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.
How Long Does it Take to See the Lights?
As long as you like, but typically 30-45 minutes for the walking tour. 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.
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. 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?
Again, it depends on your preferences. The number of visitors increase on warmer winter nights and closer to December 25. Visitation tends to peak between 5–7:30 pm. Visitation is lighter on Sunday evenings and 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. Four 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.
What Kind of Refreshments are Available?
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?
Get your picture taken with Santa any night during the event before Christmas. Ambrosius Studios will be taking professional photos. Mrs. Claus and two elves will be here every Saturday night before Christmas and on Family Night (Sunday, November 29) sharing stories about the North Pole, accepting letters to Santa and spreading holiday cheer.
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 and Pull-Along Wagon Accessible?
The paths in the upper Gardens are paved, shoveled and salted and should be accessible to wheelchairs, strollers and pull-along wagons. The lower mulched path is difficult to navigate, but horse-drawn wagon rides are typically available. Rides from the building to the horse-drawn wagons are available for those unable to walk the path. 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?
Family Night: Sunday, November 29 | 5-9 pm
At the door only! Children 13 and under in the same household are free with 1 paid adult admission.
Cannot be combined with any other offers.
- 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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