Must-See Local Holiday Events
Celebrate the season around town
At no other time is the world filled with so much laughter, togetherness and wonder than during the holidays. Experience the enchantment of the season with the ones you love by taking part in these magical events:
- Holiday Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park: Once the sun sets, pile into the family car and cruise into the heavenly glow of this awesome light display. Set your radio to the given frequency for Christmas carols streamed to your car as you leisurely pass through the path from the comfort of your vehicle. (Display remains up until New Year’s.)
- A Christmas Carol at the Overture Center: Ebenezer Scrooge’s bah-humbugs catch up with him as he is visited by three haunting spirits in this Christmas classic. (Tip: Skip the line by ordering a hot chocolate or beverage before the show begins and get it right at intermission without the wait.) Bring the family back to catch a performance of the Nutcracker or take your significant other to Nutty Nut, an irreverent reimagining of the performance.
- Aluminum Christmas Tree Display at the Wisconsin Historical Museum: Back in the 1960s, aluminum Christmas trees were all the rage, and Aluminum Specialty Company, a Wisconsin business, was the star. Their top tree, the Evergleam, ended up potted in over a million American homes. Witness the fad that took Tinseltown by storm and relive holiday memories at this limited-time display.
- Olbrich’s Holiday Express: Candyland meets Winter Wonderland in this annual tradition from the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society. Walk among large-scale model trains as they whip and wind through vibrant, candy-coated passes. A perfect destination for any day.
- Harlem Globetrotters at the Alliant Energy Center: Family sticking around after the holidays? Wow them with seats to one of the greatest shows on the court as the Harlem Globetrotters unleash the wildest basketball dekes and dunks you’ve ever witnessed.
Have an even better suggestion for local holiday fun? Share your favorite wintertime destination, whether it’s an ice rink or a performance, in the comments below.