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Know Before You Glow: Tips & Tricks for Your WPS Garden of Lights Visit

The holiday season is right around the corner! That means we are just a few days away from dazzling lights and fun nights during WPS Garden of Lights!

Before you plan your visit to surround yourself in beautiful lights, we have some tips and tricks for you to prepare.

Butterflies in Motion
PC: John Oates Photography

Buy Your Tickets In Advance

To ensure you have tickets for the day and time you would like, dated and timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance. The easiest way to purchase your tickets is online through our website. You can browse dates and times that work best for you and your loved ones. If you are unable to purchase tickets online, you can call our Guest Experience Team or visit the Garden in person to buy your tickets. The sooner you purchase your tickets, the more dates and times you have to choose from, so buy your tickets as soon as possible.

Entry times are every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm with the last entry at 8:30 pm. Guests have 30 minutes to arrive after their selected time. Early and late arrivals are not guaranteed entry. Lights are out at 9 pm so we suggest you arrive at the Garden at your time to ensure entry and full enjoyment of the sparkling lights!

Caterpillar
PC: John Oates Photography

Are you interested in wagon rides? Keep in mind that wagon rides are first come, first served based on the entry time on your ticket. Last wagon ride entry is at 7 pm, with the last ride leaving at 7:30 pm.

Got Your Tickets? Now What…

It’s the day of your visit, what should you keep in mind before you leave?

The most important thing is to dress for the weather. The light show itself is a fully outdoor experience, so that means chilly weather and also possibly snow! We suggest a winter jacket, hat, gloves, and shoes that have good traction; that can be tennis shoes or boots, whatever you feel is best.

Betty Meyer Bridge

Make sure you also check out other festive activities including Photos and Letters with Santa, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, holiday trains with the Green Bay Area Model Railroaders Club, and much more. Certain activities are only available on select nights so check out website for the most up-to-date information.

If you or your guests get hungry during your visit, don’t worry! We have festive grab-and-go snacks and drinks be available to purchase in the Concessions Building on the WPS Foundation Plaza. Carry-ins are not allowed.

It’s Your Time to Shine!

It’s finally time to enjoy this extraordinary light show!

When you arrive, parking is free and available on site on a first-come, first served basis. Overflow parking is located across and down the street within walking distance. If you need an accessible parking option closer to the entrance, please let our parking team know when you arrive.

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We suggest to arrive 10 minutes before your times to ensure you have enough time to find a parking spot and walk to the entrance. Keep in mind that if you are early, you’re not guaranteed entry until your time.

Don’t forget to also check out the WPS Trellis Gift Shop while you’re here! Whether you’re looking to get someone a gift for the holidays, a souvenir for yourself, some stocking stuffers, or want to support local and U.S.-based artists, our gift shop is the perfect spot.

Accessible Options During the Light Show

We strive to be accessible for all Garden guests. The paved paths in the upper gardens are shoveled and salted for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and pull-along wagons. If you are in need of assistance getting down to the wagon ride pick-up/drop-off area, never fear! Simply ask for assistance from our friendly Admissions Team when you arrive.

We also offer an Accessible Golf Cart Tour that accommodates one wheelchair user and up to two guests at a time. To purchase your advance tickets and schedule a golf cart ride, contact our Events Team at events@gbbg.org or 920.491.3691 ext. 118 no later than 72 hours before you plan to visit.

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A few things to keep in mind. We do not provide motorized scooters or wheel chairs during this time. If you have a wheelchair or walker, we do not recommend venturing through mulched paths as they’re difficult to navigate. If you have small children along and want to go on mulched paths, we suggest all-terrain strollers or wagons.

Volunteer to Spread Holiday Cheer

WPS Garden of Lights is our biggest fundraiser of the year as we are a 100% community-supported nonprofit. By coming to this event, you’re supporting your community and helping us continue to connect people with plants throughout the year during exhibits, educational programs, and more. A huge part of this glowing success is our volunteers! Our volunteers make sure the light show goes on as scheduled each event night.

Our natural holiday trees are set up by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff every year. PC: John Oates Photography

If you’re looking for an easy and safe way to give back this year, sign up for a shift online or feel free to reach out! Just contact Kate Martin, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@gbbg.org or 920.491.3691 ext. 131 to find a role that you’d like to take on – whether it’s in parking, admissions, concessions, or another area.

You are now a WPS Garden of Lights expert… we look forward to seeing you at this year’s light show!