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Where to see Christmas lights around Madison, WI


Downtown New Glarus all decked out | Photo by @brendasblumenladen

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Grab some hot chocolate, turn on those seat warmers, crank up the music + go for a drive to explore festivities right in your neighborhood.

Here are some of the best drivable holiday light displays in and around Dane County:


The Governor’s Mansion has lights galore | Photo by 608today team

Houses in Madison that go all out:

  • “Go to Colony Drive (7006 Colony Dr.) to view one of Madison’s best holiday lights displays.”
  • “A Star Wars nativity scene for this Christmas season at 7514 Polar Bear Trail.” — Anne J.
  • 2500 block of Upham St. | Plenty of lights + Christmas figures to brighten up your night.
  • 2926 Sachs St. | A house outlined in lights with Santas + snowmen galore.
  • 6202 Sharpsburg Dr. | Tune your radio to 90.5 to see lights in sync with Christmas tunes.

A Star Wars-themed nativity display | Photo from Reader Anne J.

If you need to stretch your legs — hop out of the car to grab a bite to eat + drink some holiday spirits surrounded by lights.

  • Zoo Lights 2021 | Henry Vilas Zoo | Through Thurs., Dec. 30 | Times vary | $10 | See almost 1 million lights as you stroll through the Zoo.
  • Miracle on King Street Pop-up | Lucille, 101 King St. | Festive specialty cocktails, music, decor +the spirit of the holidays.
  • Downtown New Glarus | 418 Railroad St., New Glarus | Take a stroll through America’s little Switzerland all decked out for the season.
  • Dunder Mifflin taproom pop-up | Youngblood Beer Co., 112 King St. | Through Thurs., Dec. 23 | While it might be more paper company than holiday lights, we couldn’t resist leaving this gem off our list. After all, you can enjoy 12 Days of Holiday Beer.

Henry Vilas Zoo’s holiday lights | Photo by @bethstephany

Have a neighbor with a crazy lights display? Give us a shout so we can add it to our list.

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