Holiday light festivals near Greendale are opening soon

GREENDALE, WI – As we approach the holiday season, several locations around Greendale are already planning to bring back light shows and holiday carnivals.

From the State Fair Expo Center to Jellystone Park in Caledonia and American Family Field, the dazzling drive-through light displays and in-person vacation experiences will return to the region starting November 19. For many of these events, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Here are four light show experiences that will open soon near Greendale:

Jellystone Park Carnival of Lights

Jellystone Park, located just south of Oak Creek at 8425 State Road 38 in Caledonia, plans to host a grand opening weekend Nov. 20-21 for its 12th annual “Christmas Carnival of Lights.”

The opening weekend event will feature a 1.6 mile long drive-thru course with lights and music. For the opening weekend, Jellystone has photos with Santa, makeup and holiday songs by the Cudahy High School Concert Choir. After the opening weekend, the light course will be open every day from November 27. More information is available on the Jellystone Park website.

Winter fun at the Boerner Botanical Gardens

Winter fun at Boerner Botanical Gardens kicks off Friday, according to its website.
“Spectacular lighting techniques and fantastic displays make this Christmas light show a feast for the eyes and the soul! The light show’s website reads. “Gather with family and friends to enjoy the forests and lighted fields of the Boerner Arboretum and Whitnall Park.”

The show features a 1.5 mile drive-thru driving experience and nightly Santa Claus car tours.
Find the lounge entrance at 6751 South 92nd Street in Franklin. More information and tickets are available online.

Noel Light Park and Christmas market

Tickets are on sale now for the Noel Light Show and Christmas Market at the State Fair Exposition Center this holiday season. The event is called Milwaukee’s biggest and brightest indoor Christmas festival.

The light show is scheduled to begin November 27 and run through January 2 at the State Fair Exposition Center, 8200 W Greenfield Avenue in West Allis.

The festival features a massive indoor installation at State Fair featuring a 15-meter Christmas tree, lighted tunnel, and “larger-than-life” animals. A craft market, regular food and drinks, the Santa Claus village and the “Christmas princesses” complete the plans for the show. Tickets and more information are available online.

Magic of Lights at American Family Field

Magic of Lights, located at 1 Brewers Way in Milwaukee, is another holiday light driving experience this year at American Family Field. According to its website, the light show plans to feature holiday scenes and seasonal characters using digital animation and modern LED technology.

Light show tours begin November 24 and run through January 2. More information and tickets are available online.

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