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Holiday festivals 2022


  • (Nov. 13 – Jan 3)Holiday Fantasy in Lights

    Madison, WI

    The free display in Olin Park is open from dusk to dawn.

  • (Nov. 18 – Jan 1)Holiday Lights Festival

    Milwaukee, WI

    The season-long lights festival includes more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown's parks and streets.


  • (Nov. 25 – Jan 1)Lakeside Park Holiday Lights

    Fond du Lac, WI

    This free light show on Lake Winnebago includes animated scenes and trees that dance to 20 minutes of music played on 87.9 FM (you can listen on your car radio).


  • (Jan. 1 – 2)ZooLights

    Chicago, IL

    The annual display of 2.5 million lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is operating at limited capacity again this year and charging $5 per person. Tickets are free on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reserve in advance.


  • (Nov. 18 – 20)Christmas by the Bay

    Sturgeon Bay, WI

    There's a car parade Friday evening, followed by tree light, caroling and horse-drawn wagon rides. On Saturday, there's a parade at 10 a.m.


  • (Dec. 2 – 4)Christkindli Market

    New Glarus, WI

    In this Swiss town, the outdoor Christmas market downtown features decorated mini-chalets, food and music.