Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights to open Nov. 30

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights to open Nov. 30

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Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights

The entrance to Santa's Workshop at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort’s annual Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights is shown in this 2016 file photo. The Carnival of Lights is scheduled to open this year on Nov. 30. 

CALEDONIA — The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is scheduled to open Nov. 30 for the season at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, 8425 Highway 38.

Families can explore and experience a 1.6-mile drive-through light display, the state’s longest, featuring more than 2 million twinkling lights daily through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25).

Visitors can enjoy unique moving light displays, including two 200-foot-long drive-through light tunnels. A fan favorite, the existing tunnel of lights, dances to the beat of holiday music. This year, a new tunnel has been added featuring images and words corresponding to favorite Christmas tunes.

Evy the Talking Christmas Tree, an animatronic, 10-foot singing tree, is set to return to Santa’s Workshop to tell Christmas stories and lead holiday carols. Guests also may warm up with hot chocolate, roast their own S’mores in outdoor fire pits, mail a letter to the North Pole or meet and take pictures with Santa. Families interested in visiting Santa can find hours at: wichristmascarnival.com/santas-his-workshop.

“The holidays are all about creating lasting memories with your family,” said Bridget Bender, Jellystone’s general manager. “We are so proud to provide an experience that the whole family will love. We have worked hard to make the 10th anniversary of the Christmas Carnival of Lights an unforgettable holiday tradition.”

Guests have the option to see the light show from Santa’s giant sleigh, offering a unique open-air experience. Families feel even closer to the displays as the sleigh travels through the light show with up to 43 guests, in tiered seating. More information on sleigh rides can be found at: wichristmascarnival.com/book-a-sleigh-ride.

Jellystone will again partner with the Ronald McDonald House by donating $1 from each of the first 4,000 cars that visit. Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin supports a “home away from home” mission for families of seriously ill or injured children. Jellystone has also donated $1,500 worth of admission tickets to the light show for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Discount nights

Jellystone Park is also offering several discounts to various community partners on the following dates:

  • Military & Senior Night, Monday, Dec. 2 — Show a military ID or a senior (65 and older) ID to save 75 percent off a single car admission.
  • Teacher Appreciation, Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Teachers, aids, principals and others shaping children’s education can show their school ID to save 50 percent off a single car admission.
  • Service Personnel Night, Thursday, Dec. 5 — EMS, firefighters and police officers can present their ID at the gate to save 50 percent off a single car admission.

More information on partnerships and appreciation nights can be found at wichristmascarnival.com/proud-partners.

Hours and prices

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights hours are: 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The entry fee for carloads with up to eight people is $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends. Pricing for larger groups can be found on the website, wichristmascarnival.com.

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