Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

November 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017

WPS Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden

WPS Garden of Lights cover

The WPS Garden of Lights brings the magic to the Green Bay Botanical Garden for the 21st year on weekends from November 24th through Christmas Day and daily from there through December 30th. Check out more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Discover a spectacular array of botanical-themed light displays featuring an enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar, and much more. The show is topped off with northeastern Wisconsin’s tallest and brightest shining tree. Enjoy this stunning winter landscape by foot or take a horse-drawn wagon ride.

WPS Garden of LightsSpecial features at the WPS Garden of Lights:

  • Explore a quarter of a million twinkling lights in botanical-themed light displays
  • Whisper your holiday wishes in Santa’s ear
  • Indulge in a tasty treat or beverage from the Winterberry Café (they don’t allow carry-ins)
  • Enjoy a model train exhibit set up by the G-Gagers Train Club
  • Warm up by the campfire
  • Shop for holiday gifts in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop
  • FREE parking in NWTC Lots F/G and shuttle ride to the Garden

You’ll find the WPS Garden of Lights inside Green Bay Botanical Garden along Larsen Road, just off Packerland Drive. It’s about a mile west of I-41, between Highway 54 and Highways 29/32. I-43, U.S. 141, and Highways 57 and 172 all bring you to Green Bay, too.

WPS Garden of Lights Address:

Green Bay Botanical Garden
2600 Larsen Road
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 490-9457

WPS Garden of Lights, photo courtesy of WLUK/FOX11 in Green Bay

Other Special Dates & Features:

Family Night

Friday, November 24 | 5–9 pm

Children 12 & under in the same household receive FREE walking admission with one paid adult. Wagon rides are an additional $5 per person (child & adult). Discount available at the door the night of the event only. Special features include a meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa and Face Painting by Lori from 5:30-8 pm. Santa will be available for pictures from 5-9 pm.

Letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus & Elves

Friday, November 24 and Every Saturday before Christmas | 5:30–8 pm

Come inside and meet Mrs. Claus. Bring your letters to Santa or write one at the Garden to place in his North Pole Mailbox, then visit with two of Santa’s elves to receive a free candy cane.

Photos with Santa

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday before Christmas | 5–9 pm

Santa is making his rounds to check-in on every boy and girl and has not forgotten about our visitors at the Garden! Be sure to stop by to see him and get your photo taken by Ambrosius Studio.

G-Gagers Train Club Display

Every Event Night | 5–9 pm

The G-Gagers Train Club displays their holiday model train exhibit each night of the event.

WPS Trellis Gift Shop

Every Event Night | 5–9 pm

Shop for holiday gifts, home décor, locally handcrafted art and unique gardening items. Visit the WPS Trellis Gift Shop for your holiday gift giving needs or get something special for yourself.

Start: November 24, 2017 5:00 pm
End: December 30, 2017 9:00 pm
Venue: Green Bay Botanical Garden
Phone: 920-490-9457
2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay, WI, 54303, United States

November 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights

Caledonia in northern Racine County features the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights, hosted now through December 31st at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp Resort along Highway 38. The first Carnival of Lights took place in 2009 and it has grown in popularity every year since as more and more families experience the magic that the owners, the Isaacson family, have put together.

Every display at the Christmas Carnival of Lights is one-of-a-kind; all in all, it takes five weeks to set it all up. Each year you’ll find something new to see – and as it keeps growing, there are now over 1.5 million lights in the trees!

Relax in the comfort of your car as you wind your way through the campground,with lights on all sides and high above in the trees. Check out one-of-a-kind hand-crafted displays featuring elves, reindeer, forest friends, beloved children’s characters, Santa himself and more – it’s like stepping into one of your favorite Christmas movies.

Christmas Carnival of Lights Sleigh

Check out their “one horse open sleigh,” too… well, more than one horse. This one seats 43 guests in tiered and comfortable seating. Some nights you can even ride with the big jolly guy, Santa! Make reservations for the sleigh here.

Santa is in the workshop every Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm through December 23rd. Kids are invited to sit on his lap, have their photo taken and tell him what they hope to see under the tree on Christmas morning. Photos with Santa are $8 each.

Believers age 12 and under can write Santa a letter on the nights they cannot meet him in person and we’ll make sure he receives it. Santa then emails a personalized letter back to each child! (Deadline for receiving a response is December 20.)

Also new this year in Santas Workshop is “Evy the Evergreen”. Evy is a 7 foot tall, magical Christmas tree. He talks, leads friends in Christmas Carols and tells stories like “The Night Before Christmas”. Evy is available every night to visit with friends and spread Christmas cheer.

Enjoy a variety of beverages available at Santa’s Workshop, including hot chocolate, apple cider, lattes, mochas and more.

Admission is $20/car – up to 8 people per car. Larger passenger vans, campers, limos, and mini buses are $30; large buses or motorhomes are $35. They take cash only, but there is an ATM on site. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights will partner with the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the holiday season, donating $1 per car, up to 4,000 cars.

Sunday – Thursday: 5-9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 5-10 pm
Open every day except December 25, Christmas Day

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights Address:

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
8425 State Trunk Highway 38
Caledonia, WI 53108
(262) 835-2565

You’ll find Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park along Highway 38 in northern Racine County. It’s about three miles south of Highway 100, a little over two miles east and north from I-41/94, and three miles west of Highway 32.

Start: November 25, 2017 5:00 pm
End: December 31, 2017 10:00 pm
Venue: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground
Phone: 262-835-2565
8425 Highway 38, Caledonia, WI, 53108, United States
Cost: 20

December 8, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Holiday Light Show at Rotary Botanical Gardens

The Holiday Light Show at Rotary Botanical Gardens is an annual holiday highlight in Janesville, the “City of Parks.” Follow the illuminated garden pathways on an evening stroll through the 20 acre botanical gardens, where the wintry garden paths are brought to life with 425,000 twinkling lights, 100 beautifully decorated trees, over 2,500 luminaries, 500 dangling icicle lights hung from the tallest trees in the Garden and more.

Back by popular demand are the Selfie Stops & Photo Opps, with fun props and amazing backdrops that offer holiday photo opportunities both indoor and out. Step inside to enjoy a warm beverage as you watch the 200′ electric model train display, hand-sewn quilts, festive local musicians and holiday shopping.

This event repeats:
Dec 8, 2017 – Dec 10, 2017
Dec 14, 2017 – Dec 23, 2017
Dec 26, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017

Admission is $5 for people age 3 and up, kids 2 and under are free.

See their website for full details, or buy tickets online here!

The Janesville Rotary Gardens are (obviously) in Janesville, where Highways 11, 14, 26, and U.S. 51 all come together, as well as I-39/90.

Holiday Lights at Rotary Botanical Gardens Address:

1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545
(608) 752-3885

Start: December 8, 2017 4:30 pm
End: December 31, 2017 8:30 pm
Venue: Rotary Botanical Gardens
Phone: 608-752-3885
1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI, 53545, United States
Cost: 5

January 2, 2018 – January 8, 2018

US Olympic Long Track Trials

The Pettit National Ice Center hosts the 2018 US Olympic Long Track Speedskating Trials January 2-7, 2018! The Pettit is one of only two official US Olympic training facilities in the United States, and the Trials are formally returning to the Oval here for the first time since 1998. The timing is impeccable – and also quite coincidental – with the Pettit’s 25th Anniversary.

For six nights you can experience the best in US speedskating competition as they get primed to pursue Gold in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As you watch these incredible athletes at the US Olympic Long Track Speedskating Trials, enjoy food and beverages and plenty of activities in the “fan zone” tent which will be located just east of the front entrance to the Center, facing I-94.

Opportunities for VIP experiences and access will make events memorable for groups, companies, and organizations. During the days before, during, and after the Trials, please note that the Center’s normal activities will change. Please check the activity schedules closely for hours and changes.

You can purchase tickets here or at the Pettit itself. Their front office is open 9am-8pm seven days a week except major holidays. You can also purchase “walk-up” tickets the day of each event; these will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Pettit is right along Highway 181/84th Street at I-94, just north of Highway 59/Greenfield Avenue, south of U.S. 18/Bluemound Road, and east of I-41/U.S. 45/I-894 on the Milwaukee-West Allis border. And hey, by January, that exit to 84th Street from eastbound I-94 and southbound I-41/US 45 should be open!

US Olympic Long Track Trials at the Pettit Address:

Pettit National Ice Center
500 S. 84th Street (Highway 181)
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(414) 266-0100

Start: January 2, 2018
End: January 8, 2018
Venue: Pettit National Ice Center
Phone: 414-266-0100
500 S. 84th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53214, United States