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Where to see Christmas lights around Madison, WI

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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:

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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.
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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.
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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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