendees remain in their cars, parking between A-frame signs on either side of State Street, tune in radio stations to 91.1 FM, and enjoy the spectacle. If you are unable to secure a spot between the A-frame signs, don’t worry! Just make a loop around the block and return in 5 minutes for the next show.

Kapco’s Kids 2 Kids Christmas: Dec. 10-23 (closed Dec. 12-13)

885 Badger Circle, Grafton; 5-8 p.m.

With a new light display, this year’s event will be a completely free and self-guided walking tour through an impressive display of lights at the new Kacmarcik Center for Human Performance. There will also be an opportunity to support Kids2Kids with an optional toy donation.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival: Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette Park, Zeidler Union Square

Explore the lights and sights around Downtown Milwaukee with sparkling interactive displays at Pere Marquette Park, Zeidler Union Square and Cathedral Square, it’s the perfect chance to capture a memory that ignites joy for everyone, no matter their age!

Wild Lights; Dec. 1-31 (except Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 24 and 25)

Milwaukee County Zoo; 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission at the Gates: Adult: $20, Child (3-12): $18,

Child (2 and under): Free, Online Admission: Adult: $18, Child (3-12): $16, Child (2 and under): Free

For the second year, the Milwaukee County Zoo will transform into an illuminated destination with millions (even more than 2021!) of glittering lights throughout the forests and pathways, letting guests enjoy an enchanted evening under the stars.