Event Overview

 

Your holiday adventure begins at WPS Garden of Lights

For the 21st year, experience the magic of WPS Garden of Lights, encompassed by more than 250,000 twinkling lights, and create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends at the Garden this winter. You’ll discover a spectacular array of botanical-themed light displays, featuring an enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar and so much more. The show is topped off with the area’s tallest and brightest shining tree. Enjoy this stunning winter landscape by foot or take a horse-drawn wagon ride.

Special features:

  • Explore a quarter of a million twinkling lights in botanical-themed light displays
  • Whisper your holiday wishes in Santa’s ear
  • Indulge in a tasty treat or beverage from the Winterberry Café (no carry-ins allowed)
  • Enjoy a model train exhibit set up by the G-Gagers Train Club
  • Warm up by the campfire
  • Shop for holiday gifts in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop
  • FREE parking in NWTC Lots F/G and shuttle ride to the Garden

Tickets available online on Monday, October 2 and at the Garden and Festival Foods on Monday, October 23!

Buy Tickets Online Ticket Info Trail Map Parking & Shuttle Map

$1 service fee per ticket applies to online sales.


Special Dates & Features

Family Night

Friday, November 24 | 5–9 pm

Children 12 & under in the same household receive FREE walking admission with one paid adult. Wagon rides are an additional $5 per person (child & adult). Available at the door the night of the event only. Special features include a meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa and Face Painting by Lori from 5:30-8 pm. Santa will be available for pictures from 5-9 pm.

Letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus & Elves

Friday, November 24 and Saturdays, December 2–23 | 5:30–8 pm

Come inside and meet Mrs. Claus. Bring your letters to Santa or write one at the Garden to place in his North Pole Mailbox, then visit with two of Santa’s elves to receive a free candy cane.

Photos with Santa

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday before Christmas | 5–9 pm

Santa is making his rounds to check-in on every boy and girl and has not forgotten about our visitors at the Garden! Be sure to stop by to see him and get your photo taken by Ambrosius Studio.

G-Gagers Train Club Display

Every Event Night | 5–9 pm

The G-Gagers Train Club displays their holiday model train exhibit each night of the event.

WPS Trellis Gift Shop

Every Event Night | 5–9 pm

Shop for holiday gifts, home décor, locally handcrafted art and unique gardening items. Visit the WPS Trellis Gift Shop for your holiday gift giving needs or get something special for yourself.


Volunteer at the Event

This event is made possible each night by 51 community volunteers that support the Garden. We need to fill 928 volunteer shifts to make our biggest fundraiser of the year a success. Sign up today and see the lights for FREE the night of your shift!

Watch for volunteer opportunities coming soon!


Non-profit Nights

The Garden invites non-profit groups from our community to apply for a Non-Profit Night at WPS Garden of Lights, a special way to serve your patrons this holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of Associated Bank and Laurie Sales Venture Foundation of Lakeshore Community Foundation, guests will enjoy free admission, early entry, hot chocolate and popcorn. Application deadline is Friday, November 3, 2017.

View Application & Details

 


Fun Facts

Wonder what’s involved in putting on one of the largest holiday traditions in Northeast Wisconsin? Here are WPS Garden of Lights facts you won’t believe!

View Facts

 


SPECIAL EVENT REFUND POLICY

  • There are no refunds on any Garden special event tickets.
  • Tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused.
  • Advance purchase highly recommended (when applicable).
  • Tickets are not refunded for any inclement weather including but not limited to snow, wind, rain, thunderstorm, mud, cold or extreme temperatures.
  • Refunds will not be given for dissatisfaction with any event, as opinions are subjective.
  • Event ticket purchases are non-transferable to another event, Garden membership or Garden education class.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title

WPS

Underwriter

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Sustaining

IBEW

The George Kress Foundation

Investor

Contributing

Renewal by Andersen
WealthPlan

Supporting

Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc.

Festival Foods

Hemophilia Outreach Center

Les Stumpf Ford

Oneida Nation

 Schneider

Patron

Hawkins Ash CPA’s Lizer Landscape & Nursery Pomp’s Tire Service

In-kind

Schroeder's Flowers Fox11_CW14_logo    Modern Cash Register

Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!

 

Dates & Hours

**Last entry into the Garden at 8:30 pm – grounds close at 9 pm.

Dates

Hours

Friday, November 24

5 – 9 pm

Saturday, November 25

5 – 9 pm

Sunday, November 26

5 – 9 pm

Friday, December 1

5 – 9 pm

Saturday, December 2

5 – 9 pm

Sunday, December 3

5 – 9 pm

Friday, December 8

5 – 9 pm

Saturday, December 9

5 – 9 pm

Sunday, December 10

5 – 9 pm

Friday, December 15

5 – 9 pm

Saturday, December 16

5 – 9 pm

Sunday, December 17

5 – 9 pm

Friday, December 22

5 – 9 pm

Saturday, December 23

5 – 9 pm

December 24 & 25

Closed

Tuesday, December 26

5 – 9 pm

Wednesday, December 27

5 – 9 pm

Thursday, December 28

5 – 9 pm

Friday, December 29

5 – 9 pm

Saturday, December 30

5 – 9 pm

 


Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!

Tickets

Ticket Availability

Tickets available online on Monday, October 2 and at the Garden and Festival Foods on Monday, October 23!

Tickets can be used any night of the event and are available to purchase any of the following ways below. MasterCard, Visa, cash or check are accepted. No refunds on tickets.

  • At the door until 8:30 pm
  • At the Garden, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
  • At select Festival Foods locations including: Green Bay North, Green Bay East & West, De Pere, Appleton, Darboy, Suamico, Manitowoc, Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac
  • NOTE: Complimentary General Garden Admission Passes and Buy One Get One coupons are not accepted during this event
Buy Tickets Online

$1 service fee per ticket applies to online sales.

Walking Tour

**Upgrades to Wagon Tour are available at the door for $5 per ticket.

Adults (13 & up) $9
Children (3 – 12) $5
Children (2 & under) Free

Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour

**Includes .5 mile Walking Tour of upper gardens paved pathways first before arriving at the Wagon Tour which only covers .4 miles of the lower gardens mulched pathways. Assistance to wagons is available. Please ask at the ticketing counter night-of. Accessibility Details>>

Adults (13 & up) $14
Children (3 – 12) $10
Children (2 & under) Free

 


Garden Members

**Discount and benefits only available on Sundays at the door and December 26-30 and cannot be combined with other offers. Must present valid membership card.

On Sundays and December 26-30, members get more benefits! In addition to discounted admission, members can enjoy a coupon for one FREE hot chocolate or popcorn.

Walking Tour $3
Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour (includes Walking Tour) $8
Learn About Membership

 

Group Discounted Rates

Reduced-rate tickets are available for groups of 25 or more. Must be purchased in advance.

Learn More

Discounts & Special Offers

What discounts and special offers do you have?

NOTE: Complimentary General Garden Admission Passes and Buy One Get One coupons are not accepted during this event.

Discounts

Limitations

Family Night: Friday, November 24 | 5-9 pm All children (0-12) free with 1 paid adult (walking only). Adults and children must be living in the same household. Wagon rides are an additional $5 per person (child & adult). 
$3 Walking Tour tickets for Garden Members on Sundays and December 26-30 Only Discount is valid on Sundays and December 26-30 only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Must present Garden membership card.
Group & Corporate Discount available for ticket purchases of 25+ Applies to groups of 25 or more.
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 with PLU code on coupon, 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.
NWTC Student/Teacher Discount  Only available at NWTC Student Involvement Office. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

SPECIAL EVENT REFUND POLICY

  • There are no refunds on any Garden special event tickets.
  • Tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused.
  • Advance purchase highly recommended (when applicable).
  • Tickets are not refunded for any inclement weather including but not limited to snow, wind, rain, thunderstorm, mud, cold or extreme temperatures.
  • Refunds will not be given for dissatisfaction with any event, as opinions are subjective.
  • Event ticket purchases are non-transferable to another event, Garden membership or Garden education class.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!

Parking

Event Parking Details

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. The buses run continuously throughout the night. Follow the signs down Larsen Road or Country Club 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.

Parking & Shuttle Map Trail Map

 

Driving Directions to Shuttle Pick-up:

***Watch for Shuttle Pick-Up signs on Larsen Road and Country Club Road

From HWY 41

Take West Mason Street Exit and travel West
Turn Right onto Packerland
Turn Left onto Larsen Road
Continue down Larsen Road to NWTC F/G Parking Lot

From HWY 54
Turn Left onto Country Club Road
First Right into NWTC Lot F/G


Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!

Accessibility

Wheelchair, Stroller & Pull-Along Wagon Accessibility

The paths in the upper gardens are paved, shoveled and salted and should be accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and pull-along wagons. There are no motorized scooters or wheelchairs available at the Garden. The lower mulched path is difficult to navigate and not recommended for wheelchairs or walkers. Families who wish to walk the mulched path with small children will need an all-terrain type stroller or pull-along wagon.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Horse-drawn wagon rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis and only travel the lower gardens mulched pathways. Your ticket includes a .5 mile Walking Tour of the paved pathways in the upper gardens before arriving at the Wagon Tour which only covers .4 miles of the lower gardens mulched pathways. Golf cart rides from the building to the horse-drawn wagons are available for those unable to walk down the paved path where the wagons begin. Please ask for assistance at the ticketing counter night-of for a golf cart ride to the wagon. There are three large steps up into the horse-drawn wagon. Please bring someone to assist you in getting onto the horse-drawn wagon.

Accessible 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 or Country Club 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.

Tips for Assisted Groups

If you will be bringing senior citizens or people with limited mobility, please note the following suggestions:

  • Prearrange a date with the Garden so parking volunteers and staff can help accommodate your group by calling 920.490.9457.
  • Purchase your tickets in advance at the Garden, Festival Foods locations or online.
  • Choose a Sunday when WPS Garden of Lights experiences less foot traffic.
  • There are some steps, inclines, mulch, snow, salt and puddles.
Trail Map Parking & Shuttle Map

 


Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!

Know Before You Glow (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions


General

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. Families walking with small children should bring a large wheeled strollers or pull along wagon. The walk through the light show is just under a mile (0.85).

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. 

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 on opening weekend, early Friday evenings and Sunday evenings (Green Bay Packers afternoon and evening games). Please remember we are closed December 24 & 25.  

Can I bring my dog?

With the exception of service dogs, pets are not permitted in the Garden. Certified service dogs are allowed onsite with a vest and/or identification.

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 there restrooms available along the path?

There are restrooms in the Fischer Visitor Center and halfway through the trail at the new Concessions Building featuring the WPS Foundation Plaza.

When is Family Night?

Friday, November 24 | 5–9 pm

Children 12 & under in the same household receive FREE walking admission with one paid adult. Wagon rides are an additional $5 per person (child & adult). Available at the door the night of the event only. Special features include a meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa and Face Painting by Lori from 5:30-8 pm. Santa will be available for pictures from 5-9 pm.


Tickets

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 North, Green Bay East & West, De Pere, Appleton, Darboy, Suamico, Manitowoc, Menasha, 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. No refunds on tickets. NOTE: Complimentary General Garden Admission Passes and Buy One Get One coupons are not accepted during this event.

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 walk 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. Wagon rides run from 5-8:30 pm. Wagons are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. On Saturdays, there is typically a line to get onto the wagon. We do our best to accommodate all wagon ride guests in a timely and safe manner and appreciate your patience.


Parking

Where do I park?

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 or Country Club 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.

Parking & Shuttle Map Trail Map

 

Driving Directions to Shuttle Pick-up:

From HWY 41
Take West Mason Street Exit and Travel West
Turn Right onto Packerland
Turn Left onto Larsen Road
Continue down Larsen Road to NWTC F/G Parking Lot

From HWY 54
Turn Left onto Country Club Road
First Right into NWTC Lot F/G


Features & Attractions

What kind of special features do you offer?

Family Night

Friday, November 24 | 5–9 pm

Children 12 & under in the same household receive FREE walking admission with one paid adult. Wagon rides are an additional $5 per person (child & adult). Available at the door the night of the event only. Special features include a meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa and Face Painting by Lori from 5:30-8 pm. Santa will be available for pictures from 5-9 pm.

Letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus & Elves

Friday, November 24 and Saturdays, December 2–23 | 5:30–8 pm

Come inside and meet Mrs. Claus. Bring your letters to Santa or write one at the Garden to place in his North Pole Mailbox, then visit with two of Santa’s elves to receive a free candy cane.

Photos with Santa

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday before Christmas | 5–9 pm

Santa is making his rounds to check-in on every boy and girl and has not forgotten about our visitors at the Garden! Be sure to stop by to see him and get your photo taken by Ambrosius Studio.

G-Gagers Train Club Display

Every Event Night | 5–9 pm

The Garden-Gage Train Club displays their holiday garden-scale model train exhibit each night of the event.

Can I bring in refreshments and what kind of refreshments are available?

CARRY-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED. A variety of food and beverages are available in our Winterberry Café and new Concessions Building featuring the WPS Foundation Plaza including: hot dogs, nachos, cookies, popcorn, candy bars, trail mix, chips, gummi bears, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, 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. 


Accessibility

Are the paths wheelchair, stroller and pull-along wagon accessible?

Walking Path

The paths in the upper Gardens are paved, shoveled and salted and should be accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and pull-along wagons. There are no motorized scooters or wheelchairs available at the Garden. The lower mulched path is difficult to navigate and not recommended for wheelchairs and walkers. Families who wish to walk the mulched path with small children will need an all-terrain type stroller or pull-along wagon.

Horse-drawn Wagon Path

Horse-drawn wagon rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis and only travel the lower gardens mulched pathways. Your ticket includes a .5 mile Walking Tour of the paved pathways in the upper gardens before arriving at the Wagon Tour which only covers .4 miles of the lower gardens mulched pathways. Golf cart rides from the building to the horse-drawn wagons are available for those unable to walk down the paved path where the wagons begin. Please ask for assistance at the ticketing counter night-of for a golf cart ride to the wagon. There are three large steps up into the horse-drawn wagon. Please bring someone to assist you in getting onto the horse-drawn wagon.

Is there accessible 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 or Country Club 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.

Do you have any tips for assisted groups?

If you will be bringing senior citizens or people with limited mobility, please note the following suggestions:

  • Prearrange a date with the Garden so parking volunteers and staff can help accommodate your group by calling 920.490.9457.
  • Purchase your tickets in advance at the Garden, Festival Foods locations or online.
  • Choose a Sunday when WPS Garden of Lights experiences less foot traffic.
  • There are some steps, inclines, mulch, snow, salt and puddles.
Trail Map Parking & Shuttle Map

 


Discounts & Special Offers

What discounts and special offers do you have?

NOTE: Complimentary General Garden Admission Passes and Buy One Get One coupons are not accepted during this event.

Discounts

Limitations

Family Night: Friday, November 24 | 5-9 pm Children 12 & under in the same household receive FREE walking admission with one paid adult. Wagon rides are an additional $5 per person (child & adult). Available at the door the night of the event only.
$3 Walking Tour tickets for Garden Members on Sundays and December 26-30 Only Discount is valid on Sundays and December 26-30 only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Must present Garden membership card.
Group & Corporate Discount available for ticket purchases of 25+ Applies to groups of 25 or more.
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 with PLU code on coupon, 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.
NWTC Student/Teacher Discount  Only available at NWTC Student Involvement Office. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers.


Photography 

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

Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!

Holiday Celebrations & Group Discounts

Let your holiday event glow

Invite your guests to join you in celebrating the magic and wonder of the holidays at the 21st Annual WPS Garden of Lights, featuring over a quarter of a million lights in displays inspired by the Garden’s natural features.

Learn More

 


Contact Us

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For night-of questions from 5-9 pm, contact Visitor Services at 920.490.9457.

For holiday parties, group tours and 25+ ticket purchases, contact our Sales Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or acrisp@gbbg.org.

Have a question at the event? You’ll find our event staff in yellow vests!