WPS Garden of Lights - Know Before You Glow
Do You Walk or Drive through the Lights?
WPS Garden of Lights is a walk-through show. We encourage guests to dress accordingly with good footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. The walk through the light show is just under a mile (0.85).
Can I Bring My Dog?
With the exception of service dogs, pets are not permitted in the Garden.
How Long Does it Take to See the Lights?
As long as you like, but typically 30-45 minutes for the walking tour. The walk through the light show is just under a mile (0.85). Horse-drawn wagon tours last 10-15 minutes. Arrive one hour before closing, at 8 pm, to allow you and your guests enough time to experience the light show.
What Do I Need to Know About Tickets?
Your ticket is valid any night of the event. You do not need to make reservations. Pre-purchased tickets are available online for a minimal fee, at the Garden or at select Festival Foods locations including: Green Bay East & West, DePere, Appleton, Darboy, Suamico, Manitowoc, Neenah, Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. There are no refunds on tickets as this is a fundraiser in support of the Garden's educational and horticultural programs. The Garden accepts cash, check or credit card.
What is the Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour Experience?
The horse-drawn wagon tour begins on the lower mulched portion of the light displays. We recommend you arrive by 8 pm to allow enough time to experience the upper paved portion of the light displays which is walking. The horse-drawn wagon fits 20 passengers. Children are able to sit on their guardian's lap. Wagons are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Wagon rides run from 5-8:30 pm.
When is the Best Time to Visit?
The number of visitors increases on warmer winter nights and on Saturday evenings. Visitation tends to peak between 5:30–7:30 pm. Visitation is lighter early Friday evenings and Sunday evenings during Green Bay Packers late afternoon and evening games. Please remember we are closed December 24 & 25.
What About Parking?
Parking is FREE and available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Five shuttle buses take guests from NWTC lot F and G to the Garden. Follow the signs down Larsen Road to shuttle bus parking. The shuttle bus picks up and drops off in the same location at the Garden. Handicap parking is available inside the Garden's main parking lot. You must show your handicap permit to event volunteers to enter lot. There will be one handicap shuttle bus running continuously each night if handicap parking is not available in the main lot. 2015 Shuttle Parking Map>>
Can I Bring in Refreshments & What Kind of Refreshments are Available?
Carry-ins are not allowed. A variety of food and beverages are available in our Winterberry Café including: homemade soup and/or chili, hot dogs, nachos, cookies, popcorn, candy bars, trail mix, chips, gummi bears, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, tea, water, soda, beer, wine and shots such as Peppermint Schnapps or Baileys to compliment a hot beverage. Please bring ID for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
What Kind of Special Features Do You Offer?
The Garden-Gage Train Club will be displaying their holiday garden-scale model train exhibit.
What Happens if the Weather is Bad?
Our guests’ safety is our number one priority. We close WPS Garden of Lights in cases of extreme inclement weather. Notices will be posted on our website, Facebook page and local news and radio stations. We do not close if it is simply snowing.
Are the Paths Wheelchair, Stroller & Pull-Along Wagon Accessible?
The paths in the upper Gardens are paved, shoveled and salted and should be accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and pull-along wagons. The lower mulched path is difficult to navigate and not recommended for wheelchairs and walkers. Horse-drawn wagon rides are typically available on a first come, first serve basis. Golf cart rides from the building to the horse-drawn wagons are available for those unable to walk down the mulch where the wagons begin. There are three large steps up into the horse-drawn wagon. Please bring someone to assist you in getting onto the horse-drawn wagon.
What Discounts and Special Offers Do You Have?
- WPS customer $1 off per ticket discount available in WPS newsletter
Discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Discount applied to each purchased ticket.Redeem online, at the Garden and Festival Foods.Must present coupon at time of purchase.
- Receive $1 off per ticket with a canned food donation for The Salvation Army
Discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Available at the Garden only.
- $3 Walking Tour tickets for GBBG Members on Sundays only
Discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Must present GBBG membership card.
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- NWTC Student/Teacher discount only available at NWTC Student Involvement Office
Discount cannot be combined with any other offers.
- Group & Corporate discount available for ticket purchases of 25+
- GBBG Complimentary General Admission Passes are not accepted during this event.
Do You Have Any Tips for Taking Photos of the Lights?
- Turn off the flash!
- Shoot at twilight for better exposures
- Keep camera steady to avoid blurry pictures
- Visit earlier in the evening or on Sunday nights to avoid crowds
- Dress warmly and wear gloves
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